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Birmingham City 3-3 Hull City: Gary Gardner double denies Tigers away victory

James Scott heads home for Hull
James Scott's goal for Hull followed six he scored for Motherwell this season

Relegation-threatened Hull City twice led at St Andrew's, only to be denied a first win since January by Birmingham City's second-half fightback.

Two-goal Gary Gardner's close-range header earned Blues a draw with a late equaliser.

While Hull arrested their slide by claiming only their third point in 13 matches, it was a game they twice let slip.

The Tigers climb out of the bottom three, but only by goal difference from Huddersfield Town, who go to Nottingham Forest on Sunday.

Hull led 2-0 inside 16 minutes with headers from Josh Magennis and James Scott, but Blues started the second half in the same vibrant way, scoring twice inside 15 minutes through Gardner and Dan Crowley.

It looked like on-loan Liverpool midfielder Herbie Kane had won it for Hull when he cheekily steered his 20-yard free-kick under the wall after Jake Clarke-Salter had been booked for hauling back Mallik Wilks.

But Gardner had the final word, doubling his goal tally of the season to keep the outgoing Pep Clotet's Blues seven points clear of trouble.

Blues-Tigers games spell goals

Gary Gardner scores his first goal for Birmingham
Gary Gardner drives home the first of his two goals for Birmingham City

This six-goal thriller matched a 3-3 draw between the two sides when the Tigers last visited St Andrew's.

In fact, it is a fixture that has now become customary for serving up goals - 42 of them in 10 matches, spread over the last six seasons, including 5-2 and 6-1 home wins for Hull.

Hull had beaten Blues 3-0 when the sides last met in November, but that was before losing Kamil Grosicki, one of their scorers that day, and Jarrod Bowen in the January window.

Grant McCann's men have not won since - but must have thought that was about to be put right when they carved out their early lead.

Hull had already created two half-chances before they went ahead in only the second minute, when Callum Elder whipped in a free-kick from the right and Magennis got on the end to head home.

They doubled the lead on 16 minutes when January recruit Scott, supposedly ruled out for the season by injury within 15 days of signing, marked his first league start for the club with his first goal - a free header from Leo da Silva's cross.

Birmingham opted for a more attacking formation at the break, sacrificing Maikel Kieftenbeld to bring on wide man Jeremie Bela, and by the hour mark, it was 2-2.

Gardner got the first when he powered home from 30 yards and then Bela created the equaliser when he crossed for Crowley to head home his first goal for the club.

Just seven minutes later, Hull were back in front when Barnsley loan man Wilks was fouled and Kane correctly guessed that the wall would jump and simply rolled his low right-foot effort into Blues keeper Lee Camp's right corner.

But Gardner popped up to rescue a second successive draw since emerging from lockdown - and Blues' sixth in seven league games.

Post-match reaction

Birmingham City boss Pep Clotet told BBC Radio WM:

"The game looked gone after 15 minutes. It was uphill for us after that second goal went in.

"But all the subs were super when they came on second half and helped us turn the game.

"The fact Hull scored a third goal helped them get a point because we were in a good moment then. But, although we did not win, we are still one point nearer where we want to be."

Hull manager Gran McCann told BBC Radio Humberside:

"I thought we probably could have been more than 2-0 up in the first half. We had some chances, Mallik had a couple where he just didn't get a shot off.

"The early goal in the second half put them in the ascendancy a little bit, they got their tails up.

"The other two goals we conceded were just criminal, people making a free run into the box and not being tracked.

"But it's another point on the board. Yes, it does feel a bit like a defeat but we've got to try and take the positives out and taken them into Middlesbrough."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 1Camp
  • 5Colin
  • 12DeanBooked at 76mins
  • 14Clarke-SalterBooked at 66minsSubstituted forGordonat 87'minutes
  • 3Pedersen
  • 7Crowley
  • 6KieftenbeldSubstituted forBelaat 45'minutes
  • 20GardnerBooked at 45mins
  • 22Bellingham
  • 10Jutkiewicz
  • 40Hogan

Substitutes

  • 2Harding
  • 11Bela
  • 27Trueman
  • 44Boyd-Munce
  • 45Burke
  • 47Stirk
  • 48Concannon
  • 49Reid
  • 50Gordon

Hull

  • 1Long
  • 25Pennington
  • 5Burke
  • 4de Wijs
  • 26Elder
  • 37Da Silva LopesSubstituted forHoneymanat 70'minutes
  • 8Batty
  • 41KaneSubstituted forStewartat 77'minutes
  • 43WilksSubstituted forBowlerat 67'minutes
  • 27MagennisSubstituted forEavesat 67'minutes
  • 44ScottSubstituted forLewis-Potterat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Tafazolli
  • 6Stewart
  • 9Eaves
  • 10Toral
  • 13Ingram
  • 15MacDonald
  • 18Honeyman
  • 19Bowler
  • 31Lewis-Potter
Referee:
Dean Whitestone

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamHull
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home14
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 3, Hull City 3.

Full Time

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

Attempt missed. Gary Gardner (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Scott Hogan.

Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City).

Kevin Stewart (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by George Long.

Attempt missed. Tom Eaves (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Jérémie Bela (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kevin Stewart (Hull City).

Attempt missed. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jude Bellingham with a cross.

Offside, Hull City. Jordy de Wijs tries a through ball, but Tom Eaves is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 3, Hull City 3. Gary Gardner (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jérémie Bela with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Nico Gordon replaces Jake Clarke-Salter.

Foul by Harlee Dean (Birmingham City).

Tom Eaves (Hull City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Josh Bowler (Hull City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by George Honeyman.

Jude Bellingham (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Eaves (Hull City).

Attempt missed. Reece Burke (Hull City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Callum Elder with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Jérémie Bela.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Kevin Stewart replaces Herbie Kane.

Booking

Harlee Dean (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Harlee Dean (Birmingham City).

Josh Bowler (Hull City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Jordy de Wijs.

Harlee Dean (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Herbie Kane (Hull City).

Jérémie Bela (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Matthew Pennington (Hull City).

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. George Honeyman replaces Leonardo Da Silva Lopes.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 2, Hull City 3. Herbie Kane (Hull City) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Tom Eaves replaces Josh Magennis.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Keane Lewis-Potter replaces James Scott.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Josh Bowler replaces Mallik Wilks.

Booking

Jake Clarke-Salter (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jake Clarke-Salter (Birmingham City).

Mallik Wilks (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Maxime Colin with a cross.

Foul by Scott Hogan (Birmingham City).

Jordy de Wijs (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds39228959322774
2West Brom391914664382671
3Brentford391991167333466
4Fulham391810115243964
5Nottm Forest381613949391061
6Cardiff39151595751660
7Preston39169145249357
8Derby391512125452257
9Blackburn391511135548756
10Swansea391414114946356
11Millwall391316104643355
12Bristol City381510135256-455
13QPR39148175864-650
14Reading391310164845349
15Sheff Wed381310154750-349
16Birmingham391213145160-949
17Wigan391211164250-847
18Charlton39129184654-845
19Middlesbrough391014153950-1144
20Stoke39127205058-843
21Hull39119195267-1542
22Huddersfield38119184560-1542
23Luton39116224572-2739
24Barnsley39911194362-1938
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