We were 1-0 down at half-time, but the midfielder’s entrance at the break helped us get our noses in front by the 53rd minute after he played Robbie Keane in for his second goal.
It mirrored the impact Tom had against Aalborg last Thursday when he came off the bench to play the killer pass for Dimitar Berbatov to begin our comeback from 2-0 down.
But although goals from Cameron Jerome and a late strike from Sebastian Larsson meant we took nothing away from Sunday’s game, the 20-year-old was pleased with his personal contribution.
He said: “On a positive note, any player coming off the bench aims to change a game and make an impact, so I’m glad I’ve done that to an extent over the last couple of games.
“The manager’s not shy about making the changes if he feels its not working. Against Aalborg it worked and it looked as if it would against Birmingham, but to concede a last minute goal was very disappointing.”
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Tom Huddlestone played his super-sub role for the second game in succession against Birmingham on Sunday - even though we ultimately came unstuck.