Reaction: Cardiff City 1-1 Blues
Lee Bowyer felt his side were more than good value for their point against Cardiff City on Saturday afternoon.
Blues controlled much of the game in the Welsh capital and were only denied a deserved victory by a penalty eight minutes from time.
Speaking after the game, the Head Coach initially expressed frustration at the outcome but went on to praise the showing of his players at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Addressing members of the broadcast and written press in the aftermath of the campaign’s final away game, he assessed events versus the Bluebirds.
The Boss said: “I am obviously disappointed not to win the game. I felt we were the better side for large periods of it. I didn’t see them scoring from open play. I thought we defended really well from back to front.
“In general play, I felt we just controlled the game. I felt we should have taken more advantage in the first-half. I feel we should score another one and then second-half we had a couple of chances. Obviously, at 0-1, you leave yourself open to the draw. We didn’t really do too much wrong.”
The visitors went in front midway through the first period, with Jeremie Bela finishing smartly for his second of the season and Bowyer was praising of both the scorer and provider.
He told the media: “Jeremie [Bela] has played the last couple of games, he is lucky because he is gifted, he is both-footed and can go either way. It was a very good finish and a good pass from [Juninho] Bacuna, with good awareness and vision.
“But he had a lot to do when he first received the ball Bela, but he was cool, calm and slotted the ball into the bottom corner. It was good goal for us. We scored at the right time and were on top then. Bela has done well in the last two games.”
Blackburn Rovers travel to St. Andrew’s in seven days' time, the visitors for Birmingham City’s final outing of the 2021/22 campaign and the Gaffer took time to look ahead to that contest as well as reserving a word for Blues’ travelling support.
Bowyer said: “We have got one game to go and we have got to show that same fight and commitment as we have today and as we did last week – nothing will change.
“Young JJ [Jordan James] got more minutes, Nico Gordon got more experience. It is good for the two young lads, so these games are when you can give them those opportunities. The most important thing is that we finish the right way.”
On the loyal Bluenoses, he added: “We are grateful for them to come and support us today, they were excellent like they always are. Me and the players are really grateful for their support.”