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August 24, 2014
• Kingston Communications Stadium, Hull
Referee: J. Moss
• Attendance: 24348
N. Jelavić 42'
R. Shawcross 83'
Thanks for joining me on this live commentary. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and all the football action. Goodbye!
That result lifts Hull up to fifth in the table while Stoke get their first points on the Premier League ladder as they climb to 14th position. Next up for Steve Bruce's side is a trip to Aston Villa on Sunday after the return leg of their Europa League tie with Lokeren, while Stoke travel to the champions Manchester City in search of their first win of the season.
FT: Hull 1-1 Stoke. Mark Hughes' side snatch a late draw after a frustrating afternoon at the KC Stadium. James Chester's early red card looked to give the Potters the advantage but it was Steve Bruce's side who took the lead when Nikica Jelavic showed his predatory instincts to turn the ball home before half time. The visitors struggled to penetrate the organised Tigers backline but their pressure eventually told as Ryan Shawcross bundled home the equaliser after Phil Bardsley's shot had struck the post. All square in Hull.
90' + 4'
Elmohamady nearly wraps up his stellar display with a goal but he can only fire over the bar from the right corner of the box. That is the final action of the game as the referee blows his final whistle.
90' + 3'
Elmohamady does superbly once again to set up a counterattack for the hosts. However, as it falls for Huddlestone on the edge of the box, his shot is excellently closed down by Wilson. Surely Hull can't steal a late winner?
90' + 2'
Crouch continues to cause problems inside the Hull box late on but McShane reacts brilliantly to prevent Odemwingie turning in the ball at the back post.
90' + 1'
The Hull PA system awards the man of the match to Nikica Jelavic. The Croatian striker certainly put in an impressive shift up front and scored the opening goal but for me, Elmohamady has epitomised Hull's defensive resilience and team spirit superbly today.
Begovic has not been the most convincing this afternoon and a breakdown in communication with Wilson almost allows Boyd to take advantage. Mark Hughes has insisted that he has completed his summer transfer activity but he may feel the need to re-address certain areas of his team after the performances in Stoke's opening two games.
Diouf has struggled to make an impression for the visitors this afternoon and he miscontrols Crouch's pass on his chest and allows the ball to run straight out of play. Hull have no-one in the opposition half in the closing stages of this one.
That goal has really stunned the home crowd and there are plenty inside the KC Stadium nervously biting their fingernails as Stoke come forward in search of a winner. Can Mark Hughes mastermind a late victory over his old Manchester United teammate?
SHAWCROSS MAKES IT 1-1! Hull's brave resistance is finally broken and it's a scrappy goal for the visitors. Bojan's half-cleared cross is volleyed onto the post by Bardsley but it falls kindly to Shawcross inside the area and he manages to just squirm the ball past McGregor, despite the goalkeeper's best efforts to palm the ball back over the line.
Crouch does brilliantly to bring down Wilson's raking pass on his chest inside the box. However, he cannot produce the finish to match as he skews an effort wide of the target on the half volley.
Bojan is looking lively for the visitors in the closing stages and he finds space on the edge of the box before firing a shot towards goal. However, Livermore reads the danger excellently and gets a crucial foot on the ball to loop it up in the air and safely into the gloves of McGregor.
DIOUF GOES CLOSE! The former Manchester United striker has not enjoyed the best of afternoons today but he collects Odemwingie's pass with his back to goal before spinning Davies excellently and firing narrowly wide. Can Stoke find a late equaliser?
Crouch has certainly given the Hull defenders food for thought since coming on and he again gets himself into a dangerous position. Bojan produces a teasing cross into the middle and McGregor flaps it at anxiously but is fortunate to claim it at the second attempt, with Crouch lurking.
Elmohamady has been terrific down the right for Hull and he again helps them to get back into shape as he wins a throw-in by the corner flag after a typical marauding run. Steve Bruce opts to make a second change, introducing Meyler in place of Quinn.
