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COMMENT By Danny Wright

Football Insider rates the performances of Wolves players out of 10 in their 2-1 loss to Birmingham in the Championship on Friday.

Carl Ikeme 4 – Was entirely at fault for the first goal but could do nothing about the second on a dismal evening for the 30-year-old. He didn’t have a lot else to do so he’ll be judged on that first-half blunder.

Conor Coady 5 – Calls to bring Dom Iorfa back into the side seem well justified as Coady failed to cope with Birmingham in the first half.

Danny Batth 5 – Had a huge chance to score in the 69th minute but failed to make any kind of contact with the ball. Looked uneasy throughout the game.

Richard Stearman 5 – Unlucky not to score header in first half but could not cope with Birmingham attack for most of the game. He didn’t feature against Chelsea last week and they looked a lot more solid without him.

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Matt Doherty 7 – Stopped a certain blues goal in the second half, probably the best performer in the backline and had a couple of chances to score. He looked more of a threat in the Blues box than Jon Dadi Bodvarsson.

George Saville 5 – Ineffective and totally anonymous in the midfield. His side looked better without him after he was replaced at half-time.

David Edwards 6 – Found himself in good space throughout the game but was rarely picked out. He had a chance to level the scores in the 75th minute with a volley but it was hit just wide.

Jack Price 6 – An improved performance from the 24-year-old, but he still failed to have any sort of grip on the game.

Helder Costa 7 – A few decent deliveries into the Blues box but found no one, however he found Dicko with a great low-cross in the second half. A constant thorn in the side of Birmingham.

Andreas Weimann 5 – Didn’t have anywhere near the impact as Costa did on the opposite flank. His place in the starting line-up appears to be under threat after a very quiet game.

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson 5 – The big man is still without a goal at Molineux and it’s easy to see why. He just doesn’t create any goal-scoring chances for himself. Even with all of Costa’s brilliant crosses, the Icelandic striker still failed to test Tomasz Kuszczak.

SUBS:

Nouha Dicko (on for Saville 45’) 7 – Was marginally offside for his goal but took it well and his introduction definitely improved his side.

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