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  • 2 November 2013
  • • 15:00
  • • Kingston Communications Stadium, Hull
  • Referee: A. Marriner
  • • Attendance: 24677
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  • That's all from me, Ryan Bailey, this afternoon but until next time, goodbye!
  • Carlos Cuellar's first-half own goal separates the teams in the end but in truth the margin of victory should have been a lot more as Hull failed to convert their numerical advantage in the second period. Lee Cattermole and Andrea Dossena were sent-off in the space of two minutes in first-half injury time.
  • FULL-TIME! Hull City 1-0 Sunderland
  • 90'
    Yellow Card Maynor Figueroa
  • 90'
    Into injury-time at the KC Stadium
  • 88'
    Yellow Card Robbie Brady
  • 88'
    YELLOW! Brady goes into the book for a late challenge. From the resulting free-kick, Larsson's cross is headed wide by O'Shea.
  • 86'
    Sunderland pushing for an equaliser as Mannone's long ball falls at the feet of Bardsley but the defender snatches at it and sends it over.
  • 84'
    SAVE! Mannone pulls off another fine stop to deny Huddlestone as the home fans become increasingly frustrated.
  • 83'
    The visiting fans are doing their best to rally their players for the final ten minutes or so. Hull have looked relatively comfortable but you just never know.
  • 80'
    Hull respond immediately at the other end as Proschwitz tees us Brady. The sub can't quite find the target with his effort. Moments later, Livermore strikes the woodwork with a rasping effort.
  • 79'
    SAVE! So close to an equaliser for Sunderland as Johnson is denied by Harper from close range.
  • 77'
    CLOSE! A wake-up call for the hosts as Larsson pops up outside the box before firing just wide.
  • 76'
    Substitution George Boyd Robbie Brady
  • 75'
    SUB! Hull make their second change as Robbie Brady replaces George Boyd.
  • 72'
    STAT! Hull are the only team yet to score a goal from outside the box.
  • 71'
    Twenty minutes remaining and despite having just nine men, Sunderland haven't done too badly so far since the break. With just a goal in it, there is still a chance Gus Poyet's men can nick an unlikely point.
  • 70'
    Substitution Liam Rosenior Nick Proschwitz
  • 69'
    SUB! Proschwitz is on for Liam Rosenior.
  • 68'
    Another long-range shot from Hull as Figueroa tries to find the second goal but it was never going to test Mannone in the Sunderland goal.
  • 65'
    Bardsley ventures forward and does well to win a free-kick in the Hull half but Larsson's delivery typifies the visitors' afternoon.
  • 65'
    Bardsley ventures forward and does well to win a free-kick in the Hull half but Larsson's delivery typifies the visitors' afternoon.
  • 63'
    Much better spell of possession for the visitors as Larsson and Johnson link up well but Hull hold firm and clear the danger.
  • 60'
    Adam Johnson tries to find an unlikely equaliser for the Black Cats but his effort his high and wide.
  • 58'
    Mannone is called into action for the first time as he gets down low to parry Livermore's crisp shot.
  • 57'
    Substitution David Meyler Robert Koren
  • 53'
    SUB! Steve Bruce makes his first change as David Meyler is replaced by Robert Koren.
  • 52'
    The hosts go close to doubling their lead twice as Elmohamady firstly heads narrowly over before George Boyd's effort goes inches wide.
  • 51'
    Elmohamady smashes across the face of goal but Sagbo just can't stretch far enough to get a touch on it. Worrying moments for Gus Poyet as Fletcher goes down holding his back but the striker is back on.
  • 48'
    Unsurprisingly, it's the hosts who are enjoying plenty of possession as they look to convert their numerical advantage. Sagbo tries his luck from 25 yards but doesn't get enough curl on his effort.
  • 47'
    The 3,000 strong away support continue to sing away behind Harper's goal but it's the hosts doing all the pressing. However, Huddlestone drags his shot well wide.
  • 46'
    Substitution Fabio Borini Wes Brown
  • 46'
    Substitution Jozy Altidore Adam Johnson
  • 46'
    SUBS! Double substitution for Sunderland. Adam Johnson and Wes Brown on for Altidore and Borini. Poyet has now made all three of his changes.
  • I've just about caught my breath after a frantic and incredible last few minutes to an otherwise dull first period. Hull deservedly lead at the break through Carlos Cuellar's own goal with Sunderland offering very little in the way of an attacking threat. Their task has been made near impossible now with the dismissal of Lee Cattermole and then Andrea Dossena in the first-half stoppage time.
