A nightmare day for Birmingham City and a result which will live in the history for a long time to come and not in a good way.
Blues came to the KCOM knowing new boss, and not long appointed Steve Cotterill would be watching on and with it being caretaker manager Lee Carsley’s final game in temporary charge, he’d want to finish on a good note; but that was definitely not to be the case.
Hull sat 17th only a point above us Blues, with their home form not very good so far in the new championship campaign. Carsley went with the same team that had drawn against Derby last weekend and beat Sheffield Wednesday in midweek. There’s no sugarcoating the performance today, it was over and done with within ten minutes.
Frazier Campbell opened the scoring by a mistake at the back which let him through to slot it passed Kusczcak. From then, which was just seven minutes in, the players’ heads dropped and with a silly challenge in the box, Hull were awarded a penalty. David Meyler then stepped up and put it top left corner and that, just 11 minutes in, left the Blues with yet another away loss.
There was no link up play, Cheick N’doye was poor and couldn’t string a pass together, neither could Maxime Colin get a grip on the game. It was a mess from a Birmingham perspective. David Davis has been low on form and confidence lately, and we saw that again today where he let the ball go too many times and gave Hull more possession. Hull dominated, there were slight spells where Blues had the ball, but nothing happened to say we deserved anything from the game. The third came in the 26th minute with a strike from talented Tigers youngster Jarrod Bowen, which was bought around by poor defending which gave him the space to knock it in. It was 3-0 at halftime and you’d have thought there would have been slight room for improvement but no.
The Blues started the second half off well, with high intensity but still nothing and because we didn’t settle for the loss and play back and park the bus, we continued to go at Hull to try and pull something back, but every time that was happening, Slutsky’s side caught us on the counter and capitalised. No substitutes could help Blues they were down and out from the tenth minute.
No hope, there was no evidence in today’s play that suggested any positives. Maybe the fact that Carsley played the exact same side he has from the previous two games, that probably didn’t help the cause. Still, the nightmare did not stop there, it turned 4 when Kamil Grosicki bent it around the keeper to completely bury the boys in royal blue.
When you’re playing against a team who are scoring for fun, and you’re not threatening yourself, the opposition are always going to keep on coming at you and they did to make it 5 when Marcus Henriksen scored a close-range finish which in hindsight Kusczcak should and could have saved.
Ex-Blues, you could say legend, Sebastian Larson scored to make it 6 and top off a wonderful day for Hull but not such a good one for Birmingham!
Blues had a laugh in the crowd when Sam Gallagher added a goal at the very end to make it 6–1, but that didn’t even feel like a consolation in what was one of the worst results I’ve ever witnessed. The season starts on Monday as the Steve Cotterill era begins.
On speaking to Blues tv at full time and all the other various reporters, Carsley said overall that it was a disappointing end to an enjoyable spell as caretaker boss and in hindsight and he says that maybe it was his responsibility for today’s loss, but the players need to pick themselves back up and make a fresh start with fresh ideas and fresh energy on Monday with Steve:
“I went in and caught the back end of the team talk. The bit that I caught was that ‘The season starts on Monday’,” Carsley said.
“If I am sat there as a player that’s what I want to hear, I want to hear there’s a fresh start and that ultimately the season and the preparation for fresh games starts on Monday.”
“I still think we have turned a corner. It’s a disappointing result, there’s still 30-odd games left. Our season isn’t going to be defined by today’s result.
RB Aina , CB Dawson (C) , CB Hector , LB Clark
CDM Larson (G) , CDM Meyler (G)
RW Bowen (G) , CAM Toral , LW Grociski (G)
ST Campbell (G)
RB Nsue , CB Morrison (C) , CB Dean , LB Colin
RCM Davis , CM Gardner , LCM N’doye
RW , Maghoma , CF Jutkiewitz , LW Boga
Possession – Hull; 56% , Blues; 44
Shots – Hull; 17 , Blues; 13
Shots on target – Hull; 11 , Blues; 3
Corners – Hull; 3 , Blues; 4
Fouls – Hull; 12 , Blues; 12