Match Report: Fulham v Hull , Pressure Back On Brown
By Eye Of The Tiger
October 21 2009
The pressure is back on Hull City and manager Phil Brown following a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Fulham on Monday evening . Goals from Former Hull target Bobby Zamora and Diomansy Kamara sealed the win to leave Hull 18th in the premiership table, Fulham moved up to 12th .
City made a decent start to the game as Stephen Hunt's strong run down the left wing troubled the home side while at the other end, Danny Murphy saw a shot charged down.
Andy Dawson's eleventh-minute free kick was flicked on by Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, but John Pantsil produced a superb piece of defending to prevent the ball reaching the unmarked Hunt.
Fulham then began to apply some pressure and Kamara's inviting ball in found Zamora, but he couldn't get a shot on target from close range.
The home side's first effort on target came from Damien Duff in the 25th minute, but his shot from distance was comfortably dealt with by Boaz Myhill.
Myhill had to produce a better save from the same player seven minutes later, the City keeping getting down at the near post to push away the Irishman's effort.
Fulham took the lead just before half time. Myhill again beat away Duff's shot, but this time the ball fell for the onrushing Zamora who did well to head home. Replays showed Zamora appeared to be offside when Duff's shot came in, but the goal was allowed to stand.
Half Time: Fulham 1-0 Tigers
City made an unconvincing start to the second half as Fulham looked to hassle them at every opportunity.
Jimmy Bullard made his return to the 1st team on 58 minutes and he was given a less than warm reception by the home fans.
Fulham doubled their lead on 64 minutes. Zamora beat the offside trap and crossed low for Kamara who finished at the far post.
The home side almost added a third moments later, but Clint Dempsey dragged a shot just wide from the edge of the box.
Zamora should have made it three in the 73rd minute, but he volleyed tamely at Myhill after Duff's shot had been charged down.
Altidore went close to pulling a goal back in the final minute, but Konchesky got back help put the ball just over the bar.
At the other end, Zamora was denied a second by Myhill's fine save.
Tigers: Boaz Myhill, Paul McShane, Ibrahima Sonko, Kevin Kilbane, Andy Dawson, Kamel Ghilas (Bullard 58), Dean Marney, Kamil Zayatte, Geovanni, Stephen Hunt (Altidore 69), Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink (Mendy 81).
Subs: Tony Warner, Steven Mouyokolo, Seyi Olofinjana, Jimmy Bullard, Peter Halmosi, Bernard Mendy, Jozy Altidore.
Fulham: Mark Schwarzer, Paul Konchesky, John Pantsil, Brede Hangeland, Chris Baird, Danny Murphy (Greening 60), Diomansy Kamara (Nevland 87), Damien Duff (Gera 84), Aaron Hughes, Clint Dempsey, Bobby Zamora.
Subs: Pascal Zuberbuhler, Stephen Kelly, Erik Nevland, Zoltan Gera, Bjorn Helge Riise, Chris Smalling, Jonathan Greening.
Referee: Mr A. Marriner.