  • HALF-TIME! Hull City 1-0 Sunderland
  • 45' + 5'
    Red Card Andrea Dossena
    RED CARD! Unbelievable scenes as Andrea Dossena receives his marching orders for a stamp on David Meyler! The visitors are now down to nine men.
  • 45' + 3'
    Red Card Lee Cattermole
    RED CARD! Cattermole dismissed following a dangerous challenge on Elmohamady. The referee had little option.
  • 45' + 1'
    Replays suggest Sagbo's effort, after Livermore's delightful through ball, was deflected wide. We'll have FIVE minutes of injury time at the end of this first-half.
  • 45'
    Sagbo comes close to doubling the hosts' lead but can only divert his shot into the side netting. The majority inside the KC Stadium thought it had gone in.
  • 43'
    Substitution Keiren Westwood Vito Mannone
    SUB! Before the set-piece can be taken, Westwood signals to the bench that he can't continue and Mannone, who is given a warm reception, comes on.
  • 42'
    Huddlestone's thumping effort goes straight into the wall as the visitors clear their lines. Poyet will want to get his troops into the dressing room without going further behind.
  • 41'
    Sagbo has really impressed so far and the big striker shows great skill to nutmeg a defender before drawing the foul from Seb Larsson.
  • 39'
    Back under-way after that brief stoppage.
  • 38'
    Former Tiger Vito Mannone is out warming-up but Westwood appears to be ok after receiving attention from no fewer than four medics.
  • 37'
    George Boyd's set-piece causes all sorts of problems for Kieren Westwood and his defence before the 'keeper collides with Irish team-mate Paul McShane. Westwood is in need of attention with plenty of concern for his well-being.
  • 36'
    Incredible sequence in play as Hull complete at least thirty-five passes without a Sunderland player getting near the ball.
  • 34'
    Hull are stroking the ball around with confidence now as Sunderland begin to chase shadows. Huddlestone has asserted his dominance on proceedings from the outset and has come into his own since the goal.
  • 32'
    Fletcher, Altidore and Borini have yet to link-up yet with the latter operating off the left in the last ten minutes or so.
  • 30'
    After a dull opening quarter, the KC Stadium has come alive as the hosts hit the front. Meanwhile, Cattermole's effort is blocked before Harper gathers easily.
  • 28'
    The Black Cats look to find an instant equaliser as they force a corner but it comes to nothing. It's been another poor performance by Sunderland so far with Gus Poyet facing plenty of problems.
  • 26'
    STAT On home soil, Hull remain unbeaten this season (W2 D2), conceding just one goal in the process.
  • 25'
    Own Goal Carlos Javier Cuéllar
    GOAL! Yanick Sagbo gives the hosts the lead as he heads home at the near post.
  • 25'
    Goal Y. Sagbo
  • 24'
    In fact, it seems to be a Carlos Cuellar own goal as the defender diverts the cross past his own 'keeper, under pressure by Sagbo.
  • 23'
    This certainly hasn't been one for the neutrals after an opening twenty minutes without too much to speak about. Hull have enjoyed the majority of the possession.
  • 21'
    Paul McShane clatters into Fletcher with the striker clutching his arm. He seems fine to continue, however, after some treatment.
  • 20'
    STAT Hull have only lost two of the nine previous Premier League games they’ve played in November.
  • 19'
    It's been a very scrappy start to this game with Sunderland taking every available second over set-pieces.
  • 17'
    At the other end, Fletcher does brilliantly to win a free-kick in the corner but Larsson's set-piece is headed clear by Livermore.
  • 17'
    From the resulting free-kick, Huddlestone's delivery is inches away from Livermore and Davies. Best moment of the match so far.
  • 16'
    OUCH! Phil Bardsley catches Figueroa with a high boot. The Sunderland defender escapes a booking despite the calls from the crowd.
  • 14'
    Elmohamady has looked the most likely to create a chance at either end and again, the Egyptian winger delivers a wicked cross but it's just too strong for Sagbo.
  • 13'
    The game hasn't really got going as of yet with neither side able to keep hold of the ball when they have it. Cattermole has done well to break up Hull's attacks while Sagbo looks isolated up top.
  • 11'
    Elmohamady, another former Black Cat, goes on an industrious run down the right before whipping in a dangerous cross but Figueroa can't make up the ground to keep it in play.
  • 9'
    Hull have enjoyed better possession in the last few minutes after a tense start. The presence of Jake Livermore in the engine room is a welcome bonus for Bruce while Huddlestone brings great composure and passing to the engine room.
