Below par Blues scrape a point

Before a ball was kicked today, Blues would have heavily fancied their chances against a free falling Hull City. However, that proved not to be the case as early as the second minute when Josh Magennis headed home inside the second minute from a free kick. What was a nightmare start became even worse when James Scott added a second just after fifteen minutes.

Blues finally decided to show up in the second half and minutes in Gary Gardner fired in a first time drive which Roberto Carlos would be proud of. The one way traffic followed and eventually a second came from the head of Dan Crowley, after a brilliant Jeremie Bela cross. Hull then added a third completely against the run of play, a clever free kick drove under the wall and deceiving Camp.

However, that wasn’t the end of the action and after a 88 minutes Gary Gardner scored Blues third and his second of the game, to rescue a draw. In context it’s a point gained, but it should have been more given the state of play.

Photos Courtesy: Roy Smiljanic / BCFC

Starting XI

Lee Camp

It would be incredibly harsh to criticise him too much on today’s display. Let down massively by his backline for the first two goals and caught out by a clever free kick for the third. Not a disastrous display by any means.

5
Kristian Pedersen

Probably the best of the bunch from a very disappointing display from the defence. Made a crucial last ditch tackle in the first half which stopped the game from running away from us. Not up to his usual standards, but it’s hard to compare as it’s his first game back from injury.

6
Jake Clarke-Salter

In comparison to his performance against WBA, it’s hard to really shout from the rooftops about him today. Struggled to really get to grips with the physicality of Magennis and the pace of Wilks. Also gave away the free kick which resulted in Hull’s third goal.

4
Harlee Dean

Once again, a shadow of his dominant performance from last weekend. Looked incredibly shaky in possession and was caught out a handful of times, which led to him picking up a booking in the second half. Overall a poor display.

4
Maxime Colin

Once again a victim of his own usual standards. Poor on the ball in the first half and offered very little in terms of support going forward. However, he grew into the game a lot more in the second half and showed signs of his usual self.

5
Jude Bellingham

Steady at best. Played a few misplaced passes during the game, but showed signs of composure and control when he did have the ball in the middle of the park. Not one of his most memorable performances.

6
Gary Gardner

It’s always hard to criticise a player who’s gone on to score 2 goals and effectively rescue a point today. However, he was a passenger in the first half and was being beaten to the first and second ball on a few occasions. His second half performance was much more like it, which included a sublime strike for the first and a clever run to score the third.

7
Maikel Kieftenbeld

Struggled throughout the first half with the physicality and energy that came from the midfield of Hull. Rightfully replaced by Bela in the second half.

4
Dan Crowley

Another player who showed his true ability in the second half, especially when placed in a more central role. The focal point of most of our attacks, with his clever inter-play and creative ability. Scored a much deserved first league goal.

7
Scott Hogan

A passenger throughput the game and never really tested Hull’s backline. Thought he rushed a lot of things when the ball did find him. Hopefully just a small blip in what’s been a successful spell.

5
Lukas Jutkiewicz

Like Hogan, he struggled to really make a huge impact on the game and I thought Hull dealt with him quite effectively. Missed a glorious opportunity in the first half, where he couldn’t sort his feet out at the back post. Also thought he looked flat out on his feet and needed to be subbed off, but that is a credit to his work rate in every game.

4

Substitutes

Jeremie Bela - Man of the Match
Game changer. Came on a caused all sorts of issues on that left hand side for Hull, which resulted in two assists and an involvement for the first goal. Effectively bailed Blues out today with his performance and should be the first name on the team sheet against Huddersfield.
8
Nico Gordon
Came on in the 87th minute to replace an injured Clarke-Salter. Can’t rate a player properly who played a small amount of game time.
5

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  1. We are in the lower half because we have too many average or under players… Today some of those looked like they would struggle in the lower leagues let alone Championship… Coupled with Pep who is a very nice man but tactically poor … If we are changing do it as soon as possible for someone who has a pulse and can show some enthusiasm coupled with the experience needed … I don’t care if he’s a total bastard as long as he gets results …. Perhaps some crockery flying is what’s needed?

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