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Boss Bowyer pleased with McGeady


Lee Bowyer

Lee Bowyer

Lee Bowyer

Charlton boss Lee Bowyer says he's impressed with the early form of new signing Aiden McGeady and admits that the Ireland international has given him a selection headache.

McGeady joined the London club on loan from Sunderland just before the transfer window closed, the winger moving up a division from League One after a falling-out with Black Cats manager Jack Ross.

He made his debut as a second-half sub in Tuesday's win away to Nottingham Forest and Bowyer was impressed.

"Aidy did very well," Bowyer said.

"That's what I want, competition for places. It'll make my job harder, but it makes our team better. 

"I want to play Aidy, I want to give him a chance. I see him in training and he's very good."

McGeady is out of contract with Sunderland at the end of the season and the 33-year-old will use his spell at Charlton to try and find a club for a permanent move.

Meanwhile, Scott Hogan's form has been hailed by Birmingham City boss Pep Clotet after he made it three goals in three games since his loan move.

The Ireland striker had struggled while on loan to Stoke City from Aston Villa and the loan was cut short, but Hogan underlined his value to Birmingham again when he scored the only goal of the game on Tuesday away to Barnsley.

"It's what turns performances into victories," Clotet said of Hogan's goal.

"We have had a lot of very good performances the whole year. But we were not finishing off all of our chances.

"I was very keen on the club trying to help us on Scott, getting him in.

"I have had a lot of faith in him since his time at Brentford, I felt he could help us. And he has showed that he is definitely the kind of player who has helped make us better.

"He is a very difficult player to defend when he is in the box. He is very smart."