Jimmy Bullard had scored all four of his previous penalties for Hull
By Sam Sheringham
Hull are all but relegated after a home defeat by Sunderland in which Jimmy Bullard missed a first-half penalty.
Darren Bent turned in a header from Kenwyne Jones at the far post to give the visitors an early lead.
Bullard's penalty struck the outside of the post before Hull's Jozy Altidore and Sunderland's Alan Hutton were dismissed for a touchline spat.
Hull failed to muster a clear opening in the second half and West Ham's win over Wigan leaves them facing the drop.
If the Tigers win both their remaining games, they could still match West Ham's current points total of 36 - but their vastly inferior goal difference means they are effectively down.
And the future looks bleak for the club, with chairman Adam Pearson claiming in the build-up to the match that relegation would be a "doomsday scenario" for the club.
Dowie faces up to Hull fate
Pearson expressed serious concerns about their financial plight in the Championship and criticised his predecessor Paul Duffen, whom he said had allowed the club's wage bill to spiral.
But despite the backdrop to the match, at no stage did Hull's performance suggest they could beat the drop. They enjoyed plenty of possession in the second half but lacked craft and imagination and were restricted to shots from distance.
Sunderland made a bright start and should have taken the lead inside five minutes when Jordan Henderson pulled the ball back for Steed Malbranque, who fired wastefully over the bar from close range.
Two minutes later, the visitors were ahead as Jones met Hutton's cross with a far-post header and Bent was on hand to tap home his 25th goal of the season from close range.
The same players combined again as a low cross from Jones found Bent in space but the striker, who still harbours hopes of making England's World Cup squad, drilled his half-volley wide.
After struggling for fluency in the early stages, Hull began to find their feet and came close to equalizing when Nick Barmby's cut-back struck Turner and flew into the side netting with Craig Gordon wrong-footed.
Midway through the half, Anthony Gardner rose to head Bullard's corner towards goal and Gordon saved with his chest.
A brisk counter-attack from the home side provided their next opportunity as Caleb Folan's shot deflected off Hutton, forcing Gordon into a sharp one-handed save.
Then came the moment that could have changed the complexion of the game. Former Hull defender Turner upended Geovanni in the box, winning a penalty for the home side.
Administration 'not on immediate agenda' for Hull
But Bullard, who had scored all four of his previous spot-kick's for the club, dragged his effort on to the outside of the post.
The plot took another twist in first-half stoppage time when Altidore and Hutton clashed on the touchline. Hutton picked the ball up and threw it gently against Altidore, who rose to his feet and charged into the Scot with his head.
Referee Lee Probert brandished the red card at Altidore while Hutton received treatment for a facial injury. But when the former Spurs defender got up, he was also dismissed to the obvious fury of Sunderland boss Steve Bruce.
Hull dominated the start of the second half without really threatening to score. Their desperation for an equaliser was illustrated in an obvious dive by Geovanni in the box, which earned him a yellow card.
Sunderland captain Lorik Cana came off the bench midway through the half and fired a long-range shot which was tipped around the post by Matt Duke at full stretch.
Moments later, Andy Dawson tried his luck from a similar distance and his deflected shot was parried by Gordon.
Bruce wants top-ten finish for Sunderland
Bruce, seemingly still angered by Hutton's sending off, repeatedly vented his spleen at the fourth official and was eventually sent to the stands by referee.
Hull showed plenty of spirit but very little creativity as the game petered out, with Bernard Mendy's shot straight at Gordon the closest they came to scoring.
Hull's fans applauded their players from the field, and many were in tears as the reality began to sink in that their two-year stay in the Premier League appears set to come to an end.
Hull manager Iain Dowie: "It's not a decision for me. I've never walked away from a challenge in my life.
"It is a huge challenge here but it's one the powers that be will have a decision to make.
"I know my CV stands up to scrutiny in terms of play-offs and what I've done with different clubs."
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce: "We all do things in the heat of the moment on a football pitch. Alan Hutton was arguably a bit silly to have thrown the ball at his back but it's not going to do any real damage to him.
"The incident after that is totally ridiculous. Hutton's got a cut eye, a smashed nose and a chipped tooth so he's close to having really serious facial injuries.
"That for me doesn't warrant the same punishment but the letter of the law is if you throw the ball I do believe it's a red card.
"It's GBH, not a sending-off. I like Altidore but you don't want to see that."
90:00+4:41 David Meyler delivers the ball, Bernard Mendy manages to make a clearance.
90:00+4:40 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
90:00+3:00 Craig Fagan takes a shot. Bernard Mendy takes a shot. Craig Gordon makes a save.
Correction - 90:00+2:49 Centre by Tom Cairney, Anton Ferdinand manages to make a clearance.
