Hull lifted themselves up to second in the Championship courtesy of a comfortable win over Birmingham.

Home debutant George Boyd rounded keeper Jack Butland to put Hull ahead in the first minute before a mix-up let Gedo in for a second.

Boyd pounced on a loose ball for his second, and a Robert Koren strike and Gedo header put the hosts 5-0 up.

I couldn't have wished for a better home debut. Everything went perfectly

Hull forward George Boyd

A long-range Peter Lovenkrands strike and Chris Burke shot provided two late consolation efforts for Birmingham.

Boyd, who joined Hull on loan from Peterborough in February, was given a standing ovation when he was substituted in the closing stages.

It was a memorable game for him but he and his team-mates were helped by some poor defending from Birmingham.

Robbie Brady's defence-splitting pass set up Boyd's opener before confusion between Blues centre-back Steven Caldwell and keeper Butland allowed Gedo the chance to race through and double the advantage.

Hull were creating chances galore and, despite being off balance, Boyd soon added the home side's third before Koren made it four from long range.

Ahmed Elmohamady's whipped cross set up Gedo for his second and, despite Birmingham's late goals, Hull manager Steve Bruce was able to enjoy a very easy win against his former club as his side leapfrogged Watford and closed the gap to leaders Cardiff to five points.

Hull boss Steve Bruce:

"If there has been a better home debut, I haven't seen one for a long time. He [George Boyd] was terrific from first to the last.

"He's a good player. You can talk about tactics, formations and systems but this kid oozes ability.

"He can play with anybody. He's a clever footballer. He's made the difference today at an important time."

Birmingham boss Lee Clark:

"It is a tough place to come and when you are 30 seconds in and 1-0 down to quite a simple goal it is a tough one.

"From there it went from bad to worse and we were 3-0 down in half an hour. They were not great goals from our point of view - awful in fact.

"The first two are just down-the-middle goals, basic defending. We knew we would come under the cosh against them, they play high tempo, I don't think it was down to our system or tactics."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Hull City

  • 34 Stockdale
  • 05 Chester
  • 06 Hobbs
  • 28 Bruce
  • 10 Koren
  • 27 Elmohamady (McShane - 88' )
  • 29 Quinn
  • 31 Meyler Booked (Cairney - 70' )
  • 22 Gedo
  • 30 Brady
  • 37 Boyd (Simpson - 82' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Jakupovic
  • 15 McShane
  • 08 Evans
  • 14 Cairney
  • 23 Faye
  • 11 Simpson
  • 33 Proschwitz

Birmingham City

  • 01 Butland
  • 04 Caldwell (Robinson - 37' )
  • 06 Davies
  • 23 Spector
  • 27 Hancox (Redmond - 72' )
  • 28 Caddis
  • 07 Burke
  • 15 Elliott
  • 33 Reilly (Ferguson - 46' )
  • 11 Lovenkrands
  • 19 Zigic

Substitutes

  • 13 Doyle
  • 30 Robinson
  • 32 Ferguson
  • 08 Mullins
  • 14 Gomis
  • 22 Redmond
  • 20 Thomas
Ref: Miller
Att: 17,146

Match Stats

Shots

16 7

On target

9 6

Corners

2 6

Fouls

8 6

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:21 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +2:40

Corner taken right-footed by Christopher Burke, Alex Bruce makes a clearance.

90:00 +2:08

Mohamed Gedo is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

90:00 +1:51

The ball is crossed by Nathan Redmond, clearance by Alex Bruce.

87:26

Unfair challenge on Stephen Quinn by Paul Caddis results in a free kick. Stephen Quinn restarts play with the free kick.

87:03 Substitution

Substitution Paul McShane comes on in place of Ahmed Elmohamady.

86:05

The assist for the goal came from Wade Elliott.

86:05 Goal scored

Goal! - Christopher Burke - Hull City 5 - 2 Birmingham Christopher Burke grabs a goal from just outside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hull 5-2 Birmingham.

82:27

The assist for the goal came from Paul Caddis.

82:27 Goal scored

Goal! - Peter Lovenkrands - Hull City 5 - 1 Birmingham Peter Lovenkrands gets on the score sheet with a goal from just outside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Hull 5-1 Birmingham.

81:43 Substitution

Substitution George Boyd goes off and Jay Simpson comes on.

81:23

The ball is swung over by Jonathan Spector, clearance made by Alex Bruce.

78:28

Foul by Ahmed Elmohamady on Peter Lovenkrands, free kick awarded. Wade Elliott restarts play with the free kick.

75:48

The assist for the goal came from Ahmed Elmohamady.

75:48 Goal scored

Goal! - Mohamed Gedo - Hull City 5 - 0 Birmingham Mohamed Gedo finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Hull 5-0 Birmingham.

71:28 Substitution

Substitution Mitch Hancox goes off and Nathan Redmond comes on.

71:17

Effort on goal by Tom Cairney from long range goes over the bar.

69:40 Substitution

Substitution Tom Cairney joins the action as a substitute, replacing David Meyler.

