Birmingham striker Jerome unhappy with Barker elbow

Birmingham City striker Cameron Jerome is unhappy with the elbow he copped in the FA Cup clash with Derby County.

Birmingham City striker Cameron Jerome is unhappy with the elbow he copped in the FA Cup clash with Derby County.

Jerome took a whack to the face and jaw from Chris Barker at Derby County with the FA Cup tie finely poised at 1-1.

But, with all Blues substitutes used, he opted to soldier on for the remaining ten minutes or so of normal and added time.

Blues nabbed a dramatic winner through Liam Ridgewell to book their passage into the quarter-finals.

He told the Birmingham Mail: “I got an elbow in the jaw. It was a poor challenge to be fair. I was looking at the ball and he caught me square in the jaw. I went into a bit of a daze, just the shock of it. I wanted to stay on, even if it was just to make a nuisance of myself as a body.

“Tim Williamson the physio said I should come off. I was on the sideline and couldn’t really see much. I didn’t know what was going on too much. I just thought I’d give it a go anyway. I grinded through it for a couple of minutes and tried to get around the pitch.

“It wasn’t nice getting a blow like that, but it’s part and parcel of football. Plenty of people have been in the same boat and carried on having got a crack on the head or jaw.

“At least we got through. I didn’t want to let the boys down.”

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