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Hull   0 - 0   Portsmouth

By Paul Fletcher

Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink (left), Younes Kaboul (centre) and Kamil Zayatte challenge for the ball
It was a competitive match but lacked quality and invention

Struggling Hull and Portsmouth claimed a point each after a competitive but uninspiring match at the KC Stadium.

Pompey striker Aruna Dindane had the best chance but his 14-yard shot after the break was saved by Boaz Myhill.

The Tigers keeper also made a one-handed save to deny Hassan Yebda while Tommy Smith shot wide early on and Jamie O'Hara missed a late free-kick.

Hull were restricted to largely large-range efforts, although David James was quick off his line to deny Geovanni.

The result means that Pompey remain bottom of the Premier League and have scored just five goals from 10 top-flight games.

But Paul Hart's team can at least take encouragement after picking up points for only the second time this season.

Pompey were clearly the superior side after the break - and boos rang out from the home fans after the final whistle.

606: DEBATE

The Tigers also remain in the bottom three - and with Birmingham defeating Sunderland, Phil Brown's side have lost ground on the team who started the day immediately above them in the table.

There was concern for Hull supporters even before kick-off when Jimmy Bullard was missing from the 18-man matchday squad. The midfielder had been widely expected to make his first start after recovering from a serious knee injury.

It might have been even worse for the anxious home fans had Portsmouth striker Smith not drilled his first-minute shot tamely wide after an error from Kamil Zayatte gifted him the opening.

The quality of the opportunity was not indicative of things to come.

A game we should have won - Hart

Errant passing and shooting was as much a feature of the afternoon as crunching tackles and frayed tempers as the two struggling teams largely cancelled each other out.

There was a real edginess and desperation to the contest - and referee Stuart Attwell had to ensure that the tension did not occasionally boil over.

Hull were restricted to long-range efforts in the opening half.

A Geovanni free-kick and a crisp Dean Marney strike after a rare pleasing build-up both missed the target, while the Pompey defence inexplicably allowed a looping Stephen Hunt free-kick to bounce, forcing a save from James.

If the sum total of Hull's endeavour in the opening 45 minutes seemed thin on the ground, then Pompey were equally as poor.

Kevin Prince Boateng shot wide from 25 yards, while Smith completely wrong footed Tigers defender Paul McShane with a deft first touch but then scuffed his attempted shot.

The tempo increased after the restart and James had to be alert after Seyi Olofinjana played in Geovanni. The Pompey keeper was quick out of his goal to smother the ball at the Brazilian's feet.

Brown pleased with important point

But it was Pompey who came close to breaking the deadlock when Myhill made an excellent reaction stop to deny the lively Dindane. The Pompey striker might have struck with the rebound but his effort struck team-mate Younes Kaboul.

Myhill was in the thick of the action again when a looping Boateng cross caught out the Tigers defence but Yebda could not make the required contact with his outstretched foot and the Tigers keeper made a one-handed save.

Hull had their own period of pressure before the final whistle but failed to seriously test James, while Portsmouth's O'Hara narrowly missed with his late free-kick.


Hull City manager Phil Brown:
"It was about getting something from the game.

"The spirit is fantastic but I felt we needed to get ourselves going with a point or three.

"We have come away with a clean sheet and that for me is a big positive. Points in the Premier League are hard to come by and it is a point gained."

Portsmouth boss Paul Hart:
"It is probably the worst we have played for a month but we did create chances and I think it is a game we should have won.

"We need to get ahead and get a foothold in a game.

"Dindane had a shot that was on its way to goal but has hit Younes Kaboul and that is the way it is at the minute."

