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Hull   0 - 1   Birmingham

Garry O'Connor
O'Connor came off the bench to claim victory for Birmingham

By Nabil Hassan

Substitute Garry O'Connor's header earned Birmingham victory at Hull.

O'Connor struck in the 75th minute, heading Keith Fahey's corner past Hull keeper Boaz Myhill who had frustrated Birmingham with some excellent saves.

Twice in the first half he was forced into fingertip saves from Lee Bowyer and Christian Benitez, while he also denied Bowyer from point-blank range.

Late on Seyi Olofinjana headed against the crossbar for Hull, with Birmingham clearing his follow-up off the line.

Hull's fourth league defeat of the season and their second loss at the KC Stadium leaves Phil Brown's side marooned in the bottom three, with Birmingham in a comfortable mid-table position.

606: DEBATE

Stephen Carr was booked as early as the third minute for Birmingham after diving in on Stephen Hunt with the ball long gone.

Hunt sent in the free-kick with Joe Hart forced to save with his legs from Kamil Zayate's close-range effort.

Several moments later Hunt was again involved, this time powering a swerving 30-yard drive towards goal, with Hart palming the ball away to safety.

Set-piece mistake costly - Brown

But Hull failed to sustain their bright start, allowing Birmingham back into the game by conceding possession far too easily.

Benitez caused the Hull defence problems with his pace and power and it was the Ecuadorian who had Birmingham's first chance.

His low half-volley from a tight angle was well palmed away by Myhill while moments later Bowyer's curling effort from 20-yards forced the Hull keeper into a fine save with the ball destined for the top corner.

Teemu Tainio's last-ditch clearance then prevented debutant Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink from tapping the ball home from close range and just before half-time Benitez's fierce 25-yard drive was tipped over the bar by Myhill.

'Enormous win' satisfies McLeish

Just after the break Fahey headed Garry McSheffrey's cross past the post from 12-yards out as Birmingham went in search of the opener while at the other end Geovanni's low drive from the edge of the area was well held by Hart.

Chances continued to come and go with Stuart Parnaby's drive from a tight angle stopped by Myhill.

The Hull keeper then pulled off a superb point-blank save from Bowyer's half-volley as Roger Johnson headed the ball into his path.

Birmingham continued to look dangerous on the break and Benitez's fine run saw him one on one with Myhill but from a tight angle the Hull keeper tipped the ball around the post.

From the resulting corner O'Connor headed Fahey's inswinging corner into the back of the net to give the visitors the lead.

Birmingham's goal sparked Hull into life and Geovanni fired wide from close range having found himself unmarked in the box.

And it looked as if an equaliser had come in the dying minutes but Olofinjana's close-range header from Ibrahima Sonko's flick-on bounced back off the bar and his follow up was headed off the line and cleared to safety.

It was Hull last real chance as Birmingham held on to claim their second win of the season.


Hull manager Phil Brown:
"It was a difficult day.

"We gave possession away too cheaply and hey worked our keeper more then we did theirs.

"We've given someone a free header and that's not to my liking.

"We hit the crossbar late on and they rode their luck at times. There was glimpses of some decent football from us but we've lost the game on a set-piece."

Birmingham boss Alex McLeish:
"It's an enormous win. We know that away points are precious in this league.

"You aim to win your home games and those points keep you in the league and away points help you climb the table.

"I think it was a well-deserved victory. We had plenty of chances and looked dangerous when we went forward.

"This does wonders for our confidence levels. They stood up to the plate and I thought the performance level was excellent."


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Saturday, 19 September 2009

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Hull 0-1 Birmingham FT
(HT 0-0)
    • O'Connor 75

