Birmingham 2 – 2 Ipswich: Jack’s Player Ratings

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Last season Blues managed to draw seven games, ten games into the new season and we’ve already equalled that tally. Five home games, five draws, many games in which we have deserved much more from. It was a fantastic comeback for Monk’s men, an abysmal first half which saw the Tractor Boys leading 2-0, the incredibly hard-working Lucas Jutkiewicz scored both goals to salvage a point.

GK: Lee Camp

Was unable to do much for the first Ipswich goal, yet arguably could’ve done better for the second. Camp wasn’t tested at all in the second half in which we dominated, overall not a bad performance. 6.5/10.

RB: Maxime Colin

A strong performance from the Frenchman who consistently pushed forward throughout the entire match and worked brilliantly with Mahoney when substituted on.  7.5/10.

CB: Harlee Dean

Endured a tough first half, like the majority of the starting eleven. However, his performance improved largely within the second, handling the few counter-attacks faced by Ipswich, even managing a few shots at Gerken. 7.5/10.

CB: Michael Morrison

Like Dean, experienced a tough first half against the Ipswich attackers. A massive improvement within the second half and dealt with everything that he faced. 7/10.

LB: Kristian Pedersen

Was given the run around by Jon Nolan throughout the first forty-five minutes. Was caught out by another attack on the left side of the field, which lead to a goal. An overall poor performance from the Dane but offered good ariel duels. 5/10.

LM: Jacques Maghoma

An improvement from the last few games, but Maghoma still appears to be a shadow of his player-of-the-year winning self, last year. He worked tirelessly like the everyone else however, as he pushed the Ipswich defence on our multiple attacks in the second half. Improved in the second half. 6.5/10.

CM: Gary Gardner

Some brilliant tackles from Gary within the first half, who was arguably one of the better players before he was substituted, as he hit the post early on with a shot outside the box. He was injured towards the end of the first forty-five, but another solid cameo from arguably the better Gardner. 6.5/10.

 

 

 

 

CM: Charlie Lakin

A flat performance in comparison to the last two games against Sheffield United and Leeds, as he was unable to replicate his strong performances. He gave the ball away a few times and was caught sleeping in the centre of the park. He was substituted for Conor Mahoney in the second half. 5/10.

RM: Jota

Jota is loved by the fans, arguably our best player as he provided a great assist for Jutkiewicz’s first early on in the second half, as well as some brilliant swinging crosses from corners and free-kicks down the wing. Without a doubt the Spaniard is our most creative player, who worked tirelessly throughout the entire match 8/10.

ST: Che Adams

Potentially should’ve been rewarded a penalty in the first half, as he was physically outmuscled by the Ipswich defence. Was fouled on multiple occasions and completed many weaving runs which created panic within the Tractor Boy’s defence. Had a brilliant chance in the closing stages of the second half, and to the dismay of the 20,000 or so Blues fans there today, forced a good save from Gerken. 7/10.

ST: Lucas Jutkiewicz

A player who throughout every match gives his all, despite not scoring many goals – he works his socks off. The St. Andrews saviour scored with a calm slotting finish early on, and eventually grabbed his brace after a scramble in front of the Tilton. The player who has won the most headers in the Championship this season, he is finally being recognised for his contributions. 9/10. MOTM

SUBSTITUTE: Maikel Kieftenbeld

Arguably one of the most underrated midfielders in the Championship and has been for a few years. The Dutchman entered in place of Gary Gardner at the start of the second half, and changed the game in the midfield, completing some great tackles to split up play. 7.5/10.

SUBSTITUTE: Conor Mahoney

Absolutely fantastic cameo in the second half, and arguably deserves to start in place of Maghoma at Brentford on Tuesday after showing he deserves his chance. Almost scored on two occasions and lit up the left wing and was constantly trying to deliver the ball into the box. 8.

By Jack Blenkiron, KRO.

@Jackblenkiron.

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