Birmingham match-winner Lee Bowyer admits he has concerns over whether his former club and boyhood heroes West Ham are good enough to stay in the Barclays Premier League.

Bowyer grabbed the winner against the Hammers at St Andrew's on Saturday to extend City's unbeaten run to seven games, from which they have collected 17 points. It was the third time in the last four games that the 32-year-old has scored the only goal of the game and it helped to plunge Gianfranco Zola's side back into the bottom three.

Bowyer said: "I am sorry to see West Ham at the bottom. When I was there under Alan Curbishley, we had a decent squad. I feel sorry for Zola and (assistant) Steve Clarke because it is out of their hands a bit what is happening to that club."

He continued: "West Ham have lost some good players. For example, Craig Bellamy went and they've not really replaced those type of players and that is why they are where they are at the moment.

"I think there are rumours that David Sullivan and David Gold might be going there and, if they can go and do to West Ham what they did for this club, it will be a great move for West Ham."

Asked about the Hammers' survival chances, Bowyer added: "I think in this league you need to score goals and, if you don't, you are going to be in trouble.

"Kieron Dyer has just come back, which is a bonus to them, and he is going to be a big player for them but you need more than one player to score you goals.

"I couldn't see too many threats out there that were going to get the goals for them. Carlton Cole is out, and he is a big player for them, but, yes, I am a bit concerned for them."

Bowyer declined to celebrate his second-half winner out of respect for the Hammers.

He said: "I supported West Ham as a boy and I'll always support West Ham. That is my home club. I was fortunate enough to play for them. I respect the club and people involved, Zola, Clarke and obviously the fans."

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