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22:30 6th November 2012

Tigers Edge It

Hull City 2 (Aluko 29, Simpson 50)

Wolves 1 (Chester OG 66)

Despite a much improved performance in which they enjoyed the majority of the possession against Hull, Wolves slipped to another defeat as the Tigers withstood a late onslaught.

Following the disappointing display at Turf Moor, Ståle Solbakken made three changes to his starting line-up with Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Kevin Foley and Jermaine Pennant dropping down to the bench and being replaced by Björn Sigurdarson, Richard Stearman and Dave Edwards.

Playing in their teale away strip, Wolves defended the end of the ground that housed several hundred hardy travelling fans.

The visitors enjoyed the best of the possession in the opening moments with a fourth minute Backery Sako corner half cleared back to the winger whose return to the area was cleared.

Hull’s first attack saw Liam Rosenior crossing from the left but James Chester’s header was easily claimed by Carl Ikeme.

A deep lofted pass from Stearman landed in the City box but the bounce of the ball favoured home keeper Ben Amos as Sigurdarson jumped to challenge.

A poor back-pass from Chester played his keeper into trouble with Amos having to hack clear as Sigurdarson, once again, closed in. Then two Hull corners in quick succession were cleared by the Wolves defence.

Rosenoir headed wide of the far angle after a cross from Ahmed Elmohamady before Hull went ahead in the 29th minute after they were awarded a dubious free-kick. Tongo Doumbia looked to have won the ball from Rosenior 22-yards out. But the referee ruled it a foul and Sone Aluko curled the free-kick round the wall and beyond Ikeme’s dive.

Amos won out as he and Edwards appeared to make connection with Doyle’s low centre at the same time, and three minutes before the break Edwards headed narrowly wide after Sako lifted a free-kick into the box.

Half-Time: Hull 1 Wolves 0

Within a minute of the restart a Sako free-kick from all of 30-yards flew a couple of feet wide as Wolves pushed the home defence back.

But the Molineux men were caught by a break in the 50th minute as Robert Koran slipped a pass through to Jay Simpson who squeezed his shot home from an impossible angle with the ball going in off the far post.

Kevin Doyle saw his shot deflected over the bar after Sako delivered a driven cross into the heart of the area and then another Sako run took him into the box and this time his low centre hit a defender and bounced into the arms of Amos.

Stephen Ward was harshly booked after a challenge on Elmohamady before Aluko almost got a third for Hull with a 30-yard shot that wasn’t far away.

Either side of a Roger Johnson header that flew wide after a Sako free-kick, there were two changes for Wolves with Anthony Forde replacing Doumbia and then Ebanks-Bl;ake took the place of Sigurdarson.

It was Forde who fashioned a 66th minute lifeline for Wolves when his low cross from the right was deflected into the net by Chester.

Corry Evans was booked for tripping Edwards before a final Wolves change saw Pennant coming on for Stearman.  

Wolves hammered away at the back door trying to get the equaliser their efforts warranted and after  Ebanks-Blake’s shot was blocked, Doyle headed over the bar. In stoppage time Simpson found some space and shot just wide with Wolves committed upfield.    

Tigers: Amos, Rosenior (Brady 75),Chester, Evans, Koren (capt), Simpson, McShane, Aluko (McKenna 88), Elmohamady, Bruce (Faye 88), Quinn.

Unused subs: Jakupovic, McLean, Olofinjana, Proschwitz.

Booking: Evans (73 – foul).

Wolves: Ikeme, Stearman (Pennant 77), Ward, Edwards, Johnson, Berra, Doumbia (Forde 64), Henry (capt), Doyle, Sigurdarson (Ebanks-Blake 65), Sako.

Unused subs: De Vries, Batth, Davis, Foley.

Booking: Ward (59 – foul).

Referee: D. Webb.

Attendance: 14,758.


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