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Mohamed Nagy ‘Gedo’ and Ahmed Elmohamady started as Hull City managed to bounce back from last week’s defeat at Crystal Palace to beat Burnley at Turf Moor. Meanwhile, Brighton, who were undefeated in their last seven games, lost to Bolton at the Reebok Stadium.
The Tigers dominated possession in a game with very few clear chances on goal, with the goalkeepers rarely being involved. Gedo had one noticeable chance in the second-half where he managed to win a corner after taking a powerful shot from a tight angle, forcing a strong save from Burnley goalkeeper Lee Grant.
Jay Simpson replaced Gedo in the 62nd minute; at first it was believed as a precaution after appearing to take a knock to his hamstring, but Steve Bruce later told Hull City commentator David Burns he came off with ‘frostbite’.
Hull City finally scored in the 66th minute when Stephen Quinn fired home from outside the penalty area into the bottom left corner of the Burnley goal. Ahmed Elmohamady continued to produce crosses into the box, some of which were threatening.
Ahmed Fathi, who has yet to start a game for the Tigers, was on the bench again today but did not feature in the game.
Brighton, who played on Saturday, were beaten for the first time in seven consecutive matches. Their defence this season has usually been very tight and has only improved with the defensive pairing of Adam El-Abd and Mathew Upson, who have only conceded two goals in Brighton’s five previous games. However, Marcos Alonso managed to score in the 20th minute against the Seagulls on Saturday with a strike from outside the box to give Bolton their fifth straight win.
Hull City’s victory puts them back into second and are now only three points behind leaders Cardiff City, who still have two games in hand. The Tigers are two points clear of third place Watford, after they suffered a home defeat to Blackpool. Brighton drop to 7th but have a game in hand over 6th placed Nottingham Forest.
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