A number of Birmingham City supporters have hailed the performance of goalkeeper Matija Sarkic following the Blues’ goalless draw at home to Stoke City on Saturday.
Lee Bowyer’s side were aiming to make it back-to-back wins to start the new Championship season, but they were up against an equally well-drilled Stoke side who had also secured three points in their opening match of the campaign against Reading.
As a result, neither side were able to edge out the other and the two sides had to settle for what was a very useful point in the end at St Andrews.
There were plenty of positives for Birmingham to take from the game from a defensive point of view as they once again demonstrated that they are going to be a tough team to play against this term.
Sarkic was making his first league start for Birmingham at St Andrews and after a couple of concerning moments in pre-season he was able to show a lot of improvement against Stoke.
The Wolves loanee was able to command his penalty area very well throughout the contest and that helped to ease the pressure on the Blues at times.
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The 24-year-old was also able to pull off some impressive saves to maintain his clean sheet for the second game in a row and ensure that the Blues took at least a point from the game.
Many Birmingham fans were quick to point out the improvements shown by Sarkic in the game against Stoke and there were many who heaped praise on his influential display.
Here, we take a look at some of the best reactions on social media…
Sarkic was great, Leko and Aneke looks an interesting one. Thought they both looked lively, decent point tbf they’re a good side. #bcfc
— Mark (@MarkBcfc3) August 14, 2021
I’ve been critical of Sarkic in his games so far, but he was excellent today. Probably a standout as man of the match in a solid but pretty dull display #bcfc
— Chris Goulding (@Kristoff1875) August 14, 2021
— 🏐🌍Gergz 🏴 (@Gergz1875) August 14, 2021
Sarkic also very good today. Made a couple decent saves and is brilliant coming off his line. Distribution was also good from him. #BCFC
— JMblues (@JMbcfc_) August 14, 2021
— 🏐🌍 (@1875_KRO_BCFC) August 14, 2021
Similarly attritional second half.
Stoke probably edged second period but a hard battled point & a third clean sheet in succession.
He's had a couple of nervy displays but credit to Matija Sarkic – excellent today. #BCFC
— Ryan Deeney (@RyanDeeney2194) August 14, 2021
Sarkic is class #bcfc
— SA2 (@SA2bcfc) August 14, 2021
Sarkic definitely man of the match for me #BCFC
— Chris O'Brien 🏴 (@ChrisCOB_OB) August 14, 2021