Report: Blues 0-0 Hull City

Report: Blues 0-0 Hull City

Blues drew at home to Hull City in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday afternoon.

Lee Bowyer's men went the closest to finding a winner at St. Andrew's when Lyle Taylor had a first-half header cleared off the line as they were unable to score for only the second league game this year.

The result sees Birmingham City go unbeaten in two and record their 12th clean sheet of the campaign.

TEAM NEWS:

The Head Coach named an unchanged team from last weekend's victory over Bristol City, with the only switch coming amongst the substitutes as Teden Mengi returned to the matchday squad.

Teden Mengi was available for the first time in exactly a month after overcoming a hamstring injury.

Teden Mengi was available for the first time in exactly a month after overcoming a hamstring injury.

MAIN EVENT:

There was action to report inside 20 seconds as Neil Etheridge kept a Keane Lewis-Potter effort out. Hull’s topscorer managed to latch onto a hopeful ball forward before taking aim from an unfavourable angle.

And this minor scare livened Blues who, in response, had efforts from Onel Hernandez and Juninho Bacuna blocked soon after.

Although this initial burst from both sides was not followed up with any great gusto until the 20-minute mark. In front of the Tilton, Marc Roberts did exceptionally well to turn a low Ryan Longman cross away from the poised Tom Eaves before Bacuna was unable to direct his header on target from Jordan Graham’s delivery at the other end.

Again, these moments of promise were followed by a lull in proceedings and again the relative excitement returned with a Blues player heading off-target – this time Gary Gardner getting up to the ball only to fail in keeping his effort down.

But the hosts were getting closer and had an attempt cleared off the line after 39 minutes. Hernandez saw a shot blocked that resulted in a corner and from this, Taylor’s close-range flicked header was hacked away by Lewis-Potter from under his own crossbar.

Lyle Taylor leads the line in the Second City.

Lyle Taylor leads the line in the Second City.

HALF-TIME: Blues 0-0 Hull City

With the exception of a creative Bacuna effort that was held by Matt Ingram there was very little of note at the start of the second period and with the half just ten minutes old Bowyer introduced Ryan Woods for Ivan Sunjic.

The substitute was making Blues tick but there was still a lack of cutting edge on display from either team. Although both felt they had decent penalty shouts when Taylor and Lewis-Potter went down at opposite ends; these claims bookended a squandered chance by Eaves.

Another roll of the dice followed as Bacuna was withdrawn and Taylor Richards handed his Blues debut. But the next immediate concern came in the home side’s box, with Etheridge spreading himself to deny Greaves after the centre-back was slipped through by Brandon Fleming.

There was, however, serious attacking armoury on the field wearing royal blue and things started to click, particularly for Hernandez. The Cuban was twice clear down the left and delivered, his crosses having everything but a final teammate’s final touch.

A third successive centre was trapped by Chong, but a combination of the loanee and Tom Huddlestone saw the ball spoon into Ingram’s arms and huff and puff as they might, a point would be as much as Blues would get.

Captain Gary Gardner battles on.

Captain Gary Gardner battles on.

KEY MOMENT:

Blues had the ball all but over the line in the first-half when Taylor cleverly turned it goalwards, only for Lewis-Potter to be fortunately placed and the scoresheet to remain unmarked.

FINAL OUTCOME:

The draw takes Blues onto 41 points from their 37 Championship outings.

Jordan Graham was again solid at right-back.

Jordan Graham was again solid at right-back.

MATCH DETAILS:

Blues (4-3-3): Neil Etheridge, Jordan Graham, Marc Roberts, Nico Gordon, Kristian Pedersen, Gary Gardner (captain), Ivan Sunjic (Ryan Woods 56), Juninho Bacuna (Taylor Richards 69), Onel Hernandez, Lyle Taylor, Tahith Chong.

Substitutes not used: Connal Trueman, Teden Mengi, Jordan James, Lukas Jutkiewicz, Scott Hogan.

Booking: None.

Hull City (3-4-2-1): Matt Ingram, Alfie Jones, Sean McLoughlin, Jacob Greaves, Ryan Longman (Regan Slater 84), Richard Smallwood (captain), Greg Docherty (Tom Huddlestone 84), Brandon Fleming, George Honeyman, Keane Lewis-Potter, Tom Eaves (Marcus Forss 66).

Substitutes not used: Harvey Cartwright, Callum Elder, Allahyar Sayyadmanesh, Di’Shon Bernard.

Booking: Jones 46.

Referee: Michael Salisbury.

Attendance: 17,231

NEXT UP:

The action continues at St. Andrew's as Blues welcome Middlesbrough to the West Midlands on Tuesday night, kick-off 7.45pm. It is then a journey across the border in seven days time, with a trip to Swansea City, kick-off 3pm, the final outing before 2022's first Men's international break.