Hull City 2 - 0 Blackburn Rovers

Match info: Championship at KCOM Stadium

Date: 19/02/2013 KO: 19:45 Ref: T Robinson Att: 15,981

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Hull City

Gedo 52
Ahmed Elmohamady 67



FT (ht: 0-0)

  • Last Updated: February 20 2013, 0:03 GMT

Steve Bruce hopes Egyptian striker Gedo's blistering start to life in English football will continue after he scored again to help Hull beat Blackburn 2-0 and close the gap at the top of the npower Championship.

Steve Bruce: His side are now five points behind Cardiff
Steve Bruce: His side are now five points behind Cardiff

The Al Ahly loanee broke the deadlock with his third goal in as many games early in the second half before compatriot Ahmed Elmohamady added a second to give the Tigers a hat-trick of home wins in eight days.

Gedo only arrived at the KC Stadium because DJ Campbell backed out of a move to Bruce's men on transfer deadline day before later joining Rovers.

Campbell came on as a substitute and fulfilled the role of pantomime villain for the home support, who will surely now consider his dramatic u-turn a blessing in disguise given Gedo's fine form.

Bruce, whose side moved five points behind leaders Cardiff, concedes Gedo's current goals-to-game ratio is unlikely to continue, but believes the spring sunshine may serve as an inspiration for the man from Egypt.

"We needed it," Bruce said of Hull's new star.

"We needed somebody to come. We all know what happened on deadline day. To get three in three, I know he'll hit a wall but, hopefully, with the sun shining (when) it gets into spring...he's a very, very good player.

"He uses that bit of class, he's got good ability and thankfully he's got three in three which is the icing on the cake for us."

The victory gave Hull a maximum nine-point haul from a run of home games against Derby, Charlton and Blackburn, and Bruce was delighted his men were able to overcome fatigue to produce since a fine all-round performance.

"It was a complete performance from start to finish," he added.

"There was a hunger about us, a freshness about us. I think they've had one shot at our goal. I thought our lads were terrific, I really, really did.

"That's as good as we've played for a long time from back to front."

The visitors were unbeaten in their last six games and manager Michael Appleton felt his men suffered from an FA Cup hangover.

Rovers pulled off a shock by defeating Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday and Appleton admitted his side struggled to replicate that performance here.

He said: "I think obviously after the euphoria of Saturday there was always a danger of the players being unable to pick themselves up and repeat the type of performance they showed.

"You've got to give credit to Hull. They started the game okay and they certainly came out of the blocks second half really well."

The one silver lining for Rovers was goalkeeper Jake Kean, who followed up his cup heroics against Arsenal with two more impressive saves to deny David Meyler and Jack Hobbs.

Kean's form is currently keeping former England international Paul Robinson on the sidelines, and Appleton added: "He's obviously a lad who's had an opportunity and his reputation is growing game by game.

"He's got half a chance, the kid. At the start of the season he was probably third-choice goalkeeper and he's taken the mantle on and he's earned the right to be number-one keeper at the minute."

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