Wolves face Aston Villa today in the first Midlands derby of the Premier League season so far.

Another Midlands face-off took place in the Championship last night, when West Brom hosted Birmingham.

Wolves loanees Matija Sarkic and Dion Sanderson started for the Blues, who went down 1-0 at the Hawthorns.

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West Bromwich Albion v Birmingham City - Sky Bet Championship
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Despite the eventual Birmingham defeat, goalkeeper Sarkic caught the eye with some impressive saves.

Perhaps the best was a stop from a Kyle Bartley header as the 24-year-old put in a strong display in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

 

After the game, Blues boss Lee Bowyer had some praise for central defender Sanderson.

He told the club’s official website: “I thought we looked solid. Dion [Sanderson] and George [Friend] both performed really well.

“The youth and pace [of Sanderson], with Robbo in control of the backline. We limited them to very little and mostly from distance. I thought we did well.”

West Bromwich Albion v Birmingham City - Sky Bet Championship
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Reaction to Sarkic display

It was Sarkic’s performance which had plenty of Birmingham fans talking on Twitter.

There was a lot of praise for the goalkeeper who is getting a chance to show what he can do in the second tier this term:

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