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Classic Match: Hull v City

There have been so few matches between City and Hull that a classic game is hard to come by, so we will just have to settle for last season’s game. Over the years, the blues have been notoriously poor against newly promoted sides and Mark Hughes’ squad was looking to put an end to that particular statistic at Hull.

The home team had achieved some fantastic results already but both teams had lost their previous three games. Despite City displaying talents such as Robinho and Shaun Wright-Phillips in the team, Hull went into the game as favourites for the three points.

Richard Dunne was suspended for City and Robinho took over the captain’s armband and it was the Brazilian who almost gave City the lead in the opening minutes when the blues won a free kick in the Hull danger area, but his shot was weak and it went harmlessly wide.

However, the home side took the lead in the 14th minute, thanks to a defensive error by Tal Ben-Haim. The Israeli received a pass from Micah Richards but, with Hull’s forward’s quickly closing down the space, scuffed his backpass and allowed Daniel Cousin stole in to stab the ball past Joe Hart in the City goal. Soon after the goal, Hart was injured and replaced Kasper Schmeichel.

Parity was restored to the scoreline in almost the same fashion as Hull’s opener. Instead of clearing his lines and belting the ball into Row Z, Kamil Zayatte decided to run the pall across his own penalty area but lost control and the ball fell nicely for Stephen Ireland to slot the ball into an empty net.

Eight minutes later on the stroke of half-time, Ireland struck again. Javier Garrido cut the ball back for Ireland who took one touch before curling the ball past Myhill in the Hull goal to put the blues ahead and a half time lead.

Half time: Hull 1-2 City

Former City star Goevanni’s volley went over the bar as Hull tried to gain some impetus in the game and they got their reward on the hour mark. Winning a free kick on the edge of the area, the Brazilian’s shot deflected of Vincent Kompany to make it 2-2.

Both teams went for the win after that goal with Schmeichel saving well from a Cousin header while at the other end Darius Vassell somehow missed an open goal and wasted another opportunity near the end when he shot straight at Myhill.

In the end, both teams settled for a point which ended their respective three match losing run.

Full Time: Hull 2-2 City

Hardly a classic but it’s the best we could do. Sorry.

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