Here are your Birmingham City morning headlines on Monday, May 3.
Every word from Boywer including selection plans for Blackburn
Lee Bowyer gave an insight into his selection plans for Saturday’s trip to Blackburn Rovers, confirming he will make further changes for the final game of the season.
Bowyer said: “I will probably make a few changes, Robbo (Marc Roberts) has twisted his ankle, I won’t even take him to Blackburn. It was only a little twist I don’t think it will be too bad but it’s not even worth taking the risk.
“He will stay behind now. Maybe a couple of changes, nothing too much.
“Nico (Gordon) did well when he came on, looked comfortable. I am learning about the other players that have been on the fringe.
“When you come on for the last ten-15 minutes it’s a completely different game. They are playing against Cardiff there, a lot of their players are Premier League players from when they came down.
“They won’t play against the physicality and power of that team every week but I am learning about players ‘Can you play from the start?’”
McCarthy sends Liverpool transfer message after Blues win
Cardiff City manager Mick McCarthy has urged Liverpool to keep hold of Harry Wilson this summer after his hat-trick heroics at St Andrew’s
Bowyer included youngsters Zach Jeacock, Amari Miller and Ryan Stirk from the off, the latter pair making their first starts in the Championship. Sam Cosgrove also made his full debut in Blues colours following his £2million move from Aberdeen in January.
Wilson scored Cardiff’s opener from 22 yards after just nine minutes before doubling the visitors’ lead with a free-kick just before half-time. The Wales international then started the move for substitute Mark Harris to score the third before curling in another free-kick four minutes from time to complete his hat-trick.
Wilson, 24, is nearing the end of his fifth loan spell away from Liverpool since coming through the Premier League club’s academy and there is sure to be interest in his services again in the summer transfer window.
But McCarthy believes the forward is now good enough for a role at Anfield under Jurgen Klopp next season.
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Bowyer explains why he spoke to fans amid ownership protest
Bowyer spoke with supporters gathered outside St Andrew’s before the final home match of another difficult campaign.
A group of Blues fans collected on the Kop side of the ground where banners protesting about the club’s owners and Xuandong Ren were once again in evidence.
The Blues chief executive has been the subject of regular displays of opposition from supporters disgruntled at his management of the club.
Blues have been in regular relegation battles, seen a succession of managers, had points deducted and sold their stadium in a tumultuous few years at the club.
As a result banners have become a regular sight at Blues games – even as Bowyer has guided the team away from the Championship danger zone.
The head coach has been able to do that with no fans inside the stadium – and limited opportunities to communicate directly.