It is Birmingham City’s wing-backs and strikers who will take a lot of the credit for the club’s 2-0 victory against Barnsley.
Wes Harding crossed to Lukas Jutkiewicz for the first goal of the night, while Steve Seddon played the ball that Alvaro Gimenez got on the end of for the second.
While these were, of course, vital contributions, Marc Roberts was the central figure of the base which allowed this play to take place.
The standout statistic from Roberts’ performance is that he won nine of his 10 aerial duels, three more than any other player on the pitch, as per WhoScored.
In addition to this, the 29-year-old made four clearances and one interception during the game, which gives an indication into how indomitable he was in his defensive display.
Something that may be surprising, is that Roberts also made three key passes, which was the highest of any player on the pitch, alongside Fran Villalba.
The centre-back did get caught out on the ball once, but was helped out by his fellow centre-backs to ensure there were no repercussions.
While it was not a perfect performance from Roberts, it was a no-nonsense and effective one, which was exactly what his side needed from him.
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