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September 14, 2013
• Kingston Communications Stadium, Hull
Referee: R. Madley
• Attendance: 21949
C. Davies 40'
P. Whittingham 59'
Shots on Target
Many thanks for joining me this afternoon, football fans. I have been Hayden Gribble. Have a great weekend, whatever your team's score.
So Hull are denied a second successive home win in the Premier League thanks to Wittingham's six-yard volley. Malky Mackay's men will settle for a draw and the Bluebirds take a point back to Wales.
Full time: HULL 1-1 CARDIFF
90' + 2'
Yellow Card Curtis Davies
3 CHANCE! Danny Graham, what's going on, son? The out-of-form striker heads straight at Lewis from close range. Either side of the keeper and that was game over and three points ofr Hull.
2 CHANCE! Wittingham hits a late 25-yard free-kick straight at McGregor.
We are into stoppage time, with FOUR minutes to go.
...But the former Spurs man hits it straight at the wall and the half volleys the rebound, which takes a deflection and goes out for a corner. Late drama?
Free-kick to Hull, in a good position on the edge of the area. Huddlestone and Koren are shaping it up...
Hull are really trying to unpick the Cardiff lock yet again and it's Quinn who puts in a fantastic cross but finds no Tigers players to meet it.
DISALLOWED GOAL! Quinn puts a fine cross in which is met by Aluko, who slots it home, but wait, its disallowed! Into the final ten minutes of the game and Hull are breaking forward with venom, here.
CHANCE! Huddlestone pokes the ball forward for Graham to latch onto, but his shot is skuffed and easily dealt with by Cardiff.
STAT ATTACK - The Bluebirds have claimed victory in just one of their previous seven away games against the Tigers (a 2-0 win in February 2011). (BBCSport)
CHANCE! Gunnarsson talkes a pop from 20-yards but his effort sails harmlessly over.
The game has quitened down for a brief period as we head into the latter stages of the game.
STAT ATTACK - 3234 - Peter Whittingham's goal against Hull was his first Premier League goal for 3234 days. Relief. (Optajoe)
CHANCE! Oh what a chance for Gunnarsson, whose free header after good work from Theophile goes harmlessly wide. Cardiff are well on top.
That goal was straight off the training ground. A neat little flick from Campbell allowed Cowie to cross that into Wittingham, who volleyed from close range.
Assist Don Cowie
Goal Peter Whittingham
GOAL! Peter Wittingham gets the Bluebirds back on level terms with a delightful volley. Pick that one out!
CHANCE! The resulting free-kick almost sees Hull double their lead. Huddlestone sets up Koren who side foots the ball towards the bottom corner of the net, but his effort is deflected away from goal.
Yellow Card Ben Turner
Hmm, that seems a soft yellow to award, Mr Madley. Turner is cautioned for tripping Aluko but it looks like both players were caught in a tangle there.
There has been very little goalmouth action so far this half. In fact, there has been none. Waiting for this game to wake up again.
STAT ATTACK - The Bluebirds have drawn seven of their last 10 league games. (BBCSport)
Nicky Maynard has been the only change in the interval, having replaced Kim for Malky Mackay's side.
STAT ATTACK - Despite being behind, Cardiff had 56% possession in the first half.
Both teams are making their way out. Cardiff to get us underway.
What does Malky Mackay need to do to get his side back into this? You could argue that it was slack defending that cost them that goal but maybe a debut appearance from Peter Odemwingie will inspire the Bluebirds?
STAT ATTACK - The Tigers are looking to win back-to-back home games in the top flight for the first time. (BBCSport)
HALFTIME - HULL 1-0 CARDIFF
The halftime whistle blows and the two sides head for the changing rooms. Steve Bruce looks pleased with his boys so far this game. Still a long way to go, though before all three points are secure.
There will be a minimum of TWO minutes added on time.
CHANCE! Hull break forward again and almost double their lead as Aluko sees his run and shot blocked. In the build-up, Brady looks like he took a kick to his face but the home side decided to play on. The striker stays down and looks like he needs treatment.
