A dire performance at home to Neil Warnock’s Middlesbrough sees Blues lie perilously close to the drop zone. 

We decide who the bright spark was in a very gloomy game.

Neil Etheridge 4

A game that Etheridge will be hoping to forget about instantly. A pretty horrendous game for the Blues shot stopper, in which he had two howlers for Boro’s 3rd and 4th goal. His kicking was also awfully inaccurate.

Maxime Colin 6

One of the players that can leave with some respect from this game. He calmly put away the goal that gave Blues the lead but was then exploited rather frequently by Saville.

Harlee Dean 6 (C) 

A solid shift from the Skipper. He did his best to try and hold a poor defensive performance together whilst equally trying to keep some sort of urgency for Blues going forward.

Marc Roberts 5.5

Roberts managed rather well throughout the game but the fact is there were 4 goals conceded by Blues and Robbo’s rating has to take a hit for that.

Kristian Pedersen 5

The usual highlights of Pedersen this season. A few fouls given away needlessly and a lack of creativity going forward. 

Adam Clayton 5

The veteran midfielder has to be held responsible for the second goal. He completely lost his man and had no intention of regaining him. 

Mikel San José 6

San José was fairly static in midfield and didn’t bring much energy to the game. His shift was bought to an end at half time when he was replaced alongside Clayton for Kief and Sunjic.

Jon Toral 6

Possibly the brightest player for Blues in this game. He was linking up play very well and was one of the minority of players that caused issues for Middlesbrough.

Ivan Sanchez 4.5

It is no exaggeration to say that the tricky Spanish winger barely touched the ball today. He made next to no impact on the game and therefore I am unable to give him any higher than a 4.5.

Jeremie Bela 6.5 (MOTM)

The Blues Focus Man of the match today. He was instrumental in the Birmingham goal and continued to cause havoc for Middlesbrough. He nearly saw an ambitious effort head in aswell. 

Scott Hogan 6

Hogan was constantly making the right runs today and came so close to finding the net. If he was slightly more clinical he would have had a great game today.

Subs:

Kieftenbeld 6.5 

Kief brought energy and commitment when he came on off the bench and probably should have started this one.

Sunjic 5.5

Sunjic did nothing of memory other than give away a couple of silly free kicks.

Leko 6

Juke 5.5

Gardner 6

Opposition MOTM – Saville