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Blackpool v Hull – match report

Blackpool 0 Hull 0: All square at Bloomfield Road with keepers on form


18:16 GMT, 1 January 2013



00:37 GMT, 2 January 2013

Goalkeepers Matt Gilks and Eldin Jakupovic earned their respective sides a share of the points with crucial second-half saves in a game of few chances at Bloomfield Road.

Blackpool's Gilks pulled off a flying save to keep out Hull midfielder David Meyler's goalbound shot in the 60th minute, while opposite number Jakupovic was at full stretch himself to turn away a vicious 25-yard effort from the home side's coveted Thomas Ince in the 85th minute.

Thomas Ince shoots

Spurned: Both teams had good chance to win but were denied at either end

Jakupovic, a Bosnian-born Switzerland international, then made another fine save in the second minute of time added on to keep out Seasiders' substitute Nathan Delfouneso's shot and ensure Hull stretched their unbeaten league run to eight matches.


Blackpool: Gilks,Eardley, Broadfoot, Baptiste, Crainey, Osbourne, Sylvestre, Basham, Ince, Taylor-Fletcher (Dicko 80),Thomas (Delfouneso 66).

Subs: Halstead, Kevin Phillips, Cathcart, Martinez,Harris.

Booked: Taylor-Fletcher.

Hull: Jakupovic, Chester, Faye, Hobbs, Rosenior, Meyler, Evans (Bruce 83), Quinn, Brady, Koren (Simpson 46), Aluko (Proschwitz 46).

Subs: Amos, Cairney, McShane, Olofinjana.

Att: 13,691

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire).

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Hull, who had won six of their previous seven npower Championship matches, remain second in the table, while Blackpool, for all their late pressure, have now won only one of their last six league matches.

Midfield pair Ludovic Sylvestre and Isaiah Osbourne, plus defender Neal Eardley returned to Blackpool's starting line-up, while Liam Rosenior stepped in at right-back for Hull in place of the injured Ahmed Elmohamady.

Neither side could fashion a chance worthy of note in the first 20 minutes save for Hull's on-loan Sunderland midfielder Meyler, who dragged an angled shot from the left side of the penalty area off target.

The visitors threatened again in the 22nd minute when striker Sone Aluko flashed a 25-yard shot wide and it was not until the 29th minute that Blackpool's coveted winger Ince fired his side's first shot on goal straight at Jakupovic.

The Seasiders enjoyed their best spell from the half-hour mark, with striker Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Ince both prominent, but failed to test Jakupovic again before the half-time whistle.

Steve Bruce

Stalemate: Steve Bruce's side remain in second place after today's draw

Hull manager Steve Bruce replaced Aluko and midfielder Robert Koren for strikers Nick Proschwitz and Jay Simpson at the interval and the latter was straight into the action when his header from Rosenior's cross forced Gilks into a smart save 90 seconds after the restart.

Gilks then held Hull midfielder Robbie Brady's 20-yard free-kick as the visitors went in search of the breakthrough.

Meyler, who has scored three goals in his last four appearances for the Tigers, went closest to the game's opening goal with a superb strike in the 60th minute that prompted a spectacular save from Gilks, whose outstretched arm turned the goalbound shot away for a corner.

Blackpool were dealt a blow soon after when striker Wes Thomas was forced off injured and replaced by Delfouneso before Sylvestre had a rare shot on goal for the home side, firing an angled drive just wide.

The game was finely balanced heading into the final quarter when Blackpool defender Chris Basham fired a 25-yard effort over the crossbar, while at the other end Hull midfielder Corry Evans spurned a gilt-edged chance when he failed to keep his shot from inside the area on target.

Jakupovic flung himself at Ince's 25-yard shot in the closing stages to push the ball away to safety before Delfouneso blazed over the crossbar from inside the area in stoppage time.

Hull 0 Leicester 0 match report

Hull 0 Leicester 0: Honours even as promotion chasers play out a damp squib on Humberside



18:27 GMT, 26 December 2012

Hull were unable to provide any kind of celebration on their 10th anniversary since moving into the KC Stadium following a goalless draw with fellow promotion chasers Leicester.

