Archer: 7. Only had to make one save and a clean sheet. I’m still concerned by his tardy anticipation and lack of communication with the guys in front of him. Could easily have given away a 1st half penalty.
Romeo: 6. Got caught in possession 4 times (2 in the first 10 minutes). Made a couple of decent tackles, one after Wallace caught in possession dribbling back to our penalty box. Given a difficult time, especially in the first half, by Boga.
Hutchinson: 7. Typical performance, although left floundering by Gallagher once in the first half.
Cooper: 8. My MOTM. I think his height and ungainliness camouflages a decent player. Read the game well, covered fellow back four members, won important headers in both boxes, unlucky not to score and a top performance all round.
Meredith: 7. Another competent and competitive display. His link up play with Fred late in the game was as much surprising as it was eye-opening.
Wallace: 6. Not one of his best games. Ordinary first half going forward as well as assisting Romeo. Came more into the game and more threatening in the 2nd half.
Williams: 7. Don’t remember seeing him get caught in possession, but I’m sure if he was some will let me know. A couple of important firm tackles halted potentially dangerous City attacks. In effect, swept in front of the back 4 and organised the midfield. Several corners found their target and in the last 20 minutes, pulled our strings in midfield and hit several excellent passes including a peach to set Fred free inside the full back late in the game.
Saville: 7. His best game for some while. Tenacious.
Marshall: 6. A classic case of after the Lord Mayor’s Show. Made a decent pass that enabled Gregory to set Wallace up for a shot on target but other than that was fairly anonymous.
Morison: 7. Quiet first half and appeared to be struggling against the Birmingham CDs but came into his own midway through the second.
Gregory: 7. Another selfless display, especially in the first half when Morison wasn’t at the races.
Fred: 8. What can I say? He looked a World Beater. IMO, his best 25 minutes for us. But what should we expect on Tuesday? I’ve no idea!
Tim: 6. Only on for 10 minutes but it looks to me as if being the main target man for launch ball will not suit him. Broke away with Fred for a 2 v 1 and chose the wrong option.
Shackell: Too short a time.
Neil: 8. Got the team selection and substitutions right.
Ref: 9. SHOCK. I thought he was very good!!!!!!!!!!!
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