Hull 1 Blackburn 0: Rovers come back to earth as Gedo blaster keeps Tigers in the hunt
21:59 GMT, 19 February 2013
23:36 GMT, 19 February 2013
Mohamed Gedo — remember the name. At this rate you’ll be hearing it a great deal more between now and the end of the season.
For the third time in a week, the 28-year-old Egypt international opened the scoring at the KC Stadium to put second-placed Hull on their way.
Following strikes in wins against
Derby and Charlton, Gedo altered the contest against Blackburn,
eliminators of Arsenal from the FA Cup. He ghosted in at the far post to
guide in Stephen Quinn’s dink to the far post.
Get in: Hull striker Gedo (centre) celebrates his third goal in as many games
Hull: Stockdale, Chester, Hobbs, Bruce, Elmohamady, Meyler, Evans (Olofinjana 88), Quinn, Brady, Koren (Fathi 90), Gedo (Cairney 89). Subs not used: Jakupovic, Rosenior, Simpson, Proschwitz.
Goals: Gedo 52, Elmohamady 67.
Kean, Orr, Dann, Grant Hanley, Martin Olsson, Williamson (Campbell 59),
Lowe, Murphy, Rekik (Bentley 59), Rhodes, Kazim-Richards. Subs not used: Usai, Givet, Pedersen, Markus Olsson, Nuno Gomes.
Booked: Kazim-Richards, Orr, Martin Olsson, Rekik.
Referee: Tim Robinson.
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His acquisition, on loan from Al
Ahly, has provided the East Yorkshire club with the firepower they have
lacked since top scorer Sone Aluko was sidelined through injury. Once
ahead there was only going to be one result, and it was no surprise when
another of Hull’s Egyptian trio, Ahmed Elmohamady, arrived to sidefoot
in Robbie Brady’s raking cross from the left.
‘We needed someone to come in and for
him to get three in three has been the icing on the cake for us,’ said
Hull manager Steve Bruce. ‘I know he’ll hit a wall but hopefully with
the sun shining as we get into spring, he will thrive.’
A fortnight ago, Hull trailed both
Cardiff and Leicester but results since have seen them narrow the Welsh
club’s lead to five points and return to the automatic promotion places.
‘It’s quite refreshing for the League
because nobody really fancied Crystal Palace, Watford and ourselves, so
it’s fair play to all three,’ Bruce added.
‘That’s the best we have played this
year. It was a complete performance from start to finish. There was a
hunger and freshness about us from back to front. We have good energy
levels and some of them look as if they can run a million miles.’
Two outstanding saves from young
Blackburn goalkeeper Jake Kean denied David Meyler in either half to
restrict Hull’s winning margin to two.
Crunching: Corry Evans goes in hard on Colin Kazim-Richards
In contrast, Blackburn’s attacking
players had a wretched night, particularly DJ Campbell, whose decision
to snub promotion-chasing Hull on transfer-deadline day three weeks ago,
drew boos for his every mistake after coming on as a substitute on the
Fellow striker Colin Kazim-Richards,
scorer of the winning goal at the Emirates, had the visitors’ solitary
chance but Hull goalkeeper David Stockdale parried his fourth-minute
effort before scooping up the rebound ahead of the predatory Jordan
‘Obviously after the euphoria of the
weekend there was always a danger the players would not be able to pick
themselves up and repeat that type of performance,’ said Blackburn
manager Michael Appleton.
In fact, Turkey international
Kazim-Richards was fortunate to remain on the field until the interval
after escaping cautions for shoving Alex Bruce in the chest and
wrestling Meyler to the turf either side of receiving a yellow card from
referee Tim Robinson for an aerial challenge on Jack Hobbs.