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Elmohamady features in Hull City’s 2-2 draw with Barnsley

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Hull City drew 2-2 with fellow Yorkshire side Barnsley on Tuesday in their first game without manager Steve Bruce, who departed the club few days ago.

Mike Phelan, who has been placed in caretaker charge, led the team during their fifth pre-season friendly, which saw Egyptian Ahmed Elmohamady play the full 90 minutes.

Barnsley XI: Townsend; Bree; Roberts; Mawson; White; Hammill; Hourihane; Scowen; Watkins; Bradshaw; Winnall.
Hull XI: Kuciak; Elmohamady; Clackstone; Davies; Tymon; Clucas; Maloney; Diame; Odemwingie; Diomande; Luer.

In the opening exchanges, both sides created good chances, with Barnsley striker Sam Winnall forcing Dusan Kuciak into a good save.

Soon later, it was Hull who took the lead through Norwegian striker Adama Diomande after he was sent through on goal by Malaysian-born playmaker Shaun Maloney before Diomande chipped the ball delicately over Nick Townsend in the 16th minute.

Newly-promoted Barnsley put on the pressure to get their way back into the game, and they eventually did so when newly-signed striker Tom Bradshaw finally beat Slovakian international Kuciak with a header.

Hull trialist Peter Odemwingie was looking to impress the Tigers, and he almost won their hearts after his solo run in the Barnsley penalty area however his eventual shot was saved by the keeper.

In the second half, Bradshaw continued to make Hull pay as his partnership with the marauding right-back James Bree was the source for Barnsley’s second, after the Welsh international converted another cross to make it 2-1.

Hull would really begin to attack, and it was almost Egypt’s Ahmed Elmohamady who created the equaliser after his cross was narrowly missed by Abel Hernandez and Jarrod Bowen.

Soon later, another cross from the Pharaoh almost found Odemwingie, but again he just missed the ball and failed to convert.

Against the run of play, the Tykes almost made it 3-1 when newly signed George Moncur, son of West Ham legend John Moncur, shot just wide of the post when he should have put the game to bed.

Moncur would soon regret this miss, as Hull youngster Jarrod Bowen got a late equaliser after a fortunate ricochet from Odemwingie before putting it into the roof of the net.

Hull will not be too dissatisfied with the result considering the circumstances, as they recently lost their manager Steve Bruce and have also lost several key players to injury. Barnsley will probably take this as a positive going into their campaign in the Championship.

The Tigers have remaining fixtures against Nottingham Forest, Caykur Rizespor and Torino before their opening Premier League fixture against the Champions, Leicester City on August 13.

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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