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Elmohamady plays 90 mins in Hull’s win over Burnley
Ahmed Elmohamady‘s Hull City achieved its 13th win this season after a 3-0 victory over Burnley at the KC Stadium on Boxing Day in the Sky Bet Championship League.
Hull City went into the game sitting in fourth place, three points ahead of Burnley, who were in fifth, and achieved the Tigers’ third consecutive home win.
The first ten minutes were fast paced and saw pressure from Burnley. In the eighth minute, Elmohamady headed Burnley’s Joey Barton’s cross into safety. Hull City’s first chance came in the 11th minute when Diame’s shot was tipped away by Burnley’s keeper. The following 20 minutes were dominated by Hull City, with Elmohamady attempting two crosses in the 24th and 38th minutes, respectively, but both were cleared by the Burnley defense.
In the 40th minute, Barton struck a powerful shot from the tip of the box, but Hull’s McGregor made the save. McGregor made a second save two minutes later when he caught Boyd’s shot. In the last minute of the first half, Hull City was close to breaking the deadlock when Abel Hernandez met Elmohamady’s cross with a volley, but it drifted wide. The first half ended in stalemate.
The second half kicked off with both teams searching for a goal. In the 57th minute, Jake Livermore finally scored the first goal of the night with a volley that gave Burnley’s keeper no chance. Just nine minutes later, Hernandez doubled the lead with a fine finish with his left from inside the box.
The visitors didn’t give up, threatening McGregor’s nets several times, but without any luck. Steve Bruce made a double substitution for Hull in the 84th minute with Tom Huddlestone replacing Mo Diame, and Robert Snodgrass replacing Abel Hernandez. Bruce then made Hull’s final substitution in the 88th minute when Isaac Hayden came on for Jake Livermore. Substitute Robert Snodgrass assisted the third goal with a cross that Sam Clucas latched on to put in the net.
With this win, the Tigers rose to third place with 44 points on par with Brighton and Hove Albion, but ahead on goal difference. Hull City is three points behind league leaders Derby County. In two days, Elmohamady and his teammates will play their 24th game in the Championship on the road against Preston North End.