Hull 1 Peterborough 3: Sinclair treble helps underdogs earn first points
17:21 GMT, 29 September 2012
Emile Sinclair scored a hat-trick as Peterborough gladly assumed the role of Saturday's coupon-busters and recorded not only a first win of the season but their first points of it at promotion hopefuls Hull.
With seven straight defeats to their name this campaign, there were few who expected Posh and their under-fire manager Darren Ferguson to topple City, a side chasing a seventh straight home league win.
But, thanks to a treble from Sinclair, whose pace and power was too much for Hull to deal with, United upset the form book, despite Jay Simpson's goal, at a ground Sinclair has great affection for.
Oh no: Steve Bruce had an unhappy day
Hull: Amos, Elmohamady, Chester (Rosenior 62), Faye, Bruce, Dudgeon, Koren, Olofinjana (Proschwitz 59), Quinn, Simpson, Aluko.
Subs Not Used: Oxley, Dawson, Evans, Mclean, McShane.
Goals: Simpson 61.
Peterborough: Olejnik, Little, Rowe (McCann 76), Knight-Percival, Alcock, Brisley, Bostwick, Ferdinand (Ntlhe 72), Barnett (Tomlin 81), Boyd, Sinclair.
Subs Not Used: Day, Zakuani, Swanson, Mendez-Laing.
Booked: Boyd, Sinclair.
Goals: Sinclair 24, 29, 73.
Ref: Michael Oliver (Northumberland).
His two-goal salvo for Macclesfield
in the Carling Cup by the Humber last August brought him to Ferguson's
attention and they duly signed him later that month for 100,000. He
scored 10 goals last season but these three may well be more important
than all of them combined.
It is the second successive week
Steve Bruce's Hull have conceded a hat-trick as well, with David Nugent
having done the same for Leicester last Sunday.
That 3-1 reverse showed that despite
their previous home prowess, Hull have a soft underbelly and Sinclair
immediately set about testing it out today.
He broke down the left with 10
minutes gone, showing the pace to get away from Alex Bruce, the son of
Steve, before working Ben Amos with a low drive.
It appeared as though Peterborough
would pay for not taking that chance, especially as Hull then got after
them, with Sone Aluko hooking a volley over and then cutting in from the
right to work Robert Olejnik at his near post.
But Peterborough would get another
opportunity and, with 24 minutes gone, Sinclair took it. It first seemed
that Stephen Quinn had covered the long ball aimed for the striker but
as he dallied, Sinclair clattered into him to regain possession and then
torched past Bruce before rounding Amos and tucking into an open goal.
His composure belied a man who can occasionally appear cumbersome and six minutes later he was at it again.
George Boyd was the man to show Bruce
– keeping a dangerously high line – a clean pair of heels on this
occasion and, after holding his run temporarily, he played Sinclair
through on goal and he dragged Amos left before beating him with a slick
Hull's only response before the break
came from Aluko's low drive which Olejnik dealt with, and the former
Rangers man should have at least hit the target from six yards four
minutes after it, only to plant Quinn's cross into the stand.
Simpson was the next to fluff his
lines, mis-kicking from 10 yards out, and lightning nearly struck thrice
for Hull just after as Sinclair broke free but failed to beat Amos.
His miss would haunt him too as
Simpson clicked into gear on the hour, drilling in his fifth of the
season after a neat pull-back from Ahmed Elmohamady.
Having missed his hat-trick chance
and with Hull growing, it looked as though Sinclair would end as the
villain rather than the hero, but with 16 minutes left he was left
alone, allowed to advance, and he eventually decided to place a low
strike into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.