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18:05 30th January 2010

Vital Point

Hull 2 (Vennegoor of Hesselink 11, Hunt-pen 51)

Wolves 2 (Gardner-og 49, Jarvis 68)

Wolves twice came from behind to take a vital point from their bottom four meeting with Hull City at the KC Stadium. The draw meant that Mick McCarthy's men maintained their place just above the relegation zone.

Dave Jones came in for Nenad Milijaš as the only change to the team that took a point from Liverpool in midweek as the manager decided once again on a 4-3-3 formation.

Wanderers kicked-off defending the North Stand which housed 2,500 of their supporters on a bitterly cold but cloudless afternoon on Humberside.

There was a chance for Kevin Foley in the third minute he ran past Anthony Gardner in the left of the home area but his angled shot was way too high.

Marcus Hahnemann easily dealt with a weak effort from Jozy Altidore but the Hull striker was then a major influence in the opening goal of the game.

He latched onto a clearance and sprinted towards the Wolves goal before slipping a short pass to Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink who buried a low, 20-yard drive into the corner of the net.

Jody Craddock glanced a header well wide following a cross from Matt Jarvis but Foley was a lot closer with a near post header that was just a yard off target following a corner from Jones.

Midway through the half Stephen Ward intercepted a Stephen Hunt pass and advanced to the edge of the area before unleashing a terrific effort that flashed narrowly wide.

Ronald Zubar cleared a dangerous centre from Bernard Mendy before two more corners from Jones were only cleared with difficulty by the Hull defence.

Another corner, in the 25th minute, was this time taken by Jarvis. The ball was helped on by Foley and Christophe Berra, at point blank range, missed with a diving header although the defender looked to have his shirt tugged as he ran in.

Michael Mancienne was both high and wide when he tried his luck from long distance, and then a well struck shot from Jarvis bounced to safety off a defender.

Andy Dawson was booked for a trip on the tireless Kevin Doyle but the free-kick, taken by Jones, was cleared by the home defence.

Then, just before the break, a free-kick from Jarvis floated over a crowded box and out on the far side for a goal kick.

Half-Time: Hull 1 Wolves 0

Wolves pulled level four minutes after the restart thanks to a bizarre own goal. Home skipper Gardiner sliced his attempted clearance after Zubar had delivered a low cross with the ball looping over the outstretched fingers of Boaz Myhill and into the net.

But just two minutes later Zubar conceded a penalty when he ran into the back of Altidore in the box as the Hull man was trying to control the ball with his back to goal.

Hunt, a reported target for Wanderers in the January transfer window, hammered home the spot kick beating former Reading team-mate Hahnemann who guessed correctly in diving to his left, but had no chance of getting to the ball.

Both keepers had to be at their best in the space of a few seconds - Myhill making a terrific save to turn the ball behind from Jones who had taken a return pass from Jarvis, before Hahnemann denied Altidore who had run past Foley into the Wolves area.

On 67 minutes Wanderers were level once again. Foley's low cross appeared to take a deflection on its way through to Jarvis who kept his cool before slotting the ball into the far corner of the net.

Play continued to swing from end to end and after Vennegoor of Hesselink had glanced a header wide from a Hunt free-kick, Foley was just off the mark with a ferocious shot from the tightest of angles.

Hahnemann had to back-peddle and tip over a swerving cross from Mendy then, deep into stoppage time, George Boateng went into the book for a late challenge on Foley 25-yards out from Myhill's goal.

With everyone expecting Jones to take a shot, he instead switched the ball wide to Foley on the overlap. He fired a low cross into the goalmouth and Zubar pushed it back into the path of Mujangi Bia who had just come on in place of Jarvis.

The youngster took aim and it looked like he was going to hit a late winner but Myhill managed to knock the ball away ensuring that the points were going to be shared.

Hull: Myhill, Dawson, Gardner (capt), McShane, Altidore (Zaki 69), Hunt, Mendy (Garcia 80), Mouyokolo, Boateng, Vennegoor of Hesselink, Cairney.

Unused subs: Fagan, Barmby, Geovanni, Duke, Kilbane.

Bookings: Dawson (43 - foul), Boateng (90 - foul)

Wolves: Hahnemann, Zubar, Ward (Stearman 90), Mancienne, Craddock, Berra, Foley (Guedioura 90), Henry (capt), Doyle, Jones, Jarvis (Mujangi Bia 90).

Unused subs: Hennessey, Ebanks-Blake, Vokes, Milijaš.

Referee: M. Dean.

Attendance: 24,957.

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