Hull v Wigan Match Report
By Eye Of The Tiger
October 4 2009
Hull remain in the relegation zone despite a 2-1 victory over Wigan. Second-half goals by Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink and Geovanni sealed the victory for The Tigers. The victory has help ease the pressure on under fire boss Phil Brown. Scott Sinclair did get a consolation late on for the visitors.
Hull had a call for a penalty in the 2nd minute of the game, when the ball appeared to strike the hand of a wigan defender but the referee waved play on. It was a bright start from Hull and Dean Marney had an effort which was Saved by Chris Kirkland.
Wigan then began to press Boaz Myhill was forced to make a save from Charles N'Zogbia before Hugo Rodallega had a shot from just outside the penalty area which went over the crossbar Hugo Rodallega had another shot which forced a Save from Boaz Myhill.
Down at the other end Geovanni had a shot which went harmlessly over, it was end to end stuff and Jason Scotland turn and shot went just wide.Persistent play from Hunt down the left saw the ball land at the feet of Geovanni on 24 minutes and his cross was glanced just wide by the head of Vennegoor of Hesselink. just beforehalf time Kamil Zayatte sent a header just wide of the goal.
Half Time: Tigers 0-0 Wigan
It was a slow start to the second half with City failing to make the most of a couple of corners. However, from a corner on the hour the Tigers took the lead. Marney's ball in didn't appear to be the best, but Vennegoor of Hesselink made a run to meet it at the near post and head home past Kirkland.
Wigan looked to respond through Scotland, but he dragged a shot wide from 20 yards.The Tigers doubled their lead on 68 minutes. Zayatte's burst down the right took him to the byeline and when he cut the ball back, Geovanni was on hand to volley home his fourth goal of the season.
With Wigan pushing forward to try and get back into the game, there
were gaps for City to exploit and Marney saw his effort from 18 yards
saved by Kirkland .City's second change with eight minutes to go saw Seyi Olofinjana replace Zayatte. Wigan pulled a goal back with three minutes to go. Myhill did well
to save at his near post but the ball fell for substitute Scott
Sinclair, whose header was tantalisingly out of the reach of the City
keeper as it found the back of the net.The goal lifted Wigan as City suddenly looked nervy. Diame went close, but his effort flew over the bar.
It ended 2-1 to Hull who got a much needed victory.
Tigers: Boaz Myhill, Paul McShane, Ibrahima Sonko, Kevin Kilbane, Andy Dawson, Nick Barmby (Ghilas 64), Geovanni, Dean Marney, Kamil Zayatte (Olofinjana 82), Stephen Hunt, Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink (Mouyokolo 90).
Subs: Matt Duke, Steven Mouyokolo, Seyi Olofinjana, Tom Cairney, Peter Halmosi, Kamel Ghilas, Jozy Altidore.
Wigan: Chris Kirkland, Hendry Thomas (King 90), Paul Scharner (Gomez 66), Jason Scotland, Charles N'Zogbia (Sinclair 84), Emmerson Boyce, Titus Bramble, Hugo Rodallega, Mario Melchiot, Mohamed Diame, Maynor Figueroa.
Subs: Mike Pollitt, Won Hee Cho, Jason Koumas, Jordi Gomez, Scott Sinclair, Olivier Kapo, Marlon King.
Referee: Mr M. Clattenburg.
Attendance: 22,822.pqs: qs:
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Their previous win after trailing at half-time was when they beat Stoke 2-1 in October 2003.
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