Anthony Patterson: 7/10
Made a really important save to come out and block from Hogan when the score was 1-0, had no chance with the Birmingham goal, and saved well from Sanderson at 2-1.
Trai Hume: 6/10
Was OK at right back without ever excelling and not providing much going forward but made a vital goalline clearance at 2-1.
Bailey Wright: 5/10
Battled well all game with a physical Birmingham attack but gifted them a goal with an awful attempt at a clearance.
Danny Batth: 7/10
Like Wright battled well all game and won plenty in the air but did get away with being dragged out of position by Deeney in the first half.
Niall Huggins: 6/10
Looked understandably rusty at points in the first half, getting caught napping on the ball on a couple of occasions but improved after the break.
Corry Evans: 7/10
Showed what we missed from the start on Saturday, provided much-needed experience in the middle of the pitch, and broke up Birmingham’s play centrally.
Dan Neil: 7/10
Played a delightful ball to Amad early on which the forward probably should have scored from and then an even better ball to the same player for our second goal.
Amad Diallo: 9/10
Played a major part in the team going two-nil up thanks to a great assist and an even better goal before taking a knock to the eye and needing to be subbed.
Alex Pritchard: 6/10
Like Evans provided plenty of experience, helping us keep the ball in dangerous areas and was involved in the build-up to the first goal. Had one really poor free kick that he followed up with a shot on target.
Jack Clarke: 6/10
Worked hard on the left wing without any reward, but nothing really came off for him today.
Ellis Simms: 7/10
Won a lot of headers, linked up play, and took his goal really well.
Patrick Roberts: 6/10
Helped us retain possession with his running up the right wing late on.
Elliot Embleton: 6/10
Came on late, and barely had a touch but did his job.
Jay Matete: 6/10
Got stuck in and provided cover on the right to help us see out the game.
Man of the Match: Amad Diallo
A scrappy game throughout that some good battling performances but two bits of quality won us the game. First holding the ball up and finding Simms for the opener and then a brilliantly taken second after cutting inside. Could have had another goal but was stopped at point-blank range by John Ruddy and was calm on the ball whenever they came near him, unlike some of his team-mates tonight.