Sink­ing feel­ing as Tigers hit six

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Stephen Thirkill

CARE­TAKER boss Lee Cars­ley says he takes full re­spon­si­bil­ity for Birm­ing­ham City’s drub­bing at Hull City.

The hor­ror de­feat leaves the strug­gling Blues with just one away point all sea­son all sea­son and the gap to safety widen­ing.

Hull raced into a three-goal lead in­side the first half-hour, be­fore they added an­other three in the fi­nal 18 min­utes against tir­ing op­po­nents.

Cars­ley, who will work along­side newly-ap­pointed boss Steve Cot­ter­ill when he takes the reins on Mon­day, de­scribed the thump­ing as un­ac­cept­able and em­bar­rass­ing.

“I need to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for this. I gam­bled that we could get more out of the play­ers from Wed­nes­day,” he said. “It looked too much for some of the lads.

“I told the lads that this is not ac­cept­able for our club or our fans.

“This is a big blow and an em­bar­rass­ing de­feat. When you are not at the races against a team with this qual­ity, you will al­ways be strug­gling.

“The in­ter­na­tional break has come at a good time and hope­fully we can get some lads back fit and get some com­pe­ti­tion.

“We have to try to be tougher to play against. If you con­cede six like this then there is a prob­lem.”

Tigers boss Leonid Slut­sky was de­lighted after watch­ing his side’s game plan un­fold to per­fec­tion.

“We were very close to this qual­ity in a lot of matches, but not for the whole match,” he said.

“All this week we spoke about sta­bil­is­ing the qual­ity of the game. We played very solid and we kept the high level dur­ing the whole match. It is dif­fi­cult to speak about one or two play­ers – to­day our game plan as a team worked out.

“I watched Birm­ing­ham’s last match and we un­der­stood how they play. Their for­ma­tion and phi­los­o­phy was good for us.

“I am very happy, we have our plan for ev­ery match. Some­times they work, some­times they don’t.

“I am dis­ap­pointed we did not keep a clean sheet.”

Hull got off to a dream start when Fraizer Cam­pbell slot­ted home on seven min­utes after David Davis gave the ball away. And it got even bet­ter for City when Cam­pbell won a penalty after he was hacked down by Emilio Nsue. David Meyler made no mis­take from the spot as he smashed an un­stop­pable ef­fort into the bot­tom corner on 11 min­utes.

Cam­pbell con­tin­ued to cause big prob­lems for the Blues de­fence as he headed against the bar three min­utes later.

Jar­rod Bowen made it three after he scored his sev­enth goal of the sea­son from out­side the box on 26 min­utes.

Isaac Vas­sell missed a great chance to pull a goal back when he headed wide from seven yards out on 64 min­utes.

Grosicki ex­tended Hull’s lead with a beau­ti­ful first-time fin­ish on 72 min­utes after Birm­ing­ham failed to clear.

It got even worse for the Blues when Markus Hen­rik­sen bagged his first league goal fol­low­ing a su­perb flow­ing move on 76 min­utes.

Seb Lars­son added an­other on 87 min­utes after he got in be­hind the de­fence and beat Kuszczak.

Sam Gal­lagher headed home a con­so­la­tion goal two min­utes into stop­page time after Vas­sell’s shot had been saved.


EARLY START: Fraizer Cam­pbell opens the flood­gates after seven min­utes

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