Lee Bowyer delivers Scott Hogan verdict as Birmingham City loses to West Brom – .

Lee Bowyer delivers Scott Hogan verdict as Birmingham City loses to West Brom – .

For Birmingham City’s second game, Lee Bowyer picked Scott Hogan for special attention in his post-match press conference.
The Blues head coach was speaking after his team succumbed to a late winner Karlan Grant as West Brom rose to the top of the table.

However, after blasting the forward after his display against Nottingham Forest, the forward was this time praised for a forceful and committed effort at The Hawthorns.

Hogan couldn’t make contact with his one clear chance – but he created the Blues’ best opening that Ivan Sunjic landed from the crossbar.

Despite a fifth loss in six, Bowyer was much happier: “I have to say Scott Hogan was exceptional.

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“I had a few hard words to say to him after the last game. I got the reaction I was looking for. I can’t sit here and if the players don’t do their part I will say so.

“Plus when they do the right thing, I congratulate them too, Scott Hogan deserves it tonight. His work ethic, fire and attitude were perfect. ”

Indeed, Bowyer felt the result was tough for the Blues, having created the first two good openings to be caught with another blow of the sucker.

“But that’s us lately, we created some good opportunities, we didn’t seize them and we were punished. I can’t fault the players at all.

“They gave everything back, their work ethic, the game plan that we defined, they followed it down to the smallest detail and performed very well as a group.

“My only disappointment was the goal, it should have been avoided, a lack of concentration and we get punished.

“The defensive changes paid off, we looked solid, Dion [Sanderson] entering and George [Friend] both worked very well. George has shown good leadership with his experience and has taken us to the right areas.

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“And obviously Dion too, his youth and his pace and I thought Robbo controlled the back line really well, moved people and put them in the right places.

“And the two guys in front of them too.” I thought we looked solid tonight we limited them to very little and mostly from a distance. I thought they were doing fine.


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