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Reaction: Brentford 0 Blues 0

There’s no point just sitting back.

Lee Bowyer

Lee Bowyer felt Blues were good value for their point on the road at Brentford on Tuesday night.

The goalless draw means his side have recorded back-to-back clean sheets and collected four valuable points from their Easter fixtures as they continue to pull clear of the Sky Bet Championship relegation zone.

And the Head Coach was understandably pleased with not only the outcome but how it was delivered at the Brentford Community Stadium.

Speaking to the media post-match, Bowyer expressed his delight at the result against Thomas Frank's play-off bound Bees.

He said: “The players got something that they deserved for their hard work. To come here and take a point off a top side like Brentford is some achievement. We caused them problems at times, they caused us problems that I knew and expected, but we limited a lot of it to [efforts] from distance. When our ‘keeper was called upon, he stepped up and made saves.

“I’d like to think we deserved the point. We had a great chance in the first-half when we hit the post with [Gary] Gardner and with [Jonathan] Leko at the end going through I’ve seen him score them so many times. It’s a great point.”

The result means it is seven points taken from the 44-year-old's first four matches in charge, with Bowyer happy to continue proving people wrong after going toe-to-toe with four opponents inside the top six.

He told the press: "To get seven points when everyone expected us to get none, I can’t praise the players enough. They have been excellent and again tonight they gave me everything. Against a top Brentford side and you think will be in and around it like last year, so I am really proud of them.

“I knew with the squad’s physicality and the quality in the final third, I don’t think there’s much between any team.

"If you do the basics right like we did tonight, then we could cause Brentford some problems which we did. I’m not surprised, I’m happy. It has given us a chance after everyone had written us off."

There was also a recall for Riley McGree, who made his first start since the meeting with Blackburn Rovers at the start of January, and Bowyer was particularly impressed by how the Australian adapted to an unfamiliar role.

Explaining his inclusion, he said: "We just wanted a bit more going forward. Riley’s [McGree] an attacking player, he can play as a ten and an eight, he’s got a lovely left-foot, so I thought let’s be brave. There’s no point just sitting back, let’s cause Brentford some problems as well.

"I was really pleased with Riley. He’s playing in a position he’s never played in before, out of his comfort zone at times. He tried, gave everything and brought what I wanted from him going forward."

The gaffer continued in his assessment of events and offered praise for Gardner and Ivan Sunjic in the middle the park.

He said: "They are workhorses, they compete and fight. They are strong and powerful lads, but I thought they moved it well at times as well. When we did bring it down, we got it out to our wing-backs which then started to cause them problems."

Post-match press duties were concluded with an update on the status of Jon Toral, with the Spaniard replaced soon after coming off.

Bowyer said: “Jon Toral has done his hamstring. It is a shame because he has been good in training. Toral is one player that I think ‘I like you’ and I know what he can bring. He works hard off the ball. It is a shame; he is going to be a miss.”

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