The fans kept singing for them and they got clapped off.Lee Bowyer
Blues gave everything in B9 and had a number of chances but were on the end of a scoreline that failed to truly reflect a competitive Sky Bet Championship clash.
And the Head Coach was keen to outline his sides level of performance on an evening when they came up against the league leaders.
Speaking to the media post-match, he was clearly pleased with what Blues offered whilst recognising what was missing.
Bowyer said: "If you are watching it as a neutral then you would like to think it was a bit harsh. First 45 my lads never really did much wrong. They scored from a set-piece that should have been cancelled out when Bela was fouled off the ball and the man he was marking went and scored.
"Taking the goals away we were just as good as them. First 20 minutes before they scored we were on the front foot, looked like causing them problems. We got in good areas and won the ball back in good areas.
"They were more clinical and they had a bit more quality in the final third.
"But for my players, their work rate, hunger, passion and fight - I can't fault them. They kept going until the end. We created chance after chance second-half, hit the woodwork, the keeper made two-three great saves.
"It could have been a 4-4 game, but you can just tell that little difference in quality in the final third and that was the difference on the night but I can't fault anyone."
Those in attendance were also witness to a new attacking dimension second-half and the first goal for Troy Deeney in the royal blue of Birmingham City.
Discussing the attacking trident of Lukas Jutkiewicz, Chuks Aneke and Deeney, Bowyer told reporters: "You have got three big physical boys there, with some quality as well, so that is a weapon that we have if we want to use it. The fans will have seen a different side to Chuks [Aneke] tonight as he has been playing as a striker.
"Obviously, Troy came off the bench and scored tonight and I am pleased for him as that's all the strikers have scored. I thought Jukey was very good again [too]."
The Gaffer was also keen to again emphasise the strong relationship between players and supporters, as the loyal Bluenoses remained behind the team until the final whistle and beyond.
He said: "The fans kept singing for them and they got clapped off, lost 4-1 and got clapped off by our own fans. That shows that the fans recognise how hard they are working and they didn't deserve that result and the fans recognise that. The players are grateful that the fans stayed behind to clap them off - I am grateful for that."
The Boss also spoke to BluesTV post-match, with more of his thoughts available to watch below.