Not even the return of former Tigers boss Nigel Pearson was enough to enliven a cold and damp afternoon on Humberside as both sides failed to live up to their lofty positions in the npower Championship table.

Jay Simpson saw a shot cleared off the line by Richie De Laet in the first half, but otherwise Pearson engineered a rearguard to frustrate his second-placed former employers.

It was the Foxes third successive match without scoring, highlighting Pearson's desire for a striker in next month's transfer window, but it was a point earned for the visitors after back-to-back defeats.

Goalless: Hull City's Sone Aluko (middle) fails to find the net in the 0-0 draw with Leicester City

Goalless: Hull City's Sone Aluko (middle) fails to find the net in the 0-0 draw with Leicester City


Hull: Jakupovic, Chester, Faye (Proschwitz 84), Hobbs, Elmohamady, Evans (Cairney 71), Koren, Quinn, Brady, Aluko (Rosenior 84), Simpson.

Subs Not Used: Amos, Mclean, McShane, Olofinjana.

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet (Moore 46), Whitbread, Morgan, Konchesky, Drinkwater, Knockaert, Marshall, King (Gallagher 82), James, Nugent (Waghorn 67).

Subs Not Used: Logan, Dyer, Schlupp, Futacs.

Booked: De Laet, Whitbread

Attendance: 20,321

Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire).

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Pearson left the KC Stadium in acrimonious circumstance to return to Leicester 13 months ago and the home fans took little time to remind of their antipathy towards him – directing a couple of derisory chants as their team made the best of the opening exchanges.

Simpson turned a weak side-footed shot wide when well placed before Paul Konchesky was forced into an awkward headed clearance inside his own six-yard box.

Leicester were hardly on the back-foot though and, with David Nugent playing on his own in front of a five-man midfield, they began to settle into a period of possession.

It prompted the Foxes' best spell of the first half and midfielder Anthony Knockaert should have rewarded them only to waste a hat-trick of chances inside a 10-minute period.

The Frenchman twice shot wide of the left-hand post before spurning the best of his opportunities with a scuffed effort after Konchesky pulled a cross back to the penalty spot.

Hull goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic then needed a strong arm to keep out Danny Drinkwater, after Knockaert this time opted to pass, but the away side's attacking vigour soon subsided.

Instead they were left attempting to quell the increasing threat of Sone Aluko, back in the starting XI, as he began to busy himself in the hole behind the striker.

After Abdoulaye Faye headed a cross at the back post into the side netting, Aluko jinked his way into space only for Kasper Schmeichel to expertly tip away his low shot.

Aluko set up the best chance of the first 45 minutes moments later when he snuck a pass behind the defence for Simpson. The striker looked certain to score when he rounded Schmeichel but Richie De Laet was alive to the danger and got back to clear off the line.

It was De Laet's last major involvement as he was replaced at the break by Liam Moore who survived a nervous moment shortly after as appeals for handball were waved away.

Leicester almost stole ahead against the run of play on the hour when Faye sliced an attempted clearance just wide of his own goal.
Chances were at a premium in the second half, though, as the match deteriorated in driving rain.

Ben Marshall almost fooled Jakupovic on 72 minutes with a well-hit 20-yarder before the keeper made heavy work of keeping out Paul Gallagher's deflected free-kick.

Hull made a late push for the points but Schmeichel twice denied Simpson, latterly when the striker headed straight into his arms at close quarters.

Watford 1 Hull 2: Match report

Watford 1 Hull 2: Tigers feat as Meyler and Brady continue road streak


17:25 GMT, 8 December 2012



17:25 GMT, 8 December 2012

Hull maintained their impressive away form to halt Watford's unbeaten run and climb up to fourth in the npower Championship thanks to goals from Irishmen David Meyler and Robbie Brady.

The Tigers made it three successive wins on the road, and their sixth victory in their last nine league matches, with a goal just before half-time from on-loan Sunderland midfielder Meyler and winger Brady's thumping free-kick midway through the second half.