Stoke are reverting to their familiar long-ball tactic now and Adam looks to pick out Crouch inside the penalty area. The striker certainly seems to have the beating of the Hull defence in the air but Adam's lofted pass is slightly too heavy and McGregor claims.
Begovic wins the award for the worst pass of the day as he wastefully sends a goalkick straight out of play, much to the frustration of the travelling supporters. It looks like Stoke's miserable away record is going to haunt them again here. Mark Hughes' side managed only three wins on the road throughout the whole of last season.
Mark Hughes continues to bark instructions from the touchline as his side go in search of an equaliser. Hull are currently on course for only their second win against Stoke in their last 11 meetings.
The chances are mounting up for Stoke now and N'Zonzi is the next player to try his luck for the Potters. The French midfielder drifts beyond Livermore and Quinn excellently towards the edge of the box but he cannot produce the finish to match as he wildly fires over the crossbar.
Charlie Adam has only been on the field for a minute but he nearly restores parity for the visitors with a fine effort. The former Liverpool man unleashes a trademark swerving strike from distance but McGregor produces a superb fingertipped save to turn it narrowly over the crossbar.
GREAT CHANCE FOR STOKE! Bojan picks up the ball midway inside the Hull half and drives towards the defence before slipping in Crouch excellently. The former England international has all of the goal to aim at but he tries to cut back past McShane allowing the Hull defender to make the clearance. However, the chance is still alive for Stoke as it fortuitiously falls to Diouf inside the box and he inexplicably heads the ball past the far post.
Stoke are starting to run out of ideas and Shawcross lumps the ball downfield towards Crouch. The 33-year-old beats Davies in the air but his knockdown is just too far ahead of Diouf and Hull survive.
Yellow CardBojan Krkic
You have to credit Hull for their organisation here and Quinn sums up their tenacity by stealing the ball off the toes of Bojan just outside the box. The Spaniard then attempts to atone for his error but brings down Jelavic and picks up a yellow card.
Crouch has given Stoke a more focal point up front now but N'Zonzi wastefully gives the ball straight back to Hull as he overhits his chipped pass. Bojan is dropping deep in search of the ball but he is yet to make a meaningful impact on this game.
Hull respond by making a change of their own as Liam Rosenior replaces Tom Ince. The hosts have switched back to a three-man defence now and that's a clear sign from Steve Bruce that he is determined to sit back on this lead.
Stoke City have an injury concern here as Arnautovic goes down clutching his calf. He's had a disappointing afternoon and Mark Hughes decides that he will introduce Peter Crouch regardless of whether the Austrian recovers.
Stoke are ramping up the pressure now and they go close on two occasions. First McGregor makes a smart save to deny Shawcross from a clever training ground free kick routine, before the Hull goalkeeper then rushes off his line to prevent Diouf from turning in Bojan's teasing cross from the left.
Yellow CardAndrew Robertson
Robertson is unlucky to concede a free kick when his hand strikes Odemwingie's cross. The young Hull defender then picks up a yellow card after kicking the ball away in frustration.
Odemwingie does excellently to burst beyond Robertson and deliver a cross into the middle. However, Arnautovic sums up his miserable display so far by striking his effort into the turf and straight into the grateful gloves of McGregor.
Diouf shows a smart turn of pace to elude McShane but a promising opportunity for the visitors breaks down as the striker overhits his through ball for Odemwingie. Jonathan Walters laces up his boots on the substitutes' bench.
The teams have re-emerged from the tunnel for the second half and Hull get the match back underway. Can they secure successive league wins for the first time in 11 months?
HT: Hull 1-0 Stoke. Despite being on the back foot for large periods of the first half, Hull hold a slender advantage at the break courtesy of Nikica Jelavic's instinctive effort. It looked like being a long day for the hosts when James Chester was shown a straight red card on 14 minutes but Stoke have struggled to penetrate the organised Tigers backline and as it stands, they are heading for back-to-back league defeats.
