Date: 8th February 2009 at 12:37pm
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Harper – 7 – Not much he could do with the goals, some tidy saves otherwise. Not missing Shay, so far.

S Taylor – 5 – A well taken goal but again serious issues with the offside trap and a terrible effort for the first WBA effort.

Bassong – 6 – Given a more torrid time against Fortune than against Kenwyne Jones last week. Two weeks to consolidate is no bad thing.

Coloccini – 5 – Needs, as our record defensive signing, to take control at the back and start organising the offside trap.

Enrique – 6 – Nowhere near as proactive as against the mackems a week ago, but missed Gutierrez in front of him.

Taylor – 7 – Encouraging debut, including some decent delivery from set pieces that we have been really sorely missing.

Butt – 5 – Costly back pass let Fortune in for the first goal and otherwise looked quite off the pace.

Nolan – 6 – Steady without being spectacular, just like against the mackems last week. Will hopefully get forward a bit more against Everton.

Duff – 8 – A miles better performance on the left wing. Leaves us in a massive quandary as Enrique plays better with Gutierrez on the left wing but Duff adds miles more on the left than the right.

Ameobi – 5 – Still can`t trap a bag of cement and offered very little other than a pass for the first goal. Will say he was injured.

Lovenkrands – 7 – Positive stuff, especially when he got a bit of clear green in front of him. Can be a very useful asset during the run in.