90:00+2:49 The ball is delivered by Tom Cairney.
90:00+2:17 Centre by Craig Fagan.
90:00+1:24 Fraizer Campbell is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Matt Duke.
90:00+1:04 David Meyler delivers the ball, clearance made by Steven Mouyokolo.
89:39 Craig Fagan produces a cross.
88:25 Andy Dawson produces a cross, Mark Cullen takes a shot. Clearance by Anton Ferdinand. Jordan Henderson sends in a cross, Matt
Duke makes a save.
86:45 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Cullen by Phillip Bardsley. Tom Cairney crosses the ball from the free kick
left-footed from left wing, save by Craig Gordon.
85:58 Craig Fagan challenges Jordan Henderson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kieran Richardson crosses the ball in from the
85:32 The ball is sent over by Bernard Mendy, clearance made by Matthew Kilgallon.
85:21 The ball is delivered by Craig Fagan, clearance made by Anton Ferdinand.
84:10 Matt Duke restarts play with the free kick.
84:10 Booking Booking for Fraizer Campbell.
84:01 Unfair challenge on Anthony Gardner by Fraizer Campbell results in a free kick.
82:48 The ball is delivered by Andy Dawson, clearance made by Matthew Kilgallon. Tom Cairney challenges Fraizer Campbell unfairly
and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Kilgallon.
82:33 The assistant referee signals for offside against Tom Cairney. Craig Gordon restarts play with the free kick.
81:31 Effort from 12 yards by Craig Fagan.
80:57 Jordan Henderson delivers the ball, clearance made by Anthony Gardner.
79:31 Darren Bent takes a shot. Matt Duke makes a save.
77:52 Free kick awarded for a foul by Caleb Folan on Phillip Bardsley. Craig Gordon takes the direct free kick.
76:46 David Meyler produces a cross, save made by Matt Duke.
74:47 Substitution Mark Cullen is brought on as a substitute for George Boateng.
74:13 Deiberson Geovanni sends in a cross.
73:38 David Meyler produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
72:27 Caleb Folan produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
71:56 Andy Dawson crosses the ball, Kieran Richardson makes a clearance.
71:02 A cross is delivered by Bernard Mendy. Andy Dawson takes a shot. Save made by Craig Gordon.
70:14 Bernard Mendy delivers the ball. Andy Dawson produces a cross, blocked by Anton Ferdinand.
68:12 The ball is delivered by Kieran Richardson.
66:34 The ball is crossed by David Meyler, Caleb Folan makes a clearance.
66:11 Inswinging corner taken by Jordan Henderson, save made by Matt Duke.
66:02 Lorik Cana takes a shot. Save by Matt Duke.
63:12 Free kick awarded for a foul by Phillip Bardsley on Tom Cairney. Direct free kick taken by Andy Dawson.
62:41 Anthony Gardner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Darren Bent. Anton Ferdinand takes the direct free kick.
62:02 Fraizer Campbell concedes a free kick for a foul on Tom Cairney. Direct free kick taken by Matt Duke.
61:30 Substitution Craig Fagan joins the action as a substitute, replacing Nick Barmby.
60:32 Direct free kick taken by Craig Gordon.
60:32 Booking The referee shows Deiberson Geovanni a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
59:51 Substitution (Sunderland) makes a substitution, with Lorik Cana coming on for Kenwyne Jones.
58:11 The ball is delivered by Andy Dawson. Tom Cairney fouled by Fraizer Campbell, the ref awards a free kick. Shot comes in from
Deiberson Geovanni from the free kick.
58:00 The ball is crossed by Andy Dawson.
48:26 Anton Ferdinand concedes a free kick for a foul on Caleb Folan. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Tom Cairney from
47:32 Kieran Richardson takes the free kick.
46:37 Kieran Richardson challenges Tom Cairney unfairly and gives away a free kick.
45:59 George Boateng concedes a free kick for a foul on Kenwyne Jones. Jordan Henderson restarts play with the free kick.
45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
45:01 Substitution Michael Turner goes off and Anton Ferdinand comes on.
45:01 Substitution Steed Malbranque leaves the field to be replaced by Phillip Bardsley.
45:01 Substitution Jimmy Bullard leaves the field to be replaced by Tom Cairney.
45:00+7:25 The ref blows to end the first period.
45:00+5:55 Sent off Red card for Alan Hutton.
45:00+4:33 Sent off Jozy Altidore is sent off.
45:00+3:36 The ball is delivered by Fraizer Campbell.
45:00+3:19 A cross is delivered by Alan Hutton, clearance made by Anthony Gardner.
45:00+1:20 Andy Dawson delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, clearance made by Jordan Henderson.
45:00+1:20 Booking Jordan Henderson goes into the book.
