Huddersfield Town fell to their first defeat at home in eight league games and failed to recover from last weekend's five-goal mauling at Norwich City in the process after a 1-0 defeat to Birmingham City.

In a tight match, Town were punished for a poor attacking display midway through the second half when David Cotterill netted with a long-range free-kick which deceived Alex Smithies and Gary Rowett's men held off late Town pressure to seal all three points.

Grant Holt came the closest when he drilled a shot straight at Birmingham goalkeeper Darren Randolph but Town could not muster an equaliser and slipped to 19th and just five points above the bottom three as a result.

But how did each Town player rank in the narrow defeat?

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Smithies - Did not have an awful lot to do all afternoon in all honesty but he will have nightmares over his inability to keep out Cotterill's free-kick which should have been a routine save. Tried to make amends by going up for a late corner but will come under scrutiny once more. 5.

Peltier - Came in and did a steady enough job at right-back given his recent lack of match fitness and although Demarai Gray escaped his grasp on a couple of occasions, the diminutive winger was not as influential as many thought he might be. 6.

Hudson - Defended well on the whole and looked much more like his old self as he marshaled his defence well, made a number of headers and blocks and was a threat in the opposition area. 6.

Gerrard - The finger may be pointed at him for his involvement in the decisive goal of the game after body-checking Clayton Donaldson but that was only a slight blot on the copybook as he made an almost seamless return to first-team action and was strong against the Blues striker throughout. Will be haunted by his late miss, however. 6.

Robinson - Similarly to Gerrard, his performance was only marred by an avoidable error and it was in fact he who was perhaps most at fault as he tried valiantly to keep the ball in play, only to succeed in playing in Donaldson. Got forward well and shackled Cotterill well on the whole. 6.

Butterfield - Nothing he tried came off on a rare day of woe for the midfield schemer, whose passes went astray and it affected his performance from the very early stages. Looked noticeably short of the levels he has set across recent home performances. 5.

Hogg - Probably Town's best player on the day. He broke up attacks well and stuck to his markers, coping well with an interchangeable Birmingham trio whose movement was clever throughout. Received a justified warm applause when sacrificed in the second half. 7.

Coady - A poor showing from the out-of-sorts Liverpudlian, who seems to have lost his way slightly in recent weeks. His trademark driving runs were in short supply here and he was culpable for a poor pass which led to the winning goal. 5.

Scannell - Unable to reach the heights of recent home games and Jonathan Grounds kept him largely in his back pocket with a measured defensive display. His final ball, when he did engineer a yard of space, also let him down.

Holt - Looked lost once more as a lone striker and became too heavily embroiled in a battle with Paul Robinson at times to concentrate on offering Town a natural focal point to their attack. Wasted a great opportunity to open the scoring in the first half. 5.

Bunn - The best of the bunch up front and his strong runs in the first half were a highlight of Town's early attacking adventure. The Blues defended resolutely, however, and offered him little space after the break before he was brought off. 6.

Substitutes:

Vaughan - Desperate to make an impression but his sole contribution was to pick up a needless booking. 5.

Wells - Barely touched the ball despite being entrusted with grabbing a goal to salvage the match, but it should be noted that he was afforded little time to do so. 5.

Lolley - Offered Town tangible quality in the final third that they had previously lacked before his arrival. Went close with a curling effort which Randolph pawed away. 6.

 
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