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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
14:46 19th January 2015

The Tigers remain in the Barclays Premier League’s bottom three after a 3-0 defeat against West Ham United at Upton Park on Sunday.

Comfortable the scoreline may look, but comfortable it should not have been as the Tigers missed a host of first half chances and they were made to pay as the Hammers went on to dominate after the break.

Steve Bruce made three changes to his side with Tom Huddlestone, Michael Dawson and Sone Aluko all coming in. Maynor Figueroa dropped to the bench with Nikica Jelavic and Abel Hernandez missing out through injury.

The Tigers made a bright start with Aluko causing the home side plenty of problems in the opening moments, winning a corner in the opening minute with some skilful play on the right before seeing a shot deflected wide a minute later.

More good play from Aluko