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Hull   2 - 0   Fulham

By Chris Charles

Jimmy Bullard
Bullard scored against his old club

Jimmy Bullard scored against his former club as Hull edged closer to safety in manager Iain Dowie's first home game.

Bullard smashed home a first-half penalty after the lively Jose Altidore was wrestled to the ground by Manchester United-bound Chris Smalling.

Craig Fagan wrapped things up with a looping header to leave Hull 18th but now level on 27 points with West Ham.

Fulham, playing their 51st game of the season, had chances, with Zoltan Gera seeing two shots cleared off the line.

And while Hull enjoyed most of the early play, it was Fulham who had the first real chance when Clint Dempsey fed Gera on the edge of the box, forcing Boaz Myhill to get down smartly and turn the Hungarian midfielder's snapshot away.

Both sides were struggling to find their rhythm early on but, after making 10 changes between them, that was hardly surprising.

Dowie hails 'huge result' for Hull

Dowie's hand was forced by injury but, while Fulham's top scorer Bobby Zamora was sidelined with stomach cramps, you sensed the decision by Cottagers boss Roy Hodgson to leave skipper Danny Murphy and the influential Damien Duff out of the squad was made with one eye on Thursday's Europa League quarter-final with Wolfsburg.

Injury-plagued Bullard, incredibly making only his 10th appearance for Hull since joining from Fulham 14 months ago, was half-heartedly booed by the fans who used to cheer him, every time he touched the ball.

But the 31-year-old midfielder silenced them when he opened the scoring on 17 minutes.

Altidore, who tormented the the home side's defence all afternoon, was manhandled in the box by an over-exuberant Smalling and Bullard stepped up to smash the penalty into the top corner, giving goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer no chance.

Bullard's goal seemed to galvanize both sides and what had begun as a rather pedestrian affair turned into a real ding-dong of a match.

606: DEBATE

First Myhill had to react quickly to punch away Nicky Shorey's swerving free-kick, and then George Boateng was in the right place to clear off the line from Gera, after the tricky midfielder swivelled to smash in a shot inside the six-yard box.

Schwarzer was forced into a double save for Fulham minutes later, tipping away Bullard's 20-yard free-kick before getting his body in the way of Dean Marney's rasping effort.

Back came Fulham, with Gera seeing his angled shot cleared off the line by Steven Mouyokolo before referee Chris Foy waved away penalty claims after Bjorn Riise's cross struck Kevin Kilbane's forearm.

Hull came out of the traps quickest after the restart and within five minutes Fagan doubled their lead, sending his looping header over the helpless Schwarzer, following a peach of a cross from Marney.

The pace understandably dropped off after the goal, with Hull content to protect their lead and Fulham tiring.

Hodgson defends decision to rest players

Murphy insisted before the game that the Cottagers would not get distracted by their European adventure, but with no chance of getting relegated or making the top seven, Thursday's first leg understandably remains their priority.

Gera was industrious throughout for the visitors, while Dempsey showed flashes of inspiration.

But the Hull defence stood firm to register their first clean sheet since January - a statistic that will please Dowie almost as much as the win.


Hull manager Iain Dowie:
"It's important we looked after our result. Now it's about moving on - one swallow doesn't make a summer.

"The lads deserve a large amount of respect for handling the pressure - this is a group of individuals who care.

"There's 21 points to play for. The fans were brilliant today and they know the players all put in a good effort."

Hull manager Roy Hodgson:
"I've no complaints about the result - we were beaten by a team that was more determined. Hull deserved the victory and fought very hard.

"We've played 22 or 23 matches in 50 days and we've got a very important tie coming up against Wolfsburg, so I don't think many people will be surprised that we left one or two out.

"I don't think it was a red card (for Smalling). Should the goalkeeper or defender just jump out of the way? That was not a professional foul but a genuine attempt to win the ball."

