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October 5, 2013
• Kingston Communications Stadium, Hull
Referee: M. Clattenburg
• Attendance: 24396
That's about all from me, Ryan Bailey, this afternoon. Until next time, goodbye!
So, both sides have to settle for a point after a game which produced very little quality from either attack in the final third. The hosts will be disappointed they couldn't make home advantage count but ultimately it's another point towards their overall tally.
FULL-TIME: Hull City 0-0 Aston Villa
90' + 3'
Hull win a free kick on the right. Huddlestone delivers the cross but Davies is too far out to cause problems with his header.
90' + 2'
Tonev picks up the ball on the left and with very little options available, he drags his shot well wide of the target. Poor from the substitute.
90' + 1'
SHOT! El Ahmadi exchanges passes with Kozak before firing the ball straight at McGregor. Four minutes of added time to be played.
Four minutes of added time, Villa finishing strongly.
Brilliant defending from Figueroa as he tackles Kozak at a crucial time just after Weimann had flicked the ball on.
Boyd hasn't much of an impact since coming on but he threatens to find a breakthrough with a weaving run on the left before being dispossessed just inside the box.
Ahmed El Mohamady
Bacuna wastes a good opportunity when he delivers a poor corner before seeing a second cross cleared at the near post.
SUB: Elmohamady's disappointing performance comes to an end and he's replaced by David Meyler.
Huddlestone is finding more and more space but he's not getting a lot of help. The midfielder picks out Sagbo, who loses the ball inside the box. City starting to crank up the pressure as Villa begin to drop deeper and deeper.
Hull seem the side who are more eager to find a breakthrough at this late stage but the hosts are still struggling to create chances. Guzan has barely been tested.
Delph shows great desire to win the ball in midfield before sprinting forward and firing a shot straight at one of the Hull defenders. Will we see a winner from either side in the last 12 minutes?
Jordan Nathaniel Bowery
SUBS: Westwood and Agbonlahor are removed for Villa as Lambert sends on Jordan Bowery and Aleksandar Tonev.
Rosenior's free kick causes problems when Guzan fails to collect the ball. Faye can't control at the first time of asking and his cross is then too long to trouble Villa. Villa enjoy some sustained possession but the move breaks down when Delph fails to make the right decision in the final third of the pitch.
Both players hurt in that collision are able to continue following some patch-up work. Under 20 minutes remaining in the match.
There's a stoppage in play when Davies goes down after colliding with Kozak. Both players have suffered cuts to their heads and they are forced off the pitch for treatment.
Figueroa makes a great run and crosses it in towards Sagbo, who dummies it for Elmohamady, but he slices his shot well wide.
SUBS: Bruce is the first manager to show his hand as he brings off Quinn and Aluko for George Boyd and Yannick Sagbo.
Weimann displays some nice skill inside the box before picking out El Ahmadi, whose shot is deflected behind. Hull clear the corner just moments later.
The ball drops to Aluko inside the box but he doesn't take the opportunity to shoot and is eventually tackled by Clark. At the other end, El Ahmadi is offered plenty of room but his long range save is easily saved by McGregor.
Sagbo being readied to come on. You'd expect it will be for Graham, who has been pretty ineffectual again this afternoon.
SHOT! Another corner is cleared to Huddlestone on the edge of the box and the midfielder strikes the ball wide with a weak effort.
Graham finds Elmohamady in space with a good through ball. The Egyptian rifles in a shot and its deflected wide for a corner. Hull are applying the pressure but a couple of poor corners are easy for Villa to clear. Sadly, a lack of quality has been the theme for most of this match.
Quinn's low free kick from the right causes problems in the box but Graham can't make meaningful contact with the ball inside the six yard box.
INCHES! Best opportunity of the game so far. Bacuna beats a couple of defenders on the right before pulling the ball back. Agbonlahor connects with the ball well but he fires his shot just past the post.
Hull are playing the ball around very well now and it's Villa who are being forced to go longer with their passes towards Kozak, who has spent most of this match inside the pocket of Davies.