Bobbing along: Robert Brady (left) keeps Hull riding high on a wave of confidence

Bobbing along: Robert Brady (left) keeps Hull riding high on a wave of confidence

Match facts

WATFORD: Almunia, Hall (Geijo (78), Ekstrand (Anya 46), Hoban, Cassetti, Yeates, Hogg, Chalobah, Pudil (Abdi 65), Deeney, Vydra. Subs not used: Bonham, Thompson, Mujangi Bia, Battocchio

Goals: Deeney 90+2

HULL: Stockdale, Chester, McShane (Hobbs 27), Bruce, Elmohamady, Evans, Quinn, Meyler, Brady (Proschwitz 83), Koren (Rosenior 74), Simpson. Subs not used: Kajupovic, McLean, Cairney, Olofinjana

Goals: Meyler 41, Brady 73

Booked: Brady, Simpson

Referee: M Haywood

Att: 12,156

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Gianfranco Zola's Watford, unbeaten
in their previous seven having won five of them, had to settle for Troy
Deeney's stoppage-time consolation, while second-half substitute Almen
Abdi hit the post for the hosts shortly after replacing Daniel Pudil,
but it was not to be their day.

Save for an early shot from Hull
striker Jay Simpson and Watford defender Nathaniel Chalobah's blocked
20-yard shot in the 17th minute, neither side mustered a single effort
on goal during the opening half-hour.

Hull midfielder Robert Koren let fly
with a strike from similar distance that was comfortably held by home
goalkeeper Manuel Almunia, but the biggest cheer, from the away end at
least, came when Tigers defender Jack Hobbs replaced the injured Paul
McShane in the 27th minute.

Hobbs made his first appearance for
the club since March after undergoing cruciate knee ligament surgery
towards the end of last season.

Hull had slowly began to build up a
head of steam towards the end of the first period and were rewarded with
the game's opening goal in the 41st minute.

Corry Evans smashed a blistering shot
from the edge of the penalty area against the crossbar and midfield
colleague Meyler reacted quickest to head home the rebound.

Watford striker Troy Deeney pulled
his shot from outside the area off target shortly after the restart and
Hull goalkeeper David Stockdale rescued the visitors with a brilliant
save to keep out Mark Yeates' free-kick soon after as the home side
attempted to step up a gear.

But Hull twice threatened to extend
their lead through long-range strikes from Koren and Brady as Watford
struggled to make headway.

Hornets substitute Abdi, a
65th-minute replacement for Pudil, struck the woodwork with a superb
shot from inside the area shortly after coming on.

Watford were then made to pay.
Defender Fitz Hall fouled Meyler in a central position 25 yards from
goal and Brady thumped home an unstoppable free-kick, high into the net
for the decisive second goal in the 73rd minute.

Chalobah headed Yeates' corner over
the crossbar and the latter's 30-yard free-kick crashed against the wall
as Watford mounted a late rally.

Deeney did pull one back for the Hornets in the 92nd minute when converting Abdi's cross, but Hull held on for victory.

Cardiff 2 Hull 1: match report

Cardiff 2 Hull 1: Hudson strike maintains Bluebirds' 100 per cent home record


17:29 GMT, 10 November 2012



17:29 GMT, 10 November 2012

Cardiff recorded their eighth successive home win this season with victory over fellow promotion hopefuls Hull.

Heidar Helguson's third-minute header looked set to be the only goal until captain Mark Hudson threw himself at Aron Gunnarsson's cross with eight minutes to go.

Robert Koren's goal in the 90th minute made the home side sweat in the closing seconds but they held on to maintain their 100 per cent record at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Home and hosed: Cardiff have won eight on the bounce after Hudosn's strike

Home and hosed: Cardiff have won eight on the bounce after Hudson's strike

Match facts

Cardiff: Marshall, McNaughton (Kiss 19), Hudson, Turner, Taylor,
Noone, Whittingham, Kim, Gunnarsson, Mason, Helguson (Gestede 66), Kiss (Ralls 46).

Subs not used: Lewis, Conway, Frei, Nugent.

Booked: Kim, Turner.

Goals: Helguson 3, Hudson 82.

