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18 November 2017

Spence late strike earns a point for Town

Jordan Spence’s third goal of the season gave Town a point in a rollercoaster ride at the KCOM Stadium.

The defender struck two minutes from time after Blues had led, then been behind and then missed a penalty.

David McGoldrick gave Blues the perfect start with his eighth goal of the season but Hull were level by the break through Jarrod Bowen.

Nouha Dicko put the home side in front early in the second-half, then Town saw McGoldrick’s penalty saved by Allan McGregor before Spence had the final word.

Town stayed with the same side that beat Preston before the international break, while Hull were looking to end a run of three straight defeats.

Joe Garner won a free-kick 35 yards out, Martyn Waghorn’s strike blocked by the wall, then Bersant Celina was wide at the near post as Blues enjoyed a spell of early possession around the Tigers’ box.

It took an excellent save from McGregor to keep out a Garner header but from the corner, Town were ahead, McGoldrick sidefooting the ball into the far corner on seven minutes.

Garner won another free-kick soon after but Waghorn had too much on his delivery as Town dominated the play.

Jonas Knudsen showed a great touch to head the ball back to Bart Bialkowski as Hull threatened for the first time, Bowen trying to get on the end of a long throw.

Garner was wide with an audacious chip from 45 yards as Hull lost possession in their own half, Callum Connolly in the right place at the other end to clear Dicko’s cross.

The Tigers began to get a foothold in the game and were level on 34 minutes when Bowen found space at the far post and beat Bialkowski with a shot into the roof of the net.

A well-worked free-kick saw Kamil Grosicki latch on to the ball on the edge of the box but Garner made a vital block as Hull finished the half on top after Blues had dictated the early play.

Celina and Knudsen linked up well down the Town left to force a corner as the second-half got underway, Celina then testing McGregor with a right foot effort from just inside the box.

The hosts were ahead on 51 minutes, McGregor’s long clearance saw Luke Chambers outnumbered at a header and Dicko burst clear to beat Bialkowski with a cool finish.

McGoldrick and Celina were denied as Town looked for an immediate response but Hull were growing in confidence and Bowen dragged a great chance wide.

Dicko was wide with a curler, Celina almost finding Garner inside the home box as the game opened right up, McGregor then at full stretch to punch clear from Waghorn’s corner.

Bialkowski hacked clear after Knudsen’s back pass had left him work to do, Connolly blasting wide from Garner’s header on as Blues probed for an equaliser and it looked on the cards on 73 minutes when Waghorn weaved his way into the box before going down under Kevin Stewart’s challenge. Referee Coote pointed straight to the spot but McGregor dived to his right to save from McGoldrick.

Town made a double change for the closing stages with Kevin Bru and Grant Ward on for Waghorn and Connolly, Bru immediately seeing his shot charged down.

Freddie Sears was the last throw of the dice for Blues, McGoldrick making way and on 88 minutes Town were level, Spence on hand to divert the ball in after Webster had headed on a free--kick.

Adama Diomande could have won it for Hull in the last minute but he headed wide as Blues drew for the first time in 23 games.

 Hull: McGregor, Hector, Grosicki (Irvine 67), Dicko (Diomande 88), Larsson (Meyler 79), Bowen, Dawson, Henriksen, Tomori, Aina, Stewart. Subs not used: Marshall, Mazuch, Evandro, Clark.  Booked: Larsson, Bowen, Stewart. 

Town: Bialkowski, Spence, Chambers, Webster, Knudsen, Waghorn (Ward 79), Skuse, Connolly (Bru 79), Celina, McGoldrick (Sears 85), Garner. Subs not used: Gerken, Iorfa, Nydam, Kenlock. Booked: Webster, Connolly, Garner, Knudsen, Ward.



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