Hull once again turn to Elmohamady, who cuts inside before dragging a poor effort well wide of the target from 25 yards out. Hull have been much better since the break.
Quinn makes a burst down City's left but he is ushered out of play by Bacuna. It's been a bright start from City.
Elmohamaday threatens again down the right when he tricks his way past a couple of defenders before seeing his delivery collected by Guzan.
Hull start positively but a good move breaks down when Elmohamady's cross is headed away by Vlaar. No changes from either side at the interval.
The two teams are back out for the second-half and we're back under-way at the KC Stadium...
Villa had eight shots in the first 45 minutes, with just one effort forcing McGregor into a save. Huddlestone's long range strike was the only shot from Hull.
Referee Mark Clattenburg brings a fairly uneventful first-half to an end. Villa have perhaps been the better side but chances have been few and far between.
HALF-TIME: Hull City 0-0 Aston Villa
SHOT! The ball comes to Huddlestone 25 yards from goal and the midfielder fires an effort straight at Guzan, who collects at the second time of asking.
Graham does very well to win the ball just outside the box but there's no options for the forward and the move breaks down - largely typifies his afternoon so far.
Yellow CardCurtis Davies
OUCH! Davies finally makes a mistake when he brings down Kozak with a poor tackle. The defender is shown a yellow card but Hull manage to deal with the free kick.
Huddlestone is almost through on goal, but Vlaar nips in to intercept. Villa then counter, but Weimann wastes the opportunity with a terrible cross.
Villa have certainly enjoyed more of the possession in dangerous areas but they haven't created too much. Faye, Davies and the rest of the Hull defence have been very impressive.
Aluko is looking the most likely man to unlock the Villa defence as he displays more quick footwork on the right before picking out Rosenior, whose cross is collected by Guzan. Just ten minutes until the break.
Agbonlahor does very well to pick out Kozak in the box. The forward is adjudged to have controlled the ball with his hand though.
Yellow CardAshley Westwood
YELLOW CARD! Faye clears the free kick under pressure. Westwood prevents a counter attack from gathering pace when he pulls Huddlestone back to commit a cynical foul. The Villa midfielder rightly goes into the book.
Yellow CardLiam Rosenior
Free kick in a dangerous area for Villa. Agbonlahor beats Rosenior down the left, and the City man brings him down on the edge of the area but he soon makes amends by clearing the resulting set-piece.
Great work by Huddlestone as he chases down Delph and performs an excellent tackle to win the ball back. We've seen very little of the former Spurs midfielder thus far which is a testament to Delph and Westwood.
Aluko shows impressive strength in the corner of the pitch to win a corner for his side. Clark rises highest in the box to clear the first cross and Davies is caught off side moments later.
Not much in the way of chances in the last few minutes or so. Both sides starting to cancel each other out. Meanwhile, Villa break with Agbonlahor, who plays it into Luna on the edge of the box, but the flag is up for offside.
Aluko once again picks up the ball and links well with Elmohamady. Villa stay strong and defend impressively under plenty of pressure.
Desperate defending from Hull as they deal with a couple of corners. Weimann miscues another effort inside the box and the hosts survive. Faye blocks the Austrian's goal-bound effort initially as Villa begin to knock on the City door.
STAT: Aston Villa have the lowest average possession figure in the Premier League this season (39.9%), Hull have the second lowest (42.7%).
SAVE! Agbonlahor uses his pace to skip past a couple of defenders before seeing his low effort pushed away by McGregor.
CLOSE! Elmohamady whips in a brilliant cross but Graham is put off by Vlaar inside the six yard box and the forward's wait for a goal continues. Hull have stepped up the tempo in the last few minutes. Aluko is picking up the ball when he drops deep but he needs to find Graham in better areas.
Decent spell of possession for the hosts as the home fans raise the noise levels inside the KC Stadium.
The visitors break from a corner and Luna looks to latch onto a through ball but he's flagged for off side after just stepping into Hull's half. He would have had a clear run at goal if the flag was not raised.
CLOSE! Aluko threads a perfect ball through for Graham and the striker delivers an inviting ball across the box but it's brilliantly intercepted by Bacuna.
