Hull Unlucky To Lose At West Ham
Hull will feel aggrieved to have come away from the London Stadium with no points as Mark Noble’s controversial penalty sealed a 1-0 win for the Hammers.
West Ham United XI: Randolph; Reid; Ogbonna; Kouyate; Noble; Obiang; Cresswell; Antonio; Carroll; Payet; Lanzini.
Hull City XI: Marshall; Dawson; Davies; Maguire; Clucas; Livermore; Huddlestone; Robertson; Elmohamady; Mbokani; Snodgrass.
Dieumerci Mbokani was making his first appearance for Hull in three matches, and he almost took the opportunity straight away as he latched onto Cresswell’s back-pass, however his one on one finish hit the inside of the post and across the face of goal – a chance that he would expect to score the majority of the time.
Ireland international Darren Randolph was in superb form, and he made another crucial save for West Ham as he dived across goal to save Harry Maguire’s header from a corner, which was headed for the bottom right corner.
Mbokani had the bulk of Hull’s chances in the first half, however he didn’t have his shooting boots on as he failed to capitalise on any of them. The closest he came was just before the interval, as his header went just wide from a corner.
In the second half, Scottish left back Robertson almost set up a freak goal as his sumptuous cross into the middle found West Ham captain Mark Noble, and his diving defensive header hit the post again.
Robertson, who was described by some as being the best player on the pitch this afternoon, tried his luck himself soon later, however his powerful strike across goal hit the post for the third time, as Hull started to feel as though it wasn’t their day.
Both sides had shots cleared off the line in quick succession, as Andre Ayew and Harry Maguire had their headers cleared by Robertson and Fernandes respectively.
The Tigers’ rotten luck peaked 15 minutes before full time, as veteran midfielder Tom Huddlestone was judged to pull down Michail Antonio by the thigh, and while the contact appeared to be minimal the referee gave a penalty. Although he had a penalty saved against Burnley in midweek, Mark Noble is generally reliable from the spot and he made no mistake to put the Hammers into the lead against the run of play.
The goal seemed to take the wind out of Hull’s sails for the rest of the game, as the only clear chances for the remainder of the game were Dimitri Payet free kicks, however David Marshall did a good job of keeping him out and salvaging some pride for Hull, however the game finished 1-0.
This result, combined with Sunderland’s 1-0 win over Watford, means that Hull are now bottom of the table, albeit only on goal difference. West Ham are now putting together a steady rise up the table following their slow start to the season, as they are now up to 13th, however some fans may be concerned with their performances as their recent results could’ve easily ended up in defeat for them.
Hull’s next game is a tricky home tie against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City on Boxing Day
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