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Hull City 2-0 Birmingham City: Bowen at the double in Tigers win

Jarrod Bowen
Jarrod Bowen celebrates putting Hull City into the lead against Birmingham

Hull City top scorer Jarrod Bowen struck a goal in each half to secure a victory that moved the Tigers level on points with opponents Birmingham City.

Both sides had early chances to take the lead with Birmingham's Lukas Jutkiewicz shooting wide before Hull's Marc Pugh tested Lee Camp.

Bowen opened the scoring midway through the first half, rifling his shot into the roof of the net after being played in by Pugh.

His second came from the penalty spot - having been fouled by Camp, he picked himself up and sent the goalkeeper the wrong way to secure the win with 30 minutes to go.

Shortly after conceding the first goal, Birmingham had a chance to hit back but Jutkiewicz headed wide from Maxime Colin's cross.

Kamil Grosicki almost doubled The Tigers' lead just before half-time but rolled his effort wide as the Tigers went in 1-0 up at the break.

Jutkiewicz headed straight at Marshall in the early stages of the second half as Birmingham tried to find an equaliser.

But on the hour mark Hull extended their lead when Bowen was hauled down by Camp in the penalty area and the home side's top scorer made it 2-0 from the spot.

Birmingham's leading marksman Che Adams then had an opening but could only shoot into the side netting and Connor Mahoney struck an effort narrowly wide.

Bowen had the chance to seal his hat-trick with 10 minutes remaining but could only find the side netting after racing through on goal.

His goals against Blues were expected to see him equal a club record for scoring in seven consecutive home games.

However, his strike against Millwall on Tuesday has now been credited to Markus Henrikson, with the club appealing the decision.

The result sees the Tigers move level with Birmingham on 50 points. Hull remain below the Blues on goal difference, with both sides just four points outside the play-off places.

Hull City manager Nigel Adkins told BBC Radio Humberside: "I'm very pleased by the win. The atmosphere was great and the players worked their socks off. We played some brilliant football and could have been out of sight by half time.

"We've reached that landmark total of 50 points, that pretty much guarantees us Championship football next year and we can look forward to the rest of the season now.

"We're in the play-off mix. It's a challenge but why not embrace it. Our home form has been exceptional. We've appealed Jarrod's goal (against Millwall) on Tuesday, it's clear it comes off him last and it would have been great for him to equal the record."

Birmingham City manager Garry Monk told BBC WM 95.6: "It's been a tough week. We have a small squad and we looked a bit jaded today.

"To carry one or two players is ok but it's most of the team, so its more difficult. That's not an excuse but it's had an effect on the performance levels today.

"We weren't at our usual level. When you're not as fresh physically and mentally, decision making goes a bit off. Next week we have a massive game (against Aston Villa) where we can't afford to not be on it. I have no doubt that you'll see the right response in the next game."

Line-ups

Hull

  • 1Marshall
  • 17Kane
  • 5Burke
  • 4de WijsBooked at 12minsSubstituted forRidgewellat 76'minutes
  • 2LichajSubstituted forMcKenzieat 85'minutes
  • 20Bowen
  • 22HenriksenBooked at 59mins
  • 16Irvine
  • 14Grosicki
  • 8Pugh
  • 29Martin

Substitutes

  • 6Stewart
  • 7Evandro
  • 9Dicko
  • 11Milinkovic
  • 12Long
  • 27McKenzie
  • 36Ridgewell

Birmingham

  • 1Camp
  • 5ColinSubstituted forHardingat 44'minutes
  • 12Dean
  • 28Morrison
  • 3Pedersen
  • 18Mrabti
  • 20Gardner
  • 26DavisSubstituted forGardnerat 56'minutesBooked at 60mins
  • 7MahoneySubstituted forMaghomaat 78'minutes
  • 9Adams
  • 10Jutkiewicz

Substitutes

  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 8Gardner
  • 11Vassell
  • 19Maghoma
  • 23Jota
  • 27Trueman
  • 45Harding
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
12,551

Match Stats

Home TeamHullAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home12
Away18
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home1
Away8
Fouls
Home7
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Hull City 2, Birmingham City 0.

Full Time

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

Liam Ridgewell (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gary Gardner (Birmingham City).

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by David Marshall.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Liam Ridgewell.

Attempt blocked. Che Adams (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lukas Jutkiewicz with a headed pass.

Attempt saved. Craig Gardner (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gary Gardner.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by David Marshall.

Attempt saved. Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Che Adams.

Chris Martin (Hull City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Harlee Dean (Birmingham City).

Attempt missed. Gary Gardner (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Che Adams.

Attempt saved. Chris Martin (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Robbie McKenzie replaces Eric Lichaj because of an injury.

Delay in match Eric Lichaj (Hull City) because of an injury.

Chris Martin (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Michael Morrison (Birmingham City).

Eric Lichaj (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kerim Mrabti (Birmingham City).

Attempt saved. Marc Pugh (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Martin.

Markus Henriksen (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City).

Attempt missed. Jarrod Bowen (Hull City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Martin with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Jacques Maghoma replaces Connor Mahoney.

Marc Pugh (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kristian Pedersen (Birmingham City).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Liam Ridgewell replaces Jordy de Wijs because of an injury.

Delay in match Jordy de Wijs (Hull City) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Marc Pugh (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kamil Grosicki.

Foul by Jarrod Bowen (Hull City).

Connor Mahoney (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Offside, Hull City. Jackson Irvine tries a through ball, but Kamil Grosicki is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Che Adams (Birmingham City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Kerim Mrabti.

Foul by Jackson Irvine (Hull City).

Kerim Mrabti (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Markus Henriksen (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City).

goal

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6Bristol City34159104436854
7Derby34149114342151
8Birmingham35121495345850
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10Hull35148135048250
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19Wigan3499163347-1436
20Millwall35810173853-1534
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