Blues suffer their first defeat in five games against a strong Hull City side who were too much for Rowett’s side.
Blues’ first half set up was questioned – Spector playing in front of the back four with Kieftenbeld and Gleeson pushing forward more. Maybe Rowett felt he needed more defensive cover against an experienced Hull side, however it seemed to back fire as the pace in wide areas troubled the back four.
Two mistakes in two minutes cost Blues on the day, not clearing your lines and giving the ball to former Premier League players Meyler and Hernandez, you know the outcome. Hernandez is now starting for his home nation Uruguay, scoring 1 in 2, and is proving to be a dangerous front man. Blues on the other hand have Donaldson, who to be honest gives 100% every game but if he doesn’t get the support, he’s not going to score on his own.
Meyler’s goal was a gift after Blues invited a number of attacks, I think it was Grounds who couldn’t clear his lines and all Meyler had to do was get it on target. As for Hernandez, his goal just showed what quality Hull have got, a very smart finish.
Demarai Gray started well but didn’t have the quality in the final third, the same with Maghoma who was arguably man of the match for Blues but not enough chances were created from the wide men.
HULL (4-4-2): McGregor; Odubajo, Dawson, Bruce (Maguire 68), Robertson; Livermore, Meyler, Elmohamady, Clucas; Akpom (Diame 86), Hernandez (Maloney 79). Subs: Jakupovic, Huddlestone, Hayden, Luer.
BLUES (4-3-3): Kuszczak; Caddis, Morrison, Robinson (Toral 77), Grounds; Gleeson, Spector (Shinnie 45), Kieftenbeld; Gray (Cotterill 45). Maghoma; Donaldson. Subs: Legzdins, Solomon-Otabor, Davis, Brock-Madsen.
Cotterill came on in the second half and Blues looked the more likely team to score next, dominating the first 20 minutes, however couldn’t find a breakthrough. Maghoma came the closest to pulling one back, forcing two great saves from McGregor. Shinnie and Gleeson had two great chances to get shots on target, but were reluctant to shoot and tried to walk the ball in.
Blues the better side in the second half but McGregor was not worked enough, a comfortable win for Steve Bruce’s side.
Man of the match
– Tomasz Kuszczak
Although he was beaten twice, it could have been more if it weren’t for his several important saves.
Good runs come to and end and the players have to brush themselves down for a ding dong derby on Saturday at home to Wolves. Blues fans are disappointed to drop to 6th just shows you how far the team have come. Being second was good while it lasted but the players have nothing to fear going into the next game…
Watch Rowett’s reaction below:
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