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Hull   0 - 0   Liverpool

Mark Cullen battles with two Liverpool players
Both sides face an uncertain summer after hugely disappointing seasons

By Harry Reekie

Hull and Liverpool closed out hugely disappointing campaigns with a forgettable draw at the KC Stadium.

Alberto Aquilani hit the bar from close range for the visitors in the first half and Steven Gerrard slammed a shot against the upright late on.

The lively Mark Cullen wasted Hull's best chance with a header just wide.

The result meant Liverpool finished seventh, their worst since 1999, while Hull end their two-year spell in the Premier League down in 19th place.

It was miserable fare for both sets of fans, but they will be far more concerned with the future of their respective managers - and key players - after such poor campaigns.

Benitez - My future is still not decided

Liverpool chairman Martin Broughton has insisted neither Fernando Torres nor captain Gerrard need to be sold to ease the club's mounting debts but question marks still remain over the future of boss Rafael Benitez, with Juventus persistently touted as a possible new club for the Spaniard.

A season without Champions League football next season may feel like the end of the world to some Liverpool supporters but Hull's situation offers a touch of reality.

With debts of £35m and the threat of administration hanging over the club, Hull must now prepare for Championship football once again.

Whether or not Iain Dowie is still in charge of the team next season remains to be seen, but Hull can certainly take the positives out of a battling final-day display and particularly the performances of youngsters Tom Cairney, Mark Cullen and Will Atkinson.

Liverpool enjoyed a promising start with Nabil El Zhar, making his first start of the season for the Reds, forcing Matt Duke into a fine one-handed before George Boateng headed a Dirk Kuyt shot off the line.

606: DEBATE

Aquilani placed a shot just wide after an overhead ball from Ryan Babel was only half-cleared but Hull did create a chance of their own when Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink bulldozed through the Liverpool defence before heading straight at Pepe Reina.

Cullen, who scored his first Hull goal against Wigan on Monday, looked sharp again up front but wasted two golden opportunities to give his side the lead.

Firstly the youngster got the ball tangled up in his feet when through on goal and he then planted a header wide after a teasing cross from Atkinson.

A promising start from Liverpool had quickly faded and Benitez's glum mood was not helped on the stroke of half-time when Aquiliani hammered against the bar before Daniel Agger sliced his follow-up effort towards the corner flag.

Dowie - I want to be Hull boss next season

City also went close to going ahead moments after the break when a curling cross from the excellent Bernard Mendy only just eluded Vennegoor of Hesselink and an onrushing Cullen at the back post.

Cairney continued to work tirelessly in central midfield following the restart, often showing up Gerrard and Javier Mascherano, but Hull were unable to turn their industry into chances.

Liverpool brought on youth team star Jack Robinson, aged just 16 and eight months, who became the club's youngster-ever first-team player but they failed to find a way through.

A powerful drive from Gerrard which cannoned against the post late on was by far their best chance in the second half, while Cullen had Hull's final effort, powering a shot just over the bar.

Tigers chairman Adam Pearson and owner Russell Bartlett will now sit down to decide Dowie's fate while Benitez is also set for further talks with chairman Broughton on Wednesday.

The season may be over but the drama is likely to continue at both clubs for many weeks to come.


Hull boss Iain Dowie:
"I'm sure we'll have a discussion. The restructuring of the club is the main concern for me....let's get the club on a good footing first and go from there.

"I'm very proud to be a football manager. All my staff deserve the credit. Adam Pearson has been great and if the call comes then great but if not, that's just the way it goes.

"We've had some good times here. It's evident the wage bill is unsustainable in the Championship. We need to make sure that by August we have a side that has the hunger we showed this week."

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez:
"We had a meeting last week which was positive. We will have another meeting on Wednesday next week.

"It is very clear what my situation is with the club. I have four years remaining on my contract and I have made a strong commitment to the club.

"I am really pleased to have been here for a long time and hopefully I can stay here if the conditions are right."

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Sunday, 9 May 2010

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Hull 0-0 Liverpool FT
(HT 0-0)

      Hull

      • 12 Duke
      • 03 Dawson
      • 05 Gardner
      • 15 Mendy
      • 19 Mouyokolo
      • 17 Kilbane (Geovanni 76)
      • 20 Boateng
      • 31 Atkinson yellow card
      • 45 Cairney
      • 13 Cullen
      • 29 Vennegoor of Hesselink (Fagan 84)

      Substitutes

      • 01 Myhill,
      • 06 McShane,
      • 35 Cooper,
      • 08 Barmby,
      • 10 Geovanni,
      • 44 Olofinjana,
      • 07 Fagan

