Hull v Bburn report : Marney Sees Red
By Eye Of The Tiger
March 1 2009
Hull's long run of league games without a win continued as their lost at home to Blackburn. Rovers took the lead through Stephen Warnock on 34 minutes. It was 2-0 3 minutes later as Keith Andrews scored . It were a heated affair and Dean Marney and Gamst Pedersen were both sent off. Hull did manage a to get a goal back on 79 minutes but it proved no more then a consolation as Blackburn won 2-1.
Geovanni had the 1st shot of the day , sending an effort well wide.It was a bright opening from Hull who looked to pile on the Pressure on the Blackburn defence by sending crosses into the box at every opportunity .Hull were on top in the 1st 15 minutes as Blackburn started the game sloppy . 16 minutes in and Hull had the ball in the net but it was ruled out for offside and rightly so against Geovanni.
Blackburn were happy to try play long ball up top to Santa Cruz even though it wasn't proving very affective . 21 minutes gone and Paul Robinson was called on again when he tipped over a Michael Turner header. Hull pressing a looked the more likely to find an opener. any opportunity Blackburn had to put pressure on the Hull defence they wasted as Duke was coming out to claim the ball unchallenged from corners. Blackburn were starting to come back into the game but were still not creating anything to trouble the Hull defence.
On 34 minutes after having dominated much of the opening half an hour Hull found themselves 1-0 down, a shot goal wards which was deflected was split by matt Duke and Santa Cruz reacted quickest as he laid the ball back to Stephen Warnock who Side footed the ball into the top corner of an empty net. Three minutes later and it was 2-0, Stephen Warnock burst down the left and crossed the ball for keith Andrews to tap the ball home. Hull fans and Players in shock as their had much of the opening half an hour of the game .After the goals Hull looked to steady the ship but a renewed confidence was clearly visible in the Blackburn play as their finished the half on top. It finished 2-0 at the break.
Half Time Hull 0 Blackburn 2
At the start of the second half Blackburn brought on Jason Brown on for the injured Paul Robinson in goal, Robinson was injured in a collision with Turner at the end of the 1st half. Hull started the second half brightly, playing the opening 5 minutes of it in Blackburn's half. Blackburn however managed to get the 1st shot away of the half Vince Grella warming the hands of Duke from outside the area, Samba reacted the quickest but he sent the follow up wide.
Brown then made a bemusing double substitution taking off kilbane and Geovanni for barmby and Cousin. This was greeted with some disgruntlement from the Hull fans as Geovanni was playing well. 60 minutes played and it was Blackburn who looked more likely to get a third as they had a spell of pressure, some good play ended with Santa Cruz heading wide.
63 minutes gone and Hull were reduced to 10 men as Dean Marney was sent off . A straight red card as he reacted to an aerial challenge on him by Pedersen , Marney lashed out by kicking The Rovers player between the legs . Marney can have no complaints with the decision and phil Brown was far from happy as the player walked down the tunnel. Pedersen was also booked for his part in the incident . Seven minutes later and Pedersen himself was sent off for a foul on Zayatte and his second booking of the game.
20 minutes to play and Blackburn looked to hold on to their lead going 4-4-1. Hull tried to get something out of the game went with 3 at the back. Hull got a way back into the game with just over 10 minutes remaining , a corner taken short, Mendy crossed the ball in and Ian Ashbee fired the ball pasted Jason Brown to make it 2-1 and give Hull hope. 7 minutes left and Blackburn looked to shut up shop bringing on Mokoena for Diouf.
The game became scrappy in the last 5 minutes with no side having chances. 5 minutes were added on at the end the game and Hull threw everything forward in an attempt to get a point from the game. One final chance did come and it fell to Michael Turner who had been stuck up front , his shot trickled wide and that was that.
Full Time Hull 1 Blackburn 2
Hull manager Phil Brown:
"It is the biggest test of character of my career, in terms of a manager, and it probably is for the players.
"We have got to try to play above ourselves in the last 11 games, it is as simple as that.
"If we minimise mistakes between now and the end of the season there is a possibility we will be OK but it has to happen now."
Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce:
"We were getting to the stage of must-win football matches, to get three points on the board.
"Today my players, the way they started, weren't really using the ball correctly, but once we got Stephen taking a very good chance, it gave us the confidence to go on.
"We defended tremendously well throughout the game, we dug it out very well."
Tigers: Matt Duke, Nathan Doyle (Fagan 67), Michael Turner, Kamil Zayatte, Andy Dawson, Bernard Mendy, Dean Marney, Ian Ashbee, Kevin Kilbane (Cousin 53), Richard Garcia, Geovanni (Barmby 53).
Subs: Boaz Myhill, Anthony Gardner, Peter Halmosi, Nick Barmby, Craig Fagan, Daniel Cousin, Manucho.
Goals: Ashbee 79
Booked: Turner, Dawson
Sent Off: Marney
Blackburn: Paul Robinson (Brown 46), Andre Ooijer, Christopher Samba, Ryan Nelsen, Gael Givet, Vince Grella, Keith Andrews, Stephen Warnock, El-Hadji Diouf (Mokoena 83), Morten Gamst Pedersen, Roque Santa Cruz (Roberts 86).
Subs: Jason Brown, Tugay, Benni McCarthy, Aaron Mokoena, Carlos Villanueva, Keith Treacy, Jason Roberts.
Goals: Warnock 33, Andrews 37
Booked: Warnock , Pedersen, Diouf
Sent off: Pedersen
Referee: Mr M. Atkinson
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just a quick draft not released it yet
well the story is on hold
risn' up to the challenge of our rival