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Danny Batth proud of Wolves' shut out

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Captain Danny Batth was proud after a young Wolves defence ground out a clean sheet at home to Birmingham City.

The visitors laid siege to the Wolves goal in the second-half and created several chances to win the game.

But Wolves held firm to claim their first Molineux shut out of the calendar year and Batth thinks the desire of his team-mates couldn't be questioned.

He added: "It was a game for defenders really, it was very scrappy, it was tight, it was probably what we expected.

"It could have been a set piece or a mistake that cost either team the game, but we came away with a clean sheet and something to build on.

"The change of system for Birmingham increased the pressure and we had to defend for our lives at the end.

"It's vital to get a clean sheet. There's been a lot of talk in the press really, we've said as a back four 'let's not do too much talking, let's focus on defending and make sure we're right.'

"We've got a clean sheet and we're proud of that. You can never doubt the desire of the lads.

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"You've got players that have come through the academy, they know what the club's about and how much it means to the supporters."

Meanwhile, Blues boss Gary Rowett felt his team did more than enough to win the game.

Jon Toral, Clayton Donaldson and Jacques Maghoma were all guilty of spurning golden opportunities in the second-half.

But Rowett didn't criticise his players despite their failure to kill off Wolves.

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He said: "It was a game we should have won in the last half hour. I don't think we have been as resolute as we needed to be away from home in the past three or four performances.

"We set up to be that in the first half to a certain degree, of course I would have liked us to have played with more quality and have a little bit more control.

"We played an extra midfielder in there, David Davis, who I thought was absolutely magnificent coming back to his old club. He was the best player on the pitch, I felt.

"First half we didn't quite have enough quality in the right areas but we restricted Wolves to very few clear cut chances.

"I thought they had two or three moments where they put us under a little bit of pressure. But Tomasz (Kuszczak, goalkeeper) didn't really have any stand-out saves.

"Second-half, it was always in our mind at half if we needed a little bit more control like we did away at Derby, to put Jon in the hole and get him a little bit closer to Clayton and be more attacking.

"We gave it five minutes. Maikel Kieftenbeld was honest enough to put his hand up and say he was lacking energy in the first half, so we brought him off.

"In the second-half we created numerous amounts of chances, their goalkeeper made some fantastic saves.

"I felt it was mainly all us in the second half. I felt we should have taken one of those chances."

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