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Hull   2 - 1   Stoke

Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink scores the winner for Hull
Vennegoor of Hesselink's second goal this season earned Hull a critical victory

By David Ornstein

Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink helped ease the pressure on Hull boss Phil Brown with a stoppage-time goal to secure a crucial victory over Stoke.

The hosts looked set for an eighth league defeat when Matthew Etherington drove Stoke ahead from an acute angle.

But former Potters star Seyi Olofinjana equalised with a curling effort before Stoke's Abdoulaye Faye saw red.

Vennegoor of Hesselink then slotted home at the death after Thomas Sorensen failed to hold Jimmy Bullard's shot.

The result lifted Hull out of the relegation zone - a point clear of both West Ham and Wolves - and sees Stoke remain ninth.

Horton hails Hull's 'huge' Stoke win

Visiting manager Tony Pulis will rue his side's failure to hold onto their lead and Stoke have now thrown away 11 points from winning positions this season - but Hull were good value for their only their fourth league win of 2009.

Whether it is enough to keep Brown in his job remains to be seen but the 50-year-old will feel hard done by if he is sacked after such a spirited performance by his players.

Hull went into the match without a goal in their previous three games but, spurred on noisily by a near sell-out home crowd, they made a confident and committed start.

Apart from a scare inside the first minute, when referee Mike Dean ignored Stoke appeals after Etherington's cross was blocked by the arm of Bernard Mendy, the home side looked fairly comfortable.

606: DEBATE

Bullard, making his full debut, went close with a fizzing 30-yard drive and Jozy Altidore dragged wide from the edge of the box.

Stoke seemed content to soak up Hull pressure and rely on counter-attacks, but both Etherington and Dean Whitehead skewed shots horribly off target from promising positions.

As more chances came and went for Hull - Glenn Whelan got back to deny Richard Garcia with a fine challenge before Garcia headed straight at Sorensen from Stephen Hunt's cross - there was a feeling of inevitability about Stoke's opener.

Hull had committed unnecessary numbers forward and were holding a worryingly high a line at the back when Mendy inexplicably missed a Ryan Shawcross punt upfield, allowing Ethrington to race in from the left and lash a powerful near-post finish past Matt Duke.

Matthew Etherington
Ethrington put Stoke ahead against the run of play

The goal came against the run of play and, to their credit, Hull continued to press forward, dominate possession and take the game to Stoke.

Altidore headed wide from a Garcia centre and then, having been played in by Bullard, opted to square the ball to nobody instead of shooting from a central position 12 yards out.

Desperate to see his side convert their dominance into goals, Brown replaced the ineffective Garcia with Nicky Barmby shortly after half-time and Hull immediately began playing with a greater sense of urgency and belief.

They were, however, fortunate to survive when Anthony Gardner poked a low Etherington cross towards his own goal and the ball trickled inches wide off of Duke's elbow.

But Hull were otherwise in the ascendancy and deservedly levelled matters through Olofinjana, who collected possession from Hunt, turned past two Stoke players, opened his body and unleashed a curling strike that left Sorensen clutching at thin air.

We were not at our best - Pulis

Despite the qualiser, it felt for a time as though Stoke were the more likely to go on and get a winner and Shawcross came round the back to head Whelan's free-kick against the bar.

But Faye's dismissal - shown his second yellow card for a reckless challenge on Barmby - prompted one final Hull rally and their reward was forthcoming after Bullard stepped inside and shot fiercely.

Sorensen dived to block but failed to divert the ball out of harm's way and it fell straight into the path of Vennegoor of Hesselink, who made no mistake with a straightforward finish.

