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February 22, 2014
• Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff (Caerdydd)
Referee: H. Webb
• Attendance: 26167
T. Huddlestone 18'
N. Jelavić 38', 57'
J. Livermore 67'
FULL TIME: Cardiff 0-4 Hull - despite both teams being on level terms at the break, the Tigers executed the perfect counterattacking game in the second half to down the hosts and leave the beaten Bluebirds further in the mire. Thank you for joining me this afternoon!
90' + 3'
Fabio tries to sneak in behind with a quick burst of pace into the box, but Chester is there to clear the danger without taking any nonsense.
90' + 1'
Jelavic is adjudged offside after he times his run a tad too early to latch onto a diagonal ball.
Three minutes of injury time will be played out.
Substitute Boyd is deservedly booked following a bad tackle on Noone. I've lost count of how many fouls he's attracted this afternoon!
Yellow Card George Boyd
Declan John is predictable in his one-on-one with Rosenior near the corner flag, as Hull inch closer to their fourth away victory in seven matches.
Another instance of Cardiff being over-elaborate and not direct enough in the final third results in Jelavic winning a foul off a frustrated Cala next to the left-hand touchline.
JELAVIC!!!!! That would have been special... it's all too facile for Hull again as a long ball cuts straight through the Cardiff offside trap, allowing the striker to jettison into the box and smash a half-volley into the side-netting with no support nearby.
Rosenior concedes the corner, which is quickly taken by Cardiff, and Caulker meets the cross but fails to test McGregor with his header.
Jo Inge Berget
Solskjaer appears to have run out of patience with the striker and throws on Berget for his Premier League debut.
Noone's has easily been the Bluebirds' most inventive player. This time, he bypasses Elmohamady and puts a cross into the box, but Campbell is shrugged off the ball by Bruce. The striker must be more imposing in the air!
WONDERFUL SAVE!!!! McGregor is at full stretch to tip Noone's vicious attempt away and keep Cardiff firmly on the back foot!
CALA!!! Another chance goes begging as the Spaniard rises highest to meet Daehli's free kick, yet he can't guide his header at goal!
Campbell is a whisker away from pulling a goal back for Cardiff, after being found in the box by some slick passing, but it's Bruce to the rescue!
A sizeable section of Cardiff fans are already making their way out of the stadium. Solskjaer looks on mortified from the sidelines, and understandably so - his side were on a par with their opponents at the interval!
Assist Ahmed El Mohamady
Goal Jake Livermore
... he carries on his run with not a single Cardiff jersey oncoming, squares the ball into the box and Livermore POKES A SHOT BEYOND MARSHALL FOR 4-0 HULL!!!!!!
Noone runs into a deadend, Elmohamady collects the ball off him...
ROSENIOR!! The right-back has put in a fantastic shift today, and again he marauds forward from deep and lashes a shot off-target - much to Marshall's relief.
If Cardiff looked fragile earlier in the match, they are verging on porcelain now. Hull are threatening on the break everytime they pick up the ball!
You can't fault Cardiff for a lack of trying, but their goals have come from naivety. They lack the experience necessary for a relegation dogfight, judging by their current display.
Assist Liam Rosenior
Goal Nikica Jelavic
HULL SEAL THE DEAL!!!!! The visitors are surely home and dry now, as it's that man Jelavic again, who tucks away a Rosenior cross with his head in clinical fashion. That's two goals - and two thirds of his goal output before today for the season - now for the former Everton star!
There's a real Manchester United flavour on show here. Both teams are managed by legendary ex-Reds, while the likes of Daehli, Eikrem, Zaha, Fabio and Hull trio Chester, Brady and Campbell have all progressed through their youth system at one time or another.
Noone sends a tantalising cross into the box, but Jones can't steer it on target as it bounces off his shin.
Fabio can't believe his (lack of) luck after being penalised by the referee for an extremely soft coming-together with Long, who milks the chance to fall down to the ground in front of Webb's gazes.
Huddlestone is back on the pitch after being given a dose of the trusty magic sponge. That was a real worry for Hull fans!
