Championship Pharaohs: Hull drop to third, El-Abd’s Brighton back in play-off positions
Hull City suffer biggest defeat of the season as they lose 4-1 to Bolton Wanders at the Reebok Stadium, while Adam El-Abd’s Brighton scrape a win over Burnley.
Hull had a shocking start conceding three goals in the first seven minutes, giving the Tigers a mountain to climb for the remainder of the game. Darren Pratley scored the first goal after 70 seconds of play as he headed home from close range. Three minutes later, Mark Davies’ shot from outside the box beat David Stockdale as it went into the bottom right corner of the goal. Then at seven minutes, Craig Dawson scored his first of the game as his header from inside the six-yard box found the back of the net.
Robbie Brady managed to pull one back in the 67th minute after he scored a long range free kick into the bottom right corner of the Bolton goal. However, this was not enough to spark a comeback as two minutes later Dawson scored his second of the game from the edge of the penalty box. It was a poor performance from the entire Hull City team. This loss comes after three successive wins, all at the KC Stadium.
Ahmed Elmohamady, who has been one of Hull’s best performers this season, had a disappointingly poor game for his standards with many of his crosses failing to reach the targets.
Mohamed Nagy ‘Gedo’, who’s scored three goals in Hull’s last three games, had a very quiet game not taking a single shot on goal. Considering Gedo had not been playing regular football for a year he may have been suffering from fatigue due to a very congested schedule, which included three games in seven days leading to him being replaced by Jay Simpson in the 60th minute.
Whilst the third Egyptian international, Ahmed Fathi did not make an appearance in today’s game.
Adam El-Abd’s Brighton won their 3rd game from 4 as they beat Burnley 1-0 at the Amex Stadium. El-Abd was yet again partnered by former England international Matthew Upson as they managed their second clean sheet in a row after a strong defensive performance. David Lopez scored the only goal of the game in the 20th minute after a finishing from inside the penalty box.
Hull City drop to 3rd place on goal difference after Watford beat Derby 2-1 while league leaders Cardiff, who are 5 points clear, have 2 games in hand. Brighton jump to 6th place, the final promotion play-off place, after their 1-0 victory.
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