‘It wasn’t pretty’ - Lee Bowyer on Blues’ derby day win over West Brom

Blues secured their first victory over the Baggies in 15 years in Sunday’s derby day win

Birmingham City manager Lee Bowyer praised his players after Sunday’s (3 April) derby day victory over local rivals West Bromwich Albion at St Andrew’s

West Brom’s slim hopes of a Championship play-off place are now all but over after Lyle Taylor’s second half penalty gave Blues their first victory over West Brom in 15 years

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Speaking after after the game, Blues boss Lee Bowyer praised his players for securing their first home victory since February.

Lee Bowyer Manager of Birmingham City during the Championship match between Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion at St Andrew’s Stadium on April 3, 2022 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

“It wasn’t pretty. In the first half, both teams didn’t put two or three passes together and there was nothing in the game,” Bowyer said.

“They edged it in the first half without creating anything. In the second half, we did the same as them, we were on the front foot and were better with second balls.

“I like to look at the positives. We got a clean sheet, they’ve got a lot of players who can hurt you and we stood up to it.

“I’m pleased and proud of the players. It’s been a long time since we beat West Brom so thankfully we’ve stopped that rot and it’s something the players can be proud of today.”

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