Hull City 2-0 Huddersfield Town - Match Report

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 15/12/2012
Hull City secured a comfortable win against a lacklustre Huddersfield Town at the KC Stadium that sees the Terriers winless run continue.Hull City 2-0 Huddersfield Town - Match Report

Town have failed to win in their last six matches and it was really a comfortable win for The Tigers in the end as the home side looked the mostly likely to score going forward.

The Terriers had most of the possession in the second half but failed to lack any real threat and Hull goalkeeper David Stockdale had an easy day doing his job.

A few changes were made to the starting XI from the 2-2 draw at the John Smith's Stadium a week prior. Boss Simon Grayson deployed a 3-5-2 system with Joel Lynch starting as part of a back three with Peter Clarke and Anthony Gerrard. Danny Ward came back in playing left-wing back as Paul Dixon was serving a one match ban and Keith Southern, back from suspension, was favoured to Chris Atkinson. Lee Novak started instead of Simon Church with the on-loan Reading striker not even make the bench same too for Sean Scannell.

Hull are a really good passing team and showed it straight from the kick-off and was it not for Peter Clarke taking one of the team in the face then Jay Simpson could have put the home side in front within the first five minutes.

Sure enough Hull pulled Town out of shape and took the lead on eight minutes when former Sheffield United midfielder received the ball down the left flank and his low cross found Robert Koren unmarked in the six yard box with the Slovenian international easily dispatching past Alex Smithies.

Danny Ward was too often letting Ahmed Elmohamady get past him too easy and his cross nearly lead to an own goal from Gerrard.

Town's only real effort of the entire match came on 24 minutes when Ward's long throw into the Hull box was not cleared and Novak tried an overhead kick which unfortunately flew into the side netting.

David Meyler's cross down the down Town's left flank nearly sneaked into the net but Smithies was alert to push it round the post and Jack Hobbs should have done better with a header from a Robbie Brady free kick from the Town left.

Right on half time Peter Clarke was on hand to deny Koran grabbing a second after referee Howard Webb waved play on after Adam Clayton appeared to be clipped by Quinn 25 yards from goal.

Second half was pretty much same as the first Brady cut inside from the left and tested Smithies with a long range effort that the Town goalkeeper was equal to tipping the shot around the post.

Lynch should have done better from Norwood's corner but the defender headed over after beating his marker and then James Chester was on hand to clear the danger in a crowded penalty area from Norwood's free-kick down the right flank.

Alex Bruce denied Novak a chance with a smart block after James Vaughan had knocked down Clayton's cross field ball after Peter Clarke tried a long range effort that went harmlessly wide.

Simon Grayson threw on Jermaine Beckford, back after missing five games with a hamstring injury, and Chris Atkinson in place of Ward and Norwood respecitvely with Alan Lee coming on for Novak not so long after as Grayson went gung-ho in search of an equalizer.

Gerrard and Peter Clarke were throwing bodies in the way on Hull's attack with Gerrard being in the right place more than once to keep the scoreline down to one.

Alan Lee should have done better after Beckford's knock down but the target man fired into the ground amongst a crowd of bodies as the ball bounced into Stockdale's hands.

Hull had all of the possession as the game drew to a close. Meyler hit the bar with a shot from the edge of the area after Quinn cut inside from the left but the on-loan Sunderland midfielder would find the net minutes later. Jay Simpson beat Peter Clarke after cutting inside from the left and with Smithies racing out of his goal Simpson laid the ball back to Meyler who fired the ball into the net past Gerrard on the line.

The best decent Town cross of the entire afternoon at the death nearly lead to a goal when Hunt's cross flew across the face of goal with Vaughan just failing to connect at the far post.

Drama at the end with Alex Bruce shown a straight red card for pushing Alan Lee over. Bruce is claiming the striker hit him with his elbow with Bruce snr calling Lee a "cheat" at the post-match interview.

Sean's Star Man - Anthony Gerrard
Defended well with some smart tackles and block to ensure Hull didn't beat us by 4 or 5.

Teams:

Hull: Stockdale, Hobbs, Evans (Cairney 63), Bruce, Chester Elmohamady, Brady (Rosenior 81), Meyler, Quinn, Koren (Faye 90), Simpson.
Subs not used: Jakupovic, McLean, Olofinjana, Proschwitz

Town: Smithies, Lynch, Gerrard, P.Clarke, Ward (Atkinson 60), Norwood (Lee 70), Clayton, Southern, Hunt, Novak (Beckford 60), Vaughan.
Subs not used: Bennett, Woods, Wallace, Hammill.

Referee: Howard Webb
Attendance: 16,488

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