Boyd fires Hull up to second

George Boyd’s first-half double on his first start, as well as

two more goals from Gedo, helped Hull bounce back from their

midweek humbling by Bolton to thump Birmingham 5-2 at KC

Stadium.

Victory helped Hull leapfrog Watford into the second automatic

promotion spot in the Championship and the outcome was never in

doubt after on-loan midfielder Boyd put the home side ahead inside

a minute of his home debut with his first goal for the Tigers.

Fellow midfielder Robbie Brady released Boyd with an accurate

pass and the 27-year-old rounded Blues’ England U21 goalkeeper Jack

Butland to tap an opener into an unguarded goal.

And in-form Egypt forward Gedo continued his rich vein of form

since also signing on loan by soon doubling the hosts’ advantage

after Stephen Caldwell failed to deal with a forward pass 10

minutes later.

He nipped in to fire past Butland with ease before Boyd had Hull

3-0 up after 33 minutes from Ahmed Elmohamady’s delivery, which

ricocheted for him to shoot just beyond the keeper.

Hungary schemer Robert Koren effectively sealed the points when

his shot from distance found the target, despite a touch from

Butland, four minutes after the restart.

Butland did produce a point-blank save to deny Gedo but he was

helpless when the Egyptian nodded Hull’s fifth – his fifth goal in

five games – from compatriot Elmohamady’s cross (76).

Peter Lovenkrands pulled one back for Lee Clark’s strugglers

with a deflected shot from 25 yards with seven minutes left and

Chris Burke, after Curtis Davies’ effort from distance was teed

back by Nikola Zigic, at least ensured the visitors finished on a

high with a low drive (87).