Hull: Amos, Rosenior, Chester, McShane (Brady 56), Faye, Elmohamady, Evans, Koren,Quinn (Mclean 75), Simpson (Meyler 56), Aluko.

Subs not used: Jakupovic, McKenna, Olofinjana, Proschwitz.

Goals: Koren 90.

Attendance: 20,058

Referee: Iain Williamson (Berkshire).

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Manager Malky Mackay responded to his
side's 5-4 defeat at Charlton last time out by making three changes
with Kevin McNaughton, Gunnarsson and Kim Bo-kyung coming back into the

Steve Bruce, taking charge of a team
for the 600th time, made just one change with injured son Alex being
replaced in defence by Abdoulaye Faye.

Cardiff have made a habit of starting
games well and they scored within the opening five minutes for the
third time in their last four games when Craig Noone stood up a cross
for Helguson, who nodded home after three minutes.

The chances continued to flow freely
for the Bluebirds with Hudson's header rattling the bar and Joe Mason
and Gunnarsson also having chances.

The Tigers began to come back into
the game as the match headed towards half-time. Koren, who shone
throughout for Bruce's men, had a shot blocked and then Sone Aluko's
effort went over the bar.

Jay Simpson did have the ball in the net just before the break but it was ruled out for offside.

Noone had been in fine form for
Cardiff in recent weeks and he was only denied on 55 minutes by the feet
of Ben Amos after the former Brighton winger cut inside his marker and
lashed a low shot towards goal. A minute later Helguson failed to test
Amos when he headed just over when unmarked.

Bruce sent on David Meyler and Robbie Brady but it was Koren who had the next chance, firing a snap-shot wide from 18 yards.

At the other end referee Iain
Williamson waved away penalty appeals from the home side after Joe Mason
felt he was fouled inside the box. It was then Noone's chance to
threaten the Hull backline with two shots in quick succession, the first
was blocked and the second was kept out by Amos.

Aluko then came incredibly close to
his seventh goal of the season in the 70th minute with a 25 yard
free-kick that clipped the bar.

Peter Whittingham then tried his luck
from a free-kick only to see Amos to make a sensational save but just a
minute later Hudson's flying header set them on course for the three points.

There was still time for Whittingham
to hit the bar with a 30 yard free-kick before Koren set up a
nail-biting finale with a stunning 25-yard volley.

Sheff Wed 0 Hull 1 – match report

Sheff Wed 0 Hull 1: Tigers roar again as pressure mounts on struggling Wednesday

Sportsmail Reporter


16:37 GMT, 6 October 2012



16:37 GMT, 6 October 2012

Aaron Mclean scored the only goal as Hull stopped their three-match losing run and left Sheffield Wednesday without a win in eight games.

Manager Dave Jones guided the Owls to promotion last season but must now be feeling the pressure after a pointless September and the result leaves Wednesday in the npower Championship relegation zone.

Jones made three changes from the draw with Burnley with Lewis Buxton, Miguel Llera and Rhys McCabe drafted in for Jermaine Johnson, Martin Taylor and Nejc Pecnik.

Future's orange: Aaron McLean powered home the winner for Hull at Hillsborough

Future's orange: Aaron McLean powered home the winner for Hull at Hillsborough


Sheffield Wednesday: Kirkland, Buxton, Gardner, Llera, Mattock, Antonio, Semedo, McCabe (Mayor 87), Barkley, O'Grady (Madine 65), Bothroyd (Jermaine Johnson 72). Subs Not Used: Bywater, Taylor, Rodri, Jones.

Hull: Amos, Rosenior, McShane, Faye, Dawson, Elmohamady, Olofinjana, McKenna, Quinn, Simpson (Mclean 75), Aluko (Proschwitz 85). Subs Not Used: Oxley, Evans, Cooper, Townsend.

Booked: McKenna, Aluko, Olofinjana.

Goals: Mclean 77.

Attendance: 23,441

Referee: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire)

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Steve Bruce also made three
alterations as Liam Rosenior, Andy Dawson and Paul McKenna came in for
Alex Bruce, Joe Dudgeon and Robert Koren and an injury crisis meant that
the Tigers could only name six substitutes.

