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Blues sanction transfer as rivals suffer double injury blow

Goalkeeper on the move

Birmingham City goalkeeper Archie Matthews has been sent out to Bath City on a month-long loan deal.

Matthews, 20, only joined Blues in the summer after leaving Swindon upon the expiry of his contract and he’s been playing for Steve Spooner’s under 23s side in the Premier League 2.

Now, though, Matthews is off out for a few weeks to get a taste of senior football in a different environment as he looks to continue his development.

Bath are managed by former Blues man Jerry Gill and currently sit in sixth place in the National League South after bouncing back from three successive defeats with a 3-1 victory over Braintree Town over the weekend.

READ: Archie Matthews heads to Bath

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The big Bowyer interview

“It was slightly harsh, if you were watching it as a neutral on the side I would like to think you would think that scoreline was a little bit harsh.

“The first 45 minutes my group of lads never really did much wrong. They scored from a set piece which should have been cancelled out, Bela gets fouled off the ball and the man he was marking goes and scores.

“It’s a routine they have done but it’s a foul, we have been penalised for that this season. Then they get that one and then obviously the penalty

“Taking the goals away I think we were just as good as them for the first 20 minutes – before they scored we were on the front foot, looked like causing them more problems, getting into great areas, winning the ball back in good areas – a little bit of quality lacked in the final third for us and I think that was just the difference on the night.”

READ: Every word Bowyer said to Brian Dick after Blues defeat

Slavisa Jokanovic and Lee Bowyer
Slavisa Jokanovic and Lee Bowyer

Posh problem

Peterborough United boss Darren Ferguson has confirmed that his side have suffered a double blow on the eve of welcoming Birmingham City to London Road this weekend.

The newly promoted side will be without striker Jack Marriott and midfielder Joel Randall for the foreseeable future – the latter certainly is out for at least 10 weeks – and both will certainly miss Blues ’ visit on Saturday.

“Jack is having a scan later today, but it’s not looking good,” Ferguson told the Peterborough Today of the injury problems he’s having to content with. “It is a hamstring injury and the early diagnosis says it’s a bad one. He had a similar injury while at Sheffield Wednesday last season so he could be out for a while.

READ: Posh lose two key players before Blues clash

This is the Bowyer way – live or die

For the last few months, Birmingham City have lived by Lee Bowyer’s tactically ambitious sword – last night, they died by it.

Deploying wing-backs Maxime Colin and Jeremie Bela so far upfield has served Blues well so far this season – going into this match, both had scored and assisted goals and had been key men in Bowyer’s desire to press opponents in their own halves in the hope of winning possession in advanced positions against exposed defences.

The risk is that it leaves huge areas of space behind them for teams to exploit – and exploit it Fulham did.

Especially on the Blues left, where Harry Wilson gave Kristian Pedersen a torrid evening as he and Harrison Reed created overloads that produced bountiful rewards.

Wilson scored one goal, should have bagged a second and made another with a well-worked corner routine.

READ: Brian Dick’s analysis with positives in defeat for Blues

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