Nov 182012

Hull City bounced back from a defeat last week to Cardiff by beating Birmingham City 3-2 at St. Andrews yesterday.

Steve Bruce returned to his former side with Hull in decent form, having only lost once in their previous four games. Birmingham, meanwhile, drew last time out to Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.

It was Hull who started the stronger of these two sides. Like Bruce, Sone Aluko was returning to his old club. The striker was denied by Jack Butland after just six minutes when he sprung the offside trap.

However, it didn’t take long for Aluko to haunt his former team. He rounded Butland before tapping home to give the Yorkshire club the lead.

On 26 minutes, a swift Hull counter attack gave them their second goal. Jay Simpson played in Aluko for the in-form attacker to score his second of the game.

Birmingham, who never really got going in the first half, nearly scored against the run of play shortly afterwards. Ravel Morrison released Nikola Zigic with a clever through ball but Hull goalkeeper Ben Amos came out quickly to claim at the deet of the tall Serb.

Up the other end, Hull added a third goal through defender James Chester. He powerfully headed home an Aluko corner on 32 minutes, disgruntled the home faithful further.

Morrison, one of Birmingham’s better players on a bad day for the rest, smashed in a volley after Jonathan Spector’s cross was headed down by Zigic.

Birmingham ended the first half strongly. They had a penalty shout for handball against Faye turned down and Morrison, minutes afterwards, hit a stinging volley from 20 yards, which whistled wide of the mark.

With just 12 seconds on the clock in the second half, Birmingham reduced the deficit further. Marlon King, who used to play for Hull, slotted home after a direct move.

As the half wore on, Birmingham grew more and more offensive in a desperate search for an equaliser but were exposed by Hull’s quick breaks.

Birmingham, particularly in terms of possession, dominated the half but couldn’t create any real chances to salvage a point. Despite their dominance, Birmingham slumped to their fourth home defeat in the league so far this season and drop to 19th in the table. Hull, however, resume their promotion push and remain fourth, one point off Middlesbrough.

Written by Bradley Jolly (360)

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