Hull into League Cup Quarter Finals
Hull City avoided a cup upset at the hands of Bristol City as goals from centre backs Harry Maguire and Michael Dawson saw off the Robins at Ashton Gate.
Bristol City XI: O’Donnell; Moore; Flint; Golbourne; Little; Engvall; Reid; Pack; Wilbraham; Bryan; O’Dowda.
Hull City XI: Jakupovic; Dawson; Davies; Maguire; Mason; Livermore; Henriksen; Tymon; Elmohamady; Hernandez; Diomande.
In the first half, Hull struggled to create chances against Bristol City’s defence, with their first real chance coming from Uruguay international Abel Hernandez, whose long distance shot struck the crossbar.
For the majority of the first half, it was defense that prevailed over attack, with Flint of Bristol City and Maguire of Hull denying the forwards goals.
In the closing moments of the first half, however, Harry Maguire headed home Ryan Mason’s corner to make it 1-0 to the Tigers.
Hull started the second half as they ended the first, as just two minutes in, another Mason corner found the head of a defender, this time Michael Dawson, who scored a classic defender’s goal as he headed past O’Donnell. It was Dawson’s first league cup goal in seven years.
Staying in the competition can be huge revenue-wise for second tier clubs like Bristol City, and they tried desperately hard to get their way back into the match however Bobby Reid’s penalty appeal was turned down. Soon later, Swiss keeper Jakupovic denied O’Dowda from scoring from open play.
In the last ten minutes it was Jakupovic again who denied the Robins a route back into the match, this time stopping Lee Tomlin from finding the back of the net.
Lee Tomlin did find the back of the net; however, it was too little too late as Hull won 2-1.
The result means that Hull progress into the quarter finals for the second year in succession, and will find out their next opponents tomorrow.
Elmohamady may see a potential matchup against his fellow Pharaoh Mohamed Elneny, who won 2-0 against Reading with his Arsenal side tonight.
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