Kamil Zayatte celebrates after scoring Hull's second goal
By Les Roopanarine
Hull City retrieved a two-goal deficit to claim a point despite finishing the game with 10 men in a thrilling encounter against West Ham.
West Ham's Guillermo Franco nodded home a Junior Stanislas corner before Jack Collison headed in Franco's long pass.
But Hull hit back in dramatic fashion, Jimmy Bullard drilling in a deflected free-kick and a penalty either side of a near-post strike from Kamil Zayatte.
Bernard Mendy saw red before Manuel Da Costa struck to give West Ham a point.
It was a breathlessly unpredictable encounter, yet one which did little for either side in their bid to pull clear of the lower reaches of the Premier League.
Having been two down with only 11 minutes on the clock, Hull's Phil Brown will doubtless be the happier of the two managers.
A spirited performance - Brown
But West Ham counterpart Gianfranco Zola will rue his side's failure to protect a two-goal lead for the second time in under a month.
The beleaguered Brown had called on his players to reproduce the spirit and level of performance exhibited against Stoke, but a vibrant start from West Ham threw Hull into early disarray.
The fingers of Matt Duke, deputising for the injured Boaz Myhill in the Hull goal, were still smarting from an early Valon Behrami effort when Stanislas aimed a well-flighted corner, West Ham's first of the game, into the six-yard box.
Shrugging off the attentions of Richard Garcia, Franco nodded a firm downward header beyond Duke to claim his second Premier League goal since his summer arrival from Villarreal.
With the irrepressible Bullard pulling the strings in midfield, Hull sought a swift riposte and might have been rewarded when a Stephen Hunt corner caused momentary mayhem in the West Ham area.
Yet just as Hull seemed to be getting a foothold in the game, West Ham doubled their lead.
Gathering the ball from a position deep on the left flank, Franco clipped a precise ball towards Collison, who out-jumped Andy Dawson to direct a header over the poorly-positioned Duke.
Zola did not expect comeback
Again Hull refused to be bowed, continuing to press forward as an end-to-end encounter developed.
With the half hour approaching, Hull finally translated their enterprise into more tangible reward, pulling a goal back through a Bullard free-kick that flew into Green's top left-hand corner after ricocheting off Scott Parker and Cole in rapid succession.
With Bullard increasingly influential - one cross-field pass to Hunt was nothing short of majestic - the mind drifted back to West Ham's late-October visit to Sunderland, where Zola's men relinquished a two-goal lead to draw 2-2.
Sure enough, with the interval looming Hull won a free-kick that was curled towards the near post by Hunt before being sweetly turned in by Zayatte.
Worse quickly followed for the Hammers when referee Mark Clattenburg awarded what looked a harsh penalty against Julien Faubert for a foul on Craig Fagan, who was backing into the Frenchman on the edge of the area.
Bullard converted the spot-kick with aplomb, firing the ball high to Green's right to leave the England keeper grasping at thin air.
90:00+4:27 The referee signals the end of the game.
90:00+3:12 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Gabbidon by Craig Fagan. Robert Green takes the free kick.
90:00+2:23 Deiberson Geovanni fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
90:00+2:23 Booking The referee cautions Luis Jimenez for unsporting behaviour.
90:00+2:19 Foul by Luis Jimenez on Deiberson Geovanni, free kick awarded.
90:00+1:45 Jack Collison takes a shot. Save by Matt Duke.
87:19 Julien Faubert fouled by Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, the ref awards a free kick. Manuel Da Costa takes the direct free kick.
86:20 Header from deep inside the area by Junior Stanislas goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
85:56 Centre by Paul McShane, clearance made by Julien Faubert.
84:09 Substitution Deiberson Geovanni comes on in place of Stephen Hunt.
83:16 Foul by Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink on Matthew Upson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Robert Green.
81:31 Shot by Luis Jimenez from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
80:26 Foul by Daniel Gabbidon on Craig Fagan, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Jimmy Bullard, save by Robert Green.
79:39 Free kick taken by Matt Duke.