    Hull

    Substitutes

    Birmingham

    Substitutes

    Ref: DowdAtt: 23,759
    HULL
    BIRMINGHAM

    Possession

    • Hull 47%
    • Birmingham 53%

    Attempts on target

    • Hull 11
    • Birmingham 9

    Attempts off target

    • Hull 5
    • Birmingham 5

    Corners

    • Hull 10
    • Birmingham 8

    Fouls

    • Hull 15
    • Birmingham 13
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:11 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
    • 90:00+3:22 The ball is delivered by Stephen Hunt, Joe Hart makes a save.
    • 90:00+2:09 Paul McShane produces a cross, Scott Dann manages to make a clearance.
    • 89:02 Christian Benitez fouled by Andy Dawson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Joe Hart.
    • 88:38 Kamel Ghilas crosses the ball, clearance by Scott Dann.
    • 88:16 Corner taken by Kamel Ghilas from the left by-line, Stephen Hunt takes a shot. Roger Johnson gets a block in.
    • 87:15 Christian Benitez concedes a free kick for a foul on Kamil Zayatte. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Andy Dawson from right channel. Deiberson Geovanni takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart. Inswinging corner taken by Seyi Olofinjana from the right by-line, Seyi Olofinjana takes a shot.
    • 85:38 Scott Dann fouled by Deiberson Geovanni, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Joe Hart.
    • 84:29 Effort from deep inside the area by Deiberson Geovanni misses to the left of the target.
    • 82:59 Kamel Ghilas takes a short corner.
    • 79:16 Barry Ferguson fouled by Stephen Hunt, the ref awards a free kick. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.
    • 78:58 Centre by Paul McShane, clearance made by Scott Dann.
    • 77:45 Barry Ferguson challenges Kamel Ghilas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul McShane restarts play with the free kick.
    • 77:45 Substitution Bernard Mendy replaces Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink.
    • 76:10 The offside flag is raised against Garry O'Connor. Boaz Myhill restarts play with the free kick.
    • 75:42 Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink concedes a free kick for a foul on Roger Johnson. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.
    • 75:34 The ball is delivered by Andy Dawson, clearance by Roger Johnson.
    • 74:20 Kamel Ghilas delivers the ball, clearance made by Teemu Tainio. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Kamel Ghilas played to the near post, clearance by Roger Johnson. Nick Barmby delivers the ball, Unfair challenge on Roger Johnson by Stephen Hunt results in a free kick. Joe Hart takes the free kick.
    • 74:20 Booking Garry O'Connor is shown a yellow card.
    • 74:18 Keith Fahey provided the assist for the goal.
    • 74:18 GOAL - Garry O'ConnorHull 0 - 1 Birmingham Garry O'Connor scores a headed goal from close range. Hull 0-1 Birmingham.
    • 73:44 Christian Benitez takes a shot. Save by Boaz Myhill. Keith Fahey takes a outswinging corner to the near post,
    • 73:32 Andy Dawson crosses the ball, clearance made by Roger Johnson.
    • 72:20 Paul McShane sends in a cross, Stephen Carr makes a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Stephen Hunt from the left by-line, clearance by Roger Johnson. Kamel Ghilas takes a shot. Blocked by Roger Johnson. Stephen Hunt takes the inswinging corner, save by Joe Hart.
    • 70:41 The ball is swung over by Stephen Hunt, clearance made by Roger Johnson.
    • 69:58 Paul McShane challenges Keith Fahey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Scott Dann takes the direct free kick.
    • 68:56 Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
    • 68:56 Substitution Nick Barmby on for Dean Marney.
    • 68:56 Christian Benitez is ruled offside.
    • 68:14 Paul McShane sends in a cross, clearance made by Scott Dann.
    • 64:20 Garry O'Connor takes a shot. Andy Dawson gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Keith Fahey from the left by-line, clearance by Kamil Zayatte.
    • 62:42 Substitution Kamel Ghilas on for Jozy Altidore.
    • 62:42 Garry O'Connor has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.
    • 61:10 Substitution Gary McSheffrey leaves the field to be replaced by Garry O'Connor.
    • 61:10 Stuart Parnaby produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.
    • 60:26 A cross is delivered by Stuart Parnaby.
    • Correction - 59:14 Centre by Gary McSheffrey, clearance made by Kamil Zayatte. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Gary McSheffrey. Lee Bowyer takes a shot. Boaz Myhill makes a save.
    • 59:14 The ball is crossed by Gary McSheffrey, Kamil Zayatte manages to make a clearance. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Gary McSheffrey. Lee Bowyer takes a shot. Save by Boaz Myhill.
    • 58:39 Stuart Parnaby takes a shot. Save by Boaz Myhill.
    • 58:08 Seyi Olofinjana takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
    • 57:55 Lee Bowyer gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Marney. Dean Marney takes the direct free kick.
    • 57:01 Deiberson Geovanni takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart.
    • 55:46 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Deiberson Geovanni by Gary McSheffrey. Ibrahima Sonko takes the direct free kick.
    • 55:22 Paul McShane produces a cross, save by Joe Hart.
    • 53:30 A cross is delivered by Stephen Hunt, Joe Hart makes a save.
    • 51:54 The ball is crossed by Gary McSheffrey, Keith Fahey has a headed effort at goal from just inside the penalty area that misses to the left of the goal.
    • 50:12 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jozy Altidore by Barry Ferguson. Stephen Hunt produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
    • 48:29 Jozy Altidore takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
    • 46:23 Andy Dawson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Christian Benitez. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.