The home side should have taken the
lead when some good work from Michail Antonio and Ross Barkley set up
Chris O'Grady but the striker could only put his effort over the bar.

Antonio continued to be a threat and
he tried to follow up his stunner in midweek as he cut in from the left
and curled a shot but it brushed the outside of the post.

The Owls were starting to get on top
and Llera thought he had given them the lead with a header but his
effort was cleared off the line.

Both sides were playing well and it
was the visitors who came close to taking the lead just before the break
as McKenna hit a crisp volley which went just wide.

Ahmed Elmohamady set up Hull's best
chance of the match so far as he found Stephen Quinn who was given too
much space in the box but the former Sheffield United man fired wide.

The Tigers were bossing things but
Antonio was providing some spark for Wednesday and there were loud
appeals for a penalty as he was brought down by Dawson but referee Jon
Moss was not convinced.

Sone Aluko was then presented with a
golden opportunity as McKenna's ball cut open the Owls' defence but the
former Rangers man missed the target when it looked easier to score.

The game went into a lull with both
managers making changes to try and find a spark and it was Bruce who saw
his substitution pay off as the visitors took the lead.

Mclean was brought on for Jay Simpson
in the 75th minute and within two minutes he was on the scoresheet as
some good build up play left him one-on-one with Chris Kirkland and he
slotted a low shot home.

Wednesday went on the offensive and substitute Johnson did well with a shot from a narrow angle but Ben Amos was equal to it.

The Owls applied some late pressure but it was not enough as their wretched run of form continued.

Hull 2 Blackpool 3

Hull 2 Blackpool 3: Dicko climbs off bench to stun Tigers and take Tangerines fourth



21:13 GMT, 2 October 2012

Super-sub Nouha Dicko fired Blackpool to victory at the KC Stadium with a fabulous overhead kick just seven minutes from time.

Hull had been in the driving seat after hitting back through Sone Aluko and Stephen Quinn following Matt Phillips' early goal for Blackpool.

But visiting boss Ian Holloway made two inspired changes by bringing on Kevin Phillips and Dicko, and after veteran Phillips levelled after 70 minutes, Dicko produced a piece of magic to claim the spoils for the Tangerines.

Stunning: Blackpool's Nouha Dicko scores their third goal

Stunning: Blackpool's Nouha Dicko scores their third goal

Match facts

Hull: Amos, Elmohamady, McShane, Faye, Bruce (Rosenior 45), Dudgeon (Mclean 86), Koren, Olofinjana, Quinn, Simpson, Aluko.

Subs Not Used: Oxley, Dawson, McKenna, Evans, Proschwitz.

Goals: Aluko 39, Quinn 47.

Blackpool: Gilks, Baptiste, Eardley, Evatt, Crainey, Matt Phillips (Dicko 75), Gomes (Kevin Phillips 67), Ferguson, Osbourne,Taylor-Fletcher, Delfouneso (Sylvestre 80).

Subs Not Used: Halstead, Basham, Martinez, Eccleston.

Goals: Matt Phillips 11, Kevin Phillips 71, Dicko 83.

Att: 14,919

Ref: Scott Mathieson (Cheshire).

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Hull defender Paul McShane was handed his first start of the season in place of the injured James Chester in what was the only change for the Tigers.

Gary Taylor-Fletcher gave Blackpool a boost by recovering from a back injury and he was just one of six alterations to the side that lost at Cardiff, with Barry Ferguson, Tiago Gomes, Neal Eardley, Nathan Delfouneso and Isaiah Osbourne also returning.

After a cagey opening 10 minutes, Blackpool broke the deadlock with their first attack of the game as an unmarked Matt Phillips fired Delfouneso's cross past the dive of Ben Amos from 10 yards.

Jay Simpson blazed wildly over for the Tigers, before Alex Bruce produced a terrific last-ditch tackle to deny Delfouneso as he bore down on goal.
A mistake from Ian Evatt presented a chance to Simpson, but his effort was saved by Matt Gilks.

The Tigers were piling on the pressure and there were big shouts for a penalty as Aluko went to ground under a challenge from Stephen Crainey, but referee Scott Mathieson only awarded a corner.

