Lee Bowyer: We fight for every point

Lee Bowyer is certain that his team will continue giving everything between now and the end of the Sky Bet Championship season.

Blues have seven matches remaining this term, with the next of these taking them to Brentford on Tuesday night.

The fixture is the fourth game in charge of the Club for Bowyer having collected six points from a possible nine versus sides in the top six, with the clash against the Bees being no different in terms of the opposition's current position.

And the Head Coach is sure that the application and commitment put into recent outings will be continued on Blues' first visit to the Brentford Community Stadium.

Speaking to the media via Zoom from the Trillion Trophy Training Centre, Bowyer made perfectly clear what he expects from his side and the value of recent form going into the game.

He said: “I knew what the task was coming here. The most important thing is that we fight for every point and try to get as many points as possible between now and the end of the season.

“We have just got to focus on one game at a time.

“Winning games always brings confidence. The players understand it is going to be another tough game against another top side. Confidence always helps and three points certainly does that.”

The Boss then outlined what he expects from Thomas Frank's team, but was keen to stress that the onus remains on his players to determine their own fate.

He told the press: “They are a top side. They are sitting in third for a reason because they are very good. They were in and around it last season and just fell a little bit short. They have a good manager and a good group of players. We have got to concentrate on what we do because we’ve got a completely different fight to them.

“They are trying to get automatic promotion and have good players all over the pitch that can hurt you and punish you. We’ll have to be at it from the start and try and cause them problems that I’m sure we will."

Blues travel to the capital on a high having beaten Swansea City 1-0 on Good Friday thanks to Scott Hogan's added-time penalty.

That was the striker's seventh goal this term and Bowyer is confident that the former Brentford frontman can add to his counters before the season is out.

The Gaffer explained: “It will help him playing with a second striker. Hopefully, between now and the end of the season he can have a good run.

“Scoring the other night would have given him a good bit of confidence.

“He’s a good striker. If you score the goals that he has then you are a good player. I have no doubts that he will score goals."

Victory in front of the Sky Sports cameras means Bowyer has a 100% home record. However, he insists there remains a tinge of disappointment that Bluenoses can not be at St. Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium to share the success.

Bowyer told reporters: "It feels great, I am just a bit gutted that the fans aren’t here. After the Reading game, my first in charge, the place would have been bouncing. After the result against Swansea the other night, the atmosphere would have been electric.

"I know what the fans are capable of here. I’m just disappointed the fans couldn’t have been part of it. I know what can happen in the future.”

The 44-year-old wrapped up his press conference by providing positive news on the injury front.

He said: “[Ivan] Sanchez has trained the last couple of days. Sam Cosgrove took a knock the other night when he came on but he’s okay. Apart from that, we’ve got a full squad."