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  • October 5, 2013
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • Kingston Communications Stadium, Hull
  • Referee: M. Clattenburg
  • • Attendance: 24396
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Hull City 0-0 Aston Villa: Bore draw keeps both sides in top half

Steve Bruce and Paul Lambert both consolidated their side's reasonably impressive starts to the season with a drab goalless draw at the KC Stadium on Saturday

Hull City continued its fine start to life back in the Premier League with a 0-0 draw at home against Aston Villa.

The point shared between the sides sees both remain in the top half of the table following a game which had very few goalscoring chances.

The sides came into the match in confident mood, Villa having sensationally come from behind to defeat Manchester City 3-2 seven days ago, and both were searching for a third consecutive Premier League win.

Returning Villa forward Gabriel Agbonlahor produced a stinging shot to draw a fine first-half save from Allan McGregor but, in truth, the Hull goalkeeper and his opposite number Brad Guzan enjoyed relatively untroubled afternoons.

Before that opening, Hull’s Danny Graham might have converted Ahmed Elmohamady's right-wing cross but the former Swansea striker failed to do so and his goal drought extended to 24 matches in all competitions.

Stephen Quinn came into the Hull midfield to replace Robbie Brady after the side's top scorer underwent hernia surgery this week.

Agbonlahor and Ashley Westwood returned from respective ankle and thigh complaints to bolster Villa's bid for three consecutive wins for the first time since April 2010.

Hull spent large parts of the opening exchanges out of possession, but Villa right back Leandro Bacuna was forced to clear over his own crossbar after Sone Aluko cleverly released Graham down the right channel in the 15th minute.

Shortly afterwards another quality delivery from the Villa left, this time by Elmohamady, asked further questions but Graham could not convert with Ron Vlaar in close attendance.

Villa responded and McGregor had to be at full stretch to palm Agbonlahor's 20-yard drive behind.

Agbonlahor came agonizingly close to breaking the deadlock seven minutes after the restart, angling Weimann's cutback narrowly past the post following a superb driving run down the left flank from Bacuna.

A nasty clash of heads forced running repairs for Hull defender Curtis Davies and visiting striker Libor Kozak, while Villa boss Paul Lambert sent on Aleksandar Tonev and Jordan Bowery for Westwood and Agbonlahor in search of a final push in the last 15 minutes that ultimately failed to materialize.

Hull sits eighth in the Premier League table, a point and a place better off than Villa after seven matches.

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