It couldn’t have gone much better!Lee Bowyer
Bowyer, who has taken just two training sessions with the team, galvanised the players to deliver a performance that was the hallmark of a Blues side to be admired.
Captain Harlee Dean headed home the winner after Lukas Jutkiewicz' first-half goal had been cancelled out by Yakou Meite's equaliser.
Speaking post-match, there was a clear joy from Bowyer as his reign got off to a winning start at St. Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium.
Reflecting on the victory and how it was achieved, he said: “[It was] very good. It couldn’t have gone much better! If I’m being really greedy we could have got a clean sheet, but apart from that a really good start.
“You have to get after teams like Reading because if you don’t they are going to hurt you. We tried to set traps and they worked a lot of the time. The odd time they got through but the most important thing is that we got that high press and I think it worked tactically. I thought we were very good from start to finish.”
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Bowyer was asked by the press whether he is confident of retaining Blues' second-tier status and the 44-year-old was unequivocal in his response, going on to outline what it will take to achieve this.
He told reporters: “If I didn’t think we could stay up then I wouldn’t be here.
“There are no easy games. I can’t remember there being an easy game in football – let alone in the championship. You have to earn every point.
“If we work like that and put in performances like that between now and the end of the season then we will have a very good chance.
“When you speak to the players, it is just making it clear what my expectations are from them. The players have bought into it straight away because they can see it is going to work. Don’t get carried away. Can we maintain that? That’s the difficult thing.
“If you trust each other, then once they do that – today perfect!"
The Boss was also asked about the performance of Jutkiewicz, whose goal was his 50th for the Club.
Bowyer said: “When you work hard other things come naturally. You get rewarded for hard work.
“He [Jutkiewicz] worked hard from start to finish and his reward today was the goal. But you have to credit the cross and the hard work to get the ball for the cross. You have to credit him though because it’s his strength and his movement that allows him to score.
“His strength and his hold-up play, he’s a good player. With Scott Hogan running off him; a great pairing. There’s a lot of good players here."