Birmingham's Lee Bowyer on his plan to avoid back to back relegations as manager

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Lee Bowyer hopes Scott Hogan can rediscover his prolific scoring form when he returns to old club Brentford on Tuesday.

Hogan came off the bench to score a late winner from the spot when Brum beat Swansea last time out.

But it was just the striker’s seventh of the season after previously scoring 21 Championship goals in 29 games for the Bees in 18 months from April 2016-January 2017.

Blues boss Bowyer, who could pair Hogan with Lukas Jutkiewicz at Brentford, said: “Scott Hogan has not just become a bad player.

“If you play for Brentford you are good player and if you score the goals he did , he is a good striker, especially in this division.

“I have no doubt he will score goals.

“He knows he can finish but you need chances to be able to do so.

Scott Hogan scored the winner in Birmingham’s previous game and new boss Lee Bowyer wants more goals from the striker

“That is work we are doing everyday on the training pitch and he has to make sure when he gets that opportunity, he takes it.

“I trust him.

“It will help him playing with a second striker and hopefully between now and the end, he can have a good run.

“Scoring the other night will have given him a good bit of confidence.

“Hopefully he can take that confidence and use it.”

New boss Bowyer has masterminded two wins from three games since joining from Charlton, who were relegated to League One last term.

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Bowyer was relegated with Charlton last season and is keen to avoid the same fate

Bowyer, who played for Brum from 2009-2011, added: “I don’t want another relegation on my CV but I like a challenge.

“I know the club was in a bad place and believed I could come in and help the club.”

While Bowyer battles to keep Blues up, reports have emerged the club’s WSL side have complained about their budget and lack of medical support.

Bowyer said: “If there are things that aren’t going so well with the women’s team, then hopefully they can figure out those problems.”

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