Hull City 0-1 Birmingham City

Last updated : 20 September 2009 By Andy Beill
There are no excuses this time. He had a good squad to pick from and a dreadful opposing side without even enough first team players to fill their subs bench, and they went home with all three points. The two big men up front were never going to work well together and our quality from the wings was poor. Birmingham were there for the taking and instead we handed them chances which eventually they took. Brown still deserves more time to turn it around, but results have to come in the next couple of months.

Star man: Boaz Myhill made some excellent saves. For Birmingham, Benitez caused problems on his own and played on after a head wound.

Worst performer: Stephen Hunt is capable of much more than that. After Stephen Carr was booked for a foul on him in the opening minutes he neglected to take him on, and his crosses all went straight to Hart. Capped off a poor performance by ballooning a free kick into the South Stand from 25 yards. Leave it to Geovanni next time.

Best moment: These were two poor teams, handing chance after chance to one another which they just didn't know what to do with when they got into the box. Besides some of Myhill's saves from long range shots, there were few moments of Premier League quality.

Tactics: The two centre forwards were at the expense of Ghilas's threat on the right. There was no good reason for two big men doing the job of one, and when both tired and needed replacing it left us with diddymen Barmby, Geovanni, Hunt and Ghilas on at the end. Poor tactics and team selection from Brown and it cost us the game.

Chant of the game: None of any note, but I expect some are now thinking up the best way to sing 'Brown out'. He's the expert, of course.

Oppo fans: Not big in number but easily outsang the home crowd, whose enthusiasm and confidence seems non-existent now.

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