  • 8'
    Sunderland have settled well and Gus Poyet's side are lined out in a 4-3-3 formation with Borini supporting Altidore and Fletcher in attack.
  • 6'
    Interesting battle developing in the central areas between Cattermole and Huddlestone in particular. The Sunderland enforcer commits a foul on Figueroa.
  • 5'
    The hosts seem to have adopted a 4-5-1 formation in the opening exchanges with Sagbo playing the lone striker role. It's been a slow start by Bruce's men with plenty of misplaced and wreckless passes.
  • 4'
    STAT Jozy Altidore was sent off playing for Hull the last time this fixture was played (April 2010).
  • 3'
    Hull, who are attacking the end which houses the away support, have their first effort on goal as Maynor Figueroa's ambitious long-range shot goes wide.
  • 2'
    Altidore looks to make an instant impression on his return to the KC Stadium as he wins an early free-kick before seeing his tame effort go straight into the arms of Steve Harper.
  • 1'
    KICK-OFF! The hosts get us underway - Andre Marriner is today's referee. 
  • The teams emerge from the sanctuary of the dressing rooms into the wintery conditions. We're going to have a minute's silence with this game being the closest Hull home fixture to Remembrance Sunday. The silence will remember and honour those who fight to maintain our freedom, those who have served in the past, and those who have lost their lives in doing so.
  • Both sides have completed their pre-game warm-ups as we approach 3pm. It's a rather unpleasant afternoon at the KC Stadium with strong winds and driving rain going to make conditions tricky for the players. 
  • Steve Bruce: “They've got a new manager and had a great win to give everyone a lift. If you're going to win one you get a win against Newcastle and it gets you off to the right footing. It has to be instant because you don't get that time anymore. We're kidding ourselves if we think you'll get three or four years. It's more like three or four months, even three or four weeks sometimes. They need a few results to go their way but they'll have been buoyed by the win last week."
  • The game sees Bruce take on the club he managed for two seasons while Black Cats striker Jozy Altidore will also face his former employers after the USA frontman appeared for Hull during the 2009/10 season.
  • Late change to the Hull City side with Sone Aluko dropping out from the original team which was named forty minutes ago. David Meyler steps up from the bench with Gedo now amongst the subs.
  • Gus Poyet makes just one change to the side that defeated Newcastle last time out, with match winner Fabio Borini rewarded with a rare start in Sunderland colours at the expense of Adam Johnson, who drops to the bench. Carlos Cuellar once again partners John O’Shea in defence while Jack Colback continues in midfield.
  • SUNDERLAND: Westwood, Bardsley, Dossena, O’Shea, Cueller, Cattermole, Colback, Larsson, Fletcher, Altidore, Borini. Subs: Mannone, Brown, Gardner, Johnson, Celustka, Giaccherini, Sung-Yueng.
  • With Danny Graham ineligible to play against his parent club, Yanik Sagbo gets the nod in the lone striking role while Some Aluko has passed a late fitness test to start. However, Alex Bruce and the injured David Meyler drop out while goalkeeper Allan McGregor also remains sidelined. Robbie Brady returns to the matchday squad, albeit on the bench alongside fellow Irishman Stephen Quinn.
  • HULL CITY: Harper, Rosenior, Figueroa, Davies, McShane, Huddlestone, Livermore, Elmohamady, Boyd, Aluko, Sagbo. Subs: Jakupovic, Meyler, Koren, Brady, Proschwitz, Faye, Quinn
  • Just twenty-five minutes until kick-off and here is the team news…
  • Sunderland, on the other hand, will be full of confidence after picking up their first victory of the season last week with a narrow win over arch rivals Newcastle. Fabio Borini’s late strike lifted the Black Cats off the foot of the table but new manager Gus Poyet knows he has a lot more work to do yet, starting with this afternoon’s tricky trip to the KC Stadium.
  • Steve Bruce’s side are unbeaten at home this campaign having picked up eight points from four games. However, the Tigers have a woeful record against today’s opponents, having lost all of their last six meetings in the Premier League.
  • The hosts come into today’s game off the back of successive defeats to Tottenham in the league and Capital One Cup but are comfortably positioned in mid-table after a bright start to life back in the top-flight.
  • Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage of this afternoon’s Barclays Premier League game between Hull City and Sunderland at the KC Stadium. Kick off is at 3pm and I’ll be guiding you through all the action as it unfolds.