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Reaction: Coventry City 0-0 Blues

Lee Bowyer was pleased with the point picked up against Coventry City on Tuesday night, but was disappointed to see his side end the game with ten men.

Blues had chances to take more from a fiery encounter at the Coventry Building Society Arena, although their efforts to find a late winner were impacted by the dismissal of Ryan Woods in the 82nd minute.

The centre-midfielder was shown a straight red card for halting the run of Ian Maatsen, a decision that left both players and staff perplexed given the defensive cover in place.

And with a Birmingham City player given his marching orders for the second time in four days, there was understandable frustration from the Head Coach given the questionable nature of Woods’ sending off.

Speaking to the media post-match, Bowyer explained his view of the game’s crucial moment.

He told reporters: “I don’t know how many times that [sort of foul] happened to Tahith Chong. We will appeal it and I’d like to think we’ll win. Was it a foul? Of course, it was but it’s a yellow card. Ryan knew what he was doing, he was in control of what he was doing – it happens in every game. It’s not nice to see but it’s part of the game, taking one for the team.”

There was also fair reason for grievance from the Gaffer regarding a strong second-half penalty appeal for his team.

Riley McGree went down under contact in the area, with the referee waving away Blues appeals and leaving Bowyer confused at the situation.

The Boss said: “There’s contact and the players are in the dressing room saying it should have been a penalty. Then a foul was given to them two seconds later for the same. The players are disappointed, obviously, and Riley said there was contact. I don’t think he would go to ground when he could get a shot off.”

Those moments of contention aside, Bowyer was able to take heart from the commitment of his players in the local derby and praised their spirit.

He said: “You have to give everything, but the important thing is that they showed that togetherness. Even Marcel [Oakley] coming in did really well. It was a big challenge for him playing against Maatsen, a good young player from Chelsea who has done well this season. Jordan James came on at the end, an 18-year-old coming off for a 17-year-old playing here away from home.

“The keeper whenever he got asked a question, he came up trumps for us. At the end they had a couple of half-chances but, overall, I thought we did really well.

“Our strength is our physicality. When I came last season that is the reason we stayed up, we out fought teams. When players play for me I expect a certain amount of effort and fight, that is the basics of the game – you have to compete.

“My job is to keep pushing the players so they can grind out results like they did tonight.”

Bowyer also spoke to BluesTV following the game, with more of his post-match thoughts available here.

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