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Match Report: Hull City 0-2 Manchester City
Vincent Kompany was shown a straight red card for bundling over Nikica Jelavic inside 10 minutes before David Silva found the net with a superb strike.
Hull couldn’t make their man advantage count despite valiant attempts and Edin Dzeko rounded off the win in injury-time.
Hull came into the fixture full of confidence having advanced to the semi-finals of the FA Cup with a 3-0 victory over Sunderland. Man City meanwhile, swapped the Nou Camp for the KC Stadium having been narrowly beaten 2-1 by the Spanish giants in the Champions League.
Hull City: McGregor – Rosenior – Davies – Chester – Figueroa – Elmohamady – Livermore – Huddlestone – Meyler – Long – Jelavic
Subs: Bruce – Koren – Fryatt – Boyd – Sagbo – Harper – Aluko
Manchester City: Hart – Zabaleta – Kompany – Demichelis – Clichy – Nasri – Javi Garcia – Toure – Fernandinho – Silva – Dzeko
Subs: Lescott – Negredo – Milner – Kolarov – Jesus Navas – Rodwell – Pantilimon
The hosts started the game brightly with the attacking duo of Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic looking to cause the centre-back pairing of Kompany and the recalled Martin Demichelis problems.
Demichelis has been at the centre point of criticism in sections of the media but it was the usually ever-reliable Kompany that was shown a red card when he bundled down Jelavic in the 10th minute. The Citizen Captain should have dealt with the danger but credit must be given to the Croatian who hounded Kompany drawing the foul.
Manuel Pellegrini resisted the urge to bring on Joleon Lescott and dropped Javi Garcia into central defence.
The numerical hindrance didn’t stop their attacking intent and four minutes later the away side were ahead thanks to a superb goal from David Silva. Yaya Toure found the Spaniard before he curled a fine shot past the reach of the helpless McGregor in the Tigers’ goal.
Pablo Zabaleta then went close to doubling the away sides’ advantage but his 20-yard volley came back off the underside of the crossbar with goal-line technology replays showing the ball didn’t cross the line.
Ahmed Elmohamady then was arguably lucky to stay on the pitch after a high challenge on David Silva earned him only a yellow card.
David Meyler did find the back of the net with a left-footed strike but any celebrations were cut short prematurely with the linesman flagging for an offside decision.
Steve Bruce then introduced Sone Aluko at half-time at the expense of Maynor Figueroa as the Tigers looked to make their extra man count.
The second-half however was one of frustration as Hull couldn’t find their killer instinct to beat Joe Hart in the away goal.
Long and Jelavic continually had opportunities but where either thwarted by Hart of by the offside flag much to the annoyance of the home support.
George Boyd was brought on for David Meyler and was on the end of two penalty calls both waved away by referee Lee Mason.
The first saw Boyd produce neat footwork near the byline past the advancing Hart but the midfielder went down with little or no contact from the keeper. The apparent dive enraged Hart who confronted the playmaker with replays showing Boyd spitting at the England international.
The second penalty shout came less than a minute after the first with Boyd being barged in the back inside the box by Fernandinho which could easily have been awarded on another day.
The Tigers throw plenty of crosses in the box but failed to get on the end of the deliveries with Hart claiming many of the high floated balls.
Fernandinho then missed a golden opportunity in the 72nd minute to put the game beyond doubt and ease the travelling nerves of the supporters but somehow missed the target when advancing into the area.
Dzeko was denied by McGregor in a one-on-one situation three minutes from time but in stoppage time the striker made no mistake second time around slotting past the advancing keeper to give City a 2-0 victory
Jamie Barwick is a 21-year-old Sports Journalism graduate and a fan of Hull City, covering the Tigers on KingFut.com.