Reaction: Rotherham United 0 Blues 1

The most important thing is that you get results.


Lee Bowyer gave his reaction after Blues’ dramatic victory in the Sky Bet Championship.

Level with Rotherham until the game’s dying embers, Harlee Dean hit a winner for Blues with just minutes to spare.

The win takes Blues onto 48 points, seeing them climb up to 19th in the standings.

And the Head Coach was understandably delighted to come out on top in a game that mattered so much.

Speaking to the media after the game at the Asseal New York Stadium, he gave his assessment of events in South Yorkshire.

Bowyer said: “I knew it was going to be tight, two teams pushing each other and wanting the three points. It was going to be who took that chance when it fell to them and thankfully we did.

“At this stage of the season, I just care about winning and getting three points. All the other stuff we can touch up in the summer.

“The most important thing is that you get results and that is what we are doing.”

The Gaffer was then asked about the stand-out efforts of Harlee Dean, who, as well as scoring the decisive goal, picked up Sky Sports’ man of the match award for the third time in the last four televised matches.

Lauding the skipper’s performance, Bowyer said: “Him and all the players [were great], but he was outstanding in both boxes. [Michael] Smith is a tough player to play against, he dealt with him well. To come up with the goal at the end as well. It’s also four clean sheets on the spin which in this division is some going. They are all working hard together.”

On the matter of another defensive shut-out, Bowyer explained the adjustments he has made since joining in March.

He said: “We have made a small little tweak to be more physical and make contact. Even if they get their first, they can’t get the power. We are stopping crosses as well. The front lads are working their socks off and the midfield are the next barrier.

“They have all bought into it. Harlee is the captain and I said to him ‘we’ve got a good chance and I believe in you, that’s why I’m here'.”

The 44-year-old concluded his press conference by praising the continued efforts of Jonathan Leko who was an unsung hero of the afternoon with his relentless work rate.

The Boss said: “I just want him to score, it will give him a boost. You can see that’s what he needs. He caused them problems all day long. He didn’t lose the ball and he did some great things today, turning defence into attack quickly.”