Hull halt Blues’ winning run

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October 25, 2015 by Shane Ireland

By Luke Turner

Birmingham City’s four-game winning run came to an end as they slipped to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Hull City.
Two quick fire first half goals from David Meyler and Abel Hernandez were the difference as Steve Bruce’s side showed their Premier League worth.

Blues had the first big chance of the game when a right wing cross from Paul Caddis found the feet of Jacques Maghoma but his low drive was saved expertly by the legs of Allan McGregor.

It was then Hull’s turn to pile on the pressure. Chuba Akpom saw his header fall straight into the arms of Tomasz Kuszczak before a Sam Clucas close range volley was palmed away by the Blues stopper.

The hosts continued to cause threat to the Blues defence and took the lead after 36 minutes. The ball worked its way out wide to Ahmed Elmohamady before the Egyptian laid it on a plate for David Meyler who stroked the ball home from 18 yards.

Blues conceded again just two minutes later. Andy Robertson broke down the left hand side galloping past challenges from both Caddis and Maghoma before crossing for Hernandez. The forward turned neatly with his back to goal and swept a close range effort past Kuszczak.

Gary Rowett made a double change at the interval which saw David Cotterill and Andy Shinnie replace Demarai Gray and Jonathan Spector.

The visitors began the second half a lot more brightly but just couldn’t seem to conjure up a clear cut opportunity.

The best chance fell to Jonathan Grounds following Cotterill’s corner but defender saw his eight yard volley blocked.

Hull continued to look dangerous on the attack and Blues had Kuszczak to thank for keeping the score line respectable. A low powerful strike from Clucas was excellently pushed away by the Pole.

Blues kept pushing for a goal but it wasn’t to be their day as Hull saw the game out well to condemn Rowett’s side to a first away defeat of the season.

The result sees Blues drop down to sixth but are still only a point off Bruce’s Hull in second place. Next up for Blues, the small matter of a local derby as Wolves visit St Andrews next Saturday lunchtime.

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