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Norwich City 1-0 Hull City: Dull Hull sunk at Carrow Road
In a crucial game for both teams, the match started off with real promise for the away team, with Hull’s best chances of the match coming within the first 10 minutes.
Two minutes in, new signing Nikica Jelavic should have slotted home what would have been a dream debut goal. Some brilliant link up play between Rosenior and Koren down the left hand side of the Norwich defence resulted in a pull back to the Croat, whose near post first time effort from just outside the six yard box grazed the outside of the post.
Three minutes later another glorious chance fell to Hull, with the home team clearly on the back foot. A brilliant ball in from Elmohamady found itself to the back post, where Rosenior sprayed a first time shot wide, another chance which would be rued come the end of the match.
With the Egyptian-owned Hull dominating possession, it seemed like only a matter of time before the visitors would fashion a goal, however, the team lacked the cutting edge needed to slot one home. The next best chance in a drab first half fell to Robert Snodgrass of Norwich, who unleashed a knuckling pile driver of a hit from 30 yards in the 42nd minute, which was brilliantly saved by McGregor in Hull’s goals. 0-0 at the break, and all to play for for both teams in the second half.
However, the second half started and played out pretty much exactly like the first, dull. With both teams still struggling to get a foothold in the match, changes were made by both managers in the 70th minute – with George Boyd coming on for Sagbo for the visitors, a move which looked to inject some creativity into the final third.
It was not to be Hull’s day despite the increase in attacking play, with Norwich scoring an 86th minute winner, with Ryan Bennett rising from a Norwich corner to head the hosts into the lead and lift the tense atmosphere within the stadium.
To add salt to the wound, Tom Huddlestone collected his second yellow card of the game in the first minute of stoppage time, with the England midfielder now to receive a suspension for the misdemeanour.
A goal which turned out to be vital, the match ended 1-0, with Norwich now equal on points with Hull, who have now lost their last three league encounters (with previous defeats to Chelsea and Liverpool) , something which will need to change. Hull take on Southend United in the FA Cup Fourth round on the 26th, with their next Premier League fixture away to Crystal Palace three days later.