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Saturday, 24 October 2009

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Hull 0-0 Portsmouth FT
(HT 0-0)

      Hull

      Substitutes

      Portsmouth

      Substitutes

      Ref: AttwellAtt: 23,720
      HULL
      PORTSMOUTH

      Possession

      • Hull 53%
      • Portsmouth 47%

      Attempts on target

      • Hull 3
      • Portsmouth 2

      Attempts off target

      • Hull 4
      • Portsmouth 6

      Corners

      • Hull 6
      • Portsmouth 6

      Fouls

      • Hull 16
      • Portsmouth 23
      • Final Result
      • Full Time
      • 90:00+5:05 The match has reached full-time.
      • 90:00+4:02 Deiberson Geovanni is ruled offside. Free kick taken by David James.
      • 90:00+1:14 Corner from the right by-line taken by Jamie O'Hara, Boaz Myhill makes a save.
      • 90:00+0:49 A cross is delivered by Hassan Yebda, Anthony Gardner manages to make a clearance.
      • 90:00+0:14 Younes Kaboul fouled by Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, the ref awards a free kick. David James takes the free kick.
      • 88:13 Substitution Kamel Ghilas joins the action as a substitute, replacing Dean Marney.
      • 86:51 Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Jamie O'Hara.
      • 86:51 Booking Boaz Myhill booked for unsporting behaviour.
      • 86:38 Boaz Myhill concedes a free kick for a foul on Aruna Dindane.
      • 86:00 Shot by Deiberson Geovanni from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.
      • 85:29 Foul by Marc Wilson on Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Andy Dawson.
      • 85:13 The referee gives a free kick against Frederic Piquionne for handball. Free kick taken by Anthony Gardner.
      • 85:06 A cross is delivered by Hassan Yebda, Paul McShane manages to make a clearance.
      • 84:08 Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marc Wilson. Free kick taken by David James.
      • 83:49 Tal Ben-Haim sends in a cross, save made by Boaz Myhill.
      • 82:29 Corner taken left-footed by Jamie O'Hara, Anthony Gardner makes a clearance.
      • 82:07 Dean Marney produces a cross, Nick Barmby takes a shot. Save by David James.
      • 81:33 Marc Wilson challenges Paul McShane unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Andy Dawson from right wing, Younes Kaboul manages to make a clearance.
      • 81:27 A cross is delivered by Paul McShane, clearance made by Aaron Mokoena.
      • 81:14 The ball is delivered by Richard Garcia, clearance made by Younes Kaboul.
      • Correction - 79:09 Deiberson Geovanni takes a shot. Blocked by Nick Barmby.
      • 79:09 Deiberson Geovanni takes a shot.
      • 77:00 Frederic Piquionne delivers the ball, clearance by Dean Marney.
      • 76:20 Deiberson Geovanni takes a outswinging corner.
      • 75:36 The assistant referee signals for offside against Frederic Piquionne. Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
      • 75:19 Aruna Dindane crosses the ball.
      • 74:22 Deiberson Geovanni takes the inswinging corner, save by David James.
      • 74:18 A cross is delivered by Paul McShane, Steve Finnan makes a clearance.
      • 73:42 Substitution Richard Garcia comes on in place of Stephen Hunt.
      • 72:56 Inswinging corner taken by Deiberson Geovanni.
      • 72:52 The ball is swung over by Stephen Hunt, Younes Kaboul manages to make a clearance.
      • 70:15 Boaz Myhill takes the direct free kick.
      • 70:15 Substitution Bernard Mendy goes off and Nick Barmby comes on.
      • 70:15 Aruna Dindane gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bernard Mendy.
      • 70:09 Jamie O'Hara crosses the ball, Anthony Gardner manages to make a clearance.
      • 69:58 The ball is delivered by Steve Finnan, clearance made by Anthony Gardner.
      • 69:50 Hassan Yebda sends in a cross, blocked by Stephen Hunt.
      • 68:30 Aruna Dindane sends in a cross, Paul McShane manages to make a clearance.
      • 67:42 Bernard Mendy crosses the ball, Marc Wilson makes a clearance.
      • 67:13 Jamie O'Hara gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Seyi Olofinjana. Direct free kick taken by Anthony Gardner.
      • 66:03 Hassan Yebda crosses the ball, Paul McShane manages to make a clearance.