45:00+1:14 George Boateng fouled by Jordan Henderson, the ref awards a free kick.
45:00+0:56 A cross is delivered by Deiberson Geovanni, clearance by Michael Turner.
45:00+0:38 Darren Bent takes a shot. Comfortable save by Matt Duke.
43:29 Jordan Henderson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on George Boateng. Direct free kick taken by George Boateng.
David Meyler concedes a free kick for a foul on Jimmy Bullard. Jimmy Bullard takes the direct free kick. Free kick awarded
for an unfair challenge on Deiberson Geovanni by Fraizer Campbell. Strike comes in from Deiberson Geovanni from the free kick.
42:21 Andy Dawson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kenwyne Jones. Jordan Henderson crosses the ball in from the
free kick, Andy Dawson manages to make a clearance.
39:48 Foul by Andy Dawson on Jordan Henderson, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Craig Gordon.
39:48 Penalty missed left upright by Jimmy Bullard.
39:48 Michael Turner challenges Deiberson Geovanni unfairly and gives away a Penalty.
38:15 Corner taken by Jimmy Bullard from the right by-line, clearance made by Michael Turner.
35:49 Caleb Folan takes a shot. Craig Gordon makes a save.
35:33 David Meyler challenges Jozy Altidore unfairly and gives away a free kick. Deiberson Geovanni takes the direct free kick.
35:04 Corner taken right-footed by Jordan Henderson to the near post, Bernard Mendy makes a clearance.
34:59 The ball is swung over by Darren Bent, blocked by Andy Dawson.
33:46 A cross is delivered by Jimmy Bullard, Nick Barmby has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
33:46 Booking David Meyler receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
33:36 Free kick awarded for a foul by David Meyler on Jozy Altidore.
32:46 A cross is delivered by Jordan Henderson, Andy Dawson gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Jordan Henderson from
the right by-line, Andy Dawson manages to make a clearance.
32:02 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alan Hutton by Jozy Altidore. Free kick taken by Craig Gordon.
31:08 The ball is delivered by Alan Hutton, blocked by Andy Dawson. Jordan Henderson takes the outswinging corner, Andy Dawson manages
to make a clearance.
30:04 Matthew Kilgallon concedes a free kick for a foul on Caleb Folan. Free kick taken by Matt Duke.
29:15 Deiberson Geovanni takes a shot. Michael Turner gets a block in.
28:35 Steed Malbranque delivers the ball, save made by Matt Duke.
27:28 Kieran Richardson produces a cross, Jozy Altidore gets a block in. Corner taken by Steed Malbranque.
26:29 The ball is swung over by Alan Hutton, Anthony Gardner manages to make a clearance.
26:02 Close range header by Anthony Gardner misses to the right of the target.
24:45 Centre by Deiberson Geovanni, David Meyler manages to make a clearance. Jimmy Bullard takes a inswinging corner from the left
by-line played to the near post, Anthony Gardner takes a shot. Craig Gordon makes a save.
24:12 The official flags David Meyler offside. Matt Duke takes the free kick.
22:08 George Boateng challenges Fraizer Campbell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kieran Richardson crosses the ball from the
free kick left-footed from right wing, save by Matt Duke.
19:20 Free kick awarded for a foul by Anthony Gardner on Darren Bent. Darren Bent shoots direct from the free kick, Matt Duke makes
18:53 The ball is sent over by Jimmy Bullard, save by Craig Gordon.
18:19 Nick Barmby sends in a cross, blocked by Michael Turner. Corner taken by Jimmy Bullard from the right by-line.
15:53 Shot by Nick Barmby from 18 yards. Save made by Craig Gordon.
15:02 Foul by Fraizer Campbell on Deiberson Geovanni, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Matt Duke.
12:32 The ball is sent over by Kenwyne Jones, Darren Bent produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes
wide of the right-hand upright.
12:01 Foul by David Meyler on Jozy Altidore, free kick awarded. Jimmy Bullard takes the direct free kick.
10:32 Corner taken left-footed by Kieran Richardson to the near post, clearance made by Bernard Mendy.
9:28 Foul by Nick Barmby on Steed Malbranque, free kick awarded. Kieran Richardson restarts play with the free kick.
8:50 The ball is sent over by Steed Malbranque.
7:48 Jordan Henderson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
6:19 Assist by Kenwyne Jones.
6:19 GOAL - Darren Bent:Hull 0 - 1 Sunderland Darren Bent grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hull 0-1 Sunderland.
4:49 Jozy Altidore concedes a free kick for a foul on Steed Malbranque. Free kick taken by Craig Gordon.
3:37 A cross is delivered by Jordan Henderson, Steed Malbranque produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that goes over
2:20 Steed Malbranque crosses the ball, Jordan Henderson takes a shot.
0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match.
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