Match report : Hull 1 Liverpool 3
By Eye Of The Tiger
April 29 2009
Hull City suffered a cruel 3-1 defeat against Liverpool at the KC Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Despite being the better side in the first half, Liverpool edged ahead on the stroke of half time. Caleb Folan was then sent off early in the second half before the visitors doubled their lead. Geovanni gave City hope, but Dirk Kuyt ended the contest late on.
Folan was handed only his second league start of the season as the
Tigers made two changes. Folan replaced Manucho up front and with Andy
Dawson ruled out through injury, Nick Barmby was promoted from the
bench with Kevin Kilbane dropping to left back.
Liverpool included Fernando Torres in their starting eleven, but Albert Riera and Daniel Agger started on the bench.
A warm and sunny afternoon saw City afforded the first chance to test the Liverpool back line when Barmby was brought down by Alvaro Arbeloa, but Geovanni's ball in was a disappointing one as it failed to beat the first man.
Folan then wasted a half chance before Liverpool created a great opportunity. Yossi Benayoun's mazy run ended with a shot being deflected into the path of Torres. He shot first time, but was denied by a great save from Boaz Myhill.
Benayoun was an influential figure early on. He tormented Sam Ricketts in the tenth minute before cutting inside and aiming for the top corner, only to see the ball land on the roof of the net.
The next chance was City's as Dean Marney broke from midfield, but his weak shot failed to trouble Jose Reina as it trickled wide.
Geovanni went a little closer moments later after Ricketts' long throw had been headed out to the edge of the area. The Brazilian blasted a well controlled shot inches wide of the post.
The City fans were matching the efforts of their side as the noise level rose around the ground.
Liverpool's play was largely being suffocated by a City side high on energy, although Dirk Kuyt did go close with an effort that was deflected just wide.
Marney was booked for a challenge on Benayoun while Javier Mascherano dived to win his side a free kick in a dangerous position a minute before the break. Xabi Alonso fired the shot straight into the wall, but as it rebounded back to him, he smashed the ball into the net past an unsighted Myhill.
Half Time: Tigers 0-1 Liverpool
Torres had the first chance of the second half before refree Martin Atkinson lost all control of the game.
As Folan chased a weak back header, he was blocked off by Martin Skrtel. The Liverpool defender went to ground and Folan was shown a red card for no apparent reason.
Fagan was then booked for challenge on Skrtel before City made a double change with Bernard Mendy and Daniel Cousin replacing Fagan and Barmby.
Seconds later, Liverpool were 2-0 up as Kuyt headed home from close range following a set-piece.
Fouls on City players continued to go unpunished until, with the home crowd livid, the referee finally booked Arbeloa for obstructing Geovanni.
The Tigers finally got the goal their efforts deserved with 17 minutes remaining. A glorious ball from Mendy found Cousin on the left. He ran at Arbeloa and reached the byeline before pulling the ball back for the unmarked Geovanni to finish at the far post.
As play switched back to the other end, Lucas could have sealed the win, but he lifted over from 12 yards while moments later, a Torres header came back off the bar.
City's final change came on 79 minutes as Brown went for broke with Manucho replacing George Boateng.
Despite being a man short, City were spending long spells inside the Liverpool half, although the visitors always looked dangerous on the counter attack.
However, it was with a measured attack and a great deal of luck that Liverpool sealed the points. Myhill produced a brilliant save from a deflected shot, but the ball fell into the path of Kuyt to net his second of the game.
Tigers: Boaz Myhill, Sam Ricketts, Michael Turner, Kamil Zayatte, Kevin Kilbane, Craig Fagan (Mendy 62), Dean Marney, George Boateng (Manucho 79), Nick Barmby (Cousin 62), Geovanni, Caleb Folan.
Subs: Matt Duke, Bernard Mendy, Bryan Hughes, Peter Halmosi, Richard Garcia, Daniel Cousin, Manucho.
Liverpool: Jose Reina, Fernando Torres, Xabi Alonso, Yossi Benayoun (Agger 87), Alvaro Arbeloa, Dirk Kuyt, Javier Mascherano (El Zhar 85), Lucas Leiva, Emiliano Insua, Jamie Carragher, Martin Skrtel.
Subs: Diego Cavalieri, Andrea Dossena, Daniel Agger, Albert Riera, Fabio Aurelio, David Ngog, Nabil El Zhar.
Referee: Mr M. Atkinson.