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Jacob Butterfield’s brace sinks Hull
League leaders Hull lost 2-0 to fellow high flyers Derby County thanks to two first half goals from Jacob Butterfield, in a result which saw Hull lose their first place position to the visitors.
Hull XI: McGregor; Odubajo; Davies; Maguire; Elmohamady; Clucas; Livermore; Huddlestone; Maloney; Diame; Hernandez.
Derby XI: Carson; Christie; Keogh; Shackell; Warnock; Hendrick; Butterfield; Thorne; Martin; Ince; Weimann.
After an even start, the Rams opened the scoring after a counter attack was thwarted by Elmohamady’s last ditch tackle, however the ball ricocheted to Jacob Butterfield who finished past McGregor.
Hull struggled to create chances against a Derby defence which is among the best in the league, and they paid for it when a Derby cross was cleared by Curtis Davies only as far as Butterfield, who scored his second with a spectacular volley from just outside the box into the bottom corner.
Hull’s best chance of the first half fell to Abel Hernandez, after he was found by Maloney’s cleverly disguised pass however his shot was saved well by ex-Liverpool keeper Scott Carson, who appeared to be wrong-footed.
As the second half started, Maloney sent a corner to the near post to find Elmohamady who appeared to intentionally handle the ball, however it was not spotted by the referee due to the crowded area.
The frustration continued for the Tigers as Shaun Maloney weaved through into the Derby backline, only for his low effort to go just wide of Carson’s goal. Soon after, Maloney was put one on one again by Abel Hernandez, however his goalbound effort was again saved well by Carson.
Hull were first going into the game, however the 2-0 win for Derby puts them at the top of the Championship table, although they could be overtaken by Brighton or Middlesbrough over the weekend who play Birmingham and Huddersfield respectively, with Brighton in the better position of the two.