Ben Davies rues Derby County's failure to finish off Birmingham City
BEN Davies felt Derby County should have killed off Birmingham City when they had the chance.
Davies opened the scoring at St Andrew's five minutes before half-time to give the Rams a deserved lead.
However, Nigel Clough's men were unable to add to their advantage and Birmingham hit back strongly after the break to win the game 3-1.
"It felt like we needed to get a second goal to see it through," said Davies.
"But we let them get back into it.
"We probably should have been out of sight by half-time but if you don't take your chances, that's what happens.
"Their keeper (Jack Butland) made a couple of good saves and they blocked a couple of shots that were going in – but that's the way it's going for us at the minute.
"We probably need to be a bit more ruthless and a bit more clinical.
"It's disappointing to come away with nothing at all. We felt a point was the least we should have got."
Blues boss Lee Clark made a double change at half-time, bringing on striker Wes Thomas and winger Nathan Redmond.
Thomas equalised in the 68th minute and Redmond put the hosts ahead with a fine strike soon after.
In the dying moments, Thomas bagged his second goal to seal the victory.
"They looked a totally different team in the second half but I think we probably allowed them to be," said Davies. "If we had gone 2-0 up, I think the game would have been done and dusted.
"They didn't cause us any problems for the first 50 minutes or so.
"Then, once they scored, they were a different team – which is often the case.
"It opened up a bit when they made the changes and we had a few breaks and a couple of scrambles when we might have scored.
"If things had fallen for us, we might have won the game two or three nil.
"But we seem to be saying that too much at the minute. We need to tighten up, stop conceding goals and go from there."
Birmingham-born Davies claimed his third goal of the season when he latched on to Craig Forsyth's header into the box and sent a left-foot volley past Butland.
"I had a chance just before where I felt I should have done better," added the 31-year-old midfielder. "I snatched at it a bit.
"I was hoping to get another chance and I did. It was put into a good area and I gambled on it. I thought the keeper was going to save it but, luckily, there was enough pace on it to beat him.
"It was nice to score – I felt I was due a goal – but the result takes the gloss off it.
"It was a disappointing day all round for us."