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Reaction: Blues 1-1 Barrow AFC

Lee Bowyer has reflected positively on another pre-season encounter, as Blues played out a score draw with Barrow AFC on Tuesday afternoon.

The second game in four days brought another commanding display from the Head Coach's side, with only a late equaliser from the returning Remeao Hutton denying Blues the outcome their performance warranted.

Gary Gardner had headed Blues in front during the second-half, as the midfielder celebrated his contract extension by finding the net in successive matches.

Speaking after the game played behind closed doors at the Club's Wast Hills Training Ground, Bowyer was again pleased with what he saw from his team and how they largely dictated events in the West Midlands. 

He told the press: "To get minutes as we did in these conditions is perfect really. Not so much for the lads because it's difficult but again it was a good workout.

"I was really pleased and thought we controlled the game 99.9% of the time, then they nicked the goal at the end. I thought we applied ourselves really well.

"The youngsters are learning. Young Marcel [Oakley] he's only a kid and he's doing really well. Playing with the senior players, they are guiding them through."

There was further praise from the Gaffer, highlighting the way in which Blues are adapting to a new style of play and how completing transfer business early in the window is facilitating this transformation.

"We tried to get ours done early because the way we played last season to the way we are going to try and play this season is quite a bit different. It was important to bring the right type of players, to fit the mould of how we want to play.

"You could see out there again today, in possession that we were very good. If I was nit-picking, I would say we need to improve a little bit in that final third. But we are a lot further ahead than where I thought we would be with nearly three weeks until the first game.  

"I am very happy with where we are today."

Bowyer rounded up his post-match media duties by explaining Jordan Graham's early withdrawal and accounting for Ivan Sanchez' absence.

He said: "Jordan [Graham] has just a little bit of tightness which happens and it is the same with [Ivan] Sanchez from the weekend. There is no point risking, I would rather the players - whoever it is - miss three or four days than three or four weeks."

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