Absolute elation filed through St. Andrews today as Blues got their first win at home, extending our unbeaten run to 8 games, as well as putting us four points off the play offs. A stunning performance from the players, especially the English striker with a Polish name. Blues dominated throughout the majority of the game, and despite a shaky end to the match we managed to take all three points in style.
GK: Lee Camp
Camp pulled off a great save in the first half, as he tipped Manning’s shot over the bar, one of Rotherham’s few attacks. Unfortunately, Camp was unable to retain the clean sheet when Taylor buried his shot to reduce the deficit to two goals. Apart from that, wasn’t tested at all. 6/10.
RB: Maxime Colin
One of the best right-backs in the Championship, Maxime Colin. Consistently powered forward down the right-wing alongside Jota, and barely gave the Rotherham attackers a look in, that is until their goal late in the second half. The Frenchman showed great ability on the ball and was constantly looking forward to launch an attack. 7.5/10.
CB: Harlee Dean
Created a nervous moment early in the first half when he was caught in possession by Williams, but wasn’t really tested until Rotherham increased the pressure towards the end of the game as they drastically searched for an unlikely comeback. Alongside Morrison, Harlee was great in the air as Rotherham deployed their long ball tactics throughout. 7/10.
CB: Michael Morrison
An all-round decent performance from the captain, who was taken off for Roberts after the hour mark due to a little injury. When taken off, Blues looked shaky at the back, eventually leading to a consolation goal from the Millers. 7.5/10.
LB: Kristian Pedersen
The Dane’s best performance in a Blues shirt, and I’m sure most fans would agree with me. Pedersen worked tirelessly throughout the entirety of the match and made a couple of goal-denying blocks, in addition to some great tackles. His strength and ariel ability today makes it even more obvious how well he’s settling in, in the Championship. 8.5/10.
LM: Jacques Maghoma
I’m contemplating copy and pasting what I write about Maghoma after each game, as it becomes even more blatantly obvious that he must be dropped for Mahoney, who offered more than Maghoma did throughout his time on the pitch. Despite this, Maghoma did work extremely hard whilst on the pitch, yet remains a shadow of his player-of-the-season winning self which he displayed last campaign. 5/10.
CM: Gary Gardner
Another solid performance today from Gary, who alongside Kieftenbeld dominated the centre of the park against a weak Millers team. Despite giving the ball away on a couple of occasions, he completed his duties in the midfield today. 7/10.
CM: Maikel Kieftenbeld
One of the most underrated midfielders in the Championship in my opinion, which I know is shared by many. After having his red card rescinded, the Dutchman stood out in the middle of the park today, with some great tackles and consistently good passing. To think, we almost sold him for 200k to Derby last season, what was Redknapp thinking? 8/10.
Yet again, Jota was the outlet of creativity for Blues today, as he worked well with Colin down the right flank, as always. A few bombing runs down the wing added to his solid defensive duties, displaying how the Spaniard works his socks off every game. 8.5/10.
ST: Che Adams
Another below-par performance for Adams, who made little impact on the game. His positioning was poor when we counter-attacked and provided another below-average work rate. He must find his form sooner rather than later if we intend to remain on the up. 5.5/10.
ST: Lucas Jutkiewicz
Another stunning performance from the Juke. I have been saying from the start of the season that Lucas is incredibly underrated, and offers so much more than just goals. Much to our delight, we saw an abundance of both today. A perfect hattrick as well as a dominant performance on the ball and in the air. The best player in the Championship according to whoscored.com, Jutkiewicz is finally receiving the praise he deserves. The Juke completed his hattrick with a slotting finish from a clever free kick, almost replicating Fleck’s for Sheffield United last season, in the Steel City Derby. 10/10. MOTM
SUBSTITUTE: Conor Mahoney
Should’ve started instead of Maghoma, and looked bright when he came on. Showed a glimpse of brilliant foot work on the ball as he came ever-so close to scoring late on. Conor is showing that he deserves his chance, and must start against Stoke in my opinion. 7/10.
SUBSTITUTE: Marc Roberts
Bought on for what I believe was his first game this season for Blues, correct me if I’m wrong. Showed why Morrison deserves the starting spot over himself, as the defence looked incredibly shaky as they invited Rotherham’s pressure late on, conceding a consolation goal. 5/10.
SUBSTITUTE: Bez Lubala
On the bench in place for the lazy Omar Bogle, who deserved to be dropped from the bench in place for the youngster. Unfortunately, Lubala was unable to display his talents as he was only given the six minutes of added time to do so. N/A.
By Jack Blenkiron, KRO.
Credit to @BrummieJoeHD for the cover photo.