Jon Dahl Tomasson commended the influence of Sammie Szmodics in Blackburn’s thrilling 4-2 victory against Birmingham.
Szmodics initiated Rovers’ lead in the 47th minute by cleverly lobbing John Ruddy after outsmarting the Birmingham offside trap. His delicate finish five minutes later extended the advantage. When James Hill made it three, it seemed like the job was done. However, Siriki Dembele scored a stunning brace, curling into the top corner and firing into the roof of the net. Harry Leonard secured the points in injury time.
Szmodics has scored six goals in his last four games and a total of 13 for the season. After the match, Jon Dahl Tomasson praised his overall impact.
Jon Dahl Tomasson: Sammie is flying
Tomasson said: “He’s flying. Not only this week, and this month, I think actually Sammie has been playing extremely well in the last year and now he’s adding a lot of goals, which we need.
“We’re extremely pleased for Sammie.
“We want to play a game, a modern way, a fluent game where you play quick, one or two touches, within one or two seconds – it’s a way of talking without using words and Sammie is one of those players that can do that.
“He can play and go, play the ball and move immediately, he has a great feeling regarding space as well and he always creates chances or when the ball finds him, he’s in a good position.“, Jon Dahl Tomasson added.
“And of course he works really hard against the ball which every team needs.
“I’m pleased he’s getting chances and scoring and even when he misses a chance, he keeps his head up.”
The outcome signifies one victory in seven matches for Wayne Rooney‘s team. Despite acknowledging positives in the Blues’ performance, Rooney expressed disappointment in the “schoolboy” nature of the conceded goals.
Rooney: The goals were schoolboy
Wayne Rooney said: “The goals were very poor from our point of view. I thought for large portions of the game, we were very good and caused Blackburn a lot of problems.
“The goals are schoolboy. I take responsibility for that but I think we as defenders, goalkeeper and midfielders, we need to be better because we can’t keep allowing teams to score goals like that against us.
“First five minutes of the second half, I said to the players at half-time, are so important.
“I felt first half we really quietened their crowd, and not to give them momentum and encouragement to get up and we do the opposite.
“It’s cost us the game but it’s hard to sit here and take the defeat after such a positive performance.
“We created some really good chances. We have to be more clinical because I think we’ve had 20-odd attempts at goal today and scored two. Really frustrated with the defeat.”