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Hull City 2-0 West Brom – The Tigers take another step towards safety
Hull City took another step towards Premier League survival with a 2-0 victory over fellow relegation rivals West Brom.
Liam Rosenior opened the scoring following up a rebound after Ben Foster had saved a Nikica Jelavic penalty won in dubious circumstances by Shane Long. Long then made his former employees pay when he found the back of the net in the 38th minute.
Steve Bruce made one change to his team that was beaten 2-0 last time out at the KC Stadium with Sone Aluko coming into the side at the expense of Maynor Figueroa. Pepe Mel also made one change with Jonas Olsson losing his place and forward Thievy Bifouma partnering Victor Anichebe up front.
Hull City: McGregor – Rosenior – Chester – Davies – Elmohamady – Meyler – Huddlestone – Livermore – Aluko – Long – Jelavic
Subs: Harper – Figueroa – Bruce – Koren – Fryatt – Sagbo – Quinn
West Brom: Foster – Reid – McAuley – Dawson – Ridgewell – Morrison – Mulumbu – Dorrans – Sessegnon – Bifouma – Anichebe
Subs: Myhill – Sinclair – Vydra – Gera – Berahino – O’Neil – Daniels
The visitors started the game brightly with Stephan Sessegnon drilling a shot wide before Graham Dorrans stung the palms of Allan McGregor just after the 18 minute mark.
The attacking trio of Sessegnon, Bifouma and Anichebe looked to stretch the Hull backline wherever they could but everything they tried to create was dealt with by the in-form Curtis Davies and James Chester at the heart of the Tigers defence.
As the 19th minute ticked by the Hull crowd erupted into chants of “City till I die” and “We’re keeping our name” which brought about applause from the travelling Baggies support.
As Hull settled into the game they put their nervous opening behind then and began to force themselves onto the West Brom side and David Meyler should have put them ahead in the 27th minute. A Tom Huddlestone corner kick drifted to the back post where David Meyler had pulled clear of Steven Reid only for his header to go past the post.
The talking point of the game occurred in the 30th minute mark when Chris Foy awarded Hull a questionable penalty after Craig Dawson had fouled Shane Long. Nikica Jelavic stepped up to take the spot kick but Foster saved well only for Liam Rosenior to head home the rebound.
Huddlestone then had a superb long range shot palmed over the bar for a Tigers corner which set up the second goal of the game. The Baggies cleared the initial corner only for Jake Livermore to hook the ball back into the box which Davies headed onto Long who made no mistake in finding the back of the net amid muted celebrations.
West Brom had an early chance at the start of the second half when Dorrans found Anichebe with a cross but the strikers’ header was saved comfortably by McGregor
Long nearly grabbed his second and Hull’s third with a rasping effort from all of 25 yards but his curling shot cannoned back off the post with Foster well and truly beaten.
The remained of the game consisted of Hull being content to sit back on their 2-0 lead which West Brom never looked like threatening.
Jamie Barwick is a 21-year-old Sports Journalism graduate and a fan of Hull City, covering the Tigers on KingFut.com.