Date: 4th March 2016 at 8:13am
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Hull City travelled to Birmingham City for a vital Championship game tonight and slipped to their 8th defeat of the season.

Steve Bruce reverted to Tom Huddlestone in midfield instead of Meyler. Curtis Davies was playing against his old club as was Clayton Donaldson having played occasionally for City in Peter Taylor’s day.

Birmingham showed up first with a corner which was headed over.

Just before the 10 minute mark Robertson lost the ball in midfield and Toral hit a shot which deflected off Davies and past McGregor to put City 1-0 down.

Hull City responded strongly and Jake Livermore thundered a strike against the post with the goalkeeper beaten. A free kick by Snodgrass was headed against the bar by Dawson again with the keeper beaten.

Clucas had a good chance on 31 minutes but a minute later Birmingham should have been 2-0 up when an excellent overhead kick by Donaldson was acrobatically tipped over by McGregor.

Birmingham had another chance on 36minutes when a corner by Cotterill was headed a yard wide by Toral.

Diame shot over when well placed just before half time.

HT 1-0

City started brightly in the second half but failed to break through.

A foul by Odubajo on 55 minutes gave Birmingham a free kick which came to nothing. Steve Bruce rang the changes on 58 minutes with Diamande and Powell replacing the industrious Huddlestone and the ineffective Diame. The rain began to pour down but Diamande should have scored on 64 minutes when he wriggled through but blazed over.

A couple of minutes later City were denied a stonewall penalty when Robinson clearly handled in the area. You could tell by his reaction at the end that he thought he’d got away with one.

A shot by Cotterill was quickly followed by a snapshot by Snodgrass who was City’s best player.

A minute later another Snodgrass shot was parried by Kuszack and Clucas saw his follow up deflected wide by Robinson.

Steve Bruce made his final substitution on 75 minutes replacing the hard working Odubajo with Elmohamady.. Clucas had another chance 10 minutes from the end but again his shot was deflected. Snodgrass had one final chance which he could not convert and despite 3 minutes of injury time they slipped to defeat.

With Middlesbrough losing at Blackburn the defeat wasn’t as damaging as it could’ve been but nevertheless they need to get back to winning ways as soon as possible.

Tony Atkin

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