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Hull City 2-0 Birmingham City

Abel Hernandez
Abel Hernandez has scored seven goals for Hull this season

Hull City climbed to second in the Championship with a comfortable victory over Birmingham at the KC Stadium.

Two goals in two first-half minutes sealed victory as Birmingham slipped to sixth after their first away loss.

David Meyler opened the scoring in the 36th minute with a neat finish from Ahmed Elmohamady's pass.

And Abel Hernandez made sure of the points soon after with a turn and shot after impressive work by Andrew Robertson on the wing.

After home goalkeeper Allan McGregor denied Jacques Maghoma and opposite number Tomasz Kuszczak kept out an effort from Sam Clucas, Hull raced into a two-goal lead.

Meyler scored his second in two games with a tidy side-footed shot, while top scorer Hernandez doubled their lead seven minutes before the break.

Hull's Chuba Akpom was denied a penalty after bursting into the box and being barged to the floor and later saw his low effort from distance pushed wide.

The impressive Clucas forced a decent save from Kuszczak and soon after Shaun Maloney found the side-netting in a game Hull largely controlled.

The Tigers are now four points behind league leaders Brighton, while defeat for Birmingham brings a halt to their four-match winning run.

Hull City manager Steve Bruce:

"We've had a good week. In the first half we looked very composed against a Birmingham side who hadn't lost away from home. It was a good performance against a team that are up the top there with us."

On the form of Abel Hernandez: "Abel found it difficult really to settle in England. Thankfully he's getting used to the language, he's getting used to the food, he's getting used to the weather.

"We've got a mixture of some good young players and some good experience ones. You have to get used to the Championship because it is brutal. The referees let more go."

Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett:

"I think it was a combination of perhaps not enough belief in ourselves in the first half, of playing against a very strong, powerful side.

"We just probably didn't get quite close enough to them. We needed just a bit more cutting edge in the first half. Maybe an early goal might have settled us down.

"We conceded two goals very close together. We didn't move the ball enough with enough bravery or enough quality. We were perhaps just a little bit shot shy in the final third."

Line-ups

Hull

  • 1McGregor
  • 2Odubajo
  • 21Dawson
  • 4BruceSubstituted forMaguireat 69'minutes
  • 26Robertson
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 14Livermore
  • 7Meyler
  • 11ClucasBooked at 41mins
  • 19AkpomSubstituted forDiaméat 86'minutes
  • 9HernándezBooked at 62minsSubstituted forMaloneyat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Huddlestone
  • 12Maguire
  • 15Maloney
  • 16Jakupovic
  • 17Diamé
  • 20Hayden
  • 32Luer

Birmingham

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 31Caddis
  • 28Morrison
  • 4RobinsonSubstituted forToralat 79'minutes
  • 3GroundsBooked at 17mins
  • 8GleesonBooked at 39mins
  • 23SpectorSubstituted forShinnieat 45'minutes
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 19Maghoma
  • 9Donaldson
  • 7GraySubstituted forCotterillat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Legzdins
  • 11Cotterill
  • 17Solomon-Otabor
  • 20Toral
  • 22Shinnie
  • 26Davis
  • 44Brock-Madsen
Referee:
Eddie Ilderton
Attendance:
17,436

Match Stats

Home TeamHullAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home15
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hull City 2, Birmingham City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hull City 2, Birmingham City 0.

  3. Post update

    Jake Livermore went off injured after Hull City had used all subs.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Michael Morrison.

  5. Post update

    Offside, Hull City. Harry Maguire tries a through ball, but Shaun Maloney is caught offside.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mohamed Diamé (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Andrew Robertson.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Hull City. Mohamed Diamé replaces Chuba Akpom.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Shaun Maloney (Hull City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Sam Clucas following a corner.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sam Clucas (Hull City) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Ahmed Elmohamady with a cross following a corner.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Michael Morrison.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Tomasz Kuszczak.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sam Clucas (Hull City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  13. Post update

    Shaun Maloney (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Stephen Gleeson (Birmingham City).

  15. Post update

    Sam Clucas (Hull City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Stephen Gleeson (Birmingham City).

  17. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Andrew Robertson.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Hull City. Shaun Maloney replaces Abel Hernández.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Jon-Miquel Toral replaces Paul Robinson because of an injury.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Chuba Akpom (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jake Livermore.