Tigers tamed

Andy Munro watches Blues win their FA Cup replay with Hull City.

This was a match that Blues deserved to win against a decent Hull Ciyt side, but for long periods it looked as if their luck was out. This wasn’t helped by a fatal mistake from Krystian Beilik, who tried to play out at the back like he was Bobby Moore and paid the penalty accordingly. In terms of the attack young Romelle Donovan looked bright but Keshi Anderson still looked ring-rusty after his long lay off while Oliver Burke flattered to deceive as his excellent running in behind the defence was completely nullified by some awful crossing

It looked like Hull would pinch a win until Tony Mowbray made a raft of substitutions which gave Blues extra impetus, Koji Myoshi and then Jay Stansfield netting to give Blues a deserved and morale-boosting win. One other player worth picking out was Jordan James, who put in a sumptuous performance, intercepting passes and spraying the ball around. If he goes it has to be for at least £10 million.

With the next round giving Blues an away fixture at Leicester the win may be academic in one way, but in another you can’t beat giving the new manager his first win.