Gary Monk has his first victory as Birmingham City manager, following his side’s magnificent 3-0 victory over a sorry Hull City at St Andrews.
The Blues dominated from start to finish and took the lead after only 12 minutes thanks to Jota.
Che Adams doubled the home side’s lead when his looping cross went over Tigers goalkeeper Allan McGregor.
Jota latched on to a loose ball to make it 3-0 and secure Birmingham’s first win since beating Sheffield Wednesday on 3 February.
Victory for Blues ended a run of seven successive defeats and saw them draw level on points with 21st-placed Barnsley, but they remain in the relegation zone on goal difference.
Blues took an early lead through Jota, who slotted home from close range following a great run by Che Adams who pulled it back from the byline.
Hull had their only chance of the first half through Harry Wilson, with his shot just going wide past the post after 25 minutes.
Birmingham dominated the rest of the half and had opportunities to double their lead through Jota, Adams and Jutkiewicz but Hull goalkeeper McGregor was keeping his side in the game.
Monk would’ve been disappointed at half time that his side weren’t leading by more, although it didn’t take long for the Blues to double their lead in the second half.
Adams was the goalscorer thanks to a bit of fortune after the ball lobbed McGregor from an attempted cross.
Hull never really looked like getting back in the game and Birmingham sealed their victory when Jota bagged his second of the game. A great run down the left by Maxime Colin who passed inside to Adams before he found Jota who calmly put it under McGregor.
Gary Monk was thrilled with his side’s performance to achieve his first victory at Birmingham.
“I was very please for everyone today, the players, fans and the staff. The most important part is points, we know how important every single point is going to be between now and the end of the season so to get 3 is brilliant” said Monk.
“The fact that we got a performance on top of it as well, that should send a message to the players that the confidence level and that belief should be a little bit higher. Yes we can win games and get points but we can also produce a performance as well, three goals and a clean sheet, so I’m very pleased for my players.”
In the post-match press conference, Hull boss Nigel Adkins spoke of his surprise at his side’s performance after winning their previous two matches to climb away from the drop and admitted his side were second best all over the pitch.
“I’m going to have to take a bit of time to reflect on that defeat because I certainly didn’t see it coming. We focused the player’s minds before the match, we knew it was going to be a tough game and it’s proved to be that way. Obviously we’ve just had 2 very good victories, we brought Hernandez back in so we thought we’d be a threat going forward and be solid defensively” said Adkins.
Adkins continued: “I’ve got to give credit to Birmingham they deserved to win the game and we didn’t.
“We didn’t perform to the levels that we have been playing at and that’s the disappointment today. We did our work on it we knew there was going to be threats, but unfortunately we were second best all over the pitch today.”