A disappointing performance from Blues allowed Sheffield Wednesday to leave Birmingham with 3 points but was there any silver linings?
Neil Etheridge 7
The Filipino shot stopper kept Blues in the game in the first half with two excellent saves, had less to do in the second half. Also nearly managed to save Bannan’s penalty.
Maxime Colin 6
Rarely got forward down the wing but that could be down to instructions from Karanka. Didn’t make any huge mistakes at the back however. A very average performance from Colin.
Harlee Dean 7
The skipper has been very solid this season and didn’t stop today. Sheffield struggled to break him and Friend down. Dean was also responsible for starting a fair share of the attacks for Blues.
George Friend 7*
Another Brilliant display from Friend. He improves the backline massively and made some quality runs forward which created issues for Wednesday.
Kristian Pedersen 5.5
Pedersen will be lucky to keep his place in the Blues team after his recent performances. Gave away a foul in a very dangerous position in the first half and is still very error prone. Disappointing from the Dane.
Adam Clayton 6.5
A vastly improved performance from Clayton. In previous games he looked a shadow of his true quality but was the opposite today. The only player that regularly played balls forward and sped up the tempo in the first half and had a solid second half to partner it.
Gary Gardner 5
A disappointing return to the team for Gards. He looked all over the place in the first half and let his aggression get the better of him on occasions.
Dan Crowley 5.5
Similarly to Gardner, fans were expecting a better return for Crowley who has lost his place in the first team this season. Considering his quality on the ball he didn’t create anywhere near enough chances and will be lucky to get another start anytime soon.
Ivan Sánchez 6
The first underwhelming outing from Sánchez. He still had a lot of quality at set pieces and all of his corners caused problems for Wednesday but didn’t make much of an impact in open play.
Scott Hogan 5.5
Hogan had very little service in the first half so couldn’t really be blamed for his performance but he missed a chance from point blank range late on and the only time he did find the net he was offside.
*= Man of the match.