x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Birmingham snatch rare away win

Garry Connor's close-range header 15 minutes from time gave Birmingham their first away victory in the Premier League in 14 attempts as they won 1-0 at Hull.

Garry Connor's close-range header 15 minutes from time gave Birmingham their first away victory in the Premier League in 14 attempts as they won 1-0 at Hull. The striker was finally able to beat Hull's impressive goalkeeper Boaz Myhill with a near post header from Keith Fahey's corner. It was the Scottish international's first top-flight goal in 11 matches. Birmingham went into the game as the lowest scorers in the division with just two goals, while Hull have now conceded 13, more than anyone else in the Premier League. Alex McLeish's visitors could have won by more. In the 14th minute, Lee Bowyer hit a curling effort from 20 yards that seemed destined for the top corner until Myhill produced a stunning save to tip the ball over the bar and then, just before half-time, he athletically got a hand to Christian Benitez's drive from the edge of the area. After the break Myhill produced another good stop from Bowyer, while all his team-mates could muster in reply was a low drive from Geovanni which was well held by Birmingham keeper Joe Hart. Hull almost earned an undeserved when Seyi Olofinjana headed against the bar with two minutes left, but Birmingham scrambled the ball off the line. The defeat means Hull have just two league wins since last December.