Live Birmingham City v Hull City – build-up, team news, updates


    Hello and welcome along to our live coverage of Hull City’s trip to Birmingham City in the Championship.

    It’s been some time since City fans saw their side pick up maximum points in a game, since New Year’s Day in fact, but after falling into the bottom three last weekend, Grant McCann’s side will be even more determined to arrest their slide.

    Just a point this afternoon could be enough for the Tigers to move out of the relegation zone, but all three is needed if they are ease the mounting pressure at St Andrew’s.

    Kick-off is at 3pm and we’ll have all the build-up, team news, match updates and reaction from the Tigers’ second game since the restart so stay tuned.

    He looks a little worse for wear as he jogs back onto the field. The last thing McCann needed was to lose his skipper there

    A turn of pace sees him get away from the defender before he delivers an inch perfect cross onto the head of Scott, who is allowed to nod home unchallenged

    Wilks meets a Elder throw with his head but the ball is deflected for a corner. City looking a danger from set-pieces

    He gets to a cross ahead of Hogan and matches to parry the ball away

    City are playing with the confidence and intensity they were so desperately lacking last week. Here’s hoping they keep that up!

    Magennis is free in the area and as he’s falling back he nods the ball into the net from close range. What a start!

    Barnsley also drew 0-0 but drop to the bottom of the table. Win today and City will move six points clear of the Tykes.

    We didn’t need to sell. We felt that was the right time and the highest value. There’s no point holding on to players that don’t want to be here. It was difficult.

    In general we always knew an extended season would cause problems with contracts expiring. We were left with a handful of players who didn’t want to play because they were moving on and didn’t want to take the risk. We sat and spoke about it and thought if you’re not committed through fear of injury what good is an extra month’s salary. In some of those cases we might still offer new contracts.

    We’re still positive and hopeful. The value is depending on where we are and we take advice on the value of the club. We have relegation clauses in all the players’ contracts. We’re happy running the club until we find a suitable buyer that’s always been the case. We don’t have funds available to invest like we have done in the past. We don’t have the financial strength to do that. We’ve done ti twice before and we’ve been successful but we don’t have the finances.

    You get your ups and downs but we still believes we’re doing a fairly good job with the club, particularly with the finances.

    Obviously in terms of the footballing side it is difficult when you’re on a bad run.

    When it comes to recruitment we have recruited to a certain style. That’s the style of this football club and that’s the style he buys into, that was part of the recruitment process, we are fully aligned.

    We have bought into this and we have recruited for this. We are not at panic stations. There is no panic, contrary to the article that was posted on Monday. There is confidence that we can see ourselves out of this.

    Yes, the club is still for sale. It’s a really straight set of circumstances but surprisingly there does seem to be heightened interest at the moment in the club at the moment. Only time will tell if it’s serious. The asking price will vary depending on what league we’re in.

    The accurate bits in the article are very few. Most of it is inaccurate bits. The factual things about the club accounts and the rest of it is a nonsense. The Peter Grieve stuff is false in every way. Do you think a £130million deal relies on me going to a bedroom in a hotel to sign a deal? What a joke, that is so laughable. That is not how £130m deals are done!

    Ehab Allam has been talking to Radio Humberside. Here’s what he said on The Athletic’s allegations

    I didn’t really have a problem with it. I just see it as a nonsense and we made that clear in our statement. I think it was very disingenuous.

    Charlton are still beating QPR 1-0, while Luton are also winning at Swansea. The pressure is on. Stoke take on Middlesbrough at 3pm, that looks a biggie

    We saw him briefly last week, but he’ll be looking to make an impression today in his first start since joining from Motherwell.

    He’s one of four changes, Da Silva Lopes comes into the side, while Josh Magennis and Reece Burke starts.

    The Addicks are taking on QPR at The Valley right now and an effort from Darren Pratley has them in front. They lead 1-0.

    The bookmakers do not have much faith in Hull City finally getting back on the horse. Grant McCann’s men are a 7/2 shot to win at St Andrews, with Birmingham City priced up odds-on at 4/5. The draw, which might well be accepted by the Tigers in the circumstances, is 11/4.

    The double chance of Hull City or draw still has some appeal at even money given that Blues are hardly in the most dominant form.

    Goals might also be at a premium if last weekend was a guide. There was only one goal in the two games featuring Hull City and Birmingham so the 14/5 for under 1.5 goals is attractive, as is the even money on under 2.5 goals.

    Can City repeat the scoreline from the meeting at the KCOM Stadium in December? It’s 66/1 for McCann’s men to win 3-1.

    If Hull City’s need for a victory is increasing by the week, so is the want for a clean sheet. Not since the win away to Sheffield Wednesday have the Tigers kept an opponent at bay, a run of 14 league and cup games.

    It took a soft set-piece for Charlton to secure a precious win last weekend and a City defence marshalled by Jordy de Wijs has to be better.

    De Wijs does not have happy memories of St Andrew’s following a 3-3 draw there last season but he returns a very different player and the Tigers’ new leader and captain.

    The physical challenge posed by Lukas Jutkiewicz is one City have to be ready for. The big veteran has netted 13 goals this season and is a useful foil for the on-loan Scott Hogan.

    There was something stomach-churningly bad about Hull City’s 1-0 loss at home to Charlton last weekend. All that time to reflect and reset but nothing – or very little – changed.

    The punishment was a place in the Championship’s bottom three and a ratcheting up of the pressure starting to build on Grant McCann and his players.

    A nightmare first week back has drained optimism from those City supporters exasperated by their team’s decline and demanded a reaction the Tigers have so far failed to find in all of 2020.

    McCann must feel as though the world is conspiring against him and perhaps that is the button he has to press now. Create a siege mentality in these times of adversity and urge his team to come out fighting at last.

    This is nowhere near a lost cause just yet. Eight games remain for City to dodge a once unthinkable relegation and the games ahead of them present plenty of opportunities.

    Eyes are inevitably drawn to the visit of Middlesbrough next week but a trip to Birmingham should not be feared. Pep Clotet’s men are without a win in six and perhaps short of motivation in these final eight games. Maybe it might just help City find that lost spark.

    Hull City fans want Grant McCann to make six changes to his side that faces Birmingham City this afternoon.

    The Tigers’ return to action last weekend did not go as planned, with a 1-0 home defeat to Charlton Athletic leading to City dropping into the Championship’s relegation zone for the first time in 18 months.

    Having struggled with injuries for much of 2020, McCann is set to have a fully fit squad this afternoon for his side’s visit to St Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium.

    Grant McCann insists his Hull City side will not surrender in their fight for survival as they travel to Birmingham City hunting a victory that would lift them out of the Championship’s bottom three.

    City head to St Andrew’s without a win in 12 games and the club’s longest drought since 1995 has now dragged McCann’s men deep into trouble.

    Last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at home to Charlton saw City fall into the relegation zone for the first time this season, with only eight games remaining to avert a once unthinkable fall into League One.

    The first of those, today’s trip to Birmingham, offers the chance for City to quickly climb out of the drop zone and McCann is adamant that his side will come out fighting.


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