Nothing of real note to report as of yet at the KC Stadium apart from a bit of sparring between these two in-form sides. Agbonlahor tries his luck from range but slices his effort well wide.
Hull are doing a very good job of applying pressure on Villa's dangerous players in midfield. Steve Bruce will be hoping his side can keep the ball better though when in possession.
Hull are relatively happy to sit back and let their opponents stroke the ball around in their own half. Villa are playing some crisp, neat football but not really going anywhere at the moment.
It's been a pretty frantic start to the game with Villa enjoying the majority of possession.
At the other end, Maynor Figueroa delivers a brilliant cross into the box but Aluko can't stretch far enough to get a head on the ball. Much better from Hull and this game has really started brightly.
It's been a good start by Paul Lambert's side as they continue to dominate the opening exchanges. Kozak has a shot from distance but it's deflected for a corner before Hull clear.
CHANCE! Rosenior again fails to deal with a cross and the ball falls to Andreas Weimann twelve yards out but the Austrian international miscues his effort.
Fabian Delph strides forward down the Villa left and whips in a cross which initially causes a few problems in the Hull defence before it's eventually cleared.
It's been a pretty even start to the match, with neither side settling down on the ball for too long.
The hosts get us underway in this first period...
All of the players have returned to the changing rooms to make their final preparations. The atmosphere is beginning to build inside the ground.
STAT: Aston Villa have kept only one clean sheet in their last 28 league games, but this did come in their last away trip in the league, against Norwich City.
PAUL LAMBERT: "We'll take on Hull with the right attitude, the right way of playing and the right frame of mind because this is not an easy game to play. Hull have started well but our away form has been excellent. We've got a goal threat, that's for sure, and we'll go there to try and win. I'll start looking at the table on the last day of the season."
STEVE BRUCE: "If someone had said to me we'd have 10 points from the first six games I wouldn't have thought that was possible to be honest. But the history of our club the last time we were here is that we did great until Christmas and the following 18 months after that must have been torture, agony. So we've had a good start - really good - but we've only played six games and there are 32 more to go."
A win for either of these teams today would see them move into fifth place in the Premier League after Man City secured a 3-1 victory over Everton in the day's early match.
Gabriel Agbonlahor and Ashley Westwood return from ankle and thigh injuries respectively to hand Paul Lambert a timely boost in the continued absence of hitman Christian Benteke. Jores Okore (cruciate ligament) and midfielder Charles N'Zogbia (Achilles) are also long-term absentees.
ASTON VILLA: Guzan, Vlaar, Clark, Bacuna, El Ahmadi, Weimann, Agbonlahor, Luna, Westwood, Delph, Kozak. SUBSTITUTES: Steer, Baker, Bennett, Herd, Sylla, Bowery, Tonev.
The hosts make just the one change from last week's victory over West Ham; the injuried Robbie Brady, who is the Tigers' top-scorer, is replaced by Stephen Quinn.
HULL: McGregor, Rosenior, Figueroa, Faye, Davies, Huddlestone, Livermore, Elmohamady, Quinn, Aluko, Graham. SUBSTITUTES: Harper, Bruce, McShane, Meyler, Boyd, Sagbo, Proschwitz.
With just twenty minutes until kick-off at the KC Stadium, here is the team news...
Meanwhile, Aston Villa are just one place and a point further back, with Paul Lambert reversing his sides’ fortunes after three straight defeats which came after the opening day win at Arsenal. Villa have already picked up two wins on their travels and were unfortunate not to take anything from their defeat to Chelsea back in August.
Both sides will be looking to make it three successive Premier League wins today when they go head-to-head at the KC Stadium. The Tigers remain unbeaten on home soil this season having collected seven points from three games so far on front of their home fans. A side who many tipped to struggle on their return to the top-flight have shown they have capability to compete at this level. Newcastle and West Ham have been overcome in their last two outings and Steve Bruce’s side sit comfortably in the top-half.
Good afternoon and welcome to LIVE coverage of today's Premier League clash between the Hull City and Aston Villa, I'm Ryan Bailey and I'll be guiding you through today's proceedings.
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