Reaction: Blues 1 Nottingham Forest 1

My players have given everything out there.


Lee Bowyer gave his reaction after Blues were held to a draw by Nottingham Forest in the Sky Bet Championship.

Blues were leading until deep into injury time when the Reds were awarded a late penalty.

Marc Roberts had put Bowyer's side ahead shortly after the break with a well-directed header.

And speaking after the game, there was clear frustration from Bowyer at the decision which took the victory away from his team.

Offering his honest opinion on the spot-kick given to Forest, Bowyer felt his team had been cruelly denied at the last.

The Head Coach said: "It's never been a penalty; I've looked at it back. Is there a coming together? Yes, but that happens. 

"Of course there's contact, it's a contact sport.

"My players have given everything out there. They deserve three points.

"The players are gutted in there. I'm gutted. It shouldn't be that way. We should have three points and be celebrating."

It, however, was certainly not a case of sour grapes, with Bowyer admitting that had Lukas Jutkiewicz been handed a second-half penalty it would have been a touch fortunate.

He explained: "It would have been soft, if you get that you have done well. Just because there is contact there isn't a foul."

But, whilst frustrated with the outcome, the Gaffer also made it clear that accountability still lies with his players in what was a largely positive performance in B9.

Bowyer told the press: "First-half I thought we did well. Set-pieces we were very good and over the night should have scored another three from set-pieces. It was just the final ball first-half that we lacked.

"Second-half I thought we were very good. Won the ball higher, took care of the ball and worked the ball better. We weren't ruthless enough, that would be my only criticism."

The 44-year-old also provided an update on Scott Hogan's withdrawal before assessing where the result leaves Blues with just three games to play.

He said: "Hogan took a whack on his hip. We will have a look at it tomorrow.

"It's a good point against a good Forest side. It's another result, we haven't been beaten and we take the positives into the weekend.

"You just have a keep fighting until the end and I have got a group of players that will do that."