Birmingham City player ratings vs Fulham: Blues dismantled by league leaders at Craven Cottage

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It’s the third time this season Fulham have beaten the Blues

Birmingham City moved to the unwanted record of eight games without a win in all competitions as they were hammered 6-2 by Championship leaders Fulham.

Four first half goals put the hosts out of sight before Fabio Carvalho and Antonee Robinson completed the rout late in the second-half.

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Ivan Sunjic and Gary Gardner had given the Blues the slimmest of hopes of a comeback when their strikes made it 4-2 but Birmingham simply couldn’t contain Fulham whose class shone through.

It’s the third time this season Fulham have beaten the Blues who will be delighted to see the back of them.

Neil Etheridge - 6

Can’t really be blamed for any of the goals in truth and in fairness did make a few decent saves which is a good job or it could have been 10.

Kristian Pedersen - 5

Bullied all night by Fulham’s front line and got himself booked midway through the second-half.

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Teden Mengi - 5

Not a great game to be involved for the youngster. Had no chance tonight.

Marc Roberts - 4

Clumsy own goal and was replaced by George Friend midway through the second-half

Maxime Colin - 4

Normally one of the more reliable bunch but had a shocker both offensively and defensively.

Jeremie Bela - 5

As above though was slightly better going forward. Feel for him playing wing-back, especially against teams like Fulham.

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Ryan Woods - 5

Was brought into the side in place of young Jordan James and did OK, though you could argue James would have done no worse.

Antonee Robinson of Fulham (C) scores their team's sixth goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Birmingham City at Craven CottageAntonee Robinson of Fulham (C) scores their team's sixth goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Birmingham City at Craven Cottage
Antonee Robinson of Fulham (C) scores their team's sixth goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Birmingham City at Craven Cottage

Gary Gardner - 6

Worked hard but Fulham’s players were simply better. Great goal, though.

Ivan Sunjic - 6

As above, his strike at the end of the first-half was very sweet. Thought he was OK.

Onel Hernandez - 5

The talent is obvious when he gets on the ball. The issue is, he hardly got on the ball. Fulham isolated him.

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Lukas Jutkiewicz - 5

Like Herndandez he hardly touched the ball. Did have a decent effort saved at the beginning of the second-half.

Subs:

Scott Hogan - 4

Honestly forgot he had been brought on.

George Friend - 5

At least Blues only conceded two when Friend was on the field.

Jordan James - N/A

Brought on in the final 10 minutes for Hernandez

Players of Birmingham City huddle prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Birmingham City at Craven CottagePlayers of Birmingham City huddle prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Birmingham City at Craven Cottage
Players of Birmingham City huddle prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Birmingham City at Craven Cottage

Birmingham City (3-5-2): Etheridge; Pedersen, Mengi, Roberts (64’ Friend); Colin, Gardner, Woods, Sunjic, Bela; Hernandez (82’ James), Jutkiewicz (64’ Hogan)

Unused subs: Trueman (GK), Bellingham, Campbell, Masampu

Next up

Birmingham are back in action this Saturday in a huge game at St Andrew’s. Bottom of the table Barnsley are the visitors and nothing less than a win will do.

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