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Elmohamady error costs Hull City
Saido Berahino took full advantage of an Elmohamady error as he gave Tony Pulis a dream start to his Premier League career at West Brom beating Hull City 1-0 at the Hawthorns.
WEST BROMWICH ALBION (4-4-2): Foster; Wisdom, McAuley, Lescott, Baird; Brunt (c), Yacob, Morrison, Sessegnon; Berahino, Ideye.
HULL CITY (3-5-2): McGregor; Bruce, Davies (c), Chester; Elmohamady, Meyler, Livermore, Quinn, Figueroa; Hernandez, Jelavic.
Hull’s fastest player Elmohamady returned to Hull’s starting XI following his rare exclusion in his side’s FA Cup defeat to Arsenal. The right footed right wing-back is the only Hull player to have started all 21 Premier League games so far.
It was a nightmare first half for Steve Bruce’s men as 2 of their pivotal strikers, Jelavic and Abel Hernandez, were injured and replaced by Brady, who had a great effort denied by Foster before the half time whistle, and Ince respectively.
The first half ended goalless, however West Bromwich would have had a one goal advantage if not for Ideye’s strangely wasted chance in a one-on-one situation. Aside from that, it has been a fairly flat half with nothing significant.
27-year-old Egyptian international Elmohamady continued his usual hobby of supplying the strikers with crosses on multiple occasions, but again, with no real goalscoring opportunities.
All three matches that referee Neil swarbrick had officiated involving either side ended in a draw, as well as 3 of the last 7 meetings between both sides, and this one looked like it would have the same conclusion.
However in the 76th minute, Hull goalkeeper Allan McGregor was given a very short back pass from Elmohamady who gave his teammate no time to react. The result of the error was an indirect free kick about 10 yards away from goal. Hull paid their error as in-form England Under-21 striker Berahino fired the ball past virtually the entire Hull team to score the game’s only goal and took his tally to 9 in the season.
Hull continued their terrible form on the road this season. Their recent win at Sunderland was their first away from the KC since beating QPR on the opening day.
Hull City pay in-form West Ham a visit on the 18th of January in an attempt to move away from the relegation zone as they sit in 17th with just 19 points from 21 games.