45' + 1'
Stoke have a corner right at the end of the half after Arnautovic cleverly flicks the ball off of Elmohamady. Bojan looks to pick out Shawcross in the middle but his delivery is too close to McGregor who rises perfectly to pluck the ball out of the air. The Hull goalkeeper is yet to make a meaningful save in the match despite Stoke's numerical advantage.
Yellow CardPhil Bardsley
That goal has given Hull a renewed confidence and Jelavic gets in between the two Stoke centre-backs once again but cannot get his shot away. Quinn then lines up a strike from the edge of the box but he fires wide under pressure from Wilson. Mark Hughes will be furious with his side and I would not want to be in the Stoke dressing room at half time.
GOOALLL! Hull take the lead against the run of play and it is Nikica Jelavic with the goal. Huddlestone is the architect as his fizzing low drive looks to be heading wide. However, Begovic is unsure and he takes the pace off his shot and palms it straight into the path of the Croatian striker who gets ahead of Wilson to slot home.
Mark Hughes is clearly not happy with the lack of creativity his side are showing and he decides to make a substitution, bringing on the exciting Bojan in place of Whelan. That seems a little harsh on the Republic of Ireland midfielder who had produced some tidy passages of play in the midfield, including the decisive touch which resulted in Chester's red card.
CHANCE FOR HULL! Huddlestone pumps a free kick towards Davies inside the box and he rises excellently to head the ball onto Jelavic. The Croatian contorts his body to execute a bicycle kick but Shawcross gets his head in the way to produce a vital interception.
Yellow CardMame Biram Diouf
Diouf picks up Stoke's first caution of the game after a clumsy challenge on Huddlestone.
Stoke continue to probe patiently but they cannot find a way to penetrate this well-organised Hull outfit. Mark Hughes is looking increasingly frustrated on the touchline as none of his players can provide that killer pass.
Stoke work the ball quickly around the box with Odemwingie picking out Arnautovic. The Austrian looks to bend a shot into the far corner but McShane gets a crucial head on the ball to deflect it behind for a corner which Hull defend well.
Hull have all ten men pegged back inside their own half at the moment as they look to weather this Stoke storm. In fairness, they have done a good job so far with McGregor yet to make a save.
Arnautovic's delivery from the corner is much better and Wilson's flick-on causes panic inside the Hull penalty area. It is half-cleared to Shawcross on the edge of the box but he shows his defensive instincts by slicing a shot way off target.
Robertson shows a lack of experience as he trips Odemwingie on the edge of the box. Stoke have all the big boys up from the back but Arnautovic wastefully hits the free kick into the first man and Stoke win a corner.
Sidwell's clever through ball picks out Bardsley on the right side of the box but his dangerous low cross is hacked to safety by Davies. Diouf really should be doing better there and making a darting run to the front post to meet it.
Hull are really struggling to get the ball up to Jelavic now that they have ten men and it is Stoke who continue to crank up the pressure. The visitors have enjoyed 62% of the possession since Chester's red card but they are yet to test McGregor in the Hull goal.
CHANCE FOR STOKE! Odemwingie has looked lively when drifting into wide positions and he delivers a teasing cross towards the back post which N'Zonzi fails to divert towards goal. Hull half-clear the danger and they breathe a sigh of relief as Pieters fires a shot narrowly over the bar from the left side of the box.
Stoke are in the ascendency at the moment and they are passing the ball around patiently, waiting for gaps to appear in the Tigers' broken backline. Can they break the deadlock before half time?
STAT ATTACK: Will Hull be able to score with 10 men? Steve Bruce's side have failed to score in their last three games against Stoke, losing two of those matches. They have also failed to find the net in their last two home league matches.
Chester's dismissal has fired up Hull and they look to score the opening goal when Ince finds space on the edge of the box. However, Wilson reads the danger excellently and closes down his effort.
Arnautovic steps up to take the resulting free kick but his feeble effort is easily blocked by the Hull wall. Steve Bruce appears to have switched to four at the back and they defend resolutely to clear a corner from the right.