79:39 Booking Zavon Hines is booked.
79:29 Unfair challenge on Dean Marney by Zavon Hines results in a free kick.
76:31 Unfair challenge on Anthony Gardner by Carlton Cole results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Matt Duke.
75:43 Free kick awarded for a foul by Manuel Da Costa on Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink. Jimmy Bullard takes the direct free kick.
72:37 Substitution Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink comes on in place of Jozy Altidore.
71:35 Foul by Carlton Cole on Anthony Gardner, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Matt Duke.
69:33 Carlton Cole takes a shot. Save made by Matt Duke.
69:25 Substitution Luis Jimenez comes on in place of Guillermo Franco.
68:25 GOAL - Manuel da Costa:Hull 3 - 3 West Ham Manuel Da Costa gets on the score sheet with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal.
Hull 3-3 West Ham.
67:53 Corner from the left by-line taken by Junior Stanislas,
66:05 Foul by Guillermo Franco on Jozy Altidore, free kick awarded. Andy Dawson restarts play with the free kick.
65:17 Junior Stanislas takes a shot. Matt Duke makes a save.
64:56 Unfair challenge on Zavon Hines by Andy Dawson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Julien Faubert.
64:44 A cross is delivered by Paul McShane, Matthew Upson makes a clearance.
64:10 Stephen Hunt takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Scott Parker.
61:56 A cross is delivered by Julien Faubert, Matt Duke makes a comfortable save.
Correction - 60:59 Booking The referee shows Guillermo Franco a yellow card.
60:59 Booking Booking for Guillermo Franco for unsporting behaviour.
60:28 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Julien Faubert by Stephen Hunt. Free kick taken by Scott Parker.
59:03 Substitution Valon Behrami goes off and Zavon Hines comes on.
56:37 Substitution (Hull) makes a substitution, with Paul McShane coming on for Richard Garcia.
56:18 Carlton Cole produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.
Correction - 53:09 Sent off Bernard Mendy shown a red card.
53:09 Foul by Bernard Mendy on Scott Parker, free kick awarded. Strike on goal comes in from Junior Stanislas from the free kick.
53:09 Sent off Bernard Mendy sent from the field by the ref for professional foul.
48:44 Guillermo Franco produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.
48:32 The ball is sent over by Stephen Hunt, comfortable save by Robert Green.
46:04 Kamil Zayatte concedes a free kick for a foul on Carlton Cole. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Junior Stanislas.
45:16 Shot from outside the area by Jack Collison misses to the left of the goal.
45:01 The second half has started.
45:00+3:55 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
45:00+0:26 Assist on the goal came from Craig Fagan.
45:00+0:26 GOAL - Jimmy Bullard:Hull 3 - 2 West Ham Power penalty scored by Jimmy Bullard. Hull 3-2 West Ham.
44:24 Unfair challenge on Craig Fagan by Julien Faubert results in a Penalty.
43:07 Assist on the goal came from Stephen Hunt.
43:07 GOAL - Kamil Zayatte:Hull 2 - 2 West Ham Goal scored by Kamil Zayatte from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hull 2-2 West Ham.
42:51 Centre by Stephen Hunt,
42:51 Booking Junior Stanislas receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
42:42 Junior Stanislas concedes a free kick for a foul on Bernard Mendy.
41:58 Carlton Cole challenges Anthony Gardner unfairly and gives away a free kick. Anthony Gardner restarts play with the free kick.
40:38 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Stephen Hunt, Anthony Gardner has a headed effort at goal from close in
which goes wide right of the goal.
39:45 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bernard Mendy by Guillermo Franco. Jimmy Bullard delivers the ball from the free
kick right-footed from right wing.
39:32 Bernard Mendy takes a shot. Matthew Upson gets a block in.
39:18 Jack Collison takes a shot. Save by Matt Duke.
36:18 Corner taken left-footed by Stephen Hunt.
35:25 A cross is delivered by Daniel Gabbidon, clearance by Dean Marney.
