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Man City   1 - 1   Hull

Hull City midfielder Jimmy Bullard celebrates
Bullard celebrates his equaliser by mocking Phil Brown's team talk at Eastlands

By Sam Lyon

Jimmy Bullard scored an 82nd-minute penalty to earn Hull City a precious point and ensure a seventh successive top-flight draw for Manchester City.

Shaun Wright-Phillips opened the scoring in a largely uninspiring match when his speculative shot deflected in.

But City failed to build on it and only Joleon Lescott's goalline clearance denied Richard Garcia an equaliser.

Hull were not to be denied, though, and Kolo Toure fouled Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink to allow Bullard to level.

It was no more than the Tigers deserved from a resolute away performance, but it is sure to build pressure on Mark Hughes, whose Manchester City side have yet to click into gear this season despite hopes of a top-four finish following their huge recent transfer outlay.

Brown hopes 'ghost of Eastlands' exorcised

The Welshman may well point to the contentious award of Hull's penalty, given for Toure's clumsy rather than cynical challenge on Vennegoor of Hesselink late in the piece.

But in truth his side just failed to fire at a freezing cold Eastlands.

For Hull, it was a return to the scene of last season's now infamous Phil Brown team talk on the pitch at half-time of their 5-1 reverse.

However, with only four survivors from that match in the starting XI and on the back of a run of seven points in three games, Hull looked an entirely different prospect from that encounter.

With Stephen Hunt and the influential Bullard typifying the Tigers' work-rate in midfield, the first half was a largely forgettable affair - and that suited the visitors just fine.

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The return of Robinho after three months out injured was expected to provide Manchester City with a real verve to their attacks, but a combination of Hull's defence and a lack of inspiration ensured away keeper Matt Duke had little to do.

Stephen Ireland and Robinho both sent half-decent efforts past the woodwork, while Carlos Tevez should have done better when he was set clear by Emmanuel Adebayor, only to plant a tame shot straight at Duke.

But despite long periods chasing the ball, Hull rarely looked overawed.

And so it was a bitter pill to swallow when, in first-half injury time, Wright-Phillips's speculative effort from range deflected into the corner of the net off Anthony Gardner's head for the opener.

Hughes admits Man City suffering 'anxiety'

Still, Hull emerged from the break - spent in the dressing-room this time around - unbowed, and they almost drew themselves level within a few minutes.

Jozy Altidore was the creator, his lay-off finding Garcia, whose clipped effort beat the onrushing Shay Given, but not Lescott who cleared off the line.

As with the first half, clear-cut chances were at a premium. Robinho and Wright-Phillips were a constant source of concern for the Hull defence, but with Tevez and Adebayor largely anonymous, City looked toothless in attack.

Not that Hull were much of a threat themselves, the away side content to frustrate the hosts and look to pinch something on the break.

It was a gameplan that worked to the letter, substitute Vennegoor of Hesselink earning the crucial breakthrough when he went down under Toure's challenge looking to get on the end of Garcia's flick-on.

Bullard dispatched the penalty with aplomb - and promptly proceeded to celebrate by re-enacting Brown's half-time team talk in front of the away faithful.

With just minutes remaining there was no time for a real home rally, and the result means Brown's side have earned more points in their last four games - eight - than Manchester City have in their last seven.


Manchester City boss Mark Hughes:
"Of course it is a disappointing run we're on, because we're failing to see out victories when we have the lead.

We're trying to get something started here but at times we look exactly what we are, a side that has been thrown together very quickly. That means we'll have bad days among the good ones.

"But we're still very much in touch with the teams at the top of the league. We've just got to keep going and the wins will come."

Hull City manager Phil Brown:
"That's a good point for us. Manchester City, with all the money they have spent, is never going to be an easy place to come to.

"I was delighted with our second half display in particular. We worked hard and, when the game is only 1-0, you always feel like you've got a chance - especially when you're playing a team who have drawn six on the bounce.

"We thoroughly deserved our equaliser and, looking at the replay, it looks a foul. It's testimony to the lads that we got something here - it shows the spirit we have. All the players are 100% behind the cause, that's for sure."

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Saturday, 28 November 2009

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Man City 1-1 Hull FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Wright-Phillips 45+1
  • Bullard (pen) 82

