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September 28, 2013 10:00 PM SGT
Kingston Communications Stadium — Hull
Referee:‬ K. Friend‎
Attendance:‬ 24291‎
 
12′ (PG) Robbie Brady
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Hull City 1-0 West Ham

Robbie Brady's early strike from the penalty spot was the difference between the two sides as the visitors' troubles away from home and in front of goal continued

By Tom Marshall-Bailey at the KC Stadium

  • Allan McGregor
    2
    0
    3.00

    Allan McGregor

    Made the saves he had to and dealt with the aerial threat posed by the Hammers by dealing with any set-pieces with catches or punches.

  • Liam Rosenior
    1
    0
    2.50

    Liam Rosenior

    Looked nervous in the opening exchanges, summed up in particular by a wayward backpass but grew into the game and, as his confidence grew, his willingness to get forward became more apparent.

  • Maynor Figueroa
    1
    0
    3.00

    Maynor Figueroa

    Came back into the Tigers' backline and settled back into his position like a duck to water. Made some crucial interventions and blocks to stifle the Hammers.

  • Curtis Davies
    2
    2
    4.00

    Curtis Davies Top of the Match

    Skippered the side and was a rock at the centre of defence with a number of towering headers and crunching challenges. Nearly grabbed his second goal in as many home games with a firm downward header which hit the bar.

  • Abdoulaye Diagne Faye
    1
    0
    3.50

    Abdoulaye Diagne Faye

    Another colossal presence at the back, he dominated Maiga at times and made sure James Chester was not missed as much as Tigers fans thought he would be.

  • Tom Huddlestone
    1
    0
    2.50

    Tom Huddlestone

    Sprayed the ball around with consummate ease at times but his final delivery was sometimes surprisingly off. Was reliable enough from a defensive perspective when called upon.

  • Jake Livermore
    1
    0
    3.00

    Jake Livermore

    Sat at the base of the Hull midfield which, in turn, helped liberate the creative talents in front of him. Was largely on the periphery on the game at times, though, although it was slightly understandable given his role. So nearly grabbed a second, that said, with a low drive that hit the post.

  • Sone Aluko
    1
    0
    3.50

    Sone Aluko

    Confused the Hammers' rearguard by dropping short and picking up possession whilst also showing the intent to dart in behind into the channels to help hold the ball up for his side. Following his goal last week, another positive display.

  • Ahmed El Mohamady
    2
    0
    3.50

    Ahmed El Mohamady

    An impressive display from the versatile right midfielder who looked to get at his full-back as often as possible and whip a ball into the area. Equally, he was always looking to help out Rosenior at full back.

  • Danny Graham
    1
    2
    2.00

    Danny Graham Flop of the Match

    Another laboured performance from the Tigers' most disappointing individual on the day. His touch was off and link-up play with those behind him therefore suffered. Snatched at a presentable second-half opening. Rightly hauled off.

  • Robbie Brady
    3
    0
    3.50

    Robbie Brady

    Dispatched the penalty superbly and his all-round performance was an exciting one. The KC faithful chanted his name at every given opportunity and it reflected in some of the flair and confident wing-play he displayed on the left flank. Was taken off to a rapturous applause.

Substitutions

  • David Meyler
    1
    0
    2.50

    David Meyler

    Made very little impact during his 10 minutes on the field.

  • George Boyd
    1
    0
    2.50

    George Boyd

    Came on for the final exchanges and offered no real contribution to the Tigers' success.

  • Y. Sagbo
    1
    0
    2.50

    Y. Sagbo

    Was forced to rely on scraps as his side defended for their lives to hang on to the lead. Could not get into the game.

  • Jussi Jaaskelainen
    2
    0
    3.00

    Jussi Jaaskelainen

    Had no chance of saving the penalty and made some impressive stops when Hull threatened his goal. Was often let down by those in front of him.

  • Winston Reid
    0
    1
    2.50

    Winston Reid

    Not as assured as he has been in recent times, which may well have been down to a change in defensive partner. Aluko gave him a real test down the middle and when he shifted out wide.

  • James Tomkins
    1
    0
    2.50

    James Tomkins

    Saw a header cleared off the line but not his best performance at the back as he came in for Collins. Constantly looked under pressure when on the ball and didn't deal with Aluko.

  • R. Raţ
    1
    1
    2.50

    R. Raţ

    Got forward with intent and put in some teasing crosses but his delivery was not always in the right place for a Hammers forward. Defensively suspect but let down by Jarvis' lack of backtracking.

  • Joey O'Brien
    0
    0
    2.50

    Joey O'Brien

    Hull deliberately targeted his flank as one they could get at and, subsequently, any attacking inclinations were reserved for defensive responsibilities. Harshly penalised for the opening goal.

  • Kevin Nolan
    0
    0
    2.50

    Kevin Nolan

    Booked for an early reckless lunge and his game never recovered from it. Didn't offer enough in the hole behind Maiga and seemed more willing to back chat to the referee than pull his team through the battle.

  • Matthew Jarvis
    0
    0
    2.00

    Matthew Jarvis

    Poor display. Gave the ball away frequently, offered no defensive protection and failed to beat his marker often enough, let alone supply the crosses for which he is renowned.

  • Ravel Morrison
    1
    0
    3.00

    Ravel Morrison

    Given his early season form, he will be disappointed by this display but his effort could not be questioned as he constantly asked questions of the Tigers in midfield and at the back.

  • Mark Noble
    0
    0
    2.50

    Mark Noble

    Sent off last week and unable to provide enough guile or bite in midfield to offer and sort of problem to the defensive midfield duo of Livermore and Huddlestone.

  • Mohamed Diame
    1
    0
    3.00

    Mohamed Diame

    Was trusted with the defensive-minded right-wing role and helped force Figueroa back but lacked the inventiveness needed in the final third.

  • Modibo Maiga
    0
    1
    2.50

    Modibo Maiga

    Cut an isolated figure up front as he battled resolutely against the physical presence of Faye. Had a low shot saved in the opening period but offered little else due to a criminal lack of service. Withdrawn as the Hammers went in search of the elusive goal.

Substitutions

  • Stewart Downing
    0
    0
    3.00

    Stewart Downing

    Supplied some impressive crosses and was always forward-thinking after he was brought on.

  • Ricardo Vaz Te
    0
    0
    2.50

    Ricardo Vaz Te

    Did not offer enough support to Petric when he was introduced and was forced wide to try and get hold of the ball.

  • Mladen Petric
    0
    0
    2.50

    Mladen Petric

    Was introduced midway through the second half and at least showed the makings of a more orthodox centre forward as he held the ball up and invited midfielders into attacking positions.

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