Red CardJames Chester
CHESTER SENT OFF! Hull's hero last weekend is their villain this week. The Tigers attempt to play the ball out of defence but Livermore comes under pressure from Whelan and his backpass puts Chester in trouble. The Stoke midfielder gets to the ball first and darts beyond Chester but he is brought down and with no defensive cover, Jonathan Moss has no option but to brandish the red card.
Hull produced a valiant defensive effort to keep QPR at bay last week but they have shown signs of vulnerability in the opening exchanges here. Odemwingie flicks a header towards Diouf, who had done excellently to get in between Chester and Davies, but he is adjudged narrowly offside.
Hull have settled into this game now but Pieters does well to prevent Elmohamady getting his cross into the box. Shawcross then concedes a needless free kick but instead of lumping it into the box, Hull try to play it short and Robertson's slide pass for Ince is easily intercepted by Arnautovic.
STAT ATTACK: Mark Hughes has never lost a match against Hull City. Peter Odemwingie scored the only goal in the two league meetings between these two sides last season.
Hull win the first corner of the game but Huddlestone's delivery is excellently dealt with by Begovic. There has been a good tempo to the opening six minutes of this game, with both teams determined to get into advanced positions as quickly as possible.
WARNING FOR HULL! A long punt up from the Stoke defence catches Chester unaware and Diouf seizes upon the defender's hesitance. However, he is adjudged to be too aggressive when about to run though on goal and the hosts are awarded the free kick. Chester was lucky to get away with that one.
Stoke have enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges but Sidwell's through ball, intended for Diouf, is well intercepted by Chester.
The referee blows his whistle and Stoke get the contest underway. Can the Potters bounce back from their opening day defeat to Aston Villa and earn their first points of the new season? Let's find out...
Captains Curtis Davies and Ryan Shawcross lead out their respective sides to a great reception from both sets of supporters. Referee Jonathan Moss puts the ball on the centre-circle and we are ready for kick-off!
A large part of Hull's success last season was a result of their home form and 25 of their 37 points came at the KC Stadium. Can they earn all three points in their first home league game of this campaign or will Stoke take advantage of the Tigers' continental hangover? Kick-off is minutes away...
Stoke subs: Sorensen; Muniesa, Adam, Walters, Crouch, Cameron, Bojan.
STOKE XI: (4-5-1): Begovic; Bardsley, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters; Odemwingie, Nzonzi, Whelan, Sidwell, Arnautovic; Diouf.
STOKE TEAM NEWS: Mark Hughes also makes two changes to the side which lost on the opening day to Aston Villa. Peter Odemwingie is handed a start after his extended post-World Cup break ahead of summer signing Bojan while Steve Sidwell makes his Potters debut as Stephen Ireland misses out with a chest injury. Victor Moses is not yet ready for the first-team squad as he lacks match fitness following his loan move from Chelsea.
Hull subs: Harper, Rosenior, Figueroa, Bruce, Meyler, Boyd, Aluko.
HULL XI (3-5-1-1): McGregor; Chester, Davies, McShane; Elmohamady, Huddlestone, Livermore, Quinn, Robertson; Ince; Jelavic.
HULL TEAM NEWS: Steve Bruce makes two changes to the side which defeated QPR on the opening day of the season. Paul McShane comes in for Alex Bruce in the heart of defence while Stephen Quinn replaces Robert Snodgrass whose league debut for the club was cruelly cut short after he suffered a dislocated kneecap. Alan McGregor has shaken off a knock to start in goal and he is one of only three players who played in the midweek Europa League defeat to Lokeren. Yannick Sagbo misses out through suspension.
These two sides enjoyed contrasting fortunes on the opening day of the season. Hull got their campaign off to the perfect start last Saturday, with James Chester's goal securing a hard-fought 1-0 victory at QPR. However, Stoke suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa in what Mark Hughes has described as a "wake-up call".
Good afternoon and welcome to this live commentary between Hull City and Stoke City. It's a battle of two former Manchester United teammates at the KC Stadium today as Steve Bruce and Mark Hughes go head-to-head, with both managers determined to raise the bar once again this season after leading their respective clubs to their highest Premier League finishes last term.
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