Huws sets up vital equaliser on Brum debut
- 04 February 2014 13:50
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
Emyr Huws made an explosive start to life at St Andrews when he set up Birmingham’s equaliser in the 90th minute of their Championship clash with Derby.
The midfielder joined EDS teammate Albert Rusnak on loan at Birmingham last week and went straight into the starting XI, completing the full 90 minutes.
His overall performance also earned Huws the Man of the Match award on his debut for Lee Clark’s side.
Speaking about Emyr’s impact, Clark told the Birmingham Mail: “He’s a terrific talent. I spoke to many, many people about him.
“We didn’t want to get too excited. But we saw on Thursday and Friday – when I say ‘we’, I mean the staff – a fantastic performer and we didn’t want to put too much pressure on him.
“But I think he showed out there Saturday what a player he is going to be.”
Thanks everyone for the kind messages. Delighted to get MOTM on my debut and to get a decent result! #BCFC— Emyr Huws (@EmyrHuws1) February 1, 2014
Albert is also making quite the early impression on his manager, starting all three Birmingham matches since making the switch.
Elsewhere, George Evans has extended his loan at Crewe Alexandra until the end of the season after making a big impact at Gresty Road.
The midfielder completed another 90 minutes in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday, and has now made 15 appearances for the Railwaymen – 14 of those starts.
George’s extension was announced on Monday and he spoke to Crewe’s official website about the opportunity to further his development with more league football.
He said: “I am delighted to stay. I’ve enjoyed the experience and feel I am developing as a player.
“I’ve spoken to Manchester City and they know that Crewe is a great club for me to play and develop. I am just grateful to Crewe for giving me the opportunity and now we have to build on what we achieved against Sheffield United on Saturday.”
Manager Steve Davis has praised the youngster, saying: “He is a young lad and is very mature. His knowledge of the game is very good and he brings that quality of pass to our midfield that we have lacked since Luke (Murphy) left.
“George is a great lad and his attitude is first class. I can't fault his attitude or desire to improve in any way since he came here."
...Steve Davis on George Evans...
"He works hard every day and wants to become a better player. He is a young lad who thrives on playing football."
Meanwhile in the Premier League, Gareth Barry earned plaudits again for his role in Everton’s 2-1 win over Aston Villa. Barry marshalled the midfield and was instrumental in getting the Toffees back on level terms after they fell behind to Bacuna’s opener.
The England international played a perfectly weighted pass for Steven Pienaar to flick the ball into the path of Steven Naismith for the equaliser. Everton are flying high under Roberto Martinez and are now fifth in the table.
On the continent, Karim Rekik partnered Jeffrey Bruma in the centre of defence as PSV went down 2-0 to RKC Waalwijk. The Dutchman spoke to the media after the game, suggesting that although PSV dominated possession they did not create enough opportunities.
Rekik has become a regular starter for the Eredivisie side this season, but they are struggling and find themselves 7th in the table.
John Guidetti was an unused sub as Stoke triumphed 2-1 over Manchester United, while Scott Sinclair remained on the bench as West Brom earned a point at home to Liverpool. The Baggies are now hovering a single point above the relegation zone.
City take on Sunderland in the Premier League on Wednesday 12 February in what will be a dress rehearsal for the Capital One Cup Final in March.
Can the Blues avenge the Stadium of Light defeat earlier this season? A night match under the lights at the Etihad and a preview of the forthcoming final - demand is expected to be high as Manuel Pellegrini's side attempt to continue their incredible run.
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