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Sunday, 8 November 2009

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Hull 2-1 Stoke FT
(HT 0-1)
  • Olofinjana 62
  • Vennegoor of Hesselink 90+1
  • Etherington 29

Hull

Substitutes

Stoke

Substitutes

Ref: DeanAtt: 24,516
HULL
STOKE

Possession

  • Hull 53%
  • Stoke 47%

Attempts on target

  • Hull 8
  • Stoke 4

Attempts off target

  • Hull 8
  • Stoke 3

Corners

  • Hull 4
  • Stoke 2

Fouls

  • Hull 12
  • Stoke 14
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:30 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
  • 90:00+3:51 Foul by Glenn Whelan on George Boateng, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jimmy Bullard.
  • 90:00+3:33 Jimmy Bullard delivers the ball, Thomas Sorensen makes a save.
  • 90:00+2:17 Ryan Shawcross crosses the ball, clearance by Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink.
  • 90:00+0:23 Substitution George Boateng comes on in place of Craig Fagan.
  • 90:00+0:23 Assist by Jimmy Bullard.
  • 90:00+0:23 GOAL - Jan Vennegoor of HesselinkHull 2 - 1 Stoke Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink finds the net with a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hull 2-1 Stoke.
  • 90:00+0:21 Jimmy Bullard takes a shot. Save by Thomas Sorensen.
  • 90:00+0:08 Nick Barmby delivers the ball.
  • 89:33 The ball is swung over by Nick Barmby, clearance made by Dean Whitehead.
  • 88:57 Jimmy Bullard takes a shot. Save by Thomas Sorensen.
  • 86:58 Substitution Andy Wilkinson on for Tuncay Sanli.
  • 86:08 Free kick crossed left-footed by Stephen Hunt from right wing, Glenn Whelan makes a clearance.
  • 86:08 Sent off Abdoulaye Faye receives a red card for second bookable offence.
  • 85:58 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nick Barmby by Abdoulaye Faye.
  • 85:37 Tuncay Sanli delivers the ball, Matt Duke makes a save.
  • 85:02 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Collins by Craig Fagan. Direct free kick taken by Danny Collins.
  • 82:29 Substitution Jozy Altidore goes off and Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink comes on.
  • 81:22 Kamil Zayatte gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dave Kitson. Glenn Whelan produces a cross, Ryan Shawcross takes a shot.
  • 81:00 Bernard Mendy sends in a cross, Thomas Sorensen makes a save.
  • 80:02 Substitution Tuncay Sanli on for Ricardo Fuller.
  • 78:31 Effort from the edge of the box by Jozy Altidore goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 77:17 The ball is delivered by Nick Barmby, save made by Thomas Sorensen.
  • 72:34 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jozy Altidore on Matthew Etherington. Glenn Whelan crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Ricardo Fuller gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy Dawson. Free kick taken by Matt Duke.
  • 72:13 Glenn Whelan takes a shot. Blocked by Kamil Zayatte.
  • 71:52 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Glenn Whelan.
  • 71:23 Seyi Olofinjana gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dave Kitson. Thomas Sorensen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 69:08 Craig Fagan takes a shot. Blocked by Abdoulaye Faye. Corner taken by Jimmy Bullard, clearance by Dave Kitson.
  • 67:53 The ball is crossed by Craig Fagan.
  • 66:32 Booking Abdoulaye Faye is booked.
  • 64:43 Foul by Ricardo Fuller on Seyi Olofinjana, free kick awarded. Nick Barmby restarts play with the free kick.
  • 64:08 Craig Fagan has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.
  • 64:03 Bernard Mendy produces a cross, Abdoulaye Faye manages to make a clearance.
  • 63:30 Direct free kick taken by Matt Duke.
  • 63:30 Booking The referee shows Glenn Whelan a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 63:24 Glenn Whelan handles the ball and concedes a free kick.
  • 62:52 Dave Kitson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kamil Zayatte. Direct free kick taken by Jimmy Bullard.
