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Elmohamady impresses as Hull grind out 1-1 draw with Stoke
Ahmed Elmohamady started and played 90 minutes as Hull City looked to bounce back from a midweek defeat in the Europa League. The Egyptian, who played 11 minutes midweek was heavily involved as a 10 man Hull managed to grind out a 1-1 draw against Stoke City.
Following their midweek disappointment, Hull looked determined from the start to grab all three points. The game started frantically, with Hull attacking, drawing no less than 4 fouls from Stoke players within the first 10 minutes.
The first real chance of the game came in the 11th minute after the two Hull City centre-halves went up for the ball and missed, opening up a huge gap for a through ball, which was correctly adjudged offside by the linesman.
Four minutes later Hull were down to ten men after a hospital pass from the Hull midfield gave the ball to Whelan who was fouled by James Chester. Chester, who looked to be the last man, was sent off immediately with the resulting free kick from Arnautovic hitting the wall and going out for a corner.
With a player down, Hull’s attacking play understandably dried up, looking to sit back and release on the counter. Much of the same went on for the next half hour of play, with Stoke not threatening Hull’s goal, despite the majority of possession and a man advantage.
The deadlock was finally broken in the 41st minute, with Jelavic putting Hull 1-0 up, getting on the end of a save from Begovic off a Tom Huddlestone drive to tap in his first goal in nine appearances at the KC Stadium for the Tigers. 1-0 at the end of the first half, with everything to play for for both teams in the second half.
Hull began the second half in a more attacking fashion, not sitting back as heavily as they did after receiving the red card in the first half. In the 54th minute a surging run down the right wing by Elmohamady resulted in a corner. Hull weren’t able to take advantage however, after some brilliant interplay by McShane and Elmohamady was cleared by the Stoke defence.
With both sides looking to diversify the play, Steve Bruce and Mark Hughes made some changes, bringing on Liam Rosenior and Peter Crouch for their respective sides.
The changes almost took effect for Stoke in the 63rd minute, with substitutes Bojan Krkic and Peter Crouch almost combining perfectly. A heavy touch was pounced upon by the Hull defence and the follow up header from Diouf was sent wide.
A Charlie Adam drive pressured McGregor into a top corner diving save a few minutes later, with Stoke tightening the screws looking to equalise. Stoke finally got their goal (controversially) in the 83rd minute, with Ryan Shawcross scrambling in a shot which initially hit the post. The goal, which was confirmed by the goal line technology being used in the Premier League, was the result of a throw in that was wrongly given to Stoke City.
Elmohamady was given a chance to push further up the pitch in the dying minutes, with Steve Bruce pushing the Egyptian up front to provide an aerial threat and to hold up the ball. Elmohamady put in a sterling defensive and attacking shift over the course of the 90 minutes, providing a brilliant outlet of energy down the right hand side of the pitch for the Tigers.
Hull City, who won their opening fixture against QPR, now sit on four points, with their next fixture coming on Thursday, hosting Lokeren in the 2nd leg of their Europa League qualifier, trailing 1-0 from the first leg.