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PremierLeague-News.Com - Birmingham City fielded an experimental team in the home defeat to Cardiff City - this is what Lee Bowyer made of it
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Lee Bowyer spoke with the media after Birmingham City's 4-0 home defeat to Cardiff City. With safety already assured the Blues head coach used final final home match of the season as a fact-finding mission. Here's the transcript of his press conference. What did you find out today? I found out that the players kept going to the end, they tried. I found out that the young lads were brave, all of them. They didn’t crumble, they didn’t hide, they kept trying to do the right thing. I have learned a lot. Read More Related Articles Birmingham City player ratings vs Cardiff: Stirk shines but Blues hammered by Liverpool loan star Read More Related Articles Who is Ryan Stirk? The 'velvet' Wales Under 21 making his Birmingham City debut against Cardiff What did you make of Ryan Stirk? I thought he did well, he made a good start. I can’t explain how much he will have learned today playing against Wilson, who is a proper player. He is going to the Euros, he’s an international player, his movement is so good and Ryan has been playing 23s football. Look at the difference. I think he did really well, he moved the ball well, competed, did everything you need to do as a midfielder. A couple of times Wilson was pulling off the back of him, Zach saved a shot in the first half because his movement was very good and he pulled off the back of him and got in behind the centre half as well. That’s a learning thing, that’s something we will show him and that’s what today was. I think all these players, not just Stirky, can go home and keep their heads held high because they haven’t let anyone down, they haven’t let me down so they should be proud. Why we are supporting the social media boycott on our Birmingham City accounts From 3pm on Friday, April 30 until 11.59pm on Monday, May 3, all sports channels across the entire Reach network - including BirminghamLive - will join the boycott of social media as part of the campaign against online hate. We are joining the Premier League, FA, Kick It Out, Women's Super League and clubs up and down the country in staging the boycott. We will of course continue to create the news, match reaction and analysis you enjoy. We just won't be sharing this on our social media channels during this time. You can still keep on top of the latest news around Birmingham City by signing up to our e-mail updates here You can also discuss the story you have just read in our comments section below. Same again next week? I will probably make a few changes, Robbo has twisted his ankle, I won’t even take him to Blackburn. It was only a little twist I don’t think it will be too bad but it’s not even worth taking the risk. He will stay behind now. Maybe a couple of changes, nothing too much. Nico did well when he came on, looked comfortable. I am learning about the other players that have been on the fringe. When you come on for the last ten-15 minutes it’s a completely different game. They are playing aganist Cardiff there, a lot of their players are Premier League players from when they came down. They won’t play against the physicality and power of that team every week but I am learning about players ‘Can you play from the start?’ If you lose 4-5 players because they get injured, because it happens, can I trust you to start? These are the questions I am asking myself and these are the questions they need to answer. That’s what they are doing with today’s performance and that’s what I will be doing next week. Sign up to our Birmingham City newsletter for the latest news and comment Why should you sign up? In our daily Birmingham City bulletin, we'll be bringing you the latest breaking news, transfer features and comment pieces, as well as the key talking points for fans. How do you sign up? It's easy and only takes seconds. Simply type your email address into the box at the top of this article and hit sign up. And that's it, you're all set. You can also sign up here. If you decide later that you no longer wish to receive the emails, simply follow the unsubscribe link in one of the newsletters - but we don't think you'll want to. And what's more, it's absolutely free! You can also get all the latest updates by following us on social media here Facebook and Twitter. We also have a free app which you can download. It is always up-to-date with the latest news from across the region. Google Play Store and App Store Big bonus these two games? Massive. I see them in training but training’s not the same. I see them off the bench for ten minutes, I could go out there for ten minutes and get away with it. I would be able to tick a box.
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. That’s what I am looking at. We are fortunate enough to be in this position to be able to do this for the last two games. It doesn’t come away from the fact the players have done great to get that opportunity. I have just told them in there ‘Be disappointed with today’s result but don’t be down, you have done amazingly to even be able to do this today. Be disappointed but don’t beat yourself up’. We have got one game to go then we have got a break, recharge batteries then it’s all about preparation.
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Need a break? For everyone. Me as well. I’m included in that. Mentally and physically. The players to turn it around, I think I said this last time we were here, to be able to turn it around when everyone wrote you off. Mentally that affects you, bit of a bad run, ten games to go, when it’s just getting drummed into your head ‘You are getting relegated, you are getting relegated, you are getting relegated’. It’s difficult. To turn it around with the run in we had, not just physically but mentally it’s tough. That’s where the players need a lot of praise because they were able to turn all this negativity that has been put into them and spin it into positive, so yes, they deserve their break. I’d like to get a bit of sand between the toes if I am honest. But we can’t. I’d give anything to go on a nice holiday where there’s sunshine. I think a lot of people in the world would but we can’t control that. No matter what happens we will enjoy our break. Alen not involved – anything in that? No need to be, I know what he has got, I know what Mikel has got. Scotty we are not taking any risks because of his hip. But Alen and Mikel I spoke to them yesterday and explained. I will probably big those two back in next week. Because we made so many changes with the starting XI you have got to abide by rules, the starting ten have to be in the squad. I would like to have said ‘Jutkiewicz, don’t even come’. But you have got to keep a certain amount on the bench and you have got to have a bit of cover just in case – like Harlee coming on at the end there. That’s the reason, I like them both and they will both probably come back in next week.
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Sam Cosgrove’s full debut – did we see he has improved but he still has some improving to do? I think that’s a bit harsh. I think the things we asked him to do, I thought he did OK. I am not going to sit here and criticise him. He worked hard, held the ball up as best he could. We put some good balls in the box as well. I would like him to be a bit more aggressive and attack them but he is a work in progress. That’s what Sam is, and he is improving and moving in the right direction. That’s all we can ask. Did you speak to supporters before the game? Yes, there were a few that turned up outside, from what I believe to show their appreciation to the players and staff for what they have done this year and get safety with two games to go. Myself included in that obviously. Because they were outside singing the right thing to do then is go and show our appreciation to them, it’s respect you know. It was great to hear them singing, the few that was out there. It brought back memories for me. I can’t wait until they are back in the stadium – a lot more of them.
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