Birmingham City boss Lee Bowyer knows there is a long way to go as they fight for their Championship status.

The Blues have made a good start to life under the former midfielder’s stewardship, gaining seven points from his four games in charge ahead of their match with Stoke City on Saturday.

But Bowyer, who left Charlton to take over at St. Andrews, is fully aware that his side still have work to do with six matches remaining.

“I’m happy with the points we have on the board,” Bowyer told the press ahead of the game at St. Andrews. “To pick up seven in the first four games, when taking into account who we were playing is a good total.

“I am happy with the gap we have. Would I have liked more? Of course, but that’s just being greedy.

“There’s a long way to go, a lot of football to be played and a lot of points to play for.

“We’ve got three home games and if we can carry on our home form and go unbeaten from now until the end of the season, that will be good.”

Sitting one place outside the bottom three, Blues can move up the table and further clear of the relegation zone with victory over mid-table Stoke tomorrow (Saturday), and Bowyer is expecting the test to be as tough as recent ones against sides higher in the league table.

“We are going into Stoke now, they are not a bad side,” he said. “It is going to be as tough as the last two but in a different way.

“Every team has strengths and weaknesses. Stoke’s are different to Brentford’s, so every game is going to be tough, and will have to earn the three points.”

City go into the game on the back of an impressive point away at Brentford last weekend, and the 44-year old was dismissive of claims that his team approached the match negatively.

Bowyer added: “We had the best clear-cut chance of the game. We could have nicked it at the end. Would I say a draw was a fair result? Yes. But we didn’t go there for a point – we changed shape.

“We started with five at the back and at half-time went to four at the back, so if anything, that is an attack-minded tactical change.”

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