Hughes does Blues a favour
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Bryan Hughes is hoping he has done his former club Birmingham City a favour.
Bryan Hughes is hoping Charlton Athletic have done his former club Birmingham City a favour in their battle against relegation.
The Addicks midfielder scored the equaliser against Portsmouth on Easter Monday and then saw Darren Bent fire home a late winner.
Pompey's defeat hands Birmingham a chance to overtake Harry Redknapp's side with victory on Wednesday against Blackburn Rovers.
"It was unbelievable," he said of Charlton's comeback. "To be fair, Portsmouth defended really well. They played well in the first half and deserved to go in 1-0 up but the last 15 minutes really turned for us and we got the two goals.
"We had a few players get a few injuries and it was difficult with new players coming in. We had to shuffle the pack a bit but came out well.
"I think so [it'll do Birmingham a favour]," he told Sky Sports. "Portsmouth were beating us so 'Brucie' [Blues boss Steve Bruce] maybe owes me a drink in the future!
"Of course [I hope they get out of it]. I was there so long, nearly eight years, and I hope they stay up. Hopefully our win today will give them a bit of confidence going into their game."
As for Charlton's aims, Hughes is looking to finish the season on a high after Darren Ambrose's introduction helped turned the game on Monday.
"Darren Ambrose looked really lively and sharp and caused them a lot of problems," he said of the substitute's impact against Pompey.
"He was turning on the ball and running at the defence. He was unlucky not to get one himself.
"Over the last few years, we've faltered going downhill and we want to prove we can mix it a bit and finish in the top ten."