JASON Tindall was left "delighted" with the performance of two-goal hero David Brooks, as he helped Cherries get back to winning ways at Birmingham.

Wales international Brooks has been ravaged by injuries for the past year, and has also seen his progress hampered by knocks and illness this season.

But he finally appears to be showing signs of his top level again, with a dazzling display at St Andrew's, netting twice in a 3-1 victory as Cherries quickly shook off the disappointment of Tuesday's defeat at Sheffield Wednesday.

Brooks did complete 90 minutes in a Carabao Cup game against Crystal Palace in September, but Saturday was his first full league game since a 3-3 draw at Southampton in the top flight way back in April 2019.

"I'm really pleased with Brooksy," Tindall told the Daily Echo.

"It was one where I had to hold him back because Brooksy was itching to be involved and itching to play. But I felt it was a little bit too soon for him and he needed a lot more work behind him to give him the platform to go out there and deliver good performances.

"I certainly felt we saw the benefit of that on Saturday, for him to go and play 90 minutes, I think the first 90 minutes in over a year, and to deliver the performance he delivered."

Speaking to BBC Radio Solent, Tindall added: "I'm really delighted with David Brooks. With the journey he's had over the past couple of seasons to come back into the team in the last week and to come here and get two goals, although the first one was a deflection, really pleased for David.

"There's no questioning David Brooks's ability, we know that."