      Liverpool

      Substitutes

      Ref: MarrinerAtt: 25,030
      HULL
      LIVERPOOL

      Possession

      • Hull 46%
      • Liverpool 54%

      Attempts on target

      • Hull 6
      • Liverpool 7

      Attempts off target

      • Hull 5
      • Liverpool 12

      Corners

      • Hull 2
      • Liverpool 6

      Fouls

      • Hull 15
      • Liverpool 11
      • Final Result
      • Full Time
      • 90:00+3:10 The referee signals the end of the game.
      • 90:00+2:32 Foul by Will Atkinson on Leiva Lucas, free kick awarded. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
      • 90:00+1:39 Daniel Pacheco takes a shot. Save by Matt Duke.
      • 90:00+0:47 Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Steven Gerrard strikes the post.
      • 89:45 Shot on goal by Mark Cullen from just inside the area goes over the target.
      • 88:47 Steven Gerrard has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
      • 87:51 Leiva Lucas fouled by Craig Fagan, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Daniel Agger from left wing, Anthony Gardner makes a clearance.
      • 87:36 The ball is delivered by Daniel Pacheco, save by Matt Duke.
      • 86:57 Substitution Ryan Babel leaves the field to be replaced by Jack Robinson.
      • 86:29 Dirk Kuyt has an effort at goal. Blocked by Anthony Gardner.
      • 85:37 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Pacheco by Craig Fagan. Daniel Agger restarts play with the free kick.
      • 85:18 Effort from 25 yards by Tom Cairney. Save made by Jose Reina.
      • 84:35 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Tom Cairney from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by David Ngog.
      • 82:47 Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.
      • 82:47 Substitution Craig Fagan joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink.
      • 82:47 George Boateng challenges Leiva Lucas unfairly and gives away a free kick.
      • 81:20 Daniel Pacheco takes a shot. Blocked by Anthony Gardner.
      • 80:51 David Ngog takes a shot. Blocked by Anthony Gardner.
      • 80:04 The assistant referee flags for offside against Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink. Sotirios Kyrgiakos takes the free kick.
      • 79:30 Andy Dawson has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
      • 78:27 Foul by Daniel Agger on George Boateng, free kick awarded. Tom Cairney takes the direct free kick.
      • 76:57 Effort from 20 yards by George Boateng. Jamie Carragher gets a block in. Jamie Carragher is penalised for a handball. Strike on goal comes in from Deiberson Geovanni from the free kick.
      • 76:41 Deiberson Geovanni crosses the ball, Sotirios Kyrgiakos makes a clearance.
      • 75:42 Substitution Deiberson Geovanni comes on in place of Kevin Kilbane.
      • 75:18 Ryan Babel takes a shot.
      • 72:45 Substitution Alberto Aquilani goes off and Daniel Pacheco comes on.
      • 72:45 Dirk Kuyt has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.
      • 71:33 Centre by Andy Dawson, Sotirios Kyrgiakos manages to make a clearance.
      • 71:29 Bernard Mendy crosses the ball, Jamie Carragher manages to make a clearance.
      • 71:05 The ball is sent over by Kevin Kilbane, Sotirios Kyrgiakos makes a clearance.
      • 68:59 Free kick awarded for a foul by Leiva Lucas on Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink. Bernard Mendy takes the direct free kick.
      • 68:36 Ryan Babel delivers the ball, clearance made by Anthony Gardner.
      • 67:38 Dirk Kuyt produces a cross, clearance made by Anthony Gardner.
      • 67:16 The ball is sent over by David Ngog, Anthony Gardner makes a clearance.
      • 65:37 Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink is caught offside. Jamie Carragher restarts play with the free kick.
      • 65:02 Steven Mouyokolo fouled by Steven Gerrard, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Matt Duke.
      • 64:11 Alberto Aquilani fouled by Tom Cairney, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Daniel Agger.
      • 64:02 A cross is delivered by George Boateng, clearance by Jamie Carragher.
      • 63:09 Foul by Leiva Lucas on Will Atkinson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Bernard Mendy.
      • 61:46 Substitution David Ngog replaces Nabil El Zhar.
      • 61:23 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Will Atkinson.
      • 60:58 Bernard Mendy takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina.
      • 60:28 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Cullen by Jamie Carragher. Andy Dawson takes the direct free kick.
      • 59:53 Indirect free kick taken by Leiva Lucas.
      • 59:53 Booking Will Atkinson receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
      • 59:47 Will Atkinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Agger.
      • 58:54 Ryan Babel sends in a cross, save by Matt Duke.
      • 57:56 Unfair challenge on Sotirios Kyrgiakos by George Boateng results in a free kick. Sotirios Kyrgiakos takes the direct free kick.
      • 57:45 Unfair challenge on Kevin Kilbane by Ryan Babel results in a free kick. Andy Dawson takes the free kick.
      • 56:38 Alberto Aquilani has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.
      • 55:47 Javier Mascherano fouled by Mark Cullen, the ref awards a free kick. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
      • 52:52 Bernard Mendy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nabil El Zhar. Nabil El Zhar restarts play with the free kick.
