Birmingham 1-3 Leeds Player Ratings: Robert ever-Green

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A Chris Wood brace helped Leeds to a fortuitous 3-1 win at Birmingham – but what are the main discussion points?

Birmingham City

Tomasz Kuszczak – didn’t have many saves to make yet let in three. Unlike Green, he failed to get his team out of jail when they needed him. 3

Josh Dacres-Cogley – any positives of his contributions in possession are tarnished by defensive frailties. Slipped for Leeds’ second goal and backed off Pedraza for their third. Was played out of position. 2
Ryan Shotton – some impressive crossfield passes to Nsue on the right, but slipped for Woods’ opener. 4
Paul Robinson – can be absolved from blame for two of the goals but as he tired in the last half hour, he struggled to enclose the left-sided space vacated by Keita. 4

Emilio Nsue – posed a constant threat for Blues down the right and put in some excellent crosses at the start of the second half. 8
David Davis – pressed well and fought valiantly throughout. Could have won up to three penalties. 7
Robert Tesche – hit the bar just before the break and played some good passes out to the wings. 7
Maikel Kieftenbeld – as a ball-winner by trade, he didn’t look comfortable in an attacking midfield role. 4
Cheick Keita – showed some nice touches going forward in the first half. Well handled by Dallas after the break and left too much space in behind that left Robinson exposed. 4

Craig Gardner – a superb drive to level things up. Not everything he did came off but he made things happen and fought for the ball. 7
Che Adams – got in behind Jansson on a few occasions early on, including for a one-on-one with Green that was saved. Good work rate but not his night in front of goal. 5

Lukas Jutkiewicz (on 62) – ironically, Blues put more Jutkiewicz suited crosses in the first hour with no target man attacking them, than they did when he came on. 4
Kerim Frei (on 82)
Jerome Sinclair (on 89)

Leeds United

Robert Green – made key saves from Adams, one of which coming a minute before Woods opener. 9

Luke Ayling – played a simple through ball for the first goal and always knew where the space was. Not the most combative but quietly effective. 8
Kyle Bartley – distribution not great but made some vital clearances, one of which off the line from Adams’ header. 8
Pontus Jansson – struggled against Adams early on in both halves. Steady in other periods but didn’t reach his lofty standards. 5
Gaetano Berardi – offered little width and struggled defensively against Nsue. 3

Liam Bridcutt – overrun at times, perhaps through no fault of his own. Worked hard defensively but let down by a shortage of cover. 6
Eunan O’Kane – left too much space behind him and was off the pace. Rightly taken off in the second half. 3

Stuart Dallas – kept Keita quiet, even if that forced him back in the first half. Offered little in an attacking sense. 5
Pablo Hernández – appeared to be waiting for the ball to come to him, rather than helping out the midfielders behind him first. Questionable attitude and wasteful when he did get into good positions. 3
Souleymane Doukara – difficult to see what he offered other than raw strength. Lacked the pace and agility often required from a wide man. 3

Chris Wood – did well to score two goals against his old club, considering that he had limited service. 9

Kalvin Phillips (on 58) – changed the game when he came on with his infectious energy and class on the ball. 9
Alfonso Pedraza (on 73) caught the eye in his short time on the pitch and took his goal nicely. 8
Kemar Roofe (on 82)