Hull v Stoke report : Hull Lose Yet Again
By Eye Of The Tiger
May 11 2009
Hull continued their slide towards the Championship with another defeat this time against Stoke. Stoke took the lead when Ricardo Fuller fired home loose ball just before half time. Stoke Doubled their lead in the 79th minute Liam Lawrence with the goal. Hull did get a consolation late on Andy Dawson curled home a free kick deep into added time.
Stoke were the first to show any attacking intent after a couple of loose passes set them on their way, Kilbane eventually conceding a corner after preventing Lawrence from shooting. The short corner was well defended.
Some neat passing from City led to a free kick down the right when Sam Ricketts was tripped by Matthew Etherington. The Stoke man was booked for the foul, but Andy Dawson's set-piece drifted harmlessly beyond the far post.
Fagan then chased what seemed to be a harmless long ball before crossing for Cousin, whose header was tipped over the bar by Thomas Sorensen.
Ricketts and Etherington clashed again on 13 minutes. This time, the result was a Stoke free kick on the left edge of City's box, but Abdoulaye Faye couldn't control Lawrence's delivery.
Garcia had City's first real chance after controlling Barmby's knock-down, but his low shot was well saved by Sorensen.
It was a fairly open game and Lawrence fired a shot onto the rood of the net after controlling a cross-field pass.
A quick counter attack from Stoke led to another opening for Lawrence on 41 minutes, who this time saw his shot deflected just inches wide of the far post by Kamil Zayatte. From the resulting corner, Stoke took the lead. City failed to deal with the near post delivery and Ricardo Fuller fired home the loose ball.
Half Time: Tigers 0-1 Stoke
City went close within moments of the restart when Kilbane fired goalwards, only for Sorensen to meet the effort low by his left-hand post.
At the other end, Glenn Whelan's dipping volley ended up on the roof of Boaz Myhill's net.
On 56 minutes, Barmby put over a delightful cross which was met by the head of Garcia, but Sorensen kept the effort out at full stretch.
City then made a double change with Manucho and Bernard Mendy replacing Cousin and Garcia.
Stoke were just inches away from sealing the win on 64 minutes when a corner came out to Whelan. His dipping shot came back off the inside of the post before bouncing to safety.
City received another blow when Zayatte had to be stretchered off with a head injury and he was replaced by Geovanni. That led to a reshuffle as Kilbane dropped to centre back.
Stoke doubled their lead 17 minutes from time. Fuller fed Lawrence and he fired a superb shot into the far corner from 25 yards.
The injury to Zayatte meant there were six minutes of added time and although Dawson curled home a free kick from 25 yards, it proved to be too little too late.
Tigers: Boaz Myhill, Sam Ricketts, Michael Turner, Kamil Zayatte (Geovanni 67), Andy Dawson, Richard Garcia (Mendy 60), George Boateng, Nick Barmby, Kevin Kilbane, Craig Fagan, Daniel Cousin (Manucho 60).
Subs: Matt Duke, Bernard Mendy, Bryan Hughes, Dean Marney, Peter Halmosi, Geovanni, Manucho.
Stoke: Thomas Sorensen, Leon Cort, Glenn Whelan, Liam Lawrence, Ricardo Fuller (Kelly 90), Ryan Shawcross, James Beattie (Cresswell 79), Rory Delap, Abdoulaye Faye, Matthew Etherington (Pugh 85), Andy Wilkinson.
Subs: Steve Simonsen, Seyi Olofinjana, Richard Cresswell, Danny Pugh, Stephen Kelly, Henri Camara, Ibrahima Sonko.
Referee: Mr H. Webb.
Attendance: 24,932.pqs: qs:
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