Like most fans, I’m lost for words after that game. I’m unsure whether to be content with the point we snatched or frustrated that we didn’t take all three. Kieftenbeld sent off. Monk sent off. Multiple fights between the opposition. It’s all right here in my player ratings.
GK: Lee Camp
In my opinion Camp should’ve done better for Brentford’s equaliser, if I saw it again then I might change my mind, but Camp definitely made up for it with two brilliant goal-denying saves late on in the second half. 6/10.
RB: Maxime Colin
The first of the ex-Brentford trio who played at the incredibly intimidating Griffin Park tonight, the Frenchman didn’t receive as much stick as the other two, and as usual displayed a solid performance down the right, charging forward on multiple occasions in the first half. 7.5/10.
CB: Harlee Dean
The man at the receiving end of ‘Harlee, what’s the score?’ by Brentford fans, despite it being 1-1. An all-round decent performance from the ex-Brentford captain who was heavily relied upon once Blues were reduced down to ten men. Didn’t give Maupay a look-in throughout the entirety of the match. 8/10.
CB: Michael Morrison
Popped up with a rising header in the first half to provide Blues with the lead, as well as bagging his first goal of the season. Morrison worked brilliantly, as usual, with Dean at the back as neither gave the Brentford attackers many chances throughout the game. 8.5/10.
LB: Kristian Pedersen
A standard performance for Pedersen, good going forward but failed to create anything with the few deliveries he provided and was caught out a few times by Canos. Still offered strength as well as a couple of great sliding tackles to break down the counter-attacks. 6/10.
LM: Jacques Maghoma
I have been saying this for a while now, and many are beginning to say the same. Maghoma is a shadow of his player-of-the-season winning self in the last campaign and offered very little going forward. Mahoney deserved to start on the left from the get-go as Jacques dropped another ‘disaster class’ compared to last season. A player who stood out with his great flair in a flat, dreary team last campaign, Maghoma must be dropped for Rotherham on Saturday. 4/10.
CM: Gary Gardner
A decent performance in the middle from Gary who played the entirety of the match, winning the majority that came at him throughout. Reassured the midfield after we were reduced to ten and worked well with both Kieftenbeld and Lakin. 7/10.
CM: Maikel Kieftenbeld
A great performance from the Dutchman up until his sending off. I, like everyone else, am completely unsure whether he deserved to be sent off, with Brian Dick stating that “Kieftenbeld apparently pushed the back of Maupay’s head”, which resulted in the instant red, as well as an outbreak which lead to Monk’s dismissal. Completed the majority of his passes but let the team down with the red. 5/10.
A man of the match performance from Jota today, who provided the assist with a swinging cross in from the corner, despite the barrage of abuse he received throughout the high-tensioned game. Danced past Barbet on multiple occasions and was the figure-head of the majority of our attacks going forward. 9/10. MOTM.
ST: Che Adams
An average performance from Adams, who is yet to live up to the expected hype which was displayed upon him on his arrival at St. Andrews. Ran at the Brentford defence multiple times on counter-attacks yet offered little going forward. Worked a lot harder than he has in the previous matches. Was substituted for Lakin after Kieftenbeld’s red, much to his annoyance. 6.5/10.
ST: Lucas Jutkiewicz
Unfortunately for the English striker with a Polish name, Jutkiewicz was unable to replicate his performance from Saturday, yet worked his socks off throughout the entirety of the match and won the majority of balls in the air. 7/10.
SUBSTITUTE: Conor Mahoney
Should’ve started instead of Maghoma, and was unable to offer anything going forward as he was substituted on in the 90th minute, as Blues resisted the Brentford attacks and settled for a well-deserved point. N/A.
SUBSTITUTE: Charlie Lakin
The youngster was dropped in place of Kieftenbeld after a poor display against Ipswich on Saturday. However, Lakin was substituted on the hour mark for Adams, as Blues played the last half an hour in a 4-4-1. Lakin filled the midfield comfortably and made no major mistakes. 6.5/10.
SUBSTITUTE: Omar Bogle
One of the laziest players I have ever seen in a Blues shirt. Two months into the season and I am yet to see the supposed Blues fan offer anything at all going forward. He often strolls around on the pitch, exactly what he did when substituted on for Juke with seven minutes to go. Some may argue that he wasn’t given enough time to make an impact, but Bogle seriously needs to improve his game, and maybe take a page out of Lucas’ book. 4/10.
By Jack Blenkiron, KRO.