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Bowyer claims Colin is ‘one of the best’ in the Championship

Lee Bowyer has labelled Birmingham City defender Maxime Colin as ‘one of the best’ right-backs in the Championship.

Blues might have conceded seven goals in their last two league games against Fulham and Peterborough last time out, but Bowyer has refrained from criticising his players, instead praising their contributions since the former Charlton boss took over at St. Andrew’s.

Peterborough winger Siriki Dembele was awarded man of the match for his impressive display against Bowyer’s side at the Weston Homes Stadium and was a constant thorn in the Birmingham defence.

Dembele had a hand in all three of Posh’s goals on Saturday afternoon as Birmingham went down 3-0 away from home.

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Asked about Dembele’s performance, Bowyer said: “He was playing against one of the best right backs in the league.

“On another day my right-back I believe will take care of Dembele because I have one of the best right backs and Dembele is a good player.

“But my right-back looked like he had nothing in him, for 10 minutes I’m asking him to move forward and overlap, he couldn’t move and it was only 10 minutes into the game.

“That told me something and the fella is a machine, if Max can’t get forward and overlap then it’s down to physicality.

“Dembele played well and is a very good player, he’s good in tight areas and he can cause you problems, but I’d like to think that my right-back would take care of him with an extra 24 hours break.”

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