Man City

Substitutes

Hull

Substitutes

Ref: ProbertAtt: 46,382
MAN CITY
HULL

Possession

  • Man City 61%
  • Hull 39%

Attempts on target

  • Man City 7
  • Hull 3

Attempts off target

  • Man City 10
  • Hull 5

Corners

  • Man City 8
  • Hull 2

Fouls

  • Man City 14
  • Hull 12
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:27 The referee blows for the end of the match.
  • 90:00+4:10 The ball is sent over by Micah Richards, Andy Dawson gets a block in.
  • 90:00+0:16 Carlos Tevez delivers the ball, Paul McShane makes a clearance.
  • 89:16 Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink concedes a free kick for a foul on Micah Richards. Kolo Toure restarts play with the free kick.
  • 88:44 A cross is delivered by George Boateng, save by Shay Given.
  • 88:09 Unfair challenge on Jimmy Bullard by Joleon Lescott results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul McShane.
  • 87:44 Roque Santa Cruz delivers the ball, Richard Garcia manages to make a clearance.
  • 87:34 Shaun Wright-Phillips sends in a cross, save by Matt Duke.
  • 87:02 Outswinging corner taken by Shaun Wright-Phillips, clearance by Richard Garcia.
  • 85:47 Nick Barmby challenges Stephen Ireland unfairly and gives away a free kick. Carlos Tevez produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 83:56 Carlos Tevez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jimmy Bullard. Stephen Hunt crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance by Stephen Ireland.
  • 83:00 Shaun Wright-Phillips takes the outswinging corner, Effort on goal by Micah Richards from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
  • 82:47 Shaun Wright-Phillips takes a shot. Blocked by Andy Dawson.
  • 81:28 Assist by Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink.
  • 81:28 GOAL - Jimmy BullardMan City 1 - 1 Hull Penalty taken right-footed by Jimmy Bullard and scored. Man City 1-1 Hull.
  • 80:31 Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink fouled by Kolo Toure, the ref awards a Penalty.
  • 80:10 The ball is sent over by Andy Dawson.
  • 78:13 Unfair challenge on Nigel De Jong by Jimmy Bullard results in a free kick. Nigel De Jong takes the direct free kick.
  • 77:29 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul McShane by Carlos Tevez. Direct free kick taken by Kamil Zayatte.
  • 76:49 Paul McShane has an effort at goal from long distance that goes wide left.
  • 76:42 Stephen Hunt produces a cross.
  • 74:46 Substitution Craig Bellamy joins the action as a substitute, replacing De Souza Robinho.
  • 74:04 Carlos Tevez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Anthony Gardner. Direct free kick taken by Matt Duke.
  • 72:29 Substitution Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink is brought on as a substitute for Jozy Altidore.
  • 72:16 De Souza Robinho has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
  • 70:03 A cross is delivered by Wayne Bridge.
  • 69:05 Booking Kamil Zayatte is shown a yellow card.
  • 68:58 De Souza Robinho fouled by Kamil Zayatte, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Joleon Lescott.
  • 66:56 Substitution Roque Santa Cruz replaces Emmanuel Adebayor.
  • 65:44 Shaun Wright-Phillips fouled by Stephen Hunt, the ref awards a free kick. De Souza Robinho produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 65:20 The ball is crossed by Micah Richards, Nick Barmby makes a clearance.
  • 63:21 Nick Barmby produces a cross, Wayne Bridge gets a block in.
  • 61:17 Substitution George Boateng replaces Dean Marney.
  • 60:46 Substitution Nick Barmby on for Deiberson Geovanni.
  • 58:51 Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Jimmy Bullard goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 58:21 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Shaun Wright-Phillips, Anthony Gardner makes a clearance.
  • 58:15 Centre by Micah Richards, blocked by Andy Dawson.
  • 57:14 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Dean Marney, clearance made by Wayne Bridge.
  • 56:44 Booking Nigel De Jong receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
  • 56:36 Dean Marney fouled by Nigel De Jong, the ref awards a free kick. Kamil Zayatte takes the direct free kick.
  • 54:24 Shaun Wright-Phillips takes a shot. Save by Matt Duke.
  • 53:59 Carlos Tevez takes a shot.
  • 49:13 The offside flag is raised against Deiberson Geovanni. Shay Given restarts play with the free kick.
  • 48:23 De Souza Robinho takes a shot. Save by Matt Duke.
  • 47:37 Unfair challenge on Jimmy Bullard by Nigel De Jong results in a free kick. Paul McShane restarts play with the free kick.
  • 46:34 Richard Garcia takes a shot. Clearance made by Joleon Lescott.
  • 45:43 De Souza Robinho challenges Deiberson Geovanni unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Stephen Hunt from right channel, clearance by Emmanuel Adebayor.
  • 45:26 Booking Paul McShane booked.
  • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:27 The ref blows to signal half-time.
  • 45:00+0:46 Carlos Tevez provided the assist for the goal.
  • 45:00+0:46 GOAL - Shaun Wright-PhillipsMan City 1 - 0 Hull Goal scored by Shaun Wright-Phillips from just outside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man City 1-0 Hull.
  • 45:00+0:10 The assistant referee signals for offside against Emmanuel Adebayor. Matt Duke restarts play with the free kick.
