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Birmingham player ratings

Given - Match saving performance. Three superb saves and the penalty stop to 'win' the point. 8.5

Zabaleta - A strong performance, not a step out of place. Put more distance between him and Richards. 7

Kompany - Cool, calm and assured. Forged a nice partnership with Lescott in dealing with the lively front pair. 7.5

Lescott - A solid game. Didn't put a foot wrong and hopefully settling into the side. 6.5

Bridge - Really growing on me as a player. Defended well and constantly looking to get forward. 7

Wright-Phillips - Plenty of the ball and really took the game to Birmingham. As per the season so far, the end product was not to be seen. 6

de Jong
- Tenacious as ever and becoming a lynchpin of the side. Surprised he was withdrawn. 7

Barry - Really struggled to impose himself. Both here at Villa the crowd may have affected him. 5.5

Bellamy - Didn't reach the heights of previous weeks, but still looks a threat when he gets the ball. 6.5

Tevez - Again, full of life, energy and commitment. Couldn't quite find the end product in front of goal though. 7.5

Santa Cruz - Took plenty of steps back after a positive in midweek. Found himself isolated but was off the pace and second to everything. 5


Ireland - Introduced too late and struggled to really impact. His return to the starting line up is imminent though. 6.5

Petrov - Barely made an impact when he came on but perhaps should have started. 6