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  • Date:2010-04-17
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:St Andrews Stadium
  • Attendance:26669
  • Referee:Clattenburg, M

Live Commentary

90mins

Birmingham 0 Hull 0: It was a pretty dire scrap between two out of form teams. Hull pick up a point in their bid for survival, but a little more adventure and they may have got more.

90mins

Half chance for Hull as the ball breaks to Fagan on the volley from the edge of the area. He hits it well but it goes about a yard wide.

89mins

There will be three minutes of added time at the end of what has been a largely forgettable match.

88mins

Cairney gets forward well. He curls an effort goalwards. Hart dives to his right but it just doesn't have the necessary bend on it and the ball goes wide.

87mins

You really have to wonder why Iain Dowie hasn't tried more to changes things here and go for the win. Three points could have been here for the taking but we've seen just one straight switch in attack from the Hull manager.

85mins

Bullard runs at the Birmingham defence. He gets inside the area and shoots low, but Hart is equal to it and makes the save. It's one of the better pieces of action in this match.

83mins

Mouyokolo heads at goal. It's deflected and Joe Hart pounces on it.

80mins

Jerome latches on to a long ball. He tussles with McShane and shoots from the edge of the area, but it deflects wide for a corner.

79mins

Hull are still going with just one in attack here and you have to wonder if Iain Dowie is happy to settle for a point here or if he'll try to push his team forward in search for a win late on.

78mins

Bullard turns and shoots left-footed from distance. He gets right underneath this effort and it ends up half-way up the stand behind the goal. It's another really ambitious effort from the Hull midfielder.

77mins

Sonko takes a knock on the side of the head and he needs to go off and get some treatment on the sidelines.

75mins

Bullard plays a free-kick into the Birmingham area. Dann half clears, then Jerome smashes the ball clear for the hosts.

74mins

Hull City substitution: Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink is replaced by Jozy Altidore.

72mins

Free-kick to Birmingham. Larsson delivers it into the penalty area, but Sonko clears.

70mins

This has been a really poor football match so far. Kevin Phillips does have an effort at goal, but it's deflected away for a corner.

68mins

Diagonal ball forward aims for Fagan, but Ridgewell does well to clear.

67mins

Gardner plays a left-footed ball into the area. The ball loops up and Duke comes out to claim, but he's fouled by Jerome and Hull earn a free-kick much to the disgust of the Birmingham faithful.

66mins

Ridgewell gets space on the left and crosses into the Hull area, but it drfits over everyone in the centre.

65mins

It's been a pretty poor spectacle in the first three-quarters of this match. We'll be heading comfortably towards a 0-0 result here if nothing changes.

62mins

Birmingham substitution: Sebastian Larsson comes on in place of Fahey.

60mins

Left-footed shot from Cairney from outside the area, but he gets underneath the ball and it goes well high and wide.

58mins

Birmingham substitution: Kevin Phillips comes on in the first change of the afternoon and he replaces James McFadden.

56mins

You might be forgiven for thinking that this was an end of season game taking place between two mid-table sides. Whilst Birmingham don't need to win this, Hull really need the points and just aren't doing enough to force the issue.

55mins

Dann plays a ball forward but the ball is intercepted and Hull clear.

53mins

McFadden makes space for a cross on the right, but Duke claims comfortably.

52mins

It's been a more positive start to the half for Hull, but they're still not looking like causing Birmingham a huge amount of problems.

50mins

Fagan runs at the Birmingham defence. He plays it forward for Vennegoor of Hesselink, but Johnson reads the danger well and comes across to clear for a throw-in.

49mins

Dawson crosses high to the far post towards Fagan, but it's too high for the Hull striker.

48mins

Hull earn the first corner of the half. Bullard slips as he takes. The ball is cleared as far as Boateng on the edge of the area, but his first-time effort on the volley goes well over.

47mins

Jerome bursts forward into the Hull area. He works space on his left foot for a shot, but Duke saves.

46mins

The second half is now underway.

45mins

Birmingham 0 Hull 0: It's been a bit of a scrappy first half at St Andrews. Birmingham have probably shaded it, but we've seen limited goalmouth action. One save apiece from Hart and Duke, but few clear-cut chances.

45mins

Ridgewell earns a corner for the hosts. They've had quite a number in this first half, but not done anything with them so far.

45mins

There will be two minutes of added time at the end of this first half.