Assist Tom Huddlestone
Goal Curtis Davies
GOAL! If only I ran a betting shop. The net bulges as Curtis Davies stoops to a low Huddlestone cross to head the Tigers in front. He opens his and Hull's account for the afternoon. First blood Hull.
CHANCE! Good strong save from Lewis as he reaches a low drilled shot from Huddlestone to turn it away. Hull look odds-on to score first at the moment.
CHANCE! Aluko has his head in his hands as he drags a right-footed shot wide of Joe Lewis' post.
It's the Tigers who continue to knock on the Cardiff door as Elmohamady hammers a shot towards goal, but it is charged down.
CHANCE! It's the Bluebirds who fly forward next and Wittingham shapes up for a shot but instead lays a reverse pass on for Medel, whose lack of control ruins his chance.
CHANCE! It's the Tigers turn to have a crack and Aluko flashes the skills and does a fancy step over before lashing his shot into the side netting. Good stuff that from the striker!
The KC stadium erupts in anger as Campbell goes in late and hard again on a Hull player. This time it's Jake Livermore who is on the receiving end of a challenge. The Bluebirds top scorer needs to calm down here.
There's a bit of confusion in the Cardiff area and Joe Lewis only just gets the ball away from danger. The away side are looking nervy at the back, here.
Yellow Card Fraizer Campbell
Fraizer Campbell deserved that for what can only be described as a frustrated-looking tackle on his former Tottenham team mate Tom Huddlestone. First booking of the afternoon.
PENALTY APPEAL - Should that be a spot kick for the Bluebirds? Not at all, in fact Kim should be booked for going down that easily in the box. The referee keeps his cards in his pocket but I have seen players booked for less simulation than that one!
Quite an end-to-end start to this game but without a doubt the home side should be in front.
STAT ATTACK: Including last season, Hull have failed to score in five of their previous seven league games (W1, D2, L4). (BBC Sport)
CHANCE! And Danny Graham must score! Aluko sees his shot palmed away by debutant Joe Lewis and the ball falls to the feet of the former Swansea and Sunderland man, who skies it from ten yards. Sitter.
CHANCE! Gunnarsson is at the centre of attention again as he latches on to Kim's lay-off to hit a 20-yard shot, which deflects through to McGregor's waiting palms.
OUCH! Ooof, that looked like a clash of knees which sees Gunnarsson come off the worst. The Icelander writhes on the ground but he should be okay to play on.
We are underway on Humberside as the home side get us off and running.
The teams are making their way out here, met by a loud and expectant KC crowd. We are moments away from kick-off.
Last time these two sides met back in May it was the Tigers faithful who were left biting their nails as a 2-2 draw was enough to see them back up into the top-flight. The stakes are not as high this time out but a win would be very welcome following their encouraging display in the 2-0 defeat to Man City last time out.
STAT ATTACK - Cardiff have won four of their last seven games against Hull. (BBCSport)
Just fifteen minutes to go now...the atmosphere is building in the KC.
So, Allan McGregor retains his spot in goal for Steve Bruce's men whilst Bluebirds' new-boy Peter Odemwingie has to make do with a place on the bench as Steven Caulker takes the armband on only his fourth Premier League game for Malky Mackay's men.
Hull: McGregor, Figueroa, Chester, Davies, Elmohamady, Huddlestone, Koren, Livermore, Brady, Aluko, Graham Subs: Jakupovic, McShane, Bruce, Rosenior, Meyler, Boyd, Quinn Cardiff: Lewis, Taylor, Caulker, Theophile, Turner, Gunnarsson, Medel, Cowie, Bo-Kyung, Whittingham, Campbell Subs: Moore, Hudson, Odemwingie, Gestede, Noone, Mutch, Maynard Referee: Robert Madley (West Yorkshire)
Good afternoon and welcome to our live text coverage of Hull City Tigers versus Cardiff. My name is Hayden Gribble and I will be bringing you all the best action from this, the first encounter in the Premier League between these two promoted sides. But before we go any further, let's get the team news...
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