We weren't at our best tonight and had to put more focus towards our off the ball work and looking for counter attacking opportunities which I think we managed to do very well. Birmingham definitely had most of the game but didn't create any clear cut chances really they got into some really good positions but we were able to cope when this happened. It was a little bit similar to the Preston game, however, this time we had a Plan B and the counter attack worked really well for us.
We definitely had the better of the chances created quite a few clear cut ones we had three 1 on 1 chances in the second half two for Lasogga and one for Saiz, as well as the two chances we scored from.
I felt we deserved the win, there were definitely things we could have done better but has Wiedwald needed to make a serious save?
Wiedwald 7- Made a slight mistake just before half time which could have led to a goal but for Ayling but, however, on 1-2 occasions had to be really quick off his line and he was. Some wonderful distribution from goal kicks and long throws once again.
Ayling 8- Brilliant work to clear off the line just before half time.
Jansson 8- Dealt with everything he had to defensively.
Cooper 8- Outstanding, made a lot of crucial challenges and for me he outshone Pontus tonight.
Anita 7- Caught out of position a few times and some really poor passing but did make a crucial block at 1-0.
Phillips 7- Some crucial interceptions and always tried to push forward.
O'Kane 7- Had a poor first half, however, started to run the game at times in the second half one or two poor decisions but once again was in the right place at the right time on various occasions defensively.
Alioski 5- At times brilliant tonight but lost the ball too easily at times and very poor marking for Birmingham's chance before half time.
Saiz 7- Got on the score sheet and at times brilliant but lost the ball too easily at times wasn't quite at his creative best but still another good performance.
Hernandez 8- Man Of The Match A quiet first half, however, had some sublime moments in the second half particularly in creating 1 on 1 chances for Lasogga and Saiz. He won the ball off Jota ran 20 yards and slid in Lasogga expertly and then a lovely reverse pass to create a chance for Saiz as well.
Lasogga 6- Great work for the first goal and a clever pass for the second goal but in general his link up play and hold up play was non existant. Had two big chances as well in the second half, definitely should have done better with the second one.
Roofe 5- Struggled to have an impact on the game.
Berardi 7- Looked as comfortable as ever.
Dallas 8- Once again came on and made a significant contribution to the game a brilliant goal on his weaker foot.
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