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VIDEO: Elmohamady starts as Hull grind out valuable points against Norwich
In an exciting first half, the Egyptian owned hosts managed to take the lead when former Tiger Michael Turner bundled over Ivory Coast striker Sagbo in the penalty area. The penalty was converted by former Manchester United Robbie Brady, who slotted the ball calmly into the right hand corner of the net. The brilliant start from the Tigers was almost undone in the 27th minute, when penalty winner Sagbo was given his marching orders, receiving a straight red card from the referee for his involvement in a melee, much to the confusion of the Tiger fans and coaching staff.
The next best chance of the half came in the 37th minute to the hosts as Aluko, who left the Canaries keeper stranded with a brilliant turn and strike which went the wrong side of the far post. The red card should have been a catalyst for Norwich to push for a goal, however, the half ended at 1-0 to the Tigers, with Elmohamady putting in a tidy shift, despite the fact that possession was becoming increasingly hard to come by with Hull being a man down.
Understandably, the second half begun with the visitors dominating, looking for the goal to equalise. In the 67th minute, with the score still at 1-0, Hull City were almost punished as Elmohamady was beaten on the right wing by Garrido, who floated a teasing ball in for Van Wolfswinkel, with the bullet header being brilliantly saved by McGregor in goals. With momentum swinging in the visitors favour, at this point Hull were sitting back, soaking up pressure and playing on the counter attack. Momentum increased for Norwich as the half wore on, however, lacking a spark of creativity, the visitors were not able to create any other clear cut chances.
Elmohamady, who has played every minute of the Tigers new Premier League campaign, almost had a chance to wrap up the three points in the dying minutes after making a lung bursting full pitch run to support a counter attack. The final ball was lacking though, which would have seen the Egyptian one on one with the Norwich keeper. In the end, the hosts held on, with Steve Bruce’s men picking up their first three points in their first home game of the season, points which may become critical later on in the season as Hull look to stay in the Premier League. Hull now face a tough trip away to title hopefuls Manchester City, with the match being played next Saturday in Manchester.
Elmohamady’s touches vs. Norwich: