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19th February 2013 Tuesday KC Stadium – City never seemed in danger of losing this game such was the concentration and solid defending. We all expected an exceptionally difficult game but overall the Tigers gave the impression of always being in control. Blackburn only managed one shot on target, an early 25 yard strike from Kazim-Richards on 4 minutes which skidded across the turf towards the waiting palms of David Stockdale. Elsewhere things also came together Cardiff lost (time for wobbly jitters – hope so), and Leicester lost (we can only hope for more of that as well). We are an almost solid second now with 62 points, 5 points behind Cardiff after 33 games (13 to play). We have only lost 2 of the last 15 league games and are becoming a nightmare to play against.

Not a memorable first half in pure footballing terms but City had a handful of chances and eventually after 10 minutes or so got on top of a Blackburn team who seemed to be waiting for something to happen for them. The giant killers of the FA Cup quite frankly could not cope with this eager Hull City side whose solid formation and energy were a handful for anyone.

Gedo got the nod as the main striker with Robbie Koren in support in a 3-5-2 of Stockdale, Chester, Hobbs, Bruce, Elmohamady, Meyler, Evans, Quinn, Brady, Koren, and Gedo. Bench: Proschwitz, Simpson, Fathi, Olofinjana, Jakupovic, Cairney, and Rosenior

Alex Bruce joined the back three and Corry Evans was in midfield.

Blackburn lined up 4-4-2: Kean, Orr, Dann, Hanley, Martin Olsson, Williamson, Lowe, Murphy, Rekik, Rhodes, Kazim-Richards, Usai, Markus Olsson, Campbell, Bentley, Givet, Pedersen, Gomes.

On 36 minutes Kean needed to be on top form to brilliantly save from an excellent Meyler header and 9 times out of 10 the ball would have been in the net.

However the teams came off at half time 0-0 after a half which had seen possession slightly in City’s favour and Blackburn in a somewhat defensive mood. It seems to be common knowledge now that these Tigers are dangerous; give them room and you can be in big trouble. A good attacking team was being neutralised by Bruce’s boys.

A great second half from Hull City as every player played to near full potential, controlling the game and snuffing out Blackburn who played second fiddle to the tigers and didn’t really show a lot in response.

On 52 minutes Gedo got his third City goal in three games, scrambling the ball into the left hand corner of the net from close range after a 6 yard-box melee, following a brilliant cross from Quinn. The KC came to life and the joy from City players spoke buckets in pure team spirit and appreciation for the Egyptian who again had been in the right place and taken his chance.

A certain Dudley Campbell had the misfortune to come onto the pitch on 59 minutes, known to his friends as DJ he must have hoped he could silence the jeers from angry City fans who had witnessed his disgraceful disrespect shown to the Hull City Management during the January window, not to mention branding Steve Bruce a liar; the man who had given Campbell his real chance in football and who had always supported him was dismissed as a story-teller who made up stuff for the hell of it. His search for a sandwich had taken him West to Blackburn…..silly bugger. If he doesn’t do the business for Blackburn he will be left adrift at the season end and that would be a lesson learnt. On this showing he will be looking for another club again by May time.

On 60 minutes City came very close to a goal; Robbie Brady put in an in-swinging corner from the right by-line towards the near post, Jack Hobbs took a solid shot but Kean made a good save.

But then the KC was sent into raptures on 67 minutes and City went 2-0 up. Robbie Brady again assists with a cross from the left this time and at the back post Elmohamady stabbed it in with ease, making it all look so easy, great skill. Throughout the game Elmo was almost unplayable and continues his brilliant form.

City took more control, and by 74 minutes the stats read City 59% possession (10 City corners to 3) (7 City shots on target to 1), that says it all, there seemed no way back for Blackburn now and that’s how it played out. Reputations counted for nothing for those in blue and white; players like goal machine Jordan Rhodes could do nothing. In the closing minutes City just held them at bay and the clock ran out.

Well done Tigers this game could be a critical one and you should believe, because the fans now do; we should fear no-one. If we play with this energy, passing skill, defensive solidity and chance taking we can win the majority of the remaining games.

Everyone was a hero but Brady, Hobbs, Chester, Bruce, Meyler, Evans, Elmo, Koren (getting back to his near best), poacher Gedo, Quinn (great cross)….all stand out, oh that’s everyone! Plus an under worked goal keeper! A night when it all clicked and we know they played against a very good team.

Final Stats: City 54% possession: Shots 8 City to 1 Blackburn (Of which on target where 7 City to 1 Blackburn): Corners 10 City to 3 Blackburn

Referee: Mr T Robinson (West Sussex) Attendance 15981

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