Birmingham City 2 (Green 12, Shinnie 47)
Hull City 1 (Aluko 75 pen)
Hull City fell to their first pre-season defeat, as they were made to work hard on a warm afternoon at St. Andrew’s.
The game started slowly, with both sides failing to create anything inside the first ten minutes.
It was Birmingham who opened the scoring, though, as a Shane Ferguson corner curled into the path of Matt Green, who guided a free header past Allan McGregor.
That was the only real chance for another ten minutes, before the Tigers’ midfield began to find their feet. Robbie Brady tested Darren Randolph with a low free-kick from 25 yards. The ball bounced just in front of the Blues keeper, but he held onto it comfortably. Robert Koren then struck a long-range effort from 30 yards, but his shot was deflected over the bar by the on-rushing Adeyemi.
The Tigers took more control of the game during the latter stages of the first half, with some neat passing impressing the visiting support. Robbie Brady headed Ahmed Elmohamady’s near-post cross over the bar, before George Boyd’s clever first-time ball evaded Danny Graham’s run. Stephen Quinn also had a shot on target, but his volley from the edge of the area was blocked by a Blues defender.
The half-time whistle blew, and manager Steve Bruce made three changes during the break with Paul McShane, David Meyler, and Sone Aluko coming on to replace Maynor Figueroa, Quinn, and Koren.
Any pressure built up by the Tigers was immediately squandered in the second half, when Andrew Shinnie tapped in easily for the Blues just two minutes after the restart. A defensive mix-up saw Scott Allan take the ball from James Chester, before laying it across for Shinnie.
Another ten minutes passed without any real excitement, before four more changes were made to the visiting side; Alex Bruce, Joe Dudgeon, Matty Fryatt, and Nick Proschwitz came on for Davies, Boyd, Graham, and Elmohamady.
Another chance came for the home team just after those changes, as Andrew Shinnie latched on to Brady’s pass back to McGregor. He pulled his shot wide of the far post, though, missing a chance to double his tally. He was replaced by Chris Burke shortly after.
The Tigers got back into the game on 75 minutes, when Sone Aluko was brought down in the area by Paul Robinson. Aluko picked himself up before sending Randolph the wrong way, halving the deficit in the process.
Aluko almost equalised just minutes later, after neat link-up play with Tom Cairney saw him through on goal down the left. His shot was too high.
Nick Proschwitz forced a good save from Randolph towards the end, before Alex Bruce headed over in the final few minutes. James Chester couldn’t quite reach Brady’s cross, as the game came to an end.
Birmingham City: Darren Randolph, Neil Eardley, Paul Robinson, Dan Burn, Hayden Mullins, Callum Reilly (Reece Brown, 85), Andrew Shinnie (Chris Burke, 72), Tom Adeyemi (Wade Elliott, 60), Matt Green, Scott Allan (Koby Arthur, 60), Shane Ferguson (Mitch Hancox, 60).
Tigers: Allan McGregor, Ahmed Elmohamady (Matty Fryatt, 60), Maynor Figueroa (Paul McShane, 46), Tom Cairney, James Chester, Curtis Davies (Alex Bruce, 60), Robbie Brady, Stephen Quinn (Sone Aluko, 46), Danny Graham (Nick Proschwitz, 60), Robert Koren (David Meyler, 46), George Boyd (Joe Dudgeon, 60).
Subs (Not Used): Steve Harper, Eldin Jakupovic.
Attendance – 5,252 (156 Away Fans)