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Hull City battered 4-0 by fellow promotion chasers Derby
Hull’s hopes of automatic promotion took a massive dent with a 4-0 loss away at Derby County, with Moses Odubajo being sent off for the away side and the goals coming through Craig Bryson, Chris Martin and a brace from Bradley Johnson, while Egypt international Ahmed Elmohamady played just over half an hour.
Derby County XI: Carson; Christie; Bryson; Keogh; Martin; Russell; Johnson; Shackell; Ince; Olsson; Thorne.
Hull City XI: McGregor; Odubajo; Dawson; Davies; Robertson; Snodgrass; Livermore; Huddlestone; Clucas; Diame; Aluko.
After Bradley Johnson went down and was receiving treatment in the opening minutes, few would’ve expected the former Norwich midfielder to have a brace half an hour later, with his first coming from a simple rebound from a Craig Bryson strike off the post. His second came under ten minutes later, following a good team move down the wing and finishing past the helpless McGregor.
Hull attempted to come back into the game by bringing on top scorer Abel Hernandez early in the second half, however within five minutes of the change the Tigers went down to ten men. Moses Odubajo was sent off for a foul on their former player Thomas Ince, son of Liverpool and Manchester United legend Paul Ince, as he was the last man, which proved to be the killer blow for Hull.
Chances continued to come for both sides, as Republic of Ireland international Cyrus Christie’s shot went over the bar, while for the away side former Tottenham captain Dawson couldn’t find the net from a header. Scott Carson would go on to make a save that potentially put all Hull hope to bed, showing good reflexes from a Sam Clucas shot.
Chris Martin would make it 3-0 not long after, with his powerful strike leaving McGregor with no chance yet again. Martin would then turn from scorer to provider in the dying moments of the game, as Craig Bryson put the nail in Hull’s coffin with a simple finish to make it a 4-0 win for the Rams.
The result puts Derby within two points of Hull in the Championship playoff places, although Hull have a superior goal difference and have played a game less. Should Hull win their game in hand, they could go within four points of the automatic promotion spaces.
In the other games effecting these two sides, leaders Burnley were held to a goalless draw with promotion chasers Cardiff, who are one place below Derby in the table. Sheffield Wednesday, who are the only team separating Derby and Hull, beat former English champions Blackburn 2-1 at home, while second placed Middlesbrough won comfortably over Huddersfield 3-0. The results mean that if Middlesbrough win their game in hand they will go to the top of the table.