    • 45:17 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink by Scott Dann. Strike on goal comes in from Deiberson Geovanni from the free kick, blocked by Keith Fahey. Corner taken by Stephen Hunt played to the near post, clearance made by Teemu Tainio.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+3:22 The referee blows for half time.
    • 45:00+1:04 Corner taken by Gary McSheffrey from the left by-line, clearance by Kamil Zayatte. Effort on goal by Roger Johnson from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 45:00+0:41 Christian Benitez sends in a cross, Kamil Zayatte makes a clearance.
    • 44:52 Christian Benitez takes a shot. Save by Boaz Myhill. Gary McSheffrey takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Paul McShane.
    • 43:28 Gary McSheffrey sends in a cross, Kamil Zayatte manages to make a clearance.
    • 42:57 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Dann by Jozy Altidore. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.
    • 39:52 Effort from long range by Deiberson Geovanni goes wide right of the target.
    • 38:50 Corner taken by Stephen Hunt from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Teemu Tainio.
    • 37:55 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Stephen Hunt, save by Joe Hart.
    • 30:47 Stephen Hunt produces a cross, save by Joe Hart.
    • 30:14 Ibrahima Sonko gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Bowyer. Direct free kick taken by Barry Ferguson.
    • 29:16 Deiberson Geovanni produces a cross, Roger Johnson manages to make a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Stephen Hunt.
    • 28:16 Effort from outside the penalty area by Deiberson Geovanni goes wide left of the goal.
    • 26:00 The ball is delivered by Seyi Olofinjana, Jozy Altidore takes a shot. Scott Dann gets a block in.
    • 23:41 Barry Ferguson challenges Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink unfairly and gives away a free kick. Deiberson Geovanni crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Scott Dann manages to make a clearance.
    • 23:03 Dean Marney takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
    • 19:35 A cross is delivered by Teemu Tainio, save by Boaz Myhill.
    • 18:37 Outswinging corner taken by Gary McSheffrey from the left by-line, clearance made by Kamil Zayatte.
    • 17:48 Free kick awarded for a foul by Deiberson Geovanni on Teemu Tainio. Stephen Carr restarts play with the free kick.
    • 16:52 Stephen Carr sends in a cross, Roger Johnson concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul McShane. Boaz Myhill takes the direct free kick.
    • Correction - 16:38 Lee Bowyer takes a shot. Blocked by Ibrahima Sonko.
    • 16:38 Gary McSheffrey takes a shot. Blocked by Ibrahima Sonko.
    • 15:48 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Bowyer by Seyi Olofinjana. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Carr.
    • 14:38 Gary McSheffrey has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.
    • 13:05 Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Dawson on Keith Fahey. Gary McSheffrey restarts play with the free kick. The ball is sent over by Gary McSheffrey, save by Boaz Myhill. Lee Bowyer takes a shot. Save by Boaz Myhill. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Gary McSheffrey from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Paul McShane.
    • 11:54 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Bowyer by Dean Marney. Roger Johnson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 10:46 Stuart Parnaby takes a shot. Save by Boaz Myhill. Corner taken left-footed by Keith Fahey, clearance by Kamil Zayatte.
    • 10:10 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink on Roger Johnson. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.
    • 8:54 Free kick awarded for a foul by Roger Johnson on Jozy Altidore. Direct free kick taken by Andy Dawson.
    • 8:13 Stephen Hunt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Barry Ferguson. Joe Hart takes the direct free kick.
    • 7:41 Barry Ferguson concedes a free kick for a foul on Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink. Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
    • 6:26 Andy Dawson crosses the ball, Stuart Parnaby makes a clearance.
    • 5:52 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary McSheffrey on Paul McShane. Paul McShane restarts play with the free kick.
    • 4:56 Stephen Hunt takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
    • 3:11 Stephen Hunt sends in a cross, Kamil Zayatte takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
    • 3:11 Booking Booking for Stephen Carr for unsporting behaviour.
    • 3:03 Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Carr on Stephen Hunt.
    • 2:23 Unfair challenge on Kamil Zayatte by Christian Benitez results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
    • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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    19 Sep 2009 23:59 UK

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    Arsenal 4-0 Wigan R
    Aston Villa 2-0 Portsmouth R
    Bolton 1-1 Stoke R
    Burnley 3-1 Sunderland R
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    West Ham 2-3 Liverpool R

    Premier League table snapshot

    As it stood on 19 Sep 2009 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Chelsea 5 9 15
    2 Man Utd 5 8 12
    3 Liverpool 6 7 12
    4 Man City 4 6 12
    5 Tottenham 5 5 12
    6 Aston Villa 5 5 12
    7 Arsenal 5 9 9
    8 Sunderland 6 0 9
    9 Burnley 6 -5 9
    10 Stoke 6 -2 8
    11 Birmingham 6 -1 7
    12 Fulham 4 -2 6
    13 Wigan 6 -8 6
    14 West Ham 5 -1 4
    15 Blackburn 4 -1 4
    16 Bolton 5 -2 4
    17 Wolverhampton 5 -4 4
    18 Hull 6 -8 4
    19 Everton 4 -6 3
    20 Portsmouth 6 -9 0

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