Davies earns Clough praise
Derby boss Nigel Clough paid tribute to Steve Davies after the 2-2 draw with Birmingham, while Chris Hughton was left frustrated.
Last Updated: 03/03/12 7:31pm
Derby boss Nigel Clough paid tribute to Steve Davies after the 2-2 draw with Birmingham at St Andrew's, while Chris Hughton was left frustrated.
Derby were 2-0 down and heading for their fourth successive defeat before Davies, who fractured his skull last October, showed no fear when he headed in their first in the 61st minute for the Rams' first goal in five games.
The serious head injury very nearly ended the career of Liverpool-born Davies, who has a plate in his head, and his bravery laid the platform for Theo Robinson's 66th-minute equaliser for the Rams.
Clough said: "It was great to see him back in action. We took our time with him and it was good to see him score such a good goal.
"He has taken his time as he has had some injures over the last four years. But he does bounce back and he does get goals as he proved against Birmingham."
Clough was pleased with the Derby comeback and added: "Playing such a strong side as Birmingham we thought long and hard about how to play. We decided to play three up and to score two goals was doubly satisfying.
"We could have played 4-5-1 but decided to give it a go. To get a draw was very satisfying.
"It was nice to come back after three successive defeats. We now have three home games and to get up to 50 points would be very good.
"We now have three first choice strikers available and we are hopeful of doing better in the future."
The Blues looked on course for all three points when Erik Huseklepp put them into an 18th minute lead with a deflection from Andros Townsend's powerful shot, before Marlon King (57) added a second.
Birmingham boss Hughton, who had to look on as Paul Green headed off the line from a last minute Steven Caldwell header, admitted: "It was very frustrating.
"At 2-0 up the fact you're playing at home, you fully expect to go on and win.
"But what we have done perhaps in the last couple of games is conceded uncharacteristic goals, by our standards of where we have been.
"That happens. It's very difficult to go through a full season without having some of the lows to go with the numerous ups we have had.
"Probably at the moment, with the Forest game last week, and the Derby result it's a little bit of a low for us.
"We have to learn from it and look to pick it up again for the next league game.
"It's very difficult in this division to go and win at a canter. What we had to do at 2-0 up was make sure we protected that lead.
"At 2-2 of course you are pushing and we had the opportunities we had at the end and it looked like we might go on and win it.
"But if you are 2-0 up and are clawed back to 2-2, it makes it very difficult."