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“The players recognise they’ve got a chance of staying up” – Birmingham City boss Lee Bowyer defiant ahead of Watford clash

New Birmingham City manager Lee Bowyer appeared buoyant ahead of a tough game against Watford on Saturday afternoon.

As a player, the 44-year-old was a popular figure during his time at St Andrews and he will have gotten the Blues fans back behind him after an impressive win against Reading in his first match in charge.

The Midlands side sit just one-point above the drop zone and Bowyer insists that his squad have the belief to stay up.

He said: “You’ve got a squad of players that have just played against a very good Reading side and won, so now they’ll be like ‘why can’t we go and win?’.

“The belief has changed a bit from the side when I came in. The players, they recognise that they’ve got a chance of staying up and they won’t just give it away.”

It is clear to see that Bowyer demands the upmost effort from his side and is seemingly trying to instil into his squad that they will be playing Championship football next season, despite the fact they only have nine games to do so.

“The players will triumph because I will demand that they give everything every game because that’s what you have to do in football,” he said.

“I want to keep Birmingham in this division, there’s no two-ways about it and I will try my hardest.

“I wish I had more time, that’s the only thing. I wish I had more time because I know we wouldn’t be in this position but unfortunately that’s out of my control and this is the hand I’ve been dealt. I’ve got to try my hardest to keep this team in this division and I believe we can.”

Birmingham face a trip to second placed Watford on Saturday (kick-off 15:00).

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