  • 61:19 Stephen Hunt provided the assist for the goal.
  • 61:19 GOAL - Seyi OlofinjanaHull 1 - 1 Stoke Seyi Olofinjana finds the net with a goal from outside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Hull 1-1 Stoke.
  • 61:07 Ryan Shawcross gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Fagan. Jimmy Bullard takes the free kick.
  • 60:17 Substitution Dave Kitson joins the action as a substitute, replacing James Beattie.
  • 59:54 A cross is delivered by Stephen Hunt.
  • 59:24 The ball is sent over by Andy Dawson.
  • 56:22 Unfair challenge on James Beattie by Stephen Hunt results in a free kick. Thomas Sorensen takes the free kick.
  • 55:50 Free kick taken by Stephen Hunt.
  • 55:50 Booking Robert Huth is shown a yellow card.
  • 55:42 Jozy Altidore fouled by Robert Huth, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 55:27 Danny Collins delivers the ball, Kamil Zayatte makes a clearance.
  • 54:45 Craig Fagan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Beattie. Danny Collins takes the direct free kick.
  • 53:53 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jimmy Bullard by Rory Delap. Jimmy Bullard takes the direct free kick.
  • 53:43 Matthew Etherington sends in a cross, Bernard Mendy manages to make a clearance.
  • 53:12 Corner taken by Matthew Etherington from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Jozy Altidore.
  • 53:05 Matthew Etherington produces a cross, clearance by Anthony Gardner.
  • 51:27 Substitution Nick Barmby on for Richard Garcia.
  • 49:37 Richard Garcia sends in a cross, Thomas Sorensen makes a save.
  • 46:52 Glenn Whelan fouled by Richard Garcia, the ref awards a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from James Beattie from the free kick.
  • 45:55 Centre by Bernard Mendy, save by Thomas Sorensen.
  • 45:50 Richard Garcia crosses the ball, Robert Huth makes a clearance.
  • 45:01 The second half has started.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:37 The first half comes to an end.
  • 45:00+1:16 Robert Huth challenges Craig Fagan unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Jimmy Bullard from left wing, James Beattie manages to make a clearance.
  • 44:11 Matthew Etherington concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Hunt. Matt Duke takes the free kick.
  • 42:27 Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Fagan on Ryan Shawcross. Thomas Sorensen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 41:10 Thomas Sorensen fouled by Stephen Hunt, the ref awards a free kick. Thomas Sorensen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 40:53 Bernard Mendy delivers the ball, save by Thomas Sorensen.
  • 38:02 Bernard Mendy takes a shot. Blocked by Abdoulaye Faye.
  • 36:45 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Stephen Hunt from the right by-line, save by Thomas Sorensen.
  • 35:57 Richard Garcia delivers the ball, Jozy Altidore has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
  • 35:46 The ball is crossed by Craig Fagan.
  • 33:20 Stephen Hunt takes the inswinging corner, Thomas Sorensen makes a save.
  • 33:15 The ball is delivered by Craig Fagan, clearance made by Ryan Shawcross.
  • 33:03 Matthew Etherington sends in a cross, save by Matt Duke.
  • Correction - 28:55 Ryan Shawcross provided the assist for the goal. Foul by Stephen Hunt on Robert Huth, free kick awarded. Glenn Whelan takes the free kick.
  • 28:55 The assist for the goal came from Thomas Sorensen. Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Hunt on Robert Huth. Free kick taken by Glenn Whelan.
  • 28:55 GOAL - Matthew EtheringtonHull 0 - 1 Stoke Matthew Etherington finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hull 0-1 Stoke.
  • 27:31 Stephen Hunt delivers the ball, Richard Garcia takes a shot. Save made by Thomas Sorensen.
  • 26:54 Ricardo Fuller handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Anthony Gardner.
