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VIDEO: Gedo goal gifts Tigers a vital win, Fathi makes his debut
Egypt international Mohamed Nagy ‘Gedo’ secured another 3 points for Hull City with a 1-0 home win over Charlton Athletic, as the Tigers continue to push for an automatic promotion spot to the Premiership.
Gedo, who scored on his home debut only four days ago, made it two goals from two games as he scrambled in a corner taken by Brady into the bottom left corner of the goal in the 33rd minute.
The third Egyptian Tiger Ahmed Fathi, joined Elmohamady and Gedo in the 57th minute and replaced the injured Paul McShane. The three Egyptians linked up well on a number of occasions, the first time in English football history where three Egyptian players were fielded simultaneously for the same team.
Overall it was a decent performance for Hull City with the Egyptians all playing a part in the win. Elmohamady delivered numerous crosses that managed to keep the pressure on the Charlton defence. Gedo provided a great aerial threat coming close to scoring his second of the game late in the second half after Fathi played in Elmohamady, who’s cross met Gedo’s head before soaring just over the bar.
Gedo was cautioned in the 14th minute after a heavy tackle on Chris Solly, nevertheless this didn’t affect his overall performance as he was awarded man of the match for his performance and as he was subbed off in the 90th minute he received a standing ovation. Steve Bruce was also delighted with his performance telling the club’s official website after the match, “Well he’s had a wonderful start and he’s a very, very good player and you can see that he uses that bit of class and I hope that he can sustain that wonderful start. The big thing for him is getting used to being in England. It’s the first time he’s been out of Egypt to play, but certainly he’s had a wonderful start to his career here. And I hope that his mentality is good for the next 13 games and that he stays with it. To be fair we are delighted that he’s here and he looks as if he’s enjoying it, lets hope he can keep going.
[Was that a good sign of his fitness because he played 90 minutes, longer than i expected?] I thought that too then all of a sudden there was one knocked into the corner flag at about 80 minutes and he took off and I thought wow, after that mind he looked broken down, to be honest. But to be fair he’s had a wonderful start and of course that was always going to be the ask. But fair play to him they’ve come here wanting to play football. And again big thanks to the chairman because without him that wouldn’t have been possible at all.”
The Egyptians didn’t only impress the fans, but their teammates too, with David Meyler telling the club’s official website following the match, “When I first met Elmohamady four years ago I could see the energy, he said to me Gedo is the exact same. He works, you watch hell work up and down, he runs, he links it well. At times it looks like him and Elmohamady are the only two on the pitch, when they’re passing it to each other. Looks like nobody’s about. He’s a fantastic player, he’s banging goals in training. And the other lad Fathi he’s a terrific little attribute. He came on today and looked very tidy. He gets stuck in and gets a few tackles he keeps the ball very well and it seems like they’re fantastic signings for the manager.”
The Tigers remain second and are now 3 points clear of third place Watford.
Ahmad Yousef: Follow @EgyptianPlayers