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Saturday, 27 March 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Hull 2-0 Fulham FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Bullard (pen) 16
  • Fagan 48

    Hull

    Substitutes

    Fulham

    Substitutes

    Ref: FoyAtt: 24,361
    HULL
    FULHAM

    Possession

    • Hull 47%
    • Fulham 53%

    Attempts on target

    • Hull 4
    • Fulham 9

    Attempts off target

    • Hull 3
    • Fulham 3

    Corners

    • Hull 6
    • Fulham 8

    Fouls

    • Hull 11
    • Fulham 15
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:13 The referee ends the match.
    • 90:00+2:34 Free kick awarded for a foul by Stefano Okaka on Paul McShane. Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
    • 90:00+2:27 Dean Marney delivers the ball, Nicky Shorey makes a clearance.
    • 90:00+1:21 Zoltan Gera delivers the ball, Seyi Olofinjana makes a clearance.
    • 89:28 Chris Baird challenges Craig Fagan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Dean Marney.
    • 88:44 Clinton Dempsey challenges Steven Mouyokolo unfairly and gives away a free kick. Boaz Myhill restarts play with the free kick.
    • 87:40 The ball is crossed by Paul Konchesky, clearance made by Ibrahima Sonko.
    • 87:11 Simon Davies crosses the ball, Steven Mouyokolo makes a clearance.
    • 84:37 Substitution Jimmy Bullard goes off and Seyi Olofinjana comes on.
    • 84:14 Dean Marney has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 83:36 Jimmy Bullard delivers the ball, Brede Hangeland makes a clearance.
    • 82:36 Corner taken by Simon Davies.
    • 82:27 A cross is delivered by Paul Konchesky, Paul McShane manages to make a clearance.
    • 82:18 The ball is delivered by Nicky Shorey, Paul McShane manages to make a clearance.
    • 80:45 Simon Davies concedes a free kick for a foul on Jimmy Bullard. A cross is delivered by Jimmy Bullard, Richard Garcia takes a shot. Save made by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 80:08 Clinton Dempsey takes a shot. Steven Mouyokolo gets a block in.
    • 78:27 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jimmy Bullard played to the near post, Simon Davies manages to make a clearance.
    • 77:20 Free kick crossed right-footed by Jimmy Bullard from right wing, Chris Baird manages to make a clearance.
    • 77:20 Substitution Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink is brought on as a substitute for Jozy Altidore.
    • 77:20 Paul Konchesky challenges Jozy Altidore unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 76:22 Stefano Okaka concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Mouyokolo. Boaz Myhill restarts play with the free kick.
    • 75:51 Steven Mouyokolo sends in a cross, clearance by Brede Hangeland.
    • Correction - 73:07 Clinton Dempsey takes a shot. Blocked by George Boateng. Jozy Altidore concedes a free kick for a foul on Nicky Shorey. Free kick taken by Nicky Shorey. The ball is swung over by Jonathan Greening, Stefano Okaka takes a shot. Blocked by Richard Garcia.
    • 73:07 Clinton Dempsey takes a shot. Blocked by George Boateng. Unfair challenge on Nicky Shorey by Jozy Altidore results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Nicky Shorey. Centre by Jonathan Greening, Stefano Okaka takes a shot. Ibrahima Sonko gets a block in.
    • 72:06 Nicky Shorey takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Kevin Kilbane. Inswinging corner taken by Nicky Shorey from the right by-line.
    • 71:33 The ball is crossed by Paul Konchesky, Kevin Kilbane manages to make a clearance.
    • 70:22 Stefano Okaka gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jimmy Bullard. Boaz Myhill takes the free kick.
    • 68:43 Craig Fagan challenges Zoltan Gera unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Schwarzer takes the direct free kick.
    • 67:53 Jimmy Bullard produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.
    • 67:04 Nicky Shorey sends in a cross, Steven Mouyokolo makes a clearance. The ball is sent over by Nicky Shorey, Kevin Kilbane gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Nicky Shorey from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Kevin Kilbane.
