Creator Michael Jacobs reminded of his defensive duties in Derby County's victory over Birmingham City
MICHAEL Jacobs played a lead role in Derby County's victory over Birmingham City but the winger also received a reminder about his defensive duties.
Jacobs started a second consecutive game following his 90 minutes in the defeat by Crystal Palace.
The 21-year-old, who signed from Northampton Town in the summer, had a hand in two of Derby's three goals against Birmingham.
His 20-yard drive was turned on to a post by Jack Butland before Conor Sammon headed in the rebound.
Then, with the game locked at 2-2, Jacobs delivered the low cross for Nathan Tyson to score the winner in the 84th minute.
Jacobs stayed in the side after the defeat at Palace and it was midfielder Jeff Hendrick who made way for Theo Robinson's return as Derby reverted to 4-4-2, a formation they usually play in home games.
Nigel Clough admitted it was a difficult decision to leave out Hendrick.
"It was tough leaving Jeff out, very tough because we rate Jeff extremely highly as a person and as a player," said Clough.
"We just thought Michael could get at Birmingham's full-back and I thought he delivered again. He made two goals.
"He is still very young and he's still learning.
"We did criticise him over Birmingham's second goal because he must stop the cross – that is part of his job as well, which might not have been emphasised to him before."
Right-back Jonathan Spector whipped in the cross for Peter Lovenkrands to head Birmingham level at 2-2 in the 82nd minute.
Jacobs has now made four starts in the League and 12 appearances as a substitute.
His one other start was in the Capital One Cup tie against Scunthorpe United.