Birmingham City 0-0 Hull City   Leave a comment


 Well, I am chuffed that’s out the way, I really didn’t  know what to expect from this game.

 To be honest there had been a bit of twitching and clenching going on in the nether regions all day.

 This was always going to be an even contest with Blues having not lost in 13 matches and Hull have  not lost in 5 and neither team will be willing to give up their unbeaten run. Also Hull have the best  defensive record in the league and Blues this season at St Andrews don’t seem to want to lose.

The result of this encounter is that Blues dropped to 5th and Hull dropped to 7th.

Blues started a bit sloppy again, as we have done quite a few times this year and Hull had the better of the play.
Saying that the Blues defence didn’t look as though it was going to be breached, well, at least until the 20th minute when Hull got their first corner. Thankfully, Jordan (man of the match) Mutch was on the line and managed to clear James Chester’s goal bound shot.

The scare seemed to wake Blues up and they started seeing more of the ball and actually looked like they were able to threaten, but were still not playing to their full potential.

Just before the break Boaz Myhill had to dive at the feet of Andy Dawson as Hull’s 12th and 13th men failed to spot he was offside.

The Referee managed to spot his whistle and call time on a fairly uneventful,lack lustre first half.

Half Time: Blues 0 Hull 0

The teams came out for the second half without any changes, but you wouldn’t have thought that to be the case. Chris Hughton‘s half time team talk had obviously hit the spot. The Blues came out with a better sense of urgency and a bit more pace to their game.

There was a shout for a penalty as Chris Burke was held back by the invisible Andy Dawson.

Blues get their first corner of the second half, Curtis Davies meets it with a header that goes just over the bar.

De ja vous -another corner, another Davies header goes just over the bar.

On the hour mark, Jordan (man of the Match) Mutch had a low shot saved by Vito Mannone the Hull  keeper. Blues were certainly dominating the game and it appeared that it was just a matter of time before we added to our wonderous tally of second half goals.

Nick Barmby thought he’d better make a substitution, he took off Robbie (whooo) Brady and replaced him with Cameron (whooo) Stewart.

Who are you, Who are you.

Stephen Carr put in a teasing cross but Wade Elliott just failed to get on the end of it.

On 69 minutes Steve Caldwell took one for the team, and was rightly booked.

After 78 minutes Chris Hughton replaced Wade Elliott with Nathan Redmond.

We were now entering ‘Blues time’, the 80 – 90 minute part of the match where this year we have managed to score 20 goals, the part of the game where every Bluenose now expect goals.

Unfortunately, tonight was not the night for the 21st.

Date: 14-Jan-2012

Kick Off: 7:45 pm

Game stats :
Blues : 6 shots (3 on, 3 off), 6 corners , 6 offsides, 52% possession
Hull : 5 shots (1 on, 4 off), 3 corners , 4 offsides, 48% possession

Attendance: 18, 900 (690 Hull fans) good effort bluenoses

Blues: Myhill, Carr, Davies, Caldwell, Murphy, Burke, Fahey, Spector, Mutch, Elliott( Redmond, 78), King.
Subs not used: Doyle, Ibanez, Rooney, Gomis.
Bookings: Caldwell (69).
Goals: None

Hull: Mannone, Rosenior, Dawson, McKenna, Chester, Hobbs, Evans, McLean, Koren, Fryatt, Brady (Stewart, 64).
Subs not used: Carson, Dudgeon, King, Olofinjana.
Bookings: None ( hahaha ????)
Goals: None

Man of the Match – Jordan Mutch

Referee: Fred Graham

     

by JK Cornwall (Member of birminghamcityforum.co.uk)

 

 

Birmingham City boss Chris Hughton:

“It was very frustrating. In the end sometimes you have to hold up your hands.

“It was not one of our better performances. What we were able to do was to get a better performance than in the first period to give us a chance of winning.

“I thought Hull have a bit of pace up front. They are good on the counter-attack and a young side which defends very well.

“Over the 90 minutes we didn’t play well enough to test their goalkeeper and give ourselves of winning.”

Hull City boss Nick Barmby:

“I was very pleased with a point. In the first half I thought we were the better team but the pass was lacking in the final third. Birmingham came at us in the second half. This was fully expected, they are going well and are a very good side.

“To come to Birmingham and get a point is very good from our point of view. Maybe we were good for a goal in the first half but we know that Birmingham have scored a lot of late goals this season.

“But once again the attitude, commitment and desire of the lads to keep the ball out of our net was again spot on.”

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