From the resulting set-piece, the ball into the box appeared to strike Tiago Gomes' arm, but again the appeals fell on deaf ears.

Six minutes before the break, Hull were level. Aluko received the ball midway inside Blackpool's half and looked around for support before letting fly with a brilliant effort from 25 yards that found the back of the net.

As the rain lashed down, a terrific ball from Aluko put Simpson in the clear, but he stumbled, lost control and the chance was gone.

Hull took the lead inside two minutes of the second-half through Quinn. A great ball from Aluko found the Irishman near the byline and from an acute angle he dispatched a clinical shot into the far corner.

Ahmed Elmohamady shot straight at Gilks, a Quinn effort was deflected for a corner by Osbourne, and then Abdoulaye Faye headed over as Hull pressed for a third.

Despite all City's pressure, Blackpool equalised after 70 minutes. Crainey swung over a free-kick, Taylor-Fletcher prodded the ball across goal and there was Kevin Phillips to bundle it home from a yard out.

Tangerines boss Ian Holloway introduced Nouha Dicko after 75 minutes and eight minutes later he fired the visitors ahead with a brilliant overhead kick.

Kevin Phillips chased a long ball over the top and as Amos went to close him down on the byline, the veteran striker chipped over a cross which was headed only as far as Dicko, who flung himself into the air to score a stunning winner.

Hull 1 Peterborough 3: Emile Sinclair hat-trick

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

Oh no: Steve Bruce had an unhappy day

Match facts

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.

Att: 15,279

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.

Leicester 3 Hull 1: David Nugent hat-trick gives Nigel Pearson win over former club

Leicester 3 Hull 1: Nugent hat-trick gives Pearson win over former club



16:34 GMT, 23 September 2012

David Nugent bagged a hat-trick as Leicester made it four home league wins on the bounce with victory over npower Championship high-flyers Hull.

Nugent, who scored his 100th career league goal in the 2-1 win over Burnley on Wednesday, ending an 11-game drought, put the hosts ahead after seven minutes and was on hand to restore their advantage after Jay Simpson's leveller.

He waited until stoppage time to complete his treble as the Foxes climbed eight places to seventh and Nigel Pearson claimed the bragging rights over his old employers.

Three and easy: Nugent celebrates his opening strike

Three and easy: Nugent celebrates his opening strike

Match facts

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, St Ledger, Morgan, Konchesky, Marshall (Dyer 85), Drinkwater, James (King 70), Knockaert, Vardy (Waghorn 74), Nugent.

Subs Not Used: Logan, Whitbread, Schlupp, Futacs.

Goals: Nugent 7, 42, 90.

Hull: Amos, Chester, Faye (Proschwitz 78), Bruce, Elmohamady, Koren, Evans (Olofinjana 78), Quinn, Dudgeon (Rosenior 70), Aluko, Simpson.

Subs Not Used: Oxley, Dawson, Mclean, McShane.

Goals: Simpson 26.

Attendance: 20,815

Referee: Eddie Ilderton (Tyne & Wear).

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The defeat denied the Tigers, who had lost only one of their opening six games, the opportunity to go joint top of the table.

Nugent's early opener arrived when he intercepted Danny Drinkwater's attempt at goal and took advantage of the wrong-footed Ben Amos to steer home.

The Foxes almost doubled their lead immediately as Jamie Vardy showed his strength to hold off two defenders before unleashing a shot which was deflected just wide.

And from the resulting corner there was uncertainty in the Tigers' box as Wes Morgan headed on for Vardy, whose goal-bound strike hit team-mate Sean St Ledger before being scrambled clear.

With the visitors rocking amid a downpour in the east midlands, a brief glimpse of an opportunity momentarily raised their hopes only for the offside flag to thwart Simpson as he looked to latch onto Robert Koren's neat pass.

But moments later they were level.
Corry Evans picked out Sone Aluko and his cross-cum-shot from the right
side of the box was turned in by the ever-alert Simpson.

