Blues suffered a heartbreaking defeat to Hull City after an optimistic 3 wins in 5. Looking to bounce back from a loss to reading two weeks prior to today’s game at the MKM Stadium.
The main talking points from the game were a red for Gardner and an incredibly controversial first goal for the Tigers.
In the 17th minute, Longman was running down the wing and the ball had gone out of play and the Blues backline stopped. The ball was played across to Honeyman who slotted it away.
Gary Gardner was sent off in 43rd minute for a rash challenge and attempted head butt in front of the ref. After going down to 10 men Blues never looked likely to bounce back.
It took a while for the Blues to settle. Hull played lots of balls into the box with 10 goal attempts compared to the Blues 4. They looked settled in around the 30th minute where McGree was looking to beat defenders on the right and did so. Also in the first half, Deeney played a ball into Hogan which he couldn’t get across goal and won a corner. It was probably the most threatening chance for the visitors on the day.
The second half started with a change in the system. Switching to a back four with Bela and McGree wingbacks. With Jordan James also coming on for the skipper Harlee Dean. It felt like a repeat of the first half with the 2nd goal being the nail in the coffin.
Overall, it felt like another week where injuries caught up with Blues and highlighted key areas needed to build in January, with the loss of McGree being a big one as well.
Sarkic – 5
Marc Roberts – 6 – Probably looked the best out of the three centre halves.
Dean 4.5 – Looked a bit unaware of his surroundings and unsettled for the 45 minutes he played.
Sanderson – 5.5 – Bar his crosses into the box defensively he never looked himself but understandable considering the game.
Bela – 5.5 – despite his efforts in the second half he never really offered much out wide.
Woods – 4 – was winning a lot of second balls but played a lot of poor through balls and looked very frantic on the ball.
Gardner – 3 – the red card changed the momentum of the game with a totally unnecessary challenge costing his team a way back.
Sunjic – 6 – arguably the best Blues player on the pitch today. Work rate was incredible and never stopped fighting.
McGree – 6 – despite his best efforts playing in an unnatural position was just too much to handle. Won most of his one on ones on that right-hand side.
Deeney – 5 – Bar a ball into Hogan it wasn’t his night and he offered very little.
Hogan – 6 – Sharp in behind the defence and made good runs. Just had nothing to feed off.
Aneke – N/A
Jukey – N/A
Jordan James – 5.5 – Rookie coming off the bench but put in a good display and tried to make things happen.