Player Ratings vs Birmingham City

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Carlo Cudicini – 6; not tested a great deal, but his understanding with the defenders in front of him needs to improve and they need to realise that, unlike Gomes, this guy doesn’t come off his line

Vedran Corluka – 6; a better right back than centre half, but his adaptability is vital with injuries across the back line

Benoit Assou-Ekotto – 6; bright early on and obviously brimming with confidence; ambition leaves space behind exposed occasionally

Ledley King – 6; calm and assured as ever in the first half, but withdrawn with a groin injury

Sebastian Bassong – 6; looks happier with King next to him, but then that’s true of every other centre back at the club

Aaron Lennon – 8; a real menace throughout, popping up left and right, and scoring the late winner; getting better and better

Luka Modric – 7; busy and bright until collision with Bowyer broke his leg and ended his afternoon prematurely. Will be hugely missed

Wilson Palacios – 7; put himself about in the usual muscular fashion, but ran out of steam as Birmingham went for it late on

Tom Huddlestone – 7; continuing to forge a powerful partnership with Palacios but also tired late on after a busy week

Robbie Keane – 6; worked hard but nothing quite came off for him

Jermain Defoe – 6; missed a great chance in the first half. A quiet afternoon by his standards this season
Subs:

Alan Hutton – 6; effective going forward but at fault for the goal

Peter Crouch – 7; a real handful in the air; could have had a bundle of goals, hit the bar, scored opening goal, another off the line

Roman Pavlyuchenko – 6; involved in the winner, but not much chance to impress. Lingered to applaud fans at the end – will he still be a Spurs player in a week’s time?

By Andy Knaggs

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