INCREDIBLE BLOCK!!! If ever there was a perfectly-timed challenge to prevent a clear goalscoring opportunity, there it was. Campbell is about to pull the trigger for Cardiff, but out of nowhere comes Huddlestone diving in to push the ball out for a corner! The midfielder then incurs a knock and receives treatment on the sidelines.
SHOULD'VE BEEN THREE AND OUT!!! Jelavic will be kicking himself at missing that. Elmohamady bursts down the right wing and floats over a cross, which the Croat brings down yet inexplicably smashes into the stand behind McGregor's net!
Quite a surprise to see Zaha taken off at half time following his exciting first-half performance, but in his place comes former Manchester United starlet Mats Daehli.
Hull get the action back under way!
HALF TIME: Cardiff 0-2 Hull - a match that proves how counterattacking football and the art of defending is here to stay, while the obsession with possession is not enough on its own to win you matches! Catch me in 15 minutes for coverage of the second half.
45' + 2'
PENALTY? Jones appears inclined to think so as Fabio's diagonal ball into the box is held up by the Trinidad and Tobago international, but Jelavic makes a desperate intervention to head the ball away from his fellow striker's grasp. Howard Webb makes the right decision on second glance.
45' + 1'
Cardiff's confidence will likely have been shot after that two-goal smash-and-grab from Hull. However, to their credit, they're still digging away as they win a pair of corners in quick succession.
There will be three added minutes in this first half.
Noone is given the green light to return to the match, and normal service is resumed.
Eikrem's playmaking ability from midfield has been evident today, in what is a rare bright spot for Cardiff. However, his latest pass to Noone results in the winger heading off the field of play to receive treatment after clattering into Davies.
Assist Shane Long
Goal Nikica Jelavic
TWO TO HULL!!!!!!!! The visitors are reading off the same hymn sheet as their stopper it seems, as they pull two goals clear of Cardiff! Long is found on the edge of the box, and he simply tees off his strike partner Jelavic for a crisp finish, which nestles into the bottom right corner, from several yards out!
Alex Bruce has been absolutely colossal this afternoon. Again, the Hull manager's son throws himself at Noone to deny the winger the chance to shoot.
McGregor takes no chances as he plucks a deep cross out of the air, despite not much in terms of a physical threat incoming. Yet just moments later, Jones somehow can't steer his deflection on target with the goal at his mercy!
We have a momentary break in play, as Zaha picks up the first yellow card of the afternoon.
Yellow Card Wilfried Zaha
Cardiff take too long to penetrate the Hull box, following a series of harmless passes around the outskirts, and the visitors steal the ball back via a midfield intervention.
JINX!! Fabio gallops down the right and whips in a dangerous cross, which is met by Campbell, who ghosts between both Hull centre-backs in the box, but the striker guides his header wide by the smallest of margins!
Cardiff may be having the lion's share of possession ahead of the half-hour mark, but Hull's resistance has been nothing short of admirable thus far. How much longer can they fend off this pressure for?
OUCH!! Bruce takes a stinger in the face as he feels the full force of Eikrem's effort. However, Jones comes agonisingly close to testing Marshall - were it not for getting the ball stuck under his feet from a cross!
STAT FACT: Elmohamady has started every Hull match in the Premier League this season! Perhaps Cardiff should take a leaf out of their opponents book when it comes to continuity...
Noone displays a clean set of heels to bypass Meyler, but the midfielder sticks out a leg to trip up the ex-Plymouth ace. The resulting free kick, however, is wasted.
Talk about opportunism from the visitors! Anyway, Cardiff don't let their heads drop and win a corner straight from the restart, but Campbell can only head the ball over the bar.
Assist Jake Livermore
Goal Tom Huddlestone
GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL!!!! Surprisingly it's to Hull, as Jelavic is played in behind with a one-two by Long and shimmies his marker before seeing his finish saved by Marshall. However, he can't hold onto the ball and the move is revived by Livermore, who lays off Huddlestone for a thunderous low strike!
The Tigers venture towards the final third of Cardiff's half, but a breakdown in understanding between Long and Meyler results in Taylor nicking the ball back in opportunist fashion.
Cardiff are recycling the ball very efficiently in these opening stages. Their transition play has been extremely zippy, and they're showing the right amount of tenacity to win possession back. Sadly, the same can't be said about Hull.
