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GAMEDAY – Away to Hull City

Blues travel north to Hull City to face Steve Bruce’s Tigers looking for a fifth successive win on the spin and to consolidate their position in the top two of the table.

Hull City

Former Blues defender Curtis Davies misses out having picked up a calf injury against Ipswich Town; Alex Bruce (also formerly of Blues) should continue. The game comes too soon for Robert Snodgrass who is coming close to full fitness after 15 months out.

Steve Bruce has only lost two of the eight games he has managed a team against Blues since departing St Andrew’s, winning five.

Blues

David Cotterill faces a late fitness test following his hamstring injury; Demarai Gray should play having suffered a slight migraine and missing training and there are doubts over Jonathan Spector and Viv Solomon-Otabor, both of whom picked up knocks in training.

This is a tough, tough game for Blues – Hull City have held on to many of the players who were in the Premier League last season and Blues record at the KC isn’t great in recent times having lost 3-2 and 5-2 in their last two games in Hull.

Ref

Eddie Ilderton takes charge of his eleventh game this season having shown 21 yellow cards already. He last took charge of Blues in the 2-1 home win over Wolves in April, booking four players including David Cotterill.

Suspension Watch

3 Yellow Cards: Maikel Kieftenbeld, Paul Caddis, David Davis and David Cotterill
2 Yellow Cards: Jon Toral and Jonathan Grounds.
1 Yellow Card: Tomasz Kuszczak, Michael Morrison, Paul Robinson, Stephen Gleeson, Clayton Donaldson, Jonathan Spector and Demarai Gray.

The cutoff date for 5 yellow cards to attract a suspension is November 30, 2015
The cutoff date for 10 yellow cards to attract a suspension is April 9, 2016

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31 Responses to “GAMEDAY – Away to Hull City”

  • Andrew says:

    Should be another win today, 1-3 blues. Hull with consolation but after blues cruising, but really good match for blues to pick up another win….

  • David L says:

    Living in Selby, this is the nearest thing to a home game for me – looking forward to it.

    Mind you, going with a Tigers fan means I’ll have to keep emotions in check.

    But yes, certainly the toughest test of the season so far. In many ways, Hull were daft to go down – losing at home to an already-relegated Burnley in a crucial last home game.

    So, they have the pedigree and players to show the Blues what a mid-table Prem team looks like.

    Looking forward to seeing the clash : I think there’ll be a lot of thrills, spills and goalmouth action. Hopefully a Burnley-like 2-2, but any point out of this game would be a point well-earnt.

    And in passing, if you’re coming up, do listen to David Burns on Radio Humberside (95.9 FM) for a good home-team point of view : he’s been recently selected a regional broadcaster of the year and a bit like a toned-down early days Tony Butler

  • rhees says:

    Performance what counts today don’t expect 3 pts be over the moon with 1 pt.
    Tough tough game today but lets make em work for it

  • rhees says:

    We’ll be there or there abouts at end of season kro coyb

  • StaffsBlue says:

    No reason why we can’t win today, but expect a draw. 1-1 or 2-2. This is the team I would expect, with Cotterill on the bench, if fit.

    Kusczcak

    Caddis Morrison Robinson Grounds

    Kieftenbeld Gleeson Davis

    Maghoma Donaldson Gray

  • zxcv says:

    This is our biggest test so far and maybe the biggest we will get tbh as I think Hull will get even stronger when the injured return, they have some very good players and on paper should win today. But we are not playing on paper and as we know we can play a bit ourselves, as well as our tactical and organisation ability, so I would think this game could go either way on the day if our lads are up for it. So I will go for a 1-1 draw with Staffs team selection above,

    • StaffsBlue says:

      Similar team… except Spector is in, instead of Davis.

      • zxcv says:

        I almost said that I wouldn`t be surprised if GR picked Spector in place of Davis, not sure I would have but I can see why he has, as specks has done well coming on late in the last two games and given us that bit extra cover at the back, so we will probably and rightly so be a bit more defensive minded in the first half at least.

        • StaffsBlue says:

          I can understand his thinking, but I’ve never really rated Spector in midfield. Davis would have been better imo.

  • Waycoolblue says:

    I see us winning this one Hull defend deep GR will push the wingers up and I expect to see some interchanging play could be a good game for Donaldson. 2-1 Blues

  • BhamCityJulian says:

    This is the first game where the team really has something to lose: their automatic promotion position. How will the players handle this pressure? Will some of them feel it. We shall see

  • Mineheadblue says:

    Another tough away game today. I would settle for a point. KRO

  • Fear nobody . Respect all .can beat anybody not one to tall, 7plus OT , true grit blues ,true grit,

  • BhamCityJulian says:

    Individual performances will be key rather than synergies. Teamwork can’t completely overcome too many players under-performing due to pressure. We’ll learn if there are any today and if there aren’t that will be full marks to them and for Gary’s preparation and man management

  • StaffsBlue says:

    Does anyone know if HUll still use the 3-5-2 system?