Like father, like son: Hull's Alex Bruce (left) challenges Jamie Vardy

Like father, like son: Hull's Alex Bruce (left) challenges Jamie Vardy

mounted a spirited response to the setback as Drinkwater received
Anthony Knockaert's pass before skipping past Evans and drilling a
powerful effort narrowly over.

doubled his tally and restored the home side's lead three minutes
before half-time. Knockaert kept the ball alive after Ahmed Elmohamady
cleared Ben Marshall's effort on the line, the French winger delivering a
cross for Nugent to head in from close range.

side raced out of the blocks after the interval and should have made it
3-1 when Vardy was put in the clear by Knockaert, but the former
Fleetwood striker put his shot too close to Amos and it was clipped
behind for a corner.

Double trouble: Nugent wheels away after netting his second

Double trouble: Nugent wheels away after netting his second

It served as a wake-up call for Steve Bruce's charges, who soon called Kasper Schmeichel into action as Aluko's 25-yard thunderbolt had the Dane scrambling across goal to tip wide.

The Tigers boss introduced Nick
Proschwitz from the bench for the final 12 minutes, hoping to see the
2.6million German striker open his account for the club, but it was the
hosts who threatened next.

Bruce handled the ball on the edge of the box and, despite Nugent's
appeals for a penalty, a free-kick was given and Knockaert's effort was
plucked out of the air by Amos.

Eyes on the screen: Nugent and Wes Morgan (centre) check the replay to see who is awarded the third goal

Eyes on the screen: Nugent and Wes Morgan (centre) check the replay to see who scored the third goal

Steve Bruce was sent to the stands in the closing stages – punishment for his reaction to a questionable call from the linesman, who adjudged the ball to have crossed the sideline as Hull tried to break clear.

Pearson had cause for complaint next when six minutes was added on and Hull almost grabbed a dramatic leveller. Elmohamady's header from a corner was destined for the back of the net, only for Knockaert to clear off the line.

But Martyn Waghorn picked up the loose ball, found fellow substitute Lloyd Dyer and he picked out Nugent, who slotted past Amos to seal the win.

Charlton 0 Hull 0: Hamer to rescue as Addicks weather late storm

Charlton 0 Hull 0: Hamer to rescue as Addicks weather late storm



17:03 GMT, 25 August 2012

Charlton and Hull played out the only goalless draw of the day in the
npower Championship in a game affected by torrid conditions.

The playing surface was made tricky by a series of heavy downpours that
played havoc with the passing game of both sides, meaning chances were
at a premium.

On the slide: Charlton Athletic's Yann Kermorgant tackles Hull City's Paul McKenna (left)

On the slide: Charlton Athletic's Yann Kermorgant tackles Hull City's Paul McKenna (left)


Charlton: Hamer, Solly, Morrison, Cort, Wiggins, Pritchard, Stephens, Hollands, Jackson, Kermorgant, Wright-Phillips. Subs Not Used: Sullivan, Green, Kerkar, Cook, Wilson, Smith, Dervite.

Hull: Amos, Chester, Bruce (McShane 63), Faye, Rosenior, McKenna, Koren, Evans, Dudgeon, Aluko, Proschwitz (Simpson 72). Subs Not Used: Oxley, Stewart, Mclean, Cairney, Olofinjana.

Att: 16,202

Ref: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire).

Nick Proschwitz tried his luck from distance early on for the visitors but Ben Hamer was equal to the challenge. The hosts' first chance fell the way of Bradley Pritchard, who latched on to Yann Kermorgant's flick-on but saw his shot smartly blocked by Alex Bruce.

With 15 minutes gone Johnnie Jackson headed tamely at Ben Amos when well placed and moments later Bradley Wright-Phillips drilled a left-footed shot into the goalkeeper's midriff.

There was a brief moment of panic for the Addicks when City had strong appeals for a penalty waved away following Leon Cort's challenge on Corry Evans.

And their hearts were in their mouths once more on the half-hour mark as Sone Aluko raced through on goal but blasted his strike straight at Hamer.