GOOD CHANCE!! Davies is caught cold near his own goal by Jones, who brushes the defender off the ball with considerable ease, and the former Stoke man unleashes a low strike from close range, which McGregor must parry wide for a Cardiff corner!
ZAHAAAA!!! The Manchester United loanee dances past a series of Hull shirts on the edge of the box before advancing into the area and blasting a shot at McGregor!
Hull enjoy a welcome spell of possession within midfield after being pegged further and further back by the hosts, although it's not long before Rosenior misjudges a pass that comes his way.
Cowie looks to play in a team-mate with a tantalising lobbed pass into the box, but Bruce reads the danger in an instant. Cardiff are beginning to take the game to Hull!
Zaha attempts to launch another foray down his flank, but Elmohamady is there to stop him in his tracks. Jelavic, meanwhile, is flagged offside.
Zaha is found on the left by Eikrem, and the attacker shows off some quick feet before curling a shot into the arms of a grateful McGregor.
Long seems to have lost his scoring touch recently, but he's looked lively in these opening stages as he wins the visitors a corner, again from the right channel. However, the ball is regained by Cardiff, who push forward on the break before squandering possession moments later.
Noone, on the right-hand side, tries to take on his marker Figueroa, but the Honduran manages to stick out a leg to block the winger's cross.
Long smashes a speculative attempt high and wide after peeling in-field from the right to mark the first attempt at goal this afternoon.
Cardiff get the match under way, going from left-to-right in their red-and-black home uniform.
The players flood out onto the pitch! There's a cheeky close-up of Shane Long, wearing Hull's all-blue away kit - akin to that of Cardiff's home strip before Vincent Tan's takeover over a year ago. Can he prove his worth following his January switch from West Brom and fire the Tigers to victory today?
Just five minutes until kick-off in Wales. Make no mistake about it, this is a must-win for either side if they are to avoid falling through the Premier League trap-doors at the first time of asking...
Hull also make numerous alterations to their personnel. Liam Rosenior, back from a thigh injury of his own, along with Alex Bruce, David Meyler, Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic are all recalled following the 1-1 draw with second-tier outfit Brighton.
Solskjaer rings the changes from Cardiff's shock cup defeat to Wigan last week, as Fabio, Don Cowie, Craig Noone and Kenwyne Jones all come into the fold. Their biggest absentee is undoubtedly Gary Medel, who will miss the next few weeks due to a thigh injury. Craig Bellamy, however, plays out the last match of his three-game ban.
HULL: McGregor; Rosenior, Bruce, Davies, Figueroa; Elmohamady, Huddlestone, Livermore, Meyler; Long, Jelavic. SUBS: Chester, Koren, Boyd, Sagbo, Harper, Aluko, Quinn.
CARDIFF: Marshall; Fabio, Cala, Caulker, Taylor; Zaha, Cowie, Eikrem, Noone; Jones, Campbell. SUBS: Turner, Whittingham, Gunnarsson, Daehli, Lewis, Berget, John.
The omens look better for Hull prior to kick-off. They've won three of their last six away fixtures - as opposed to Cardiff's dismal record of only four home wins all season. During their last meeting in September, neither team could be separated as they battled to a 1-1 draw at the KC Stadium. Right, the team news is on its way!
But while Cardiff are floundering in the bottom three, one of the Championship's other promoted sides of last season Hull are positioned far more comfortably in mid-table. However, with just one win in their last four Premier League matches, the Tigers are only three points clear of the relegation places.
Malky Mackay took the fall for Cardiff's inconsistent dealings in the transfer market last summer. Danish striker Andreas Cornelius proved a costly disaster at £8.5 million and was subsequently shipped out on loan to Copenhagen in January. The early signs of Solskjaer's purchases, on the other hand, have been more hit than miss.
We'll begin our pre-match festivities on the Bluebirds, whose fortunes have hardly improved since manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's arrival from Molde last month. The Norwegian's appointment has yielded just three victories in nine matches, with two of those coming in the FA Cup.
Hello and welcome to LIVE commentary of the Premier League clash between Cardiff and Hull City! I'm Livio Caferoglu - your host for all the trials and tribulations that are likely to await us in the Welsh capital this afternoon.
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