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McLeish wouldn't take a chance on Bowyer
Published : 18 Sep 2010 19:30:38
Birmingham boss Alex McLeish admitted he substituted midfielder Lee Bowyer to avoid the risk of him being sent off as his side crashed 3-1 at West Brom.Bowyer retaliated after being on the receiving end of a challenge from Baggies defender Gonzalo Jara and reacted with a lunge at Gabriel Tamas which resulted in him picking up a yellow card.McLeish instantly substituted Bowyer, who was then involved in a verbal exchange with a female fan situated behind the City dugout.McLeish said: "I just didn't want to take a chance. Lee is mature but I didn't want to take a chance and get egg on my face."We were talking about taking Alexander Hleb off at that time because he has not played a lot of football and he looked fatigued."Then Bowyer got the booking and I took him off just in case. He is more mature now and he maybe would have seen it through but I didn't want to take any chances."