      • 64:29 Bernard Mendy fouled by Aaron Mokoena, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Stephen Hunt.
      • 64:03 Substitution Frederic Piquionne on for Tommy Smith.
      • 63:40 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Jamie O'Hara, save by Boaz Myhill.
      • 63:24 The ball is swung over by Kevin-Prince Boateng, Hassan Yebda takes a shot. Save made by Boaz Myhill.
      • 62:59 Corner taken left-footed by Jamie O'Hara from the right by-line, Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink makes a clearance.
      • 62:30 The ball is swung over by Hassan Yebda, Andy Dawson makes a clearance.
      • 61:38 Shot by Tommy Smith from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
      • 61:16 Jamie O'Hara takes the inswinging corner, save made by Boaz Myhill.
      • 60:07 Stephen Hunt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tommy Smith. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Jamie O'Hara, Anthony Gardner manages to make a clearance. Aruna Dindane takes a shot. Boaz Myhill makes a save.
      • 59:29 Kamil Zayatte gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin-Prince Boateng. Free kick taken by Jamie O'Hara.
      • 58:42 Deiberson Geovanni crosses the ball, David James makes a save.
      • 58:00 Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink is caught offside. Free kick taken by Jamie O'Hara.
      • 56:44 Free kick awarded for a foul by Tal Ben-Haim on Paul McShane. Paul McShane restarts play with the free kick.
      • 56:31 Tal Ben-Haim gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Hunt. Paul McShane takes the direct free kick.
      • 53:59 Stephen Hunt crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by David James.
      • 53:59 Booking Aaron Mokoena goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
      • 53:51 Deiberson Geovanni fouled by Aaron Mokoena, the ref awards a free kick.
      • 52:58 The free kick is delivered left-footed by Jamie O'Hara from left channel, save by Boaz Myhill.
      • 52:58 Booking Dean Marney booked.
      • 52:54 Dean Marney gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aruna Dindane.
      • 50:16 Kevin-Prince Boateng challenges Deiberson Geovanni unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Andy Dawson.
      • 49:45 Corner from the right by-line taken by Stephen Hunt, Younes Kaboul makes a clearance.
      • 48:51 The ball is crossed by Bernard Mendy, Younes Kaboul makes a clearance.
      • 47:36 Aruna Dindane delivers the ball.
      • 46:32 Effort on goal by Dean Marney from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
      • 46:11 Deiberson Geovanni takes the inswinging corner, Jamie O'Hara makes a clearance.
      • 46:06 Centre by Stephen Hunt, Steve Finnan gets a block in.
      • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
      • Half Time
      • 45:00+0:58 It is the end of the first-half.
      • 45:00+0:30 Hassan Yebda concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Hunt. Direct free kick taken by Andy Dawson.
      • 44:39 Long distance effort from Jamie O'Hara misses to the left of the goal.
      • 44:31 Tommy Smith produces a cross.
      • 43:59 Corner from left by-line taken by Stephen Hunt.
      • 43:36 Dean Marney takes a shot. Blocked by Marc Wilson.
      • 42:27 Free kick awarded for a foul by Hassan Yebda on Seyi Olofinjana. Direct free kick taken by Andy Dawson.
      • 41:42 Anthony Gardner concedes a free kick for a foul on Aruna Dindane. Steve Finnan takes the free kick.
      • 39:47 Aruna Dindane delivers the ball, clearance made by Paul McShane.
      • 39:28 Centre by Aruna Dindane, clearance made by Andy Dawson.
      • 38:57 Stephen Hunt fouled by Hassan Yebda, the ref awards a free kick. Anthony Gardner restarts play with the free kick.
      • 34:46 The ball is sent over by Seyi Olofinjana.
      • 30:15 Kevin-Prince Boateng has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
      • 29:58 Unfair challenge on Tal Ben-Haim by Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jamie O'Hara.
      • 27:37 Foul by Bernard Mendy on Kevin-Prince Boateng, free kick awarded. Jamie O'Hara takes the free kick.
      • 27:16 The ball is crossed by Steve Finnan, clearance by Kamil Zayatte.
      • 26:54 Deiberson Geovanni concedes a free kick for a foul on Younes Kaboul. Younes Kaboul takes the direct free kick.
