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Westwood 7 - So comfortable and such safe hands. 

Hunt - 7 - Solid against their biggest threat, fantastic cross.

Fox - 7 - Rarely ruffled, defends properly and looks to attack.

Loovens - 8 - Great leader, great interceptions, cool and calm again.

Sasso - 7 - Still worries me but I don't know why as he's done well since coming in.

Hutchinson - 8 - Never has a bad game, so much more bite than Jones, reads it so well.

Bannan - 6 - Didn't turn up tonight, tried as usual but didn't happen.

Wallace - 7 - Did ok again, some clever touches and positive intent.

Forestieri - 6 - Started well, unlucky on a few occasions but uncharacteristically wasted the ball as well.

Rhodes - 7 - Bought to score. Give him service and he will. Plenty more to come.

Winnall - 8 - Tireless, desperate to perform. As with Rhodes, deliver crosses and he'll deliver goals.


Delighted with all three subs. Reach was superb, Abdi looked comfortable and is starting to get a look in. And been saying it for a while; would love McManaman to get a start, he always pushes us upfield and looks dangerous.

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9 minutes ago, Adem Poric said:

Hutch was good without the ball but gave it away a lot more than usual. Not man of the match at all for me.


Sasso and Loovens joint man of the match tonight. Both were imperious.


Morgan Fox was excellent too, really pleased with him.


Also, thought both strikers worked their nads off.



Glad somebody else thought this, Sasso and Loovens were excellent. Sasso looked much more comfortable tonight and is well worth his place. There is no rush for Lees to come back at the moment. 2 starts, 2 clean sheets. Well done.


Loovens MoM for me. 

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Rhodes/Winnall looks like not only good partnership but also a healthy rivalry. That hunger could bring a lot of goals.

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Westwood - 8 - Does most things very well and didn't need to make a blinding save.

Hunt - 8 - We looked vulnerable down his side in the first half but didn't get as much support as in the second. Wicked cross for Winnall and was terrific overall.

Loovens - 8 - Class and leadership

Sasso - 7 - Has those nightmare moments and always will but tries hard and did a good job

Fox - 8 - A revelation. They hardly got down his side at all. Fit and strong and will be first choice LB.

Wallace - 7 - Responsible for most of the good things in the first half. Less effective 2nd as I think he was instructed to stay closer to Hunt

Bannan - 6 - Very busy but not very effective.

Hutchinson - 9 A Wall. Still lucky not to get booked but thank goodness he's back.

Forestieri - 5 A bit below par for him. We've all been crying out for him to be back on the left but it didn't really work.

Rhodes - 6 - Did his job as he always has at this level. Not a complete package but exactly what we need to get out of this division.

Winnall - 7 - Very lively with good movement. Cold have shown more composure a couple of times but going to be an important player.


Reach - 8 - You wish he was a bit better than he s but this was a terrific cameo full of energy and a class finish. Hopefully his confidence soars.

Abdi - 6 - Still looks like a reserve player which is very frustrating

McManaman - Not on long enough to shine.


Getting scary to think this team played no part:














And we have another six out on loan...


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That kind of hunger to succeed is infectious.

Chuffed for Jordan too.

Thought it was probably Hunt's best game of the season..apart from that one sloppy pass.

And Hutch doing his usual roy of the rovers

Forestieri had an off day.


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Could have gone to either of the Sams, and almost gave my vote to Reach after his impact - what a contribution!


Settled on Winnall though. Worked his arse off, got his goal and could have hat a hat trick if he hadn't snatched at a couple of the half-chances.


If Carlos was an option in the poll, he'd walk it. Fantastic performance from the gaffer.

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Westwood 7


Hunt 7

Loovens 7

Sasso 7

Fox 7


Wallace 8.1

Hutchinson 7

Bannan 8

Forestieri 5


Rhodes 8

Winnall 8


Reach 8

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Not one standout candidate. I've gone for Westwood, another clean sheet, and held on to everything.

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Hutch but only a gnats' between him and Winnall.


Reach terrific when he came on too. Sasso looks to be finding his Championship legs too.

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Hutch MOM,

Fox good despite having Nando going missing all the time.

Winnal and Rhodes looked good together.

Hunt good game.

Nando, didn't look up for it.

Bannon,For me he wasn't in the first half, better second half.

Loovens and Sasso, OK but they did hit the woodwork 3 times

Wallace, not his best game

Abdi, Cool smooth silky

Reach, who said he was rubbish? He isn't.

MacManamannnnn,  game was over by then.



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Westwood - 7 - Despite them playing well at times he never looked troubled probably only the hutch header that he wouldnt have got to .

Hunt - 8 - One of his beter games in a wednesday shirt given how much he was tested and the assist.

Loovens - 8 - Quality as always could play games in his slippers

Sasso - 7 - Not quite as good as loovens but two games two clean sheets doesnt look out of place

Fox - 8 - Good performance after watching pudil this season its good to see an athletic fullback again.

Wallace - 7 - Has hit some form again great cross for the first goal

Bannan - 7 - Decent enough not his best performance of recent games a little weak in the tackle at times

Hutchinson - 8 - Good to have him back a vital player in games like that where the opposites get on top for a period so many blocks and interceptions.

