REPORT: Tigers too much for Blues

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Gleeson and Spector discussing tactics

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.

Gleeson and Spector discussing tactics
Gleeson and Spector discussing tactics

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.

Teams

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.

Second half

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.

Hernandez secure's the win
Hernandez secure’s the win

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.

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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…

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1 COMMENT

  1. Blues never played the odds, we have come so far with gr and co , unless we have Ronaldo and messi in the side 3 shots on target ain’t enough to get promotion , we were frightened to shoot at times , we don’t have wingers in playing one striker we have attacking wide men , and in playing 4-3-3 blues midfield must shoot from distance if a pass in the box is not on , Bolton had 33 crosses against blues and never scored, the top clubs in the prem have learned that more goals are scored from dribbles or fast sprints into the box than crosses ,unless the cross is a free kick or corner , otherwise a Lens 7.kro

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