Lee Bowyer scored the winner against his former club to cement Birmingham's place in the top half of the Barclays Premier League with a 1-0 win over West Hamand increase the relegation worries of the Hammers.

Bowyer, who made the permanent switch from Upton Park in the summer after an initial loan spell, settled the issue with his sixth goal of the campaign.

It enabled City to record a fourth successive league win and equal their best top-flight run for five years since the Steve Bruce era.

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