Hull City

Preview: U23s vs Birmingham City (h)

27 October 2017
All you need to know ahead of Saturday's Professional Development League clash against the Blues.

Fixture: Hull City U23s vs Birmingham City U23s
Where: KCOM Stadium
When: Saturday 28th October 2017
Kick-Off: 7.30pm

Jon Beale’s side will be looking to continue their recent impressive league form when they host Birmingham City at the KCOM Stadium.

The Tigers are currently enjoying a six-game unbeaten run in the Professional Development League, including victories over Cardiff City, Coventry City, Crewe Alexandra and Huddersfield Town. However, they will be looking to bounce back from a 2-0 loss at home to Exeter City in their Premier League Cup Group Stage opener on Monday night.

The Blues, meanwhile, are also looking to get back to winning ways having suffered back-to-back defeats against Sheffield Wednesday (4-1) and Barnsley (2-1) in their previous two outings.

Match updates from Saturday’s game will be available via Twitter by following @Tigers_Academy, while a match report will be available on both www.hullcitytigers.com and www.hulltigersacademy.com.

Ticket Details: Tigers fans will be able to watch Jon Beale’s Under-23 side in action at the KCOM Stadium for FREE.

Fans wishing to stay behind to support Beale’s youngsters having already attended the first-team fixture simply have to stay in their seats after the full-time whistle. Any supporters who are not attending the Forest game but wish to watch the Development Squad match will be able to enter the Stadium via Gates 12-16 in the South West corner, which will open around 7.15pm.

How They Fare: Birmingham City U23s
League Position: 6th (North)
League Wins: 3
League Draws: 1
League Defeats: 4
League Goals Scored: 12
League Goals Conceded: 15
League Form: W L W L L

Last Time Out: Birmingham City 1 Barnsley 2
Birmingham slipped to a second successive Professional Development League defeat as they lost 2-1 at home to Barnsley last week.

Two goals in nine first half minutes proved to be the undoing of the Blues, as Louis Rowe beat the offside to slot the ball past Jake Weaver on 31 minutes. And the Tykes made it 2-0 five minutes before the break, with Rowe turning provider to set-up Jerome Slew, who managed to squeeze his shot past Weaver despite the challenge of Paul Robinson.

The Blues pulled a goal back on 65 minutes, Corey O’Keefe latching onto Beryly Lubala’s pull-back to dispatch an effort past Christoper Dilo. It proved to be nothing more than a consolation effort though as the Tykes held on to claim all three points.

Birmingham: Weaver, Dacres-Cogley, Bramall, Seddon, Robinson, Lakin, O’Keeffe, Boyd-Munce (McCoy 46), Hutton (Anderson 60), Lubala, McFarlane.
Subs Not used: Siviter, Timms, Martin

Previous Meeting: Birmingham City 2 Hull City 1
The Tigers’ Development Squad endured a frustrating night at St. Andrew’s as their four-game winning run came to an end with a 2-1 defeat to Birmingham City.

Jerome Sinclair opened the scoring for the hosts, finding the back of the net with a fine curling effort just five minutes after Johan Ter Horst had seen an equally impressive strike from distance come back off the Blues’ crossbar.

Six minutes before the break, the Tigers were denied by the frame of the goal once again when Will Annan met Greg Olley’s right-wing cross eight yards out. His header beat Connal Trueman, only to clatter off the underside of the bar, down and out to safety.

But the home side weren’t so fortunate in the final few seconds of the opening 45 minutes when Charlee Adams’ scuffed clearance fell straight to Annan on the edge of the box, who lashed a sweet low drive into the bottom corner to level the scores.

The second half saw chances created at both ends of the pitch, with Wes McDonald denied by a last ditch sliding tackle, before Jarrod Bowen was played in by Greg Luer, only for Trueman to stick out a leg to deny the winger.

Johan Ter Horst was the next to come close to giving the Tigers the lead, seeing a low angled drive fly agonisingly wide of the far post with Trueman beaten.

And the Tigers were made to pay for those missed chances when McDonald restored Birmingham’s lead 18 minutes from time, collecting Charlie Lakin’s well-weighted pass before slotting past Charlie Andrew.

Jon Beale’s side went in search of an equaliser and created numerous opportunities, only to come up against a goalkeeper in inspired form as Trueman somehow managed to keep out Ben Hinchliffe’s close-range header, as well as two efforts from Tyler Hamilton late on.

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