69:27

David Meyler has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.

65:45

Robbie Brady challenges Shane Ferguson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mitch Hancox restarts play with the free kick.

64:58

Corner taken by Robbie Brady from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Wade Elliott.

63:34

Unfair challenge on Christopher Burke by Stephen Quinn results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Wade Elliott, David Stockdale makes a save.

61:04

Corner taken left-footed by Shane Ferguson from the right by-line, save by David Stockdale. Curtis Davies takes a shot. Save by David Stockdale.

61:04 Booking

Booking David Meyler shown a yellow card.

59:02

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Wade Elliott, David Meyler makes a clearance.

57:08

Ahmed Elmohamady gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Robinson. Jack Butland takes the free kick.

54:08

Paul Caddis delivers the ball, clearance by James Chester.

52:50

Unfair challenge on Shane Ferguson by Robert Koren results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Wade Elliott.

51:05

Mohamed Gedo takes a shot. Jack Butland makes a save. Robert Koren takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Wade Elliott.

48:52

Assist on the goal came from Robbie Brady.

48:52 Goal scored

Goal! - Robert Koren - Hull City 4 - 0 Birmingham Robert Koren gets on the score sheet with a goal from outside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hull 4-0 Birmingham.

48:07

The ball is crossed by Paul Caddis, Jack Hobbs makes a clearance.

46:14

The ball is swung over by Shane Ferguson, clearance made by James Chester.

45:26

Header from deep inside the area by George Boyd goes over the bar.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution (Birmingham) makes a substitution, with Shane Ferguson coming on for Callum Reilly.

45:00 +2:08 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +0:57

The referee blows for offside against Mohamed Gedo. Indirect free kick taken by Jack Butland.

45:00 +0:44

Paul Caddis crosses the ball, clearance made by Alex Bruce.

43:58

George Boyd gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mitch Hancox. Mitch Hancox takes the direct free kick.

42:04

David Meyler has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.

39:26

The ball is delivered by Ahmed Elmohamady, Paul Caddis makes a clearance.

38:53

Peter Lovenkrands takes a shot. Save made by David Stockdale.

38:31

Christopher Burke fouled by Stephen Quinn, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Wade Elliott.

37:28

Unfair challenge on James Chester by Nikola Zigic results in a free kick. Free kick taken by David Stockdale.

36:29

Jack Butland takes the indirect free kick.

36:29 Substitution

Substitution Paul Robinson comes on in place of Steven Caldwell.

36:29

Mohamed Gedo is ruled offside.

35:07

Centre by Christopher Burke, save by David Stockdale.

33:52

Corner taken right-footed by Wade Elliott from the right by-line to the near post, James Chester manages to make a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Wade Elliott, Alex Bruce makes a clearance.

32:03

Assist on the goal came from Ahmed Elmohamady.

32:03 Goal scored

Goal! - George Boyd - Hull City 3 - 0 Birmingham George Boyd scores a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hull 3-0 Birmingham.

30:38

Mitch Hancox concedes a free kick for a foul on Ahmed Elmohamady. Free kick crossed left-footed by Robbie Brady, clearance made by Nikola Zigic.

27:25

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on George Boyd by Callum Reilly. Direct free kick taken by Robert Koren. Alex Bruce takes a shot. Save made by Jack Butland.

23:09

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Quinn by Wade Elliott. Free kick taken by Alex Bruce.

20:55

Corner taken right-footed by Wade Elliott, David Stockdale makes a save.

18:51

The ball is swung over by Robbie Brady, Mohamed Gedo takes a shot. Save by Jack Butland. George Boyd takes a shot. Save by Jack Butland.

17:41

Ahmed Elmohamady has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide left of the goal.

15:31

Effort on goal by Peter Lovenkrands from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.

13:17

Effort from long range by George Boyd goes wide right of the target.

12:14

Free kick awarded for a foul by Peter Lovenkrands on Alex Bruce. Direct free kick taken by David Stockdale.

10:37

Assist on the goal came from David Meyler.

10:37 Goal scored

Goal! - Mohamed Gedo - Hull City 2 - 0 Birmingham Mohamed Gedo finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Hull 2-0 Birmingham.

9:37

The offside flag is raised against George Boyd. Jack Butland takes the indirect free kick.

8:24

Wade Elliott crosses the ball, Robbie Brady manages to make a clearance.

7:48

Mohamed Gedo produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.

7:11

Centre by Ahmed Elmohamady, save by Jack Butland.

6:26

Centre by Paul Caddis, Nikola Zigic takes a shot. Save made by David Stockdale.

4:39

Jack Hobbs gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nikola Zigic. Peter Lovenkrands has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

3:22

The ball is delivered by Paul Caddis, Alex Bruce manages to make a clearance.

0:46

The assist for the goal came from Robbie Brady.

0:46 Goal scored

Goal! - George Boyd - Hull City 1 - 0 Birmingham Goal scored by George Boyd from inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Hull 1-0 Birmingham.

0:00

The game begins.

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