35:02 Craig Fagan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matthew Upson. Manuel Da Costa restarts play with the free kick.
33:41 Dean Marney crosses the ball, clearance by Robert Green.
32:44 Centre by Stephen Hunt, clearance by Junior Stanislas.
32:21 Matthew Upson concedes a free kick for a foul on Jozy Altidore. Free kick taken by Dean Marney.
31:59 Foul by Valon Behrami on Stephen Hunt, free kick awarded. Andy Dawson takes the direct free kick.
31:00 The referee penalises Jozy Altidore for handball. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.
29:48 Scott Parker takes a shot. Matt Duke makes a comfortable save.
28:37 Dean Marney produces a right-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.
27:49 Centre by Craig Fagan.
Correction - 26:19 GOAL - Carlton Cole:Hull 1 - 2 West Ham Carlton Cole heads into his own net. Hull 1-2 West Ham.
Correction - 26:19 Assist by Jimmy Bullard. Carlton Cole gets a block in.
26:19 The assist for the goal came from Bernard Mendy.
26:19 GOAL - Jimmy Bullard:Hull 1 - 2 West Ham Jimmy Bullard hits the back of the net with a goal direct from the free kick from outside the area to the top right corner
of the goal. Hull 1-2 West Ham.
Correction - 25:37 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jozy Altidore by Manuel Da Costa. Shot on goal comes in from Jimmy Bullard from
the free kick,
25:37 Free kick awarded for a foul by Manuel Da Costa on Jozy Altidore.
19:54 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Junior Stanislas played to the near post, clearance made by Bernard Mendy.
19:49 Julien Faubert crosses the ball, clearance made by Bernard Mendy.
17:47 Junior Stanislas sends in a cross.
16:46 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kamil Zayatte by Carlton Cole. Free kick taken by Matt Duke.
15:54 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Dean Marney from the left by-line, save by Robert Green.
15:40 A cross is delivered by Jozy Altidore, Richard Garcia takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
14:58 Dean Marney is adjudged to have handled the ball. Matthew Upson takes the free kick.
14:43 The referee penalises Dean Marney for handball. Stephen Hunt takes the free kick.
11:29 Jozy Altidore fouled by Matthew Upson, the ref awards a free kick. Jimmy Bullard produces a strike on goal direct from the
10:38 Assist by Guillermo Franco.
10:38 GOAL - Jack Collison:Hull 0 - 2 West Ham Jack Collison finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Hull 0-2 West Ham.
Correction - 10:35 A cross is delivered by Guillermo Franco,
10:35 The ball is sent over by Guillermo Franco,
Correction - 10:26 Guillermo Franco provided the assist for the goal.
Correction - 10:26 GOAL - Jack Collison:Hull 0 - 2 West Ham Jack Collison finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the area. Hull 0-2 West Ham.
9:50 Shot from 35 yards by Jimmy Bullard went wide right of the target.
9:20 Craig Fagan produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
9:03 Kamil Zayatte takes a shot. Matthew Upson gets a block in.
8:38 Jimmy Bullard takes a shot. Blocked by Matthew Upson.
8:09 Stephen Hunt takes a inswinging corner to the near post, save by Robert Green.
4:50 Junior Stanislas provided the assist for the goal.
4:50 GOAL - Guillermo Franco:Hull 0 - 1 West Ham Guillermo Franco grabs a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Hull 0-1 West Ham.
4:38 Corner taken right-footed by Junior Stanislas,
4:28 A cross is delivered by Junior Stanislas, Carlton Cole takes a shot. Blocked by Anthony Gardner.
4:05 The ball is swung over by Junior Stanislas, Stephen Hunt manages to make a clearance.
2:49 Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Fagan on Matthew Upson. Direct free kick taken by Robert Green.
1:12 Jimmy Bullard fouled by Scott Parker, the ref awards a free kick. Anthony Gardner takes the free kick.
0:52 Valon Behrami takes a shot. Save made by Matt Duke.
0:00 The match gets underway.
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