Hull City 2-0 Birmingham City

Posted on February 25, 2007 
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There seems to be a general depression settling over the club today. It’s hard to find anyone with anything positive to say… and if I remember correctly, Tom Ross referred to yesterday’s performance as “abysmal”. Fair enough.

Match reports:

And Steve Bruce’s reaction.

Steve Bruce looks like a man under pressure again. Our form since the turn of the year can, at best, be described as ‘patchy’ and we now go into Tuesday night’s clash against Leeds United under quite a bit of pressure.

Some would argue that winning promotions and Championships is all about pressure and who best handles it and so far this season, not one club has stepped up to the mark and been able to do it regularly. First we went top and blew a small lead then Cardiff City blew a big lead, then we did again and then Derby County did… is it now West Bromwich Albion’s turn? It seems like no-one actually wants to win this league.

If only the Premiership was so exciting…!

The results didn’t go too badly for us yesterday and we can still find ourselves top of the league with a win on Tuesday night. That’s how crazy this division is. I believe that a win against Bates and his cronies will quickly banish this memory – but then again, I didn’t have to witness that shower up at Hull City so I’m probably not the best person to comment about that. According to what I’ve read, we were truly awful.

Radhi Jaidi is now suspended – for at least three games. I’m not entirely sure if it’s more since he was only one game away from suspension anyway. Off the top of my head, it’s the second time he’s been dismissed and both times were deserved. Whatever happens, Bruno N’Gotty has to go into the middle to partner Martin Taylor and I suspect that Stephen Kelly will play full back although don’t bet against it being DJ on Tuesday.

Point is that for three games, we’re down to the bare bones as far as centre halves go. Kelly is also one booking away from suspension so against Cardiff City next week, our back four could be Johnson – N’Gotty – Taylor – Sadler. I don’t know about anyone else but that leaves me slightly nervous.

We’re approaching an absolutely critical time of the season and whoever holds their nerve over the next few weeks will come out on top. To me Sunderland are looking the favourites – possibly with the Baggies. I’m getting ill just thinking about the playoffs. A couple of wins and it could restart the rapidly stalling blue and white engine. The problem is that I genuinely don’t see it happening at the moment.

What we need at this moment is something a bit different. Someone who can inspire, lead and change to suit the situation. I fear we do not have that leader meanwhile Sunderland have someone like Keane – arguably the best player, and more importantly, leader ever to grace the Premiership.

I’m backing us to win on Saturday but then again I put my faith – and my money – on us winning yesterday. Tuesday will not be one for the faint hearted and as much as I’d love us to go out and put on a show with a plethora of attack minded players and people capable of cutting the ailing Leeds to bits, I can’t see it and a scraped 1-0 against a fired up Whites might be the order of the day.


9 Responses to “Hull City 2-0 Birmingham City”

  1. Intruder on February 25th, 2007 11:39 am

    Don’t forget Tebs…

  2. Aff on February 25th, 2007 12:04 pm

    I’ve been trying to!

    Heh, how can I forget Tebs? I’m an idiot sometimes.

  3. Luin on February 25th, 2007 3:18 pm

    “We now go into Tuesday night’s clash against Leeds United under quite a bit of pressure.”

    Yes because being jsut 3 points of the top spot and going into a battle with a team at the bottom of the league is such pressure is’nt it Aff.

  4. fingles on February 25th, 2007 4:52 pm

    We could do worse than get rid of Bruce and let Eric Black have a go.

  5. Bluebird on February 25th, 2007 5:00 pm

    Feb 25th, 2007 at 3:18 pm
    “….and going into a battle with a team at the bottom of the league is such pressure is’nt it Aff….”
    Yep! As Brucie said after the game against Hull:
    “It was tough….
    Don’t forget that Hull are trying to avoid relegation!”
    As I’ve said on the BCFC Official Forum….
    The threat of relegation didn’t seem to inspire us last Season….
    Just seeing what Keane has accomplished with Sunderland in such a short period has crystalised Brucie’s inabilities for me!

  6. alastair on February 25th, 2007 5:00 pm

    the pressure is self inflicted. Time for the clever loan (can we still do that?).

    Kelly for right back – its what is written on the tin! And time to give Kilkenny his chance.

    Still can’t understand why he took DJC off.

  7. DAVEMG on February 25th, 2007 5:53 pm

    Well i’m going to predict a comfortable win on Tuesday.Smiles all round Wednesday morning as we sit top of the pile.But one thing i won’t forget, where i’ve left the matches,because i have a feeling the burning torch will be making a re-appearance in the not too distant.

  8. BuckleyBlue on February 25th, 2007 6:58 pm

    Lets forget all this doom and gloom that us Bluenoses are so used to and try and propell our team forward! We win on Tuesday and we are top still with a game in hand, if thats not a good position to be in then i don’t know what is. Lets look forward and not look for someone to blame!

  9. Bluesman on February 25th, 2007 8:31 pm

    i agree it is deffenatly a good postiton if we win i think we just need to get a run going and get bak into it again and we will be fine lets get st andrews rocking again and see how it helps them im going tuesday so come on you blue boys!!! KRO – SOTV

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