Sunday, 28 December 2014

Riyad Mahrez struck the winner before half-time

Riyad Mahrez
Riyad Mahrez struck the winner before half-time as bottom club Leicester clinched a first victory in 14 Premier League matches at Hull's expense.
The Algerian winger struck from the edge of the area to give manager Nigel Pearson victory at his former club.
Leicester rode their luck late on as Hull hit the post twice through Jake Livermore and Abel Hernandez.
Both teams ended the game with 10 men as Leicester's Paul Konchesky and the hosts' Stephen Quinn were dismissed.
This was billed as a "bigger game than the FA Cup Final" by Hull boss Steve Bruce as they started the day six points above Leicester.
Opposite number Pearson shunned his usual position in the directors' box and appeared on the touchline for the duration of a Premier League game for only the second time after serving a one-match ban.
The Tigers went into the match on a high following victory at Sunderland on Boxing Day but they struggled to get going in a cagey opening where both sides appeared to feel the magnitude of the occasion.
The visitors' Ben Hamer was the first keeper called into action as he kept out David Meyler's shot from long range.
But Leicester went on to snatch the lead on the break as a driving run from David Nugent found Mahrez, who cut in and found the bottom corner before celebrating with his manager.
Pearson's side settled somewhat after that with Mahrez firing straight at Allan McGregor from another Nugent pass.
But Hull could have been level at the break with an unmarked Ahmed Elmohamady missing the target from six yards following Quinn's cross.
A partial floodlight failure disrupted proceedings in the second half although both managers agreed to play on despite parts of several of the lights being out.
Leicester had to defend for most of the second 45 minutes with Wes Morgan close to deflecting into his own net from a Robbie Brady cross.
Livermore was unfortunate to see his shot come back off the post as he broke free in the area before Hamer saved from sub Hernandez following Elmohamady's long throw in.
Hernandez went even closer when his header struck the post before Curtis Davies' follow-up effort was cleared off the line by Danny Drinkwater.
Leicester were holding on as left back Konchesky was dismissed for a second yellow card after he blocked Elmohamady late on.
But the numbers were level again as Quinn was adjudged to have handled while denying a clear goalscoring chance.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Hull City

  • 01 McGregor
  • 14 Livermore
  • 04 Bruce
  • 06 Davies
  • 02 Rosenior
  • 27 Elmohamady
  • 07 Meyler (Ince - 61' )
  • 29 Quinn Dismissed
  • 11 Brady
  • 24 Aluko (Hernández - 62' )
  • 25 Ramírez (Jelavic - 45' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Figueroa
  • 09 Hernández
  • 12 Maguire
  • 18 Jelavic
  • 20 Sagbo
  • 22 Harper
  • 23 Ince

Leicester City

  • 12 Hamer
  • 17 Simpson Booked
  • 27 Wasilewski
  • 05 Morgan
  • 03 Konchesky Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 26 Mahrez (de Laet - 71' )
  • 19 Cambiasso (Drinkwater - 71' )
  • 08 James
  • 15 Schlupp
  • 35 Nugent
  • 23 Ulloa (Wood - 55' )

Substitutes

  • 02 de Laet
  • 04 Drinkwater
  • 07 Hammond
  • 18 Moore
  • 24 Knockaert
  • 31 Smith
  • 39 Wood
Ref: Phil Dowd
Att: 23,809

Match Stats

Possession38%62%90minsHull CityLeicester City

Shots

18 4

On target

5 2

Corners

7 1

Fouls

12 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time
Full Time Match ends, Hull City 0, Leicester City 1.
90:00 +5:15 Full time
Full Time Second Half ends, Hull City 0, Leicester City 1.
90:00 +4:35 Foul by Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City).
90:00 +4:35 Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
90:00 +3:37 Dismissal
Dismissal Stephen Quinn (Hull City) is shown the red card.
90:00 +3:19 Hand ball by Stephen Quinn (Hull City).
90:00 +2:59 Attempt blocked. Robbie Brady (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
90:00 +1:58 Tom Ince (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
90:00 +1:58 Foul by Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City).
90:00 +0:49 Hand ball by Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City).
89:07 Attempt missed. Abel Hernández (Hull City) left footed shot from very close range is too high following a corner.
88:39 Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Danny Simpson.
88:36 Attempt blocked. Curtis Davies (Hull City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Robbie Brady with a cross.
88:07 Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Marcin Wasilewski.
87:15 Dismissal
Dismissal Second yellow card to Paul Konchesky (Leicester City) for a bad foul.
86:56 Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
86:56 Foul by Paul Konchesky (Leicester City).
85:45 Attempt saved. Abel Hernández (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jake Livermore.
83:02 Attempt blocked. Curtis Davies (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
83:01 Abel Hernández (Hull City) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Ahmed Elmohamady with a cross following a corner.
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