Foster at home at St Andrew’s
Goalkeeper Ben Foster has pledged his future to Birmingham City as he approaches the end of his first season at St Andrew’s.
There has been speculation Foster could emerge as a target for some of the leading clubs after an excellent campaign following his £6 million switch from Manchester United.
He has helped Blues to Carling Cup glory and the verge of securing Premier League football for a third successive campaign.
In addition, Foster has regained his place in the England squad.
But Foster, whose rare blunder cost his side a goal in the 1-1 home draw with Wolves yesterday, is adamant he is happy with life at City.
He said: "I was at Watford on loan for two years and this is up there with that.
"I’ve loved every minute of this season. The dressing room we’ve got here and the spirit is fantastic.
"I wouldn’t want to leave that to be honest with you. I’m back home in the area where I was born.
"I saw (West Brom striker) Peter Odemwingie being interviewed yesterday and he said a happy man at home is a happy man on the pitch.
"I totally agree with it."
Foster added: "It is nice to be linked (with other clubs) but it is always the way.
"You see Heurelho Gomes at Spurs make a mistake on Saturday and Tottenham are going to be linked with 10 keepers today.
"That’s the way it is, but I’m happy here."
Birmingham will be without leading scorer Craig Gardner for the next two games after he was sent off – his second dismissal of the season – for two bookable offences against Mick McCarthy’s side.
Referee Kevin Friend handed out the second yellow card after deeming Gardner had dived and the midfielder has apologised to his team-mates and Blues manager Alex McLeish.
But Foster has some sympathy for the former Aston Villa player.
He said: "I do feel sorry for Craig. There were a few things from their side they didn’t even get a yellow card where they could have been yellow cards.
"Craig is not a dirty player, a diver, or a cheat or anything like that. If he’s gone over, it’s not because he is trying to win a free-kick.
"He was probably just off balance. That’s the way he is. It’s not like he was looking for a free-kick or a yellow card for the lad (Jody Craddock).
"He will miss two games and it is not great timing for us at a critical part of the season.
"But you’ve got to move with things like that. It is just the way it is and the gaffer will pick his team accordingly next week."
McCarthy is hoping only the ninth away point Wolves have secured this season can act as a launchpad for the finale of the campaign.
He said: "It’s another point away from home that we’d have all taken before setting off down the road to St Andrew’s.
"It’s never been an easy place to come and play and we’ve hardly been playing free-flowing football and been brilliant over the last four games.
"Maybe this has stopped the rot because it was a performance full of energy and hard work.
"Of course, it’s a nervy time. We are in the bottom three.
"But we’ve got to make use of this point by winning our two remaining home games.
"It’s still the same scenario in the table and who’s going to say what number of points it’s going to take to stop up. Nobody knows.
"If we stay up, we will look back on all the points as points gained and well-earned."