Finally something good to talk about for Hull City! A fantastic and much needed performance helped the Tigers to a magnificent 6-1 victory against fellow strugglers Birmingham City at the KCOM Stadium.
City made 3 changes to the team which disappointingly lost 2-1 to Preston North End on Tuesday night, with Kamil Grosicki, Jon Toral (who was playing against his former club) and Max Clark coming in for Jackson Irvine, Fikayo Tomori and the injured Stephen Kingsley. Birmingham began the day unchanged after a good 1-0 victory at home to Sheffield Wednesday on, ironically, Wednesday evening!
City started the game in blistering fashion, with Frazier Campbell opening the scoring after just 7 minutes. It was a funny goal, since it was actually a David Meyler tackle on David Davis which set Campbell through for a chance he just couldn’t turn down. Not 5 minutes later, City we’re 2-0 up, with the goal coming from the Penalty spot. Emiliano Nsue tripped up Frazier Campbell inside the box, and David Meyler duly obliged to double City’s lead. What a start! Frazier Campbell almost doubled his tally a few moments later, but he saw his header skim the top of the crossbar. The third goal did come from the main man Jarrod Bowen, who scored his 7th goal of the season, which means he is still the Championship’s top goal scorer this season, alongside Bristol City forward Bobby Reid. For a 20 year old lad, that ain’t half good going.
Half Time: Hull City 3-0 Birmingham City
The second half started exactly how the first ended for City; the home side were extremely comfortable, keeping the ball well and continuously threatening Birmingham’s defence. City’s 4th goal of the afternoon came after a slick counter attack, with Kamil Grosicki finishing the move off with a fine effort. Markus Henriksen then scored his first league goal for the club 15 minutes before the end, with Sebastian Larsson adding a 6th with 3 minutes left. Unfortunately, City couldn’t keep a clean sheet, with Sam Gallagher grabbing a consolation for the Blues in added time.
Full Time: Hull City 6 (Six!) Birmingham City 1.
Words will not be able to describe how Leonid Slutsky is feeling right now. Had City lost today, they would’ve been in deep trouble, but instead, it puts them 4 points above the relegation zone. If you’d have told any city fan after the past few performances that the club would be in the position they are, they’d have probably taken it. Despite the poor performances of late, it must be noted that no team in the whole of the football league has scored more goals than City this year. That’s a pretty good feat if you ask me.