44mins

Fagan crosses into the box. Vennegoor of Hesselink got up ahead of Johnson to head goalwards, but he can't get any purchase on the header and it bounces down easily for Hart.

42mins

Jerome lays the ball off for Fahey to shoot from the edge of the area, but it's a tame effort and Duke saves.

40mins

Fagan does well down the left. Dawson smashes the ball into the box and Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink heads goalwards and forces a good save from Joe Hart.

39mins

Chance for Bowyer. Birmingham play a long ball forward. The ball is flicked on and Bowyer shoots from 12 yards, but Duke gets down well to his right to make the save.

38mins

We've seen little in the way of goalmouth action in the last few minutes. The best attack has been a 30-yard effort from Bullard, which is well off target.

35mins

The home side are certainly starting to look the more dangerous, but still neither keeper has been fully tested.

33mins

Gardner crosses from the right for Fahey to head back. Johnson shoots, but his shot is deflected and it ends with Bowyer heading onto the roof of the net.

32mins

Birmingham break forward into the Hull area again. Fahey finds himself with a chance to shoot. He takes a touch before shooting from 10 yards and it deflects wide for a corner.

30mins

McFadden shoots left-footed after good work from Jerome and Bowyer. The effort is deflected and Jerome is happy to shepherd the ball away for a corner.

29mins

Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink plays the ball to Kilbane. He crosses towards Fagan, but Ridgewell does well to clear.

28mins

Bullard drives forward, going past a couple of Birmingham defenders before shooting, but his effort is deflected away and Birmingham clear.

27mins

This game has just dropped a little in tempo over the past few minutes. Neither keeper has been hugely troubled in this opening 27 minutes.

24mins

Barry Ferguson tries his luck at goal with an overhead kick, but it's way off target and stays in play.

22mins

Bullard breaks forward for Hull and shoots from 25 yards. He rather scuffs the effort though and despite a tricky bounce in front of Hart, it's straight at the Birmingham keeper and he collects comfortably.

21mins

The corner is flicked on at the near post by Ridgewell, but Hull clear.

20mins

Good cross from Gardner. Duke couldn't get to the cross and McShane just manages to turn the ball behind for a corner.

19mins

McFadden gets past Kilbane and crosses from the right. Fahey heads back across goal but Bowyer loses his footing as he tries to get on the end of the pull back.

16mins

Hull are starting to slowly get into this game. It's important for the visitors to win this game so you couldn't see them sitting behind the ball looking for a point.

15mins

Boateng drives into the penalty area down the right. He drives the ball across the face of goal and Kilbane just can't get on the end of it.

14mins

Long throw-in into the Birmingham penalty area again. This time it's Lee Bowyer who clears for the hosts.

13mins

Gardner takes the free-kick into the Hull area. Dann gets his head on it, but his glancing effort goes just wide.

12mins

Mouyokolo comes forward with the ball but loses possession. Birmingham break in behind him and earn a free-kick 35 yards out.

10mins

Dawson hits a long ball forward, but Dann heads clear. Hull takes another long throw towards the Birmingham area, but the ball is cleared again.

7mins

Good move again from Birmingham who have started the brighter of the two sides. Gardner puts a low ball into the penalty area but Hull clear again. Fagan tries to break at the other end, but is dispossessed.

5mins

Johnson is still down requiring some treatment from the Birmingam physio.

4mins

Roger Johnson goes down on the edge of the Hull area. McFadden plays on and shoots, but it goes over. Johnson will require some treatment here.

4mins

First corner of the match and Gardner wins it for the home side. McFadden puts the ball in towards the back post. The ball is headed back across goal and Hull just about clear.

3mins

It's been a tentative start to the game from both sides. Hull in particular cannot afford to lose this match.

2mins

Early long throw-in into the Blues penalty area, but Birmingham clear.

0mins

The referee blows his whistle and this match gets underway.

0mins

Hull have a worse run of current form than today's hosts. They've lost seven of the last eitght matches and are the only club still to win away from home this season - a feat achieved only five times in Premier League history.

0mins

Birmingham's form at St Andrews, however, have remained strong. They've remained unbeaten for the past 13 matches, dating back to September.

0mins

After a really impressive start to the season, Birmingham's form has fell away somewhat of late. They have not kept a clean sheet for seven matches and have failed to win in the last six of those, picking up only three draws.

0mins

In fact Hull's only victory over Birmingham in the last 10 attempts was a Championship fixture in February 2007 which they won 2-0.

