Hull City produce five-star show to dismantle Birmingham in style
HULL City recorded their biggest win of the season to destroy Birmingham City 5-2 and climb back up to second in the Championship this afternoon.
Two goals apiece for George Boyd and Gedo, and a long-range effort from Robert Koren capped a devastating attacking performance from the Tigers.
And though Peter Lovenkrands and Chris Burke both struck inside the closing stages to dent a perfect afternoon at the KC Stadium, City were back to their very best to record a fourth consecutive home win.
The win quickly banished the demons of a shock defeat at Bolton and, more importantly, lifted Steve Bruce's men back into the automatic promotion places. Cardiff's defeat at Middlesbrough also leaves the Tigers just five points off the summit.
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If City endured the worst possible start at Bolton seven days earlier when 3-0 down inside eight minutes, the perfect opening was theirs to treasure back on home soil.
Less than a minute was needed for Boyd to mark his full debut with a goal that Birmingham tumbling into a tailspin.
Robbie Brady's incisive throughball from the touchline carved open an embarrassingly open defence and sent Boyd galloping clear. The coolest of finishes followed when rounding Jack Butland with ease.
City were far from satisfied and continued to probe an uncertain opponent. The reward was forthcoming by the 11th minute with another goal to provide Birmingham boss Lee Clark with sleepless nights.
A ball over the top from David Meyler set Gedo off in a foot race with Steven Caldwell and when the Egyptian showed the greater strength to hold off his defender, he fired a low finish past Butland - his fourth goal in four games at the KC.
The floodgates were open and a bedraggled Birmingham struggled to keep afloat. Ahmed Elmohamady's dipping drive came close to making it 3-0, as did Gedo and Boyd when denied by the bravery of Butland.
City's flair had supporters applauding their appreciation and a third goal followed soon after the half hour mark.
Elmohamady played a pass into the feet of Boyd and when a limp challenge from Caldwell allowed the City forward to bundle into an opening, a left-foot finish was too good for Butland.
Birmingham's best efforts to find a way back in were dealt with comfortably by the Tigers and not even a change of ends could grant the visitors a change in fortune. In fact, it quickly got worse.
Koren's prowess from long range was clearly lost on the Blues and his low shot from 25 yards made it 4-0 with 41 minutes still to play.
Butland was again found wanting but his best was required to keep things mildly respectable. Brady's inch-perfect cross was headed down by Gedo but the highly-rated keeper acrobatically tipped over.
While retaining complete control of a one-sided contest, the search for a fifth required patience.
Meyler, outstanding from a holding midfield role, fizzed a left-foot shot narrowly wide of the upright but with 13 minutes remaining City got number five.
Quinn's clever pass out to Elmohamady brought an excellent cross headed low past Butland by Gedo for his second of the game.
There was still time for Peter Lovenkrands to pull a goal back when his deflected shot ruined David Stockdale's hopes for a clean-sheet before Burke gave the remaining Birmingham fans something more to cheer with a second from the edge of the box.
City would not be denied the three points, however, and look towards Tuesday's trip to Crystal Palace with confidence sky high.
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