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Birmingham boss credits ‘fighting’ team as new signing impresses

Birmingham City manager Lee Bowyer ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match

Birmingham boss Lee Bowyer was left frustrated as his side failed to score against Huddersfield Town, extending their goal drought to six games.

Birmingham have not found the back of the net since September 15, when Troy Deeney scored in a 4-1 defeat to Fulham. Since then his side have picked up just two points from a possible 18, conceding nine and failing to score. But Bowyer remained adamant his side was still deserving of credit.

He said: “I have never had a team that have gone so long without scoring. “If you go two games, it’s unusual. My teams always score.

“I feel for them but there are positives to take. It would have been easy for them to hide.

“But they are not; they are fighting for everything and the players need credit for that.”

Birmingham set up defensively in an attempt to frustrate promotion-pushing Huddersfield, and were rewarded by securing a goalless draw.

However, Bowyer admitted his style of football has suffered as a result of this new set-up.

“It’s something I have had to sacrifice. Do you want to lose 2, 3, 4-0 every week? This is the way we stayed in the division last season.

“It is not as pretty as I would like it to be. Something had to change so that’s what I have done.

“This is a tough place to come. They are a good team. I can see why they are in the top six. Overall, it was probably a fair point.”

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Summer signing impressive in first start 

 Jordan Graham impressed fans as he made his first start since joining Birmingham in the summer.

After signing from Gillingham, many expected Graham to jump straight into the starting line-up at his new club.

However, Graham has been made to wait, and made good of his first opportunity against Huddersfield.

The winger was a constant threat on the right-hand side as his side operated in a 3-5-2 formation.

Speaking on Twitter after the game, he said: “Delighted to make my first start for the club! Was a real graft from everyone but a hard earned point and we move onto Saturday. Unreal away support from you lot! We keep pushing.”

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