  • 26:04 The ball is swung over by Matthew Etherington, clearance made by Seyi Olofinjana.
  • 24:50 The ball is sent over by Andy Dawson, blocked by Robert Huth.
  • 23:56 The ball is delivered by Rory Delap, Matthew Etherington produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.
  • 23:30 Glenn Whelan restarts play with the free kick.
  • 23:30 Booking Bernard Mendy booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 23:25 Bernard Mendy challenges Matthew Etherington unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 23:13 Stephen Hunt crosses the ball, Abdoulaye Faye makes a clearance.
  • 23:06 The ball is sent over by Seyi Olofinjana, Ryan Shawcross makes a clearance.
  • 22:57 Richard Garcia takes a shot. Ryan Shawcross gets a block in.
  • 22:47 Centre by Jimmy Bullard, Ryan Shawcross manages to make a clearance.
  • 22:35 Centre by Craig Fagan, clearance by Ryan Shawcross.
  • 22:00 Corner from the right by-line taken by Stephen Hunt, Rory Delap manages to make a clearance.
  • 21:48 Richard Garcia takes a shot. Blocked by Robert Huth.
  • 20:56 Jimmy Bullard sends in a cross, clearance made by Ryan Shawcross.
  • 19:39 Matthew Etherington takes a shot. Save by Matt Duke.
  • 19:30 The ball is swung over by Danny Collins, clearance by Anthony Gardner.
  • 18:50 Jozy Altidore produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.
  • 18:29 Anthony Gardner fouled by Ricardo Fuller, the ref awards a free kick. Andy Dawson takes the direct free kick.
  • 17:30 The assistant referee signals for offside against Jozy Altidore. Direct free kick taken by Abdoulaye Faye.
  • 15:27 Unfair challenge on Stephen Hunt by Rory Delap results in a free kick. Anthony Gardner restarts play with the free kick.
  • 14:41 The ball is swung over by Robert Huth, Jimmy Bullard manages to make a clearance.
  • 14:24 Anthony Gardner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Beattie. Glenn Whelan restarts play with the free kick.
  • Correction - 14:00 Effort from a long way out by Bernard Mendy goes wide left of the goal.
  • 14:00 Bernard Mendy takes a shot from long range which goes wide left of the goal.
  • 13:32 Jimmy Bullard takes the free kick.
  • 13:32 Booking Ryan Shawcross receives a caution.
  • 13:24 Unfair challenge on Craig Fagan by Ryan Shawcross results in a free kick.
  • 11:49 Ricardo Fuller takes a shot. Save by Matt Duke.
  • 7:34 Long distance shot from Jimmy Bullard misses to the left of the goal.
  • 6:15 Danny Collins produces a cross, save made by Matt Duke.
  • 6:04 The ball is crossed by Matthew Etherington, Anthony Gardner manages to make a clearance.
  • 5:13 Jimmy Bullard has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
  • 4:41 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richard Garcia by Matthew Etherington. Matt Duke restarts play with the free kick.
  • 4:03 Jozy Altidore handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Ryan Shawcross takes the direct free kick.
  • 0:20 Ricardo Fuller produces a cross.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the game started.

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Premier League results

8 Nov 2009 23:59 UK

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd R
Hull 2-1 Stoke R
West Ham 1-2 Everton R
Wigan 1-1 Fulham R

Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 8 Nov 2009 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 12 21 30
2 Arsenal 11 22 25
3 Man Utd 12 11 25
4 Tottenham 12 6 22
5 Aston Villa 12 8 21
6 Man City 11 7 20
7 Liverpool 11 9 18
8 Sunderland 12 1 17
9 Stoke 12 -3 16
10 Burnley 12 -10 16
11 Fulham 11 0 15
12 Everton 11 -2 15
13 Wigan 12 -9 14
14 Blackburn 11 -11 13
15 Birmingham 11 -4 11
16 Bolton 11 -9 11
17 Hull 12 -15 11
18 West Ham 12 -4 10
19 Wolverhampton 12 -10 10
20 Portsmouth 12 -8 7

see also
Pulis understands Tuncay reaction
08 Nov 09 |  Stoke
Sunday football as it happened
08 Nov 09 |  Football
Sunday football photos
08 Nov 09 |  Football


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