  • 44:40 Jimmy Bullard delivers the ball, save made by Shay Given.
  • 43:23 Unfair challenge on Richard Garcia by Wayne Bridge results in a free kick. Kamil Zayatte takes the free kick.
  • 42:31 Carlos Tevez delivers the ball.
  • 40:51 The assistant referee signals for offside against Carlos Tevez. Matt Duke restarts play with the free kick.
  • 40:35 Deiberson Geovanni takes a shot. Save made by Shay Given.
  • 39:52 Stephen Hunt concedes a free kick for a foul on Micah Richards. Kolo Toure takes the free kick.
  • 36:49 The ball is swung over by Richard Garcia, Close range headed effort by Paul McShane misses to the right of the target.
  • 34:40 Free kick awarded for a foul by Deiberson Geovanni on Joleon Lescott. Nigel De Jong takes the free kick.
  • 34:07 Effort from outside the penalty box by Shaun Wright-Phillips goes wide left of the target.
  • 33:59 Carlos Tevez sends in a cross, Anthony Gardner manages to make a clearance.
  • 32:53 Free kick awarded for a foul by Richard Garcia on Wayne Bridge. Free kick taken by Nigel De Jong.
  • 32:37 Wayne Bridge produces a cross, Matt Duke makes a save.
  • 32:04 Booking Caution for Andy Dawson.
  • 31:55 Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Dawson on Shaun Wright-Phillips. Free kick taken by Carlos Tevez.
  • 29:36 Shaun Wright-Phillips has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide right of the target.
  • 27:40 Outswinging corner taken by Shaun Wright-Phillips from the right by-line, Micah Richards produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.
  • 26:20 Inswinging corner taken by Stephen Hunt from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Emmanuel Adebayor.
  • 26:13 The ball is swung over by Paul McShane, clearance by Joleon Lescott.
  • 25:25 Effort on goal by De Souza Robinho from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 24:57 Inswinging corner taken by Shaun Wright-Phillips.
  • 24:48 Centre by Shaun Wright-Phillips, Matt Duke makes a save.
  • 24:36 Wayne Bridge delivers the ball, Anthony Gardner makes a clearance.
  • 23:46 Jimmy Bullard takes a shot from a long way out which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 22:27 Foul by Wayne Bridge on Paul McShane, free kick awarded. Matt Duke takes the direct free kick.
  • 22:09 Shaun Wright-Phillips takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Matt Duke makes a save.
  • 21:51 Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Save by Matt Duke.
  • 21:27 Free kick awarded for a foul by Richard Garcia on Joleon Lescott. Shay Given takes the direct free kick.
  • 19:27 De Souza Robinho has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
  • 18:02 Deiberson Geovanni takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.
  • 17:21 Foul by Shaun Wright-Phillips on Jozy Altidore, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jimmy Bullard, Emmanuel Adebayor manages to make a clearance.
  • 16:02 The ball is swung over by Micah Richards, Stephen Ireland produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
  • 15:11 Unfair challenge on Shaun Wright-Phillips by Kamil Zayatte results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Nigel De Jong.
  • 14:26 Carlos Tevez challenges Dean Marney unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kamil Zayatte restarts play with the free kick.
  • 11:44 Foul by Kamil Zayatte on Emmanuel Adebayor, free kick awarded. Carlos Tevez has an effort direct from the free kick, Anthony Gardner gets a block in.
  • 9:02 A cross is delivered by Dean Marney, Kolo Toure makes a clearance.
  • 7:27 Carlos Tevez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kamil Zayatte. Direct free kick taken by Jimmy Bullard.
  • 7:12 Dean Marney takes a shot. Blocked by Jozy Altidore.
  • 6:54 Centre by Richard Garcia.
  • 4:47 Micah Richards challenges Deiberson Geovanni unfairly and gives away a free kick. Dean Marney restarts play with the free kick.
  • 4:28 A cross is delivered by Wayne Bridge, Richard Garcia makes a clearance.
  • 3:09 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Shaun Wright-Phillips.
  • 2:05 The ball is crossed by Richard Garcia, Wayne Bridge gets a block in.
  • 0:29 Corner from right by-line taken by Shaun Wright-Phillips.
  • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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Premier League results

28 Nov 2009 23:59 UK

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Aston Villa 1-1 Tottenham R
Blackburn 0-0 Stoke R
Fulham 1-1 Bolton R
Man City 1-1 Hull R
Portsmouth 1-4 Man Utd R
West Ham 5-3 Burnley R
Wigan 1-0 Sunderland R

Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 28 Nov 2009 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 13 25 33
2 Man Utd 14 17 31
3 Tottenham 14 14 26
4 Arsenal 12 21 25
5 Aston Villa 14 8 23
6 Man City 13 7 22
7 Liverpool 13 9 20
8 Sunderland 14 1 20
9 Stoke 14 -2 20
10 Fulham 14 2 19
11 Burnley 14 -12 17
12 Blackburn 14 -12 17
13 Wigan 14 -16 17
14 Hull 15 -14 16
15 Birmingham 13 -3 15
16 Everton 13 -6 15
17 West Ham 14 -2 14
18 Bolton 13 -11 12
19 Wolverhampton 13 -14 10
20 Portsmouth 14 -12 7

see also
Brown hails Bullard celebration
28 Nov 09 |  Hull
Saturday football as it happened
28 Nov 09 |  Football
Saturday's football photos
28 Nov 09 |  Football



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