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Championship Pharaohs: Wins for both Gedo-less Hull and Abd-less Brighton
Hull City managed to secure back-to-back wins for the first time since early February as they overcame a strong Ipswich side to win 2-1 away from home at Portman Road. Meanwhile Brighton, who visited mid-table Middlesbrough following three consecutive draws, won 2-0 at the Riverside Stadium.
Ahmed Elmohamady was the only Pharaoh to start for the Tigers in today’s clash with Ipswich Town as Ahmed Fathi started on the bench whilst Mohamed Nagy Gedo was not included in the squad due to a minor injury. Gedo had aggravated a previously broken bone in his foot prior to last weeks victory over Middlesbrough, where he played for 60 minutes before coming off.
Hull City started brightly with Elmohamady producing numerous crosses into the box which Ipswich managed to deal with. The first goal of the game came on the 27th minute when David Meyler was fouled in the box by Guirane N’Daw and Robbie Brady converted the penalty to give Hull City the lead.
After the half time restart, Ipswich Town instantly dominated the Tigers and managed to score in the 54th minute thanks to a Anthony Wordsworth header form six yards out. Hull responded by bringing on Ahmed Fathi in the 69th minute for Corry Evans and Robert Koren for Jay Simpson five minutes later. This was the decisive change as it was Koren who won the game for the Tigers in the 83rd minute with a close range header after the ball was delivered by goalscorer Brady.
Ahmed Fathi and Ahmed Elmohamady both played reasonably well. Elmo delivered numerous crosses throughout, but as of late, he has failed to assist in the Tigers’ goals. Fathi came on to control the midfield which he did well. The game ended 2-1 and was an important victory for Hull City.
In the other Championship match of interest to KingFut, Brighton played Middlesbrough, who last week were beaten by Hull City. Adam El-Abd remained on the bench, a place he has seen himself a lot recently since returning from a two-match suspension after collecting 10 yellow cards this season. Brighton took the lead in the 59th minute when Andrea Orlandi managed to fire home. In the 75th minute, David Lopez made it 2-0 with a nice chip for the away side as they picked up a vital three points in their quest to secure their promotion play-off place.
Hull’s win mean they remain in second six points behind league leaders Cardiff, who beat Nottingham Forest today, and six points ahead of 3rd place Watford who lost 3-2 to Peterborough. Brighton moved to 5th place after their win, overtaking Forest after their loss. The Seagulls are one point behind Crystal Palace who have a game in hand, whilst they are two points ahead of Bolton.
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