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Hull let lead slip to West Brom

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Posted on January 2, 2017
Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Elmohamady assisted as Hull snatched defeat from the jaws of victory as the Tigers lost 3-1 away at  on Sunday.

Hull took a surprise lead midway through the first half, with a goal that started with an accurate cross field pass from Livermore to Elmohamady. Elmohamady, who is playing his last game for Hull before he travels to Gabon for the Africa Cup of Nations, would proceed to deliver a pinpoint cross to Robert Snodgrass, who continued his rich vein of goalscoring form with a composed volley past Foster.

Soon later, marquee centre back Jonny Evans was forced off with injury, and replaced by Allan-Romeo Nyom, who recently turned down the opportunity to represent Cameroon at Africa’s biggest tournament later this month.

This would prove to be a turning point in the game, as West Brom began to take control, with Nyom almost providing an assist for Salomon Rondon.

Moments into the first half, versatile Northern Ireland international Chris brunt found the back of the net with a bullet header from a corner to make the score 1-1.

Lightning would strike twice in the same place soon later as Brunt’s compatriot Gareth McAuley scored his 5th goal of the season, his personal best tally in a Premier League campaign. His header was less clean than Brunt’s however, as it was blocked by Clucas however the goalline technology deemed the ball to cross the line.

Hull’s collapse was complete ten minutes later as James Morrison latched onto a poor first touch by Rondon to finish on the half volley into the bottom corner, as West Brom went on to win the match 3-1.

The result means that West Brom further consolidate their place in the top 8, as they are now 5 points clear of Bournemouth, although the Cherries have a game in hand. Hull are still in 19th place, however they could go back down to the foot of the table if Swansea win their game in hand. They are also a point further adrift of Elmohamady’s former club, Sunderland, as they picked up a surprise draw against high-flyers Liverpool.

Hull’s next game is an FA cup game against fellow strugglers Swansea on the 7th of January, which will be played without Elmohamady and Mbokani, who will both be travelling to the Africa Cup of Nations.

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