Spurs loan defender plays in record 8-0 home defeat

Grant Hall was part of a Birmingham defence that suffered their worst ever home defeat.

Tottenham's on loan defender Grant Hall endured a day to forget as Birmingham City lost 8-0 at home to Bournemouth.

The centre back will be that little bit more disappointed than most with the defeat, having reclaimed a starting role in the Blues side after several weeks on the bench.

Birmingham conceded an early goal to a Brett Pitman strike, before being reduced to ten men on 7 minutes when David Edgar was dismissed. The Cherries added two more in the first half before laying waste to the struggling Blues side by adding five more in the second half, as Marc Pugh netted a hat trick and Tokelo Rantie a brace.

Hall started the first 8 games of the season, which took in 6 Championship games and 2 League Cup matches, before suffering a slight groin strain in September that saw him on the bench recently.

The fact Birmingham did away with previous manager Lee Clark this week, only for caretaker managers Malcolm Crosby and Richard Beale to select the 22-year-old defender should have done wonders for the former Brighton player's confidence. As it turned out Hall was put through hell with the rest of the Blues defence as they recorded their worst ever defeat at St Andrew's.

Hall enjoyed a successful loan spell at Swindon last season, making 27 league appearances at the County Ground, and would have been hoping to impress the coaches back at Spurs this year with his performances in England's second tier.

As it stands it looks like Hall is set for a testing relegation campaign at St Andrew's, and will have to impress whoever is appointed the club's next permanent manager in order to continues earning game time.

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