Hull continue abysmal away form as Stoke come out victorious
The Tigers were seeking a first away win under Marco Silva, but despite their lack of success away from home, they have won 17 points from 12 games since Silva took over in January. Lying in 17th place, victory was a must to continue their revival as they continue their push for survival.
They came across a Stoke City team who were on a downward spiral, having only scored twice in their past five matches, and consequently on a four match losing streak.
The match began fairly evenly, however the Potters quickly established dominance and scored in the 5th minute through an Arnautovic rocket from the edge of the Hull City area.
The Hull City defence were initially unable to cope with the pressure coming from their hosts. Stoke had several chances to double their lead, going close through Arnautovic, Berahino and Shaqiri.
Hull have earned 9 points from losing positions this season, the most of any team in the Premier League. This resilience almost came to fruition as Hull grew back strongly into the match.
After half time, Stoke were slow to regain their composure and Hull took advantage, increasing the pressure. They got their reward after on 50 minutes, as a corner caused chaos in the Stoke City box and Harry Maguire reacted snatch a goal, clipping in from close range.
Stoke responded by taking off Berahino and Charlie Adam, replacing them with Peter Crouch and Jon Walters. This paid dividends almost immediately, as both substitutes combined with Walters crossing for Peter Crouch to score a trademark header on 66 minutes.
Silva reacted by making his first substitution of the game, taking off midfielder Huddlestone and replacing him with striker Abel Hernandez. This very nearly resulted in an equaliser, Grosicki doing well to fire a low shot that Grant parried before the Stoke defence scrambled clear before the lurking Niasse could find a rebound.
Shaqiri then sealed the points for Stoke with a rasping shot 30 yards from goal into the top corner on 80 minutes. It was his first goal since since his brace against them earlier in the season.
Hull made their final two substitutions, with Markovic and Niasse making way for Mbokani and Elmohamady. They were unable to make any serious impact however, and Stoke City saw out the rest of the game in a professional manner, securing a much needed 3 points.
Hull remain two points above the relegation zone, with a home fixture against Watford coming up next, while Stoke rise up to 11th position, and will next travel to stragglers Swansea. Both matches will be played on Saturday 22nd April.
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