    • StaffsBlue says:

      From their line-up, it looks like they’re playing 4 at the back.. which probably means Elmohamady will be on the right wing. Grounds will have a tough test.

  • David L says:

    Just come back from the game – first time I’ve seen the team live this year.

    Perhaps we had an off day – perhaps Hull are the best team we’ve met, but whatever, we weren’t at the races today.

    They had pace and power – we had hit and hope.

    They had control and technique : all too often we trapped the ball poorly, passed inaccurately and were muscled off the ball.

    OK we did have some good spells – around 10 mins in and the 1st quarter of the 2nd half, but they had loads more chances.

    OK it took a great strike and a mazy dribble to create the goals – but Tomas had to make many more saves than his oppo.

    OK, maybe a dodgy decision leading up to the 1st goal, and maybe we could have had a pen – but they had a good pen shout too

    All in all a strange lack of passion both from the bench and on the park.

    Hopefully just an off day – every team has them – but this was a disappointing showing.

    • BhamCityJulian says:

      Treat being in the top two as a bonus. If we finish in the top six with this squad is the best we can do

  • Mattblue says:

    Went to the game too David and have been to one home game (Bristol) this season. Here are some reflections that have not been stated yet:

    Several Blues and Hull fans were arrested. I think there is fading fine line between banter and aggression in football. The stewards were right to take away the Blues fans in front of me but they should have done so sooner.

    Donaldson and Maghoma looked increasingly frustrated in the second half. They looked really up for a fight back but fellow players were not creating space. Caddis tried to support Cotterill who always took the option to pass rather than run when he came on; unfortunately, Caddis did not have many successful crosses in the second half.

    Was surprised to see Morrison make a run through to the opposition goal at one stage. I can’t fault the lads for lack of trying; it just seemed to boil down to lack of concentration for the second goal and potentially poorer personal attributes to compete in individual areas.

    • David L says:

      Yes, I saw the trouble too Matt – but that was diagonally opposite where I was sitting, so couldn’t really see what was the cause of the problem.

      Agree re banter/aggression – but then again on the way into the ground saw some young ‘uns in BCFC kit having a good chat with Hull folk in a pub, and also walked from the ground with a few wearing blue and white scarves – no problem. So maybe it is just a few daft heads.

      Don’t really want to get into personal player analysis – I don’t know how today’s performance compared to others, and await views of regulars. To me it was a collective bad day at the office. I do know the Tigers fans I was with were well pleased with their team’s play.

  • Lichblue says:

    I also went to the game today. We had two decent chances in the first half but that was about it. I think Grounds was poor today and Donaldson was well marshalled by Dawson. Hull have a good side and i’m not that disappointed. We do however need get back on track with a good spanking of the Dingles next week. If we can stay in the top 6 i will be absolutely delighted. KRO.

  • Dave Mann says:

    Yes it was a bad day at the office just like Rotherham was and we came back and won four in a row but Hull are a far better side than Rotherham and a point yesterday would have been a very good result .. There be in the top two by the end of the season so let’s not get to critical here guys ok.. Two winnable home games coming up and by this time next week we could have well and truly repaired the damage , two home defeats and maybe we will start to drop down like most fans expect but I think we will bounce back no problem, keep the faith ! Kro

    • StaffsBlue says:

      4 wins and 1 defeat in the last 5 games. I’d take that ratio for the rest of the season Dave. :)

  • Art says:

    Most people are being realistic Dave -not pessimistic and I’m one of them.

    The club need to strengthen the squad and give GR the financial support he richly deserves.

    We have a great opportunity at the moment to keep in the play off positions so let’s grasp the opportunity.

    • Dave Mann says:

      I agree Art and keeping it real is what its all about .. We lost to the best team we’ve played this season and were only a point behind them and only five off Brighton .. That’s the reality and yes investment in January is a must if our top six place is to be a reality .. I know that as I’ve said many many times and it’s the least that Gary Rowett deserves and our great supporters deserve . :-) kro

  • Mitchell says:

    One plea to GR for Wolves game. Davis first name on team sheet. Need him in there not just because he is ex-wolves- but he will make the difference. No possession imbalance for them please GR.

    • Dave Mann says:

      That decision like most fans was a strange one but I for one am not gonna knock Rowetts reasons .. Davis a must for the next two home games absolutely agree. Kro

    • StaffsBlue says:

      I groaned yesterday when I saw Spector named in midfield. He was part of a cr*p midfield for the last 2 seasons… why go backwards? For me, Davis has more influence on a game than Kieftenbeld does. I’d have the three of them (Kieftenbeld, Gleeson, Davis) in there every time.

  • Dave Mann says:

    Sherwood sacked!! :-( kro


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