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Proschwitz strike sees Hull progress in Cup as Gedo returns to the KC
A Nick Proschwitz goal saw Hull City progress into the fourth round of the Capital One Cup while Gedo made his return in a 1-0 win over Huddersfield Town at the KC Stadium.
Both teams made plenty of changes for this cup fixture, with Steve Bruce making nine changes from their thrilling 3-2 away victory against Newcastle United in the Premier League. Only Liam Rosenior and Stephen Quinn were the players to retain their places in the starting eleven. Elsewhere deadline day signing Gedo was included on the bench having been passed as fit. Ex-Arsenal player, Conor Henderson, who has impressed on trial earning a deal at the club, also found a place on the bench.
Huddersfield on the other hand came to the KC Stadium on the back of a 0-0 away draw with Blackburn Rovers. Manager Mark Robins, like his counterpart for the night Bruce, made plenty of changes to his squad – ten in total. The Terriers boss handed professional debuts to both Daniel Carr and Tommy Smith with only goalkeeper Alex Smithies keeping his place between the sticks.
Hull City: Harper – Rosenior – Faye – Bruce – Dudgeon – Quinn – Meyler – Boyd – Sagbo – Fryatt – Proschwitz
Subs: Jakupovic – Davies – Huddlestone – Livermore – Elmohamady – Henderson – Gedo
Huddersfield Town: Smithies – Woods – Wallace – Carroll – Smith – Norwood – Gobern – Southern – Carr – Scannell – Paterson
Subs: Bennett – Ridehalgh – Hammill – Santamaria – Richards – Holmes – Stead
The visitors had a half-chance as early as the first minute when Oscar Gobern had a speculative shot from 30-yards comfortably saved by Steve Harper.
The Premier League side where next to have a chance when Yannick Sagbo swung a superb cross in from the left flank which evaded everyone including the onrushing George Boyd at the back post.
Quinn earned a free-kick after an Oliver Norwood foul and from the resulting set-piece, captain for the night Abdoulaye Faye saw his header just wide under pressure from Gobern.
Matty Fryatt, who has been linked with a loan move away from the club, then had the best chance of the game when fed by Nick Proschwitz but his shot came back off the foot of the post.
Sean Scannell then provided Fryatt with another chance after he misplaced his pass only for the consequential shot to be blasted over the bar.
Gobern was guilty of missing the best chance of the half for the Championship side when he headed over just before the half-time break.
George Boyd and Sagbo both had efforts early in the second-half but neither could find the back of the net in what was turning into a frustrating night for the Tigers.
It was inevitable that both teams would struggle for fluency having made so many changes to their respective sides and this was reflected in the spectacle on show.
The home side however took the lead just shy of the hour mark when Boyd hooked in a cross down the right flank only for Fryatt to let the ball run across him and allowing his strike partner Proschwitz to smash a shot high into the net from eight yards out.
Hull threatened again when Fryatt flicked the ball up invitingly for Sagbo to volley only for the defender to clear the danger.
On the 68th minute mark Gedo was introduced into the game as he bids for full fitness replacing the tiring Fryatt. Soon after recent signing Conor Henderson got a chance to impress when he came into the fray for Quinn.
Faye then hacked down Duane Holmes, earning a yellow card in the process and allowing Town to have a dangerous free-kick from 25-yards, however Adam Hammill couldn’t direct the set-piece goalbound.
The home side should have doubled their advantage 11 minutes from time when Huddersfield goalkeeper Alex Smithies fluffed a clearance straight to Proschwitz but the German couldn’t double his tally for the night from 12-yard out.
The Tigers held on in the end for a deserving victory in which Huddersfield hardly tested Harper in the City goal. To be fair to Proschwitz he scored four goals in the reserves before being given a starting role in the cup and rewarded Bruce with the decisive goal. Granted he won’t get a start against West Ham but a cameo from the subs bench would be just reward for his recent tribulations. The win for the Tigers puts a long awaited fourth round appearance which came 36 years ago during the 1977-78 season.