Lee Bowyer: We have to keep fighting

Lee Bowyer says his side need to be clinical at both ends of the pitch in order to return to winning ways against Huddersfield Town.

The meeting with the Terriers comes on the back of a narrow defeat to West Bromwich Albion, during which Blues created plenty without finding that magic touch in front of goal.

And the Head Coach was clear in identifying what has been missing in recent weeks, as well as how the mood remains positive within the squad ahead of the trip to the John Smith's Stadium.

Addressing the press at Wast Hills Training Ground, Bowyer explained: "That is the reality of the game and that is this division. The two boxes are massively important and you can get punished at times without doing too much wrong. That has definitely happened to us. We have to keep fighting and trying to do the right things, and things will turn and start going our way.

"Once we get that first win, then things will change. The players are in a good place, believe it or not. They are disappointed obviously with the results, but they know we are not performing too badly.

"They are a good, experienced bunch of lads and they know that we are not far off this. We have just got to be patient, keep doing the right things."

The Gaffer went on to provide an analysis of Carlos Corberan's men, with Town having jumped into the play-off places courtesy of their weekend victory over Hull City in West Yorkshire.

He said: "They have had a good start to the season. But we all know that in this league, things can turn quickly. You have to say that they have surprised teams I think with the way they have started. They play good football and have good players, all confident on the ball and they try and play. It is going to be a tough game.

"They are doing good things, creating chances and good from set-pieces, so they have got a good mix going on."

Ahead of the midweek meeting, Bowyer also provided reporters with an injury update on Maxime Colin after his withdrawal against the Baggies and Ivan Sanchez who played 45 minutes for the Under-23s on Saturday.

“Max is struggling, he is going to have to see a specialist. It is a massive blow. Max is one of them players that is low maintenance, high output. You don't even know he is around the place until he steps onto the pitch and then you just see him stand out. He is a great pro and has been playing through pain for a while now. But it comes to a point where this is going to affect him and the team. 

“Ivan Sanchez needs time. He has been out for five or six weeks. He got 45 minutes under his belt on the weekend, but he needs more minutes before we re-introduce him into the First Team.”

You can hear more of Bowyer's pre-Huddersfield thoughts as he spoke to BluesTV.