BOWYER BOUNCE: New manager ‘miracle’ gives Birmingham City a needed win against Reading
Life under new manager Lee Bowyer started perfectly for Birmingham City as they beat Reading 2-1 at St Andrew's.
Bowyer took charge of Birmingham City on Tuesday after the club confirmed the departure of Aitor Karanka.
Lukas Jutkiewicz opened the scoring after just four minutes to give Blues the lead in the tie before Yakoy Meite equalised for the visitors.
Birmingham City captain Harlee Dean scored the winner after 71 minutes to give his side their fourth home win of the season.
It was the first defeat in five for promotion-chasing Reading and a timely boost for Lee Bowyer's Birmingham City in their relegation battle.
The new manager bounce was clearly in effect with Bowyer now in charge at St Andrew's as they go six points clear of the drop zone.
Rotherham United do have four games in hand on Blues though, which would put Bowyer's side in threat of going down should they pick up maximum points.
The tough games keep coming for Bowyer as they go to second-placed Watford on Saturday.
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Couldn't have gone much better - Bowyer on Birmingham City beating Reading
The new manager expressed his happiness at the team winning his first game in charge, but still thinks he can get more from them.
"It couldn’t have gone much better," Bowyer told the club's website. "If I’m being really greedy we could have got a clean sheet, but apart from that a really good start.
"You have to get after teams like Reading because if you don’t they are going to hurt you. We tried to set traps and they worked a lot of the time.
"The odd time they got through but the most important thing is that we got that high press and I think it worked tactically. I thought we were very good from start to finish."
With the uncertainty around whether Blues stay up, Bowyer said he's confident - and that he wouldn't have joined the club if he wasn't.
"If I didn’t think we could stay up then I wouldn’t be here. There are no easy games. I can’t remember there being an easy game in football – let alone in the championship. You have to earn every point.
"If we work like that and put in performances like that between now and the end of the season then we will have a very good chance."
Attention turns to Watford now to see if Bowyer can make it two wins out of two games.
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