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Local media rate Wolves duo after latest Birmingham outing

Wolverhampton Wanderers youngster Matija Sarkic and Dion Sanderson both got 90 minutes for Birmingham City.

The Blues were in action against QPR last night in the Championship.

Lee Bowyer’s side were looking to get back to winning ways having not won any of their last three in the competition.

But they slipped up again, with Ilias Chair scoring a brace for the hosts.

The result sees them slip to 13th in the table.

After the game, Bowyer pointed to QPR’s clinicality as being the difference between the two sides on the night.

It is another setback for them, and they’ll be looking for a reponse against Nottingham Forest this weekend.

Birmingham may have been beaten, but the Wolves pair did well according to local media.

In their player ratings piece, Sarkic was given a 7.5 for his showing, the highest for any Blues player.

Their description of him read: “In the right place to deny Austin on the half hour – and might have stopped Chair’s drive but for a deflection, otherwise a neat display in which he was a calm presence as his defence melted.

Sanderson (6), in for his fourth appearance, had a mixed bag: “Moved over to the left of the back three and didn’t seem perturbed by the switch early on but as QPR got on top so too Sanderson’s evening became difficult although he was the pick of the defenders.”

Good signs

So Sarkic was Birmingham’s star man last night, and only Ivan Sunjic received a higher rating than Sanderson of the outfield players.

It is encouraging that, even though Birmingham lost, the Wolves loanees laid claim to decent performances.

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Sarkic really seems to be having a good time, and is benefitting from the run of games he’s been able to get.

Sanderson started the season injured, but is now beginning to make an impression which is encouraging.