0mins

Birmingham are on course for their highest top flight finish in 51 years and have not lost at home to today's visitors since 1970.

0mins

To make matters worse for Hull, they’ll miss their leading scorer Stephen Hunt for the rest of the season with a foot injury.

0mins

The visitors sit level on points with Burnley, but with a worse goal difference after their 4-1 home defeat against the Clarets last Saturday. They’re also 4 points worse off than West Ham but with a game in hand.

0mins

It’s mid-table safety for the Blues, however, Hull have huge problems to overcome if they’re too avoid dropping back down to the Championship.

0mins

Birmingham keeper Joe Hart returns to the starting line-up after being ineligible to play against his parent club in their 5-1 defeat at Manchester City last time out.

0mins

Hull City team line-up: Duke, McShane, Sonko, Mouyokolo, Dawson, Fagan, Bullard, Boateng, Cairney, Kilbane, Vennegoor of Hesselink

0mins

Birmingham team line-up: Hart, Carr, Johnson, Dann, Ridgewell, Gardner, Ferguson, Bowyer, Fahey, Jerome, McFadden

Match Preview

Two teams who were among the favourites for the drop at the beginning of the season meet at St Andrew's on Saturday.

The home side, Birmingham City, already have their permanence in the division next season secured, whereas their visitors - Hull City - find themselves with a mountain to climb to get out of the relegation spots.

Following their shock 4-1 defeat at home to Burnley last Saturday, Hull now boast the worst away record in the Premier League this season, having picked up only four draws on the road all season and are without a point in six league trips.

They are likely to find it difficult to end this barren run at St Andrew's though, given that only two Premier League sides have conceded fewer goals at home than Birmingham this season, even if Alex McLeish's men have drawn their last three there.

For Hull's under-fire managerial consultant Iain Dowie, any hope for the Tigers' survival this season now depends on the response from his players, as he told local media: "In dark times you look around the dressing room to see who has got the strength of character.

"You learn a lot about people in adversity and I'm looking for a reaction now. We've got to train at intensity, work hard and be brave to get on the ball."

However Dowie will have to cope for the rest of the season without top scorer Stephen Hunt who has failed to win his battle with a foot injury and must now undergo surgery.

Andy Dawson will play after shrugging off a bruised leg picked up at Burnley, though Bernard Mendy is a doubt. Centre-half pairing Anthony Gardner (ankle) and Kamil Zayatte (knee) remain sidelined for the Tigers, as does Amr Zaki (knee).


Match Report

Iain Dowie's pre-match called for a big response to lift Hull City out of the doldrums fell on deaf ears as the toothless Tigers had to battle to a goalless draw against Birmingham City at St Andrew's.

In the light of the heavy defeats suffered by both teams in their previous games a goalless encounter was always on the cards.

Following their impressive early season unbeaten run, which took them into the top ten, Birmingham have gone off the boil and have now failed to win any of their last seven games.

The only consolation for Birmingham was that they managed to keep a blank goalsheet for the first time in nine games.

Surprisingly they failed to dominate a struggling Hull side who went into the game having lost seven of their previous eight games and there was little conviction about their play.

Hull were assisted by Birmingham's lack of firepower, which was surprising against a side seemingly doomed for relegation.

An inconsistent James McFadden was only just off the mark for Birmingham with a long-range effort, but Hull were able to hold their own without showing any goal potential.

Their best opportunity of creating an upset occurred when George Boateng produced a fast, low cross which was just missed by Kevin Kilbane.

Matt Duke, who took over from Boaz Myhill following the mauling against Burnley, justified his inclusion when he produced a fine diving save from Lee Bowyer.

Not to be outdone Joe Hart, who is expected to be in England's World Cup squad, marked his return to Birmingham's side following the 5-1 defeat at Manchester City, made a reflex save to keep out a header from Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink.

Jimmy Bullard attempted to lift Hull in the second period but the match still struggled to come to life.

It was significant that Birmingham sent on Phillips in the hope the veteran striker could produce one of his goalscoring performances.

Birmingham boss, Alex McLeish, then took off Keith Fahey and replaced him with Seb Larsson in an attempt to give his side a better attacking formation.

But it was to no avail as the game drifted to its ultimate stalemate to the frustration of the fans despite a last minute stinging shot from Hull's Craig Fagan.

Birmingham City

Hull City

Corners

81

Fouls

1213

Goal attempts

711

Shots off target

58

Offsides

03

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