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Reaction: Blues 2-1 Swansea City

Lee Bowyer has challenged his side to be more clinical in the wake of their victory over Swansea City on Saturday.

The biggest home crowd of the season was in attendance at St. Andrew's to witness a Blues performance that mixed heart and quality to down an in-form opposition.

Troy Deeney and Riley McGree, either side of Michael Obafemi's equaliser, were on the scoresheet to deliver a well-deserved maximum, although the Head Coach has demanded more from his team when it comes to the business end.

Speaking to the media after the welcome result, Bowyer was clear about how his side can not only be better but deliver more positive results in the Sky Bet Championship.

He told reporters: "I think we deserved it, but if I am ultra critical we could have scored more. We should have won by more. They had one real chance in the second-half, you have to say their goal was outstanding. 

"[For us] I hope this is a kickstart, I have said on a few occasions we haven’t been that bad but we have kept missing chances. Today was the same we scored two but four, five easy I think we should have scored.

"This will give the players a bit of a boost and I am really pleased for them because it’s difficult when you keep working as hard as they are working and not getting any reward for it. Today they have got their reward so now we have just got to get ready for next week and see what we can do there."

The Gaffer went on in his assessment of the 90 minutes in B9, giving a special mention to matchwinner Riley McGree. Blues' Australian started on the bench but certainly made a noise upon his arrival onto the field, with his Boss delighted at his contribution and application beyond the goal.

Bowyer told reporters: "He did really well on Wednesday, he was a bit disappointed to be left out but that’s my job. I felt with Scott [Hogan] being fresh, we could win the ball in high areas.

"I know what he [McGree] brings but it is difficult because I have never seen him work as hard as I do now. He is now showing more than being a ten, luxury player. He showed that today."

It was an afternoon when Deeney's strike set Blues on their way and Bowyer spoke in detail about the captain for the day, including his decision to give the 33-year-old striker the armband against the Swans.

He explained: "For him to captain his boyhood club, I know that would mean a lot to him. I know he is a leader anyway, a winner, a fighter. I believe it was the right decision to make.

"I try not to make big deals out of things like that, I didn’t even tell him. Someone else would have told him. I don’t want to put more pressure on him so I have left him out a little bit. There’s so much pressure, I have been in this situation. 

"I know it might mean the world and give us that little bit more of an edge. And it paid off."

Bowyer also gave his reaction to BluesTV, with more of his thoughts on the success over Swansea available here.

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