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Hull City miss out on chance to go top

Photo: Hull Daily Mail

Photo: Hull Daily Mail

Ahmed Elmohamady played 15 minutes as a substitute as Hull missed a golden chance to go to the top of the table after a fairly surprising 1-0 loss to Birmingham, courtesy of a first half goal from Arsenal loanee Jon Toral.

XI: Kuszczak; Caddis; Morrison; Robinson; Grounds; Gleeson; Kieftenbeld; Cotterill; Toral; Maghoma; Donaldson.

XI: McGregor; Odubajo; Dawson; Davies; Robertson; Snodgrass; Livermore; Huddlestone; Clucas; Diame; Hernandez.

Former Barcelona youth player Toral opened the scoring 14 minutes into the game, with his low shot deflecting off Curtis Davies, who used to play for the home side in the Premier League, sending the ball past Scotland international McGregor.

In an eventful first half, Hull found themselves unlucky to be losing at half time as ex Tottenham players Dawson and Livermore both came as close as it gets hitting the crossbar.

Early in the second half, Abel Hernandez was denied what seemed to be a clear penalty after his shot was handled by veteran defender Paul Robinson.

The same combination of a Toral shot deflected by Davies almost doubled Birmingham’s advantage, however this time it went just wide of McGregor’s goal.

On a night of many chances, Hull nearly equalised when both Sam Clucas and Robert Snodgrass had shots saved by Kuszczak in quick succession.

A draw would’ve sent Hull to the summit of the league, however after picking up no points they stay second and only one point behind Burnley, however Middlesbrough may overtake both if they win their game in hand. Birmingham move up to 7th, just one point behind the playoff places.


Match Reporter and Editor at Quantity surveyor from South East London. Support Leyton Orient and Inter at club level. Due to my mixed heritage I also support England, Egypt and Poland at national level. If it involves a stadium and a football then I'll watch it.

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