    • 66:25 Clinton Dempsey has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
    • 65:29 The referee penalises Paul Konchesky for handball. Jimmy Bullard crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Brede Hangeland.
    • 64:36 Nicky Shorey delivers the ball, clearance by Steven Mouyokolo.
    • 63:15 Dean Marney gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Zoltan Gera. Nicky Shorey takes the free kick.
    • 61:25 The official flags Clinton Dempsey offside. Indirect free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
    • 59:10 Nicky Shorey delivers the ball, Stefano Okaka takes a shot. Save by Boaz Myhill.
    • 58:19 Substitution Jonathan Greening on for Kagisho Dikgacoi.
    • 58:06 Clinton Dempsey produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
    • 57:53 A cross is delivered by Kagisho Dikgacoi, clearance by Kevin Kilbane.
    • 57:33 Jozy Altidore produces a cross, Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
    • 56:45 Paul McShane delivers the ball.
    • 56:16 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jimmy Bullard by Simon Davies. Jimmy Bullard takes the free kick.
    • 55:25 Foul by Zoltan Gera on Kevin Kilbane, free kick awarded. Boaz Myhill takes the direct free kick.
    • 52:10 Substitution Stefano Okaka replaces Bjorn Helge Riise.
    • 51:12 Chris Smalling concedes a free kick for a foul on Jozy Altidore. Strike comes in from Jimmy Bullard from the free kick.
    • 49:57 The ball is swung over by Bjorn Helge Riise, save made by Boaz Myhill.
    • 47:48 The assist for the goal came from Dean Marney.
    • 47:48 GOAL - Craig FaganHull 2 - 0 Fulham Craig Fagan finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Hull 2-0 Fulham.
    • 47:42 The ball is crossed by Dean Marney,
    • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+3:15 The match has reached half-time.
    • 45:00+2:28 The ball is swung over by Bjorn Helge Riise, blocked by Kevin Kilbane. Corner taken right-footed by Bjorn Helge Riise.
    • 45:00+1:06 Jimmy Bullard takes the inswinging corner, save by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 45:00+0:26 Direct free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
    • 45:00+0:26 Booking Booking for Nicky Shorey for unsporting behaviour.
    • 45:00+0:18 Nicky Shorey concedes a free kick for a foul on Jozy Altidore.
    • 45:00+0:05 Bjorn Helge Riise takes the inswinging corner, save by Boaz Myhill.
    • 44:42 Bjorn Helge Riise takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Mouyokolo.
    • 44:04 The referee blows for offside against Jozy Altidore. Brede Hangeland restarts play with the free kick.
    • 42:33 Corner taken by Jimmy Bullard.
    • 42:21 The ball is crossed by Jozy Altidore, blocked by Paul Konchesky.
    • 40:16 Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul McShane on Simon Davies. Simon Davies delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Paul McShane manages to make a clearance.
    • 39:19 Boaz Myhill restarts play with the free kick.
    • 39:19 Booking Zoltan Gera goes into the book.
    • 38:59 The ball is delivered by Bjorn Helge Riise.
    • 38:51 The ball is swung over by Paul Konchesky, clearance by Steven Mouyokolo.
    • 36:57 Zoltan Gera takes a shot. Clearance by Steven Mouyokolo.
    • 36:35 Unfair challenge on Clinton Dempsey by Ibrahima Sonko results in a free kick. Kagisho Dikgacoi restarts play with the free kick.
    • 35:54 Free kick crossed right-footed by Jimmy Bullard from right wing.
    • 35:54 Booking Simon Davies is cautioned.
    • 35:48 Simon Davies challenges Jozy Altidore unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 35:32 The ball is delivered by Simon Davies, clearance made by Steven Mouyokolo.
    • 34:56 Booking Jozy Altidore shown a yellow card.
    • Correction - 34:39 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Baird by Jimmy Bullard. Brede Hangeland restarts play with the free kick.
    • 34:39 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jimmy Bullard on Chris Baird. Direct free kick taken by Chris Baird.