Focused: Charlton's Yann Kermorgant (left) takes on Hull City's Liam Rosenior (right)

Focused: Charlton's Yann Kermorgant (left) takes on Hull City's Liam Rosenior (right)

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Thunder and lightning made an appearance shortly before the interval
and the hosts could have ended the half with a bang but Cort headed
Jackson's inswinging corner just wide.

Both sides struggled to retain possession in the second half as the
conditions became increasingly difficult, with numerous misplaced passes
disrupting the flow of the game.

Dale Stephens saw a late free-kick deflected wide, with former Leicester
defender Michael Morrison inches away from making contact.

But it was the Tigers who finished on top and Aluko's powerful strike
was well blocked by Cort before Danny Hollands threw himself in front of
Paul McKenna's follow-up.

There was still time for Hamer to perform heroics as he first blocked
substitute Jay Simpson's effort before picking himself up to deny the
onrushing Aluko when he looked certain to score.

The draw maintains Charlton's unbeaten start to the league season, while
Hull have now kept two clean sheets in their opening three matches.

Birmingham 0 Hull 0: Defences rule at St Andrew"s in dull stalemate

Birmingham 0 Hull 0: Defences rule at St Andrew's in dull stalemate

Promotion rivals Birmingham and Hull shared the spoils in a tight npower Championship stalemate at St Andrew's.

The writing was on the wall ahead of a clash between the second tier's two meanest defences, with Hull not having conceded in their previous four league matches while Blues had shipped just one goal in their last seven in all competitions.

And clear-cut chances were at a premium in an encounter in which defences were on top, with a point apiece suitable reward.

Scrappy: Birmingham's Marlon King gets to grips with Hull's Andy Dawson

Scrappy: Birmingham's Marlon King gets to grips with Hull's Andy Dawson

The point extends Birmingham's unbeaten run to 13 matches and maintains their undefeated league run on home soil, albeit dropping from third to fifth.

Hull, now five Championship games without defeat, also drop one place to seventh amid a competitive promotion picture, with both sides boasting a game in hand on their rivals.

Blues skipper Stephen Carr returned after injury to make his first appearance since mid-December – the club's last defeat of any kind, one of two changes with Wade Elliott also coming in.

Tigers manager Nick Barmby made one switch, Aaron Mclean replacing Cameron Stewart from the XI who started Saturday's 3-0 triumph over Bristol City, which was watched by Blues boss Chris Hughton with his side's clash at Barnsley falling foul of the weather.


Birmingham: Myhill, Carr, Caldwell, Davies, Murphy, Burke, Fahey, Spector, Mutch, Elliott (Redmond 78), King.

Subs Not Used: Doyle, Ibanez, Gomis, Rooney.

Booked: Caldwell.

Hull: Mannone, Rosenior, Chester, Hobbs, Dawson, McKenna, Evans,
Mclean, Brady (Stewart 63), Koren, Fryatt.

Subs Not Used: Carson, Dudgeon, King, Olofinjana.

Att: 18,900

Ref: Fred Graham (Essex).

Hull started firmly in the ascendancy albeit without really causing any concern to Blues' backline, with the hosts sloppy in possession and struggling to get to grips with the game.

The first real opening came after 19 minutes and Birmingham were thankful to midfielder Jordon Mutch, who cleared Jack Hobbs' header off the line following a recycled corner.

Keith Fahey's shot was easily saved by Vito Mannone at the other end as Blues threatened for the first time.

The home side became more competitive as the first half wore on and grew into proceedings. But openings were even more scarce over the second part of the first period as the half-time whistle brought a close to the finely-balanced proceedings.

Hughton sparked life into his side at the break as they started the second period full of urgency, adding much-needed pace to the encounter which was missing in the first half.

Curtis Davies twice headed over the crossbar amid a sequence of three quickfire corners. Elliott narrowly failed to connect with Carr's teasing cross shortly after the hour mark as Blues further threatened an opener.

Mclean proved his threat for Hull, who reminded Birmingham of their threat as the clash entered the closing stages.

The hosts went into the final 10 minutes knowing well over a third of their 47 league goals this term had come in the final 10 minutes.

And Davies came close to teeing up King for a late winner but it was not to be as Hull took a deserved point back to Humberside.