      • 25:51 Effort on goal by Aaron Mokoena from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.
      • 25:44 The ball is crossed by Tal Ben-Haim.
      • 24:58 Hassan Yebda concedes a free kick for a foul on Seyi Olofinjana. Direct free kick taken by Anthony Gardner.
      • 23:41 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aruna Dindane by Andy Dawson. Jamie O'Hara delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, save by Boaz Myhill.
      • 22:51 Aaron Mokoena is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Stephen Hunt delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, save by David James.
      • 22:15 Tal Ben-Haim challenges Bernard Mendy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Boaz Myhill takes the direct free kick.
      • 21:13 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Hunt by Hassan Yebda. Stephen Hunt takes the free kick. Effort on goal by Dean Marney from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.
      • 17:56 Foul by Younes Kaboul on Deiberson Geovanni, free kick awarded. Deiberson Geovanni crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance by Kevin-Prince Boateng.
      • 17:08 Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Younes Kaboul. Jamie O'Hara takes the free kick.
      • 16:54 The ball is sent over by Dean Marney, clearance made by Jamie O'Hara.
      • 16:31 The ball is crossed by Deiberson Geovanni, save by David James.
      • 15:44 Stephen Hunt fouled by Kevin-Prince Boateng, the ref awards a free kick. Andy Dawson takes the free kick.
      • 14:15 Free kick awarded for a foul by Seyi Olofinjana on Aruna Dindane. Direct free kick taken by Jamie O'Hara.
      • 12:03 Centre by Hassan Yebda, Andy Dawson gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Jamie O'Hara, Unfair challenge on Boaz Myhill by Aruna Dindane results in a free kick. Boaz Myhill takes the free kick.
      • 10:45 Free kick awarded for a foul by Tal Ben-Haim on Deiberson Geovanni. Free kick crossed left-footed by Stephen Hunt from right wing, save made by David James.
      • 8:11 Free kick awarded for a foul by Dean Marney on Kevin-Prince Boateng. Jamie O'Hara takes the free kick.
      • 7:21 Paul McShane fouled by Marc Wilson, the ref awards a free kick. Boaz Myhill takes the direct free kick.
      • 6:48 Stephen Hunt challenges Steve Finnan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jamie O'Hara delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance made by Anthony Gardner.
      • 6:13 Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink concedes a free kick for a foul on Marc Wilson. Direct free kick taken by David James.
      • 6:03 Stephen Hunt delivers the ball, Marc Wilson makes a clearance.
      • 4:14 Hassan Yebda gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Hunt. Andy Dawson takes the direct free kick.
      • 2:39 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin-Prince Boateng on Deiberson Geovanni. Deiberson Geovanni produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
      • 2:01 Younes Kaboul challenges Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Stephen Hunt.
      • 0:47 Tommy Smith produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.
      • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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      Premier League results

      24 Oct 2009 23:59 UK

      Home Team Score Away Team Time
      Birmingham 2-1 Sunderland R
      Burnley 1-3 Wigan R
      Chelsea 5-0 Blackburn R
      Hull 0-0 Portsmouth R
      Tottenham 0-1 Stoke R
      Wolverhampton 1-1 Aston Villa R

      Premier League table snapshot

      As it stood on 24 Oct 2009 23:59 UK

      Position Team P GD PTS
      1 Chelsea 10 16 24
      2 Man Utd 9 12 22
      3 Tottenham 10 7 19
      4 Arsenal 8 16 18
      5 Man City 8 7 17
      6 Aston Villa 9 5 17
      7 Sunderland 10 3 16
      8 Liverpool 9 9 15
      9 Stoke 10 -2 15
      10 Wigan 10 -5 13
      11 Burnley 10 -12 12
      12 Everton 8 -2 11
      13 Fulham 8 -2 10
      14 Birmingham 10 -4 10
      15 Blackburn 9 -11 10
      16 Wolverhampton 10 -7 9
      17 Bolton 8 -2 8
      18 Hull 10 -14 8
      19 West Ham 8 -4 5
      20 Portsmouth 10 -10 4

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