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Birmingham City 3-3 Hull City: Che Adams hat-trick earns Blues point

Che Adams
Che Adams took his tally for the season to eight goals

Che Adams scored a hat-trick to extend Birmingham City's unbeaten run at St Andrew's to 14 matches, despite a dramatic second-half comeback by Hull City.

The hosts looked to be cruising at half-time as Adams capitalised on defensive howlers from Tommy Elphick and Jordy de Wijs.

Fraizer Campbell levelled with two goals in nine minutes after the break, converting Kamil Grosicki's cross and then pouncing after Jarrod Bowen's effort was saved.

Poland winger Grosicki put Hull in front when his stunning 25-yard free-kick found the top corner, but Adams smashed home a late equaliser.

Lucas Jutkiewicz was the Birmingham forward in form, having scored seven goals in Blues' previous four home games to be honoured as Championship player of the month for October.

But it was his strike partner Adams who stole the show, albeit thanks to the generosity of Hull's defence after Elphick's under-hit backpass and De Wijs' misplaced pass.

Nigel Adkins had named an unchanged side hoping to add a third clean sheet and a third straight win, but defensive howlers looked to have consigned them to their sixth away defeat of the season before a three-goal burst gave them an unlikely lead.

St Andrew's has become a fortress under Garry Monk who has not lost there since his first game as Blues manager against Middlesbrough in March, but he was indebted to Adams' quick reactions to claim a late equaliser.

Birmingham, who have drawn a Championship-high nine matches this season, drop to 12th, while Hull, unbeaten in three, move up a place to 22nd.

Birmingham City manager Garry Monk told BBC WM 95.6:

"We spoke at half-time and warned the players about Hull's situation, where now they had to come out and respond and to be ready for that, and we didn't do it.

"That's six goals in two second-halves and that's not acceptable. We will go through it during the international break, understand why, work it out, and make sure we put that right.

"You can have bad games or under perform, but you need to be able to do your job and the simple basics. We didn't get that in the second half and it cost us.

Hull City manager Nigel Adkins told BBC Radio Humberside:

"The important thing was that we needed to change the shape, to be a little more direct, and the players have applied themselves and showed desire.

"We are in a position to win it and, low and behold, a mistake on a clearance drops invitingly for their player to go and score.

"But the goals were honest mistakes. We have seen an honest team working their socks off for each other and that's going to take us a long way."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 1Camp
  • 5Colin
  • 28MorrisonBooked at 90mins
  • 12Dean
  • 3Pedersen
  • 23JotaSubstituted forSolomon-Otaborat 24'minutesSubstituted forHardingat 65'minutes
  • 31LakinSubstituted forGardnerat 64'minutes
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 7Mahoney
  • 9Adams
  • 10Jutkiewicz

Substitutes

  • 4Roberts
  • 8Gardner
  • 14Bogle
  • 22Solomon-Otabor
  • 27Trueman
  • 30Lubala
  • 45Harding

Hull

  • 1Marshall
  • 5Burke
  • 35ElphickBooked at 12mins
  • 4de Wijs
  • 2LichajBooked at 82mins
  • 20Bowen
  • 22Henriksen
  • 18BattySubstituted forMartinat 45'minutes
  • 16IrvineBooked at 36mins
  • 14GrosickiSubstituted forKaneat 81'minutes
  • 25CampbellSubstituted forKeaneat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Mazuch
  • 6Stewart
  • 12Long
  • 17Kane
  • 19Keane
  • 27McKenzie
  • 29Martin
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
21,468

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamHull
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home11
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 3, Hull City 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 3, Hull City 3.

Booking

Michael Morrison (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Will Keane (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Michael Morrison (Birmingham City).

Attempt missed. Will Keane (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Todd Kane.

Todd Kane (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City).

Foul by Reece Burke (Hull City).

Kristian Pedersen (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 3, Hull City 3. Che Adams (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner following a set piece situation.

Foul by Tommy Elphick (Hull City).

Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Eric Lichaj (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Eric Lichaj (Hull City).

Connor Mahoney (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Todd Kane replaces Kamil Grosicki.

Attempt missed. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Che Adams with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Will Keane replaces Fraizer Campbell.

Attempt missed. Jarrod Bowen (Hull City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 2, Hull City 3. Kamil Grosicki (Hull City) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

Reece Burke (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Craig Gardner (Birmingham City).

Attempt missed. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Connor Mahoney with a cross.

Attempt missed. Kamil Grosicki (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Fraizer Campbell.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Craig Gardner.

Attempt blocked. Jarrod Bowen (Hull City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Che Adams (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lukas Jutkiewicz with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Wes Harding replaces Viv Solomon-Otabor.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Craig Gardner replaces Charlie Lakin.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Jordy de Wijs.

Attempt saved. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Connor Mahoney with a cross.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Jordy de Wijs.

Attempt blocked. Viv Solomon-Otabor (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 2, Hull City 2. Fraizer Campbell (Hull City) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Jarrod Bowen (Hull City) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Kamil Grosicki (Hull City) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Jarrod Bowen (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Viv Solomon-Otabor (Birmingham City).

Foul by Markus Henriksen (Hull City).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich1710342820833
2Middlesbrough178721981131
3Leeds1786329171230
4Sheff Utd179352719830
5West Brom1784537251228
6Derby178452520528
7Nottm Forest176922316727
8Swansea177551913626
9Blackburn176832021-126
10QPR178271822-426
11Aston Villa176652723424
12Birmingham175932320324
13Bristol City176472019122
14Stoke175751920-122
15Brentford175662723421
16Wigan176291926-720
17Sheff Wed175572130-920
18Preston174672630-418
19Rotherham174671423-918
20Reading174492429-516
21Millwall174492229-716
22Hull174491624-816
23Bolton174491123-1216
24Ipswich171881428-1411
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