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Late drama as Hull defeat QPR
Elmohamady’s Hull side got 2016 off to a winning start thanks to Diomande’s late winner in a 2-1 win away at QPR, in a game which saw two goals in the last ten minutes of the game.
Both sides were recently relegated from the Premier League last season, however Hull have generally enjoyed better fortunes in the second tier than QPR, who were ten points off the playoff places going into the game, despite having the highest wage bill in the division. Meanwhile Hull were in third place, needing a win to keep pace with frontrunners Middlesbrough and Derby County.
In the opening minutes, Diame and Elmohamady took shots from distance, however, veteran keeper Rob Green wasn’t troubled, and Dutch attacking midfielder Chery had a long range effort of his own go over the bar moments later.
For the rest of the first half, not many clear chances were created, with the best falling to QPR’S German striker Polter, however his shot was bocked even though he appeared to have an opening. Aside from that, most of the chances were from corners, however neither keeper was tested from those.
Hull opened the scoring through top scorer Abel Hernandez, after a swift counter attack led by Mohamed Diame, and his delicate pass found the Uruguayan international who finished first time with a controlled volley past Rob Green.
Although Hull created more of the chances after that, QPR were able to equalise late on, as Matt Phillips’ cross found German striker Polter whose header was too powerful for McGregor to keep out, even though he managed to get a hand to it.
Hull had a golden chance to go ahead straight from the kickoff; David Meylor’s close range effort went over the bar.
As the game seemed to be heading for a draw, Diomande scored a fortuitous goal following a mixup when the QPR keeper tried to punch a Sam Clucas cross, which ricocheted into the Norwegian and the ball trickled into the net.
The win puts Hull one point behind Derby in the automatic spaces but the Rams have a game in hand, while league leaders Middlesbrough have two matches in hand.