Foster at home 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.”