Hull City 0-2 Birmingham City: Troy Deeney and Juninho Bacuna score for the Blues


Birmingham’s Juninho Bacuna, playing in an unfamiliar right-back role, scored his first league goal of the season.

Birmingham City continued their improved Championship form with a win at struggling Hull City in a game that started 20 minutes late because the goals were too high.

After the posts had been cut to size, it was the away side when Troy Deeney kicked a penalty after Krystian Bielik was brought down by Jacob Greaves in the box.

The Blues doubled their advantage shortly after the interval, Juninho Bacuna’s shot from 25 meters.

It could have been worse, and perhaps worse for the coachless hosts, but Deeney missed a penalty over the bar after Tigers keeper Tahith Chong fell in Nathan Baxter’s box.

It is now three wins from six for John Eustace’s mobile Blues, who had not won at Hull City since September 2009 before Sunday’s success.

Hull were left toothless despite dominating possession and have now picked up just three points from their last eight games and are one point above the relegation zone.

Officials fix the poles
A saw was used to shorten the length of the posts, which were two inches too long

The home side’s best, and frankly only, real chance was Cyrus Christie’s header from a corner which saw Blues keeper John Ruddy brilliantly clear for 1-0.

Birmingham made the perfect start to the second period when Bacuna brought down Chong’s cross, advanced on goal and unleashed a quality strike beyond Baxter two minutes before the break.

Eustace’s men then kept the home side at bay and Bielik saw a shot clipped off the outside of the post before Deeney fired a shot over the bar to let Chong in after a disastrous header from Tigers midfielder Ozan Tufan.

Hull owner Acun Ilicali told BBC Radio Humberside ahead of the game that he was in “no rush” to appoint a permanent successor to Shota Arveladze and that caretaker Andy Dawson had been considered for the role.

However, they will need to significantly improve on that display when they travel to Blackpool on Wednesday if they are to get their season back on track. Birmingham, now 12th, host table-toppers Burnley on the same night.

Hull caretaker Andy Dawson told BBC Radio Humberside:

“We had a terrible start to the second half and conceded a poor goal and then didn’t respond.

“We didn’t show resilience or fight and I told the players that this league is relentless and you have to keep fighting. I saw a team that did that in Birmingham and that’s what we need to improve on.

“The first half was the best we’ve played in a long time but we conceded a disappointing away goal. We had some fantastic chances from crosses so I’ve got to give the boys credit for the first half.

“The second half was messy and we have to be better. People started to do their thing when you have to keep believing in what you’re doing.”

Birmingham boss John Eustace told BBC WM:

“Obviously I’m delighted with the win and I thought today’s performance with and without the ball was excellent.

“They are a very good team and they have great people. We knew how difficult this game was going to be and we showed great character.

(On Juninho Bacuna) “I think his goal summed up his performance today. We asked him to play out of position but I had no problem putting him there and he scored a special goal.

“It’s a long season and nobody gets eliminated. We want to be competitive and give every game a chance.”

The eleven

helmet

training 4-4-1-1

  • 13BaxterBooked in 73 minutes
  • 33Christie
  • 6Figueiredo
  • 5Jones
  • 4grasshoppersBooked in 43 minutesreplaced byWilliamsin 56′minutesBooked in 66 minutes
  • 8Docherty
  • 7floodreplaced byLongmanin 83′minutes
  • 24Serireplaced byForestsin 82′minutes
  • 11I believeBooked in 53 minutesreplaced byJarvisin 63′minutes
  • 20The scalesreplaced bySimonsin 82′minutes
  • 19in the gutter

replacements

  • 1Ingram
  • 15Forests
  • 16Longman
  • 17McLoughlin
  • 23Williams
  • 35Simons
  • 36Jarvis

Birmingham

training 3-5-2

  • 21Ruddy
  • 2ColinBooked in 27 minutes
  • 12the dean
  • 5reliable
  • 7BacunaBooked in 70 minutesreplaced byGrahamin 78′minutes
  • 6Mejbrireplaced bythe hallin 86′minutes
  • 31WhiteBooked in 33 minutesreplaced byJamesin 90+3′minutes
  • 18Chongreplaced byBellinghamin 77′minutes
  • 23Longelo
  • 8Deeneyreplaced byJutkiewiczin 78′minutes
  • 9Hogan

replacements

  • 1Etheridge
  • 10Jutkiewicz
  • 11Graham
  • 14easy
  • 19James
  • 27Bellingham
  • 35the hall

Judge:
Leigh Doughty

Assistance:
16,587

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