Birmingham City 3-0 Hull City
Comfortable wins are a rarity in B9 but Saturday’s success against Hull City at a freezing St. Andrews was never in doubt.
Jota and Che Adams will grab the headlines but the contribution from Lukas Jutkiewicz was the catalyst for Blues’ biggest league win of the season.
Creative players can’t play with freedom without a someone taking care of the mucky stuff and Juke led the line admirably with the sort of performance previously ten-a-penny with ‘old fashioned’ English strikers.
In blustery conditions, Blues coped far better than their opponents. The Tigers were more like Pussy Cats.
Jota’s early goal settled Blues down and they managed to find the sort of rythym that has been absent for so much of the season.
Steve Cotterill tried to convince us that this squad couldn’t play football. Garry Monk has ripped up that script and, under his stewardship, Blues have found the back of the net as many times in three games as they did in the previous seven under his predecessor.
Adams’ cross-come-shot doubled the advantage before Jota coolly completed his brace to make it 3-0.
Blues are not out of the woods yet but this performance was a huge step in the right direction.
Vital Birmingham Man of the Match: Lukas Jutkiewicz