      • 51:58 Andy Dawson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Babel. Javier Mascherano takes the direct free kick.
      • 51:28 Bernard Mendy crosses the ball, Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
      • 49:49 George Boateng sends in a cross, Jose Reina makes a save.
      • 47:30 Unfair challenge on Javier Mascherano by Mark Cullen results in a free kick. Jose Reina takes the free kick.
      • 46:24 Steven Gerrard produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.
      • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
      • Half Time
      • 45:00+1:09 The match has reached half-time.
      • 45:00+0:24 Alberto Aquilani takes a shot. Shot by Daniel Agger from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
      • Correction - 45:00+0:01 Centre by Dirk Kuyt, George Boateng makes a clearance.
      • 45:00+0:01 Centre by Dirk Kuyt.
      • 44:05 Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jamie Carragher takes the free kick.
      • 43:34 Steven Mouyokolo takes a shot. Blocked by Jamie Carragher.
      • 42:20 Leiva Lucas challenges Kevin Kilbane unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Tom Cairney from left channel, Leiva Lucas manages to make a clearance.
      • 41:41 Shot by Javier Mascherano from a long way out goes over the net.
      • 41:12 The ball is swung over by Tom Cairney, Daniel Agger manages to make a clearance.
      • 39:14 Corner taken right-footed by Alberto Aquilani from the right by-line, Steven Mouyokolo manages to make a clearance.
      • 37:03 The ball is delivered by Bernard Mendy, save by Jose Reina.
      • 36:10 Centre by Will Atkinson, Header by Mark Cullen from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
      • 35:42 Bernard Mendy fouled by Ryan Babel, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Matt Duke.
      • 35:12 Tom Cairney takes a shot. Blocked by Jamie Carragher.
      • 35:04 Andy Dawson crosses the ball, Sotirios Kyrgiakos manages to make a clearance.
      • 34:20 Dirk Kuyt concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Mouyokolo. Direct free kick taken by Matt Duke.
      • 31:46 Bernard Mendy sends in a cross, Sotirios Kyrgiakos gets a block in.
      • 30:35 The assistant referee flags for offside against Mark Cullen. Jose Reina takes the free kick.
      • 29:58 Kevin Kilbane handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Leiva Lucas.
      • 29:00 Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina.
      • 28:16 Unfair challenge on Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink by Leiva Lucas results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Andy Dawson, Sotirios Kyrgiakos makes a clearance.
      • 27:46 Alberto Aquilani has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
      • 26:36 Corner taken by Steven Gerrard, Anthony Gardner manages to make a clearance.
      • 26:19 Javier Mascherano produces a cross, Anthony Gardner makes a clearance.
      • 25:33 Centre by Kevin Kilbane.
      • 24:16 The ball is swung over by Dirk Kuyt.
      • 18:28 Nabil El Zhar takes a shot. Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Bernard Mendy makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the right by-line, free kick awarded for a foul by Alberto Aquilani on Andy Dawson. Matt Duke restarts play with the free kick. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Javier Mascherano by Mark Cullen. Jose Reina takes the direct free kick.
      • 18:08 Steven Gerrard takes the inswinging corner, save by Matt Duke.
      • 17:56 Drilled right-footed shot by Nabil El Zhar. Save by Matt Duke.
      • 14:44 Daniel Agger fouled by George Boateng, the ref awards a free kick. Daniel Agger takes the free kick.
      • 13:03 Andy Dawson produces a cross, Jose Reina makes a save.
      • 10:44 Alberto Aquilani has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.
      • 10:07 Centre by George Boateng, Jamie Carragher manages to make a clearance.
      • 8:37 The ball is swung over by Nabil El Zhar.
      • 7:59 Javier Mascherano crosses the ball, Matt Duke makes a save.
      • 7:18 The ball is swung over by Bernard Mendy, clearance by Jamie Carragher.
      • 7:06 Andy Dawson sends in a cross, Daniel Agger makes a clearance.
      • 5:27 Corner taken by Steven Gerrard, Kevin Kilbane makes a clearance. Corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the right by-line, Sotirios Kyrgiakos takes a shot.
      • 3:55 The ball is sent over by Steven Gerrard, save by Matt Duke.
      • 2:34 Tom Cairney produces a cross.
      • 1:23 Tom Cairney gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nabil El Zhar. Steven Gerrard restarts play with the free kick.
      • 0:16 Foul by Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink on Leiva Lucas, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Carragher.
      • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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      Premier League table snapshot

      As it stood on 9 May 2010 23:59 UK

      Position Team P GD PTS
      1 Chelsea 38 71 86
      2 Man Utd 38 58 85
      3 Arsenal 38 42 75
      4 Tottenham 38 26 70
      5 Man City 38 28 67
      6 Aston Villa 38 13 64
      7 Liverpool 38 26 63
      8 Everton 38 11 61
      9 Birmingham 38 -9 50
      10 Blackburn 38 -14 50
      11 Stoke 38 -14 47
      12 Fulham 38 -7 46
      13 Sunderland 38 -8 44
      14 Bolton 38 -25 39
      15 Wolves 38 -24 38
      16 Wigan 38 -42 36
      17 West Ham 38 -19 35
      18 Burnley 38 -40 30
      19 Hull 38 -41 30
      20 Portsmouth 38 -32 19

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