Roy Hodgson might not expect the fans to appreciate just how well Zoltan Gera kept tabs on Barry Ferguson, but we did highlight the importance of stopping the Scotsman before the game yesterday.

I was surprised that Rich was unsure how to rate Gera’s performance yesterday. For me, he was lively going forward and did some important defensive work. If you don’t believe me, just ask Roy.

Gera did a very good job on Barry Ferguson in the midfield. I can’t expect the fans to appreciate what a good job Gera did, they’ll just have to take my word for it. He did a very good job.

It was a major factor in our 2-1 victory because where Birmingham’s strength lies is getting Ferguson on the ball in the midfield. He’s the catalyst for most of their attacks. We kept him very quiet.

The proof’s in the pudding.

The chalkboard shows Ferguson made fewer passes than in Birmingham’s win over Wolves and was unable to room so much space to operate in the middle of the park.

by Guardian Chalkboards