Forestieri - 6 - The balance of the team was better with him on the left but I think mcmanam can probably do what ff  can do from the left and with a bit more work rate its good to not have to rely on him anymore given his attitude at times this season hasnt helped the team.

Rhodes - 7 - Typical rhodes performance great goal and decent all round game but not as involved as other were

Winnall - 8 - Great performance and desire probably should have had more goals but was a menace to there back line and you could see what it means to him


Reach - 8 - Great cameo strong runs and a great finish for the goal good to see he can make an impact from the bench as for some home games I think its better to start with other players out wide left.

Abdi - 7 - Classy cameo was great to be able to bring on three subs who all looked at the same level

McManaman - 6 - Not long on but still made a decent contribution with the interception for the reach goal

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Westwood - 8 - Looked comfortable all game, saved what he had to, didn't spill anything. Only beaten by a wonder strike, that thankfully hit the bar. 


Hunt - 7 - Caused problems going forward, caused us problems with his defending at times. But we kept a clean sheet, and he produced a wonderful cross for Winnalls goal, so can't fault him.


Sasso - 7 - Seems to be getting mroe and more comfortable with every game he plays. Seems much more relaxed and composed. Gave Hunt plenty of freedom to roam tonight with him spreading further out wide when we attack. 


Loovens - 7 - Typical performance from him. Strong and commanding. 


Fox - 8 - Looks good going forward, was unprotected by Forestieri tonight up against a winger and rampaging fullback. Great to see a left back close down the winger, and win the ball. 


Wallace - 8 - Class for 60 mintues, got a great assist, created a great chance for Winnall too. But then seemed to fade out of the game. Good to see him back in form. 


Hutch - 10 - A beast. He's always a beast. But his passing range just seems to keep improving! Spreaded some lovely pinging balls across field today. 


Bannan - 7 - Showed his class at times, and went missing at others. Always running and tracking back, but didn't get involved much further forward. Maybe targeted a bit today by more physical players.


Forestieri - 7 - Kept running, and created space for Winnall and Rhodes. Few passes that forced Birmingham into some great last ditch interceptions. 


Rhodes - 8 - Always a danger. Great header for the goal. How Robinson didn't get 5 yellows today I don't know. 3rd minute of the game, took Rhodes out clear on goal. Yellow every time if it's 30 mins later in the game, and if so, he wouldn't have been able to keep taking people out with every chance he got. 


Winnall - 9 - Was debated if he'd work with Rhodes, as they are similar. But his work ethic, allowed Rhodes to stay central and pose a threat. Got in some great positions, and got a really good goal. 




Reach - 8 - Best game for us. When he starts, that's the directness we've been missing. We know he can do that, but he seems so reserved. Today, he came on full of energy and got at them. He was dangerous from the second he got on the pitch. And such a composed finish to wrap up the game. I've been one of his critics, but deserves the credit tonight. Does he warrant a start? I'm not sure, because he was more effective from the bench, than he has been in his starts.


Abdi - N/A - Not enough time to really rate him. But looks like he maybe starting to work his way into his plans. The quality is there.


CM - N/A - Did he touch the ball?

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Much better tonight.


Westwood 7 - didn't actually need to do that much as the woodwork saved us!


Hunt 7 - MUCH better, especially on the ball. Still poor at times but he needs to take confidence from those excellent crosses he put in.

Loovens 9 - MOM for me. Didn't put a foot wrong and led the line in a game where we actually came under a lot of pressure.

Sasso 7 - did ok but is still too lightweight for me. Played some good balls forward.

Fox 7 - Pretty 'no-nonsense' but did ok and seems an upgrade on Pudil.


Wallace 7 - tried hard and a great assist with the free kick, but personally I'd like to see McManaman start.

Hutch 8 - was everywhere. Hugely important player for us.

Bannan 6 - great at times, but not often enough. Went missing for a large part of the game. Off the ball is extremely weak.

Nando 6 - another game where it didn't come off for him. I was pleased to see him start on the left but it didn't quite work out they I was hoping.


Rhodes 8 - great header for the goal. Lots of intelligent headers/flick ons. I am a huge fan of his. 

Winnall 8 - worked his balls off and deserved a goal which he took very well. Could have had a couple more but lacked composure - made up for it with his work ethic.




Reach 8 - was involved in 2 out of the 3 goals tonight. I thought dropping him was the right decision but he came on and did well. Was pleased to see him score.


Abdi 8 - thought it was the right change and he did well when he came on. Obviously an intelligent player who we need to utilise more IMO.


McManaman 7 - lively as ever. Would like to see him start.


Carlos - much better this week. Not an amazing performance but we did the job, scored goals and were a lot more positive. We started exceptionally well and played some nice stuff in patches. We rode our luck again at times but overall our quality shone through. Can't really fault your team selection tonight. 

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Went Winnall, thought he worked his nads off and has that 'old fashioned' centre forward look about him.


His goal was better than it first looked, the defender got a touch, but Winnall's determined lunge made sure it wasn't going anywhere but the back of the net.


Really excited and hopeful of the Rhodes/Winnall partnership, early days, but it's looking good so far.

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I'm glad Winnall got that goal.  Extremely hard worker and showed he can fit in tonight.  His finishing before the goal had been woeful though!!

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