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March 29, 2014
• Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Referee: N. Swarbrick
• Attendance: 27029
P. Odemwingie 62'
That's it for this afternoon. All it leaves me to say is thanks for joining me and enjoy the rest of your weekend.
FT: Stoke City 1-0 Hull City. Odemwingie took full advantage of a stray pass from Elmohamady to give the Potters three vital points which all but secures their top flight status for another season. Hull aren't out of trouble by any means. They may have a trip to Wembley to look forward to but Hull City will need to improve if they are to avoid being sucked into the relegation dogfight.
90' + 5'
Peter Odemwingie has been the star performer in the second half and his fantastic goal was the difference between the teams. Not a classic by any means but Stoke will be very pleased with their second half performance.
90' + 4'
From a Hull City point of view the game is drifting away from them as Stoke look the more likely to add to their lead.
90' + 2'
Steve Bruce will be pretty disappointed that his side have not created more chances since going a goal behind. Hughes on the other hand will be absolutely delighted with the way his team have responded in the second half.
Much to the dismay of Mark Hughes, five additional minutes have been added on by the officials. Can Hull rescue a point or will Stoke's good form continue?
Odemwingie then leads a Stoke City counter attack, the striker turns Curtis Davies inside out before misjudging his pass across the penalty box. if he had got that right it surely would have been 2-0 and game over.
Third and final change for Stoke City - Peter Crouch is brought off to a standing ovation from the home fans. John Guidetti, on loan from Manchester City will lead the line for the final few minutes.
Yellow CardWilson Palacios
Aluko's free kick was not the best and doesn't beat the first man.
Palacios brings down Sagbo which earns him a yellow card in a dangerous position for the visitors. Arnautovic is then substituted for Charlie Adam.
A surging run down the left from Pieters earns Stoke another corner and gives the big men from the back a chance to venture forward.
Mark Hughes reacts by replacing Whelan for Wilson Palacios. Hull also make their final change by sending on Stephen Quinn to replace Huddlestone for the last 9 minutes. Huddlestone had picked up a knock which is why he has been replaced. Would've been a curious decision otherwise.
Now it is Stoke's turn to drop deep and put men behind the ball. Hull are huffing and puffing at the moment but don't look like blowing the house down at the moment.
That missed opportunity turns out to be the Croatian's last action of the match as he is replaced by Yannick Sagbo. Hull are starting to crank up the pressure as they go in search of an equaliser.
Livermore crosses the ball into the box which is dealt with by Shawcross. The ball is then feed back into the danger area by Rosenior and falls to Jelavic completely misses the chance to connect with a half volley.
A beautiful, flowing attacking move ends with Ireland forcing Harper into a smart save. The veteran goalkeeper tips the ball over the bar. Crouch has been at the heart of most of Stoke's attacks.
Harper launches the ball forward as Hull look to get back into the game. Stoke clear their lines. The Potters are looking dangerous on the break so Hull will need to make sure they don't concede a second, which at this stage would surely be fatal.
Sure enough Steve Bruce makes his first change of the match. Replacing his son, Alex Bruce, a defender for Sone Aluko who is a striker. A change of emphasis and formation for Hull.
Substitutions will surely be afoot for both sides as the final 20 minutes approaches, particularly for Hull. Odemwingie wins a corner for the home side after some persistant play down the right.
Crouch is bundled over by his former Tottenham team mate Huddlestone about 30 yards from goal. Arnautovic then balloons the free kick harmlessly over the bar.
Stoke have been a hell of a lot better since the half time interval and their efforts have been rewarded with that fine Odemwingie goal. Hull seem a bit shell shocked and will need to regain their composure if they are to get back into this match.
A goal out of absolute nothing has brought this game to life. Odemwingie is booked for his exuberant celebrations. it was a moment of magic that isn't in keeping with the rest of this match so far.
Yellow CardPeter Odemwingie
ODEMWINGIE scores! The right winger picks up the ball and opens the scoring with a superb individual effort. The Nigerian drills the ball into the bottom corner with his left foot!
Worth noting that Marc Wilson is having another solid game at centre back for Stoke, which is not his natural position. His performances alongside Ryan Shawcross have made up for the loss of Robert Huth, who is currently out injured.
That Meyler effort should certainly serve as a warning for Stoke who are beginning to let Livermore and Huddlestone have too much time and space in the centre of the park.
Meyler has a great strike from the inside left position with his left foot which takes a deflection. Begovic makes an excellent save but can only parry the ball to Jelavic, who can't react quickly enough and his follow up is shinned wide.
Hull are sitting deep and seem happy to soak up the first bit of sustained pressure from the home side in the match. Odemwingie then accidentally catches Curtis Davies with a stray arm while challenging for a header. No intent whatsoever. After some quick treatment both players are fine to continue.
Mark Hughes' half time team talk seems to have done the trick, as Stoke have been far more expansive in the opening exchanges of the second half. Their attacking players have been more involved and are looking sharp.
Crouch wins Stoke a corner for the home side which Ireland takes. His cross is headed clear. Odemwingie, who has been very quiet so far, then stings the palms of Steve Harper with a fierce shot on his left foot after cutting inside from the right wing. First shot on target for the Potters.
Stoke get the second half underway, they'll be looking for a big improvement in the next 45 minutes. Hull immediately win the ball but David Meyler's cross is easy enough for Begovic to deal with.
