Lee Bowyer addresses Birmingham City’s ‘not fit to wear the shirt’ criticism

Lee Bowyer says Birmingham City’s fans had ‘every right’ to lambast his players after their Easter Monday’s humiliation at Blackpool. Blues conceded three goals in either half to lose 6-1 at Bloomfield Road after which they were booed from the field.

Indeed, the 3,500 travelling fans barracked their players throughout the game with several renditions of ‘not fit to wear the shirt’ leaving no-one in any doubt about the paucity of the performance. Head coach Bowyer accepted the criticism.

“That’s the darkest day I have experienced in my whole football career,” he said. “That was not acceptable from start to finish. I would never associate myself with quitting and failing in that way. I am in charge here. I am the one that stands there in front of the players, I pick the team, pick the shape, but that had nothing to do with today’s result. That was no fight, no passion, no desire.

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“I have never experienced – playing and the manager side – your own fans singing what they were singing, and they had every right to sing what they sung. It wasn’t acceptable. That’s the worst day I have ever had in football.

“They [Blackpool] had fight, they had passion, they care – their players. This ain’t just today. I have said before we are papering over cracks that have been there a long, long time. And when I say to you I am getting blood out of a stone, sometimes I have said that after games.

“Now you have just witnessed. This has been a problem for years, before I came. It ain’t going to get changed quickly. It wasn’t acceptable from start to finish. They were more hungry than us. There are so many things that are wrong with what is going on but there is no excuse for coming second best all over the pitch and not fighting for this football club.”

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