    • 31:41 Strike comes in from Jimmy Bullard from the free kick, save by Mark Schwarzer. Corner taken by Jimmy Bullard from the left by-line to the near post, Dean Marney takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 31:41 Booking Caution for Kagisho Dikgacoi.
    • 31:36 Unfair challenge on Jozy Altidore by Kagisho Dikgacoi results in a free kick.
    • 30:50 Foul by Brede Hangeland on Jozy Altidore, free kick awarded. Jimmy Bullard crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Chris Baird.
    • 29:36 Direct free kick taken by Nicky Shorey.
    • 29:36 Booking Booking for Kevin Kilbane for unsporting behaviour.
    • 29:31 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bjorn Helge Riise by Kevin Kilbane.
    • 27:48 The ball is crossed by Paul McShane.
    • 26:38 Corner taken by Bjorn Helge Riise from the right by-line. Zoltan Gera takes a shot. Blocked by George Boateng.
    • 25:47 The ball is swung over by Dean Marney, Chris Baird gets a block in.
    • 23:13 Dean Marney crosses the ball, save made by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 22:53 Clinton Dempsey takes a shot. Blocked by Ibrahima Sonko.
    • Correction - 20:41 Bjorn Helge Riise fouled by Dean Marney, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Nicky Shorey, Boaz Myhill makes a save. Simon Davies takes a shot. Paul McShane gets a block in.
    • 20:41 Foul by Dean Marney on Bjorn Helge Riise, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Nicky Shorey from right wing, Boaz Myhill makes a save. Simon Davies takes a shot. Blocked by Paul McShane.
    • 18:09 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Konchesky by Richard Garcia. Simon Davies crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Paul McShane manages to make a clearance.
    • 15:57 The assist for the goal came from Jozy Altidore.
    • 15:57 GOAL - Jimmy BullardHull 1 - 0 Fulham Penalty taken right-footed by Jimmy Bullard and scored. Hull 1-0 Fulham.
    • 15:01 The ball is delivered by Jimmy Bullard, Chris Smalling gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Jozy Altidore.
    • 14:27 Inswinging corner taken by Jimmy Bullard from the left by-line, save made by Mark Schwarzer. Craig Fagan produces a cross, clearance made by Kagisho Dikgacoi.
    • 13:03 George Boateng concedes a free kick for a foul on Zoltan Gera. Chris Smalling restarts play with the free kick.
    • 12:16 The ball is sent over by Bjorn Helge Riise, Dean Marney gets a block in. Corner taken by Bjorn Helge Riise, Kevin Kilbane makes a clearance.
    • 9:07 Bjorn Helge Riise is adjudged to have handled the ball. Direct free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
    • 8:59 Zoltan Gera sends in a cross, Ibrahima Sonko manages to make a clearance.
    • 8:12 The ball is delivered by Craig Fagan. Steven Mouyokolo is ruled offside. Mark Schwarzer takes the indirect free kick.
    • 7:36 Unfair challenge on Craig Fagan by Kagisho Dikgacoi results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Jimmy Bullard from left channel, Brede Hangeland makes a clearance.
    • 4:06 Zoltan Gera produces a drilled right-footed shot from 20 yards. Save by Boaz Myhill.
    • 3:41 Unfair challenge on Bjorn Helge Riise by Kevin Kilbane results in a free kick. Chris Baird takes the direct free kick.
    • 1:06 Corner taken right-footed by Jimmy Bullard from the left by-line to the near post, Chris Smalling manages to make a clearance.
    • Correction - 0:59 A cross is delivered by George Boateng.
    • 0:59 George Boateng produces a cross,
    • 0:46 Centre by Craig Fagan.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the game started.

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    As it stood on 27 Mar 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Man Utd 32 51 72
    2 Chelsea 32 53 71
    3 Arsenal 32 40 68
    4 Tottenham 31 28 58
    5 Man City 30 16 53
    6 Liverpool 31 18 51
    7 Aston Villa 31 11 51
    8 Everton 32 8 49
    9 Birmingham 32 -4 45
    10 Stoke 31 -5 39
    11 Fulham 31 -3 38
    12 Blackburn 31 -16 38
    13 Sunderland 31 -6 35
    14 Wolves 32 -22 32
    15 Bolton 32 -24 32
    16 Wigan 31 -30 31
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    18 Hull 31 -33 27
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