Second half about to begin. The Hull City players have emerged from the dressing room and will be attacking the end of the stadium where their supporters are based.
Mark Hughes will no doubt be looking for more from his side in the second half. Arnautovic has looked lively and Stoke need to get the Austrian on the ball more often as he looks the most likely and capable of creating something for the Potters. The longer the game stays at 0-0 the more Steve Bruce and his Hull City side will feel that the three points are here for the taking.
Stoke certainly started well but Hull have come back into the game well. To say that there has been a lack of goalmouth action and chances would be a massive understatement. One shot on target in 45 minutes tell it's own story. Liam Rosenior wasted the best opportunity of the first period, heading over after an excellent ball into the box from Shane Long.
45' + 1'
That's the end of the half, after 1 minute of injury time was added. Stoke 0-0 Hull.
Erik Pieters gives away a foul on the right hand side. The free kick is taken by Huddlestone but his cross is easily plucked out of the sky by Begovic.
With half time approaching Mark Hughes will be thinking of what he can say and what changes he can make at the break. Stoke have had the majority of the ball but created precious little thus far. Steve Bruce will be hoping for more of the same in the second half but will hope his side take a bit more care in the final third.
Livermore gives away a foul in the centre of the park after tangling with Glenn Whelan. The midfielder, on loan from Spurs, is furious with the decision and is lucky not to be booked for dissent. Arnautovic then scuffs a tame shot straight at Harper from the resulting set piece after the ball had been played forward by N'zonzi.
Ireland takes the corner short to Arnautovic, his cross is sliced by Livermore. The subsequent corner is put straight into the box by Ireland this time but is comfortably dealt with.
Arnautovic wins the ball well in midfield and charges up the field and feeds the ball to Ireland who wins a corner for the home team.
Long and Jelavic are working very hard up front for the away side and are being well supported by the Hull midfield three of Livermore, Huddlestone and Meyler ensuring that Stoke get no time on the ball. The Tigers' pressure high up the pitch has been a feature so far.
The home supporters are getting slightly annoyed with both their team and the referee after a disjointed opening 30 minutes from Stoke City. N'zonzi then has an opportunity to lead a counter attack but takes too long and the momentum is lost. Stephen Ireland then gives the ball away under no pressure which rather sums Stoke's start to the match.
Hull are certainly growing into this match and looking more confident. Rosenior is fouled on the left hand touchline. Huddlestone's free kick is curled in dangerously but is well punched away by Begovic.
A scrappy passage of play comes to a halt with a free kick awarded to Hull City, much to the displeasure of the home fans. Huddlestone's free kick is easily cleared. A few of the players are struggling with their footwear, Nzonzi and Elmohamady have changed their boots in the early stages.
Steve Bruce will be relatively happy with how his side have started this match and have created the best opportunity so far. They have kept the ball reasonably and looked well organised defensively. Mark Hughes will be looking for Stoke to find a bit more rhythm in their attacking play.
Game just starting to settle down now with Stoke and Hull guilty of giving the ball away too cheaply. Arnautovic is then caught offside from a flighted through ball in behind the Tigers' backline.
Hull City playing in their change strip of all blue have just enjoyed their best spell of possession. CHANCE! Long puts in a great cross which is header just over by Liam Rosenior who perhaps should have done better.
Tom Huddlestone with an excellent strike from the edge of the area which is well turned round the post by Asmir Begovic to give Hull their first corner, which comes to nothing.
A good run from Stephen Ireland makes a good run down the right and his low cross is well cut out before it can reach crouch. Hull then win possession and start a counter attack of their own with Shane Long releasing Elmohamady down the right but it comes to nothing.
Peter Crouch was the inevitable target from the set piece but he couldn't direct his header on target and his header drifts harmlessly wide.
Stoke are one of the home teams in the Premier League and have started confidently. Passing the ball confidently. First corner of the game to the home side.
Game has kicked off at the Britannia Stadium. Perfect conditions for football. The home fans are in good voice.
Both sides will be looking for three vital points to ease their relegation fears and get them closer to that magic 40 point mark.
HULL CITY (5-3-2): Harper; Elmohamady, Bruce, Davies (c), Chester, Rosenior; Meyler, Huddlestone, Livermore; Long, Jelavic. Subs: Jakupovic, Figueroa, Koren, Fryatt, Sagbo, Aluko and Quinn.
STOKE CITY (4-2-3-1): Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross (c), Wilson, Pieters; Nzonzi, Whelan; Odemwingie, Ireland, Arnautovic; Crouch. Subs: Sorensen, Muniesa, Palacios, Guidetti, Wilkinson, Adam and Etherington.
Hull City on the other hand had a very painful defeat away at West Ham on Wednesday night. First choice goalkeeper Allan McGregor suffered a serious kidney injury and may miss the rest of the season. Steve Harper comes in to replace him in goal. Eldin Jakupovic has been recalled from his loan at Leyton Orient and will be the substitute 'keeper for the Tigers today.
Stoke City will be looking to carry on from where they left off last week, with a fine 4-1 away win against Aston Villa. Therefore, it is no suprise that Mark Hughes names an unchanged starting eleven. The Potters welcome Charlie Adam back into the squad after his three game suspension, the midfielder is on the bench.
Good afternoon and welcome to live coverage of today's Premier League clash between Stoke City and Hull City. I'm Chris Baker, and I'll be guiding you through the events at the Britannia Stadium.
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