‘Not surprised’ – Birmingham City boss Lee Bowyer in bullish mood ahead of Stoke City clash



Stoke City will face a rejuvenated Birmingham City at St Andrew’s on Saturday.

It looked bleak for the Blues just a few games ago as recently-installed manager Lee Bowyer struggled to turn results around after succeeding the sacked Aitor Karanka.

But a last-gasp 1-0 win over Swansea City on Friday, followed by a goalless draw at Brentford, has left the Blues seven points above the drop zone, although third-bottom Rotherham United have four games in hand.

Bowyer believes his side have overcome the odds by taking seven points from their last four games, all against promotion-chasing sides. Prior to Swansea, Birmingham beat Reading 2-1 and lost 3-0 at Watford.

“Tonight they gave me everything against a side you think will be in and around it again, like last year. I am really proud of them,” said Bowyer after the Brentford game, reported BirminghamLive.

“If you look at it on paper and you think you are playing second, third, third, fifth – everyone would be like ‘you are crazy, you are getting nothing’. That’s what everyone was saying.

“But again I knew with the squad, the physicality we have and a bit of quality in the final third, I don’t think there’s much in any team.

“We will play Stoke on Saturday and they are going to cause us problems, every team in this division causes others problems.

“If you do the basics right, like we did tonight, then we could cause Brentford problems, and we did.

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“I am not surprised, I am happy, I can’t tell you how happy I am to take seven [points from four games against promotion-chasing side].

“It’s given us a chance, everyone wrote us off before I came. Now we have got seven and put a little bit of a gap and drawn a few in, now it’s a completely different ball games. Those seven points are massive going into the next run of games.

“The players got something that they deserved for their hard work. To come here and take a point off a top side like Brentford is some achievement.

“I believed we would cause them problems and I think we did at times, they caused us problems which I knew and expected.





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