Blues 0-3 Barnsley Player Ratings: Captain Conor delivers

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Birmingham 0-3 Barnsley – bbc.co.uk

Here are The Football Lab’s Player Ratings for Barnsley’s 3-0 win at Birmingham.

Birmingham City

Tomasz Kuszczak – made some good saves early in the second half. Let down by bad defending. 8

Josh Cogley – bright going forward in the first half hour, but his adventurous mentality led to gaps further back, which Kent exploited. 4
Michael Morrison – lost too many aerial duels to Winnall. A rare bad game from Birmingham’s most consistent performer over the last two years. 2
Ryan Shotton – one good cross-field pass in the second half but was not at his dominant best. 3
Jonathan Grounds – was not tested so much defensively but offered little in attack. 4

David Cotterill – combined well with Cogley in the first half hour, crossed for Donaldson’s back-post effort. Didn’t look comfortable when moved to the left to make way for Stewart. 6
Robert Tesche – his passing was off. Did not look fit. 1
Maikel Kieftenbeld – had to do a lot of work to cover for Tesche and thus lost his position a lot. 3
David Davis – hit the post in the first half, but looked better when moved centrally, before his sending off. 4

Clayton Donaldson – worked hard and pressurized defenders. Did ok considering he had no support. 6
Lukas Jutkiewicz – bullied by MacDonald all afternoon. 2

Che Adams (on 60) – his arrival coincided with a brief period of pressure. 6
Greg Stewart (on 60) – looked lively. Always looked to move forward when given the ball. 7
Reece Brown (on 72) – appeared lost, albeit in difficult circumstances. 4

Barnsley

Adam Davies – made one good save from Donaldson in the first half, but was barely forced into a save all afternoon. 6

James Bree – was never tested by Davis, but solid enough. 6
Angus MacDonald – looked strong, bullied Jutkiewicz in the air. 7
Marc Roberts – nodded in the opener shortly before half-time. Dealt easily with long balls. 8
Andy Yiadom – naturally right-footed, which made it hard for him against Cotterill in the first half hour. Could have been exploited more. 4

Josh Scowen – with two up top, it was important for him to tuck in to cover the space in midfield. Might not have provided any width but did a key job well. 7
Conor Hourihane – his deliveries were excellent all afternoon. A strong performance with three assists. 8
Sam Morsy – dictated play. Was never closed down by Birmingham’s midfield. 9
Ryan Kent – looked lively in the first half hour. Drifted out of the game for spells but a competitive display overall. 7

Tom Bradshaw – his movement was clever. Forced Kuszczak into a save early in the second half. 7
Sam Winnall – his strong work rate pushed Birmingham’s defence back. Deserved his two goals. 9

Ryan Williams (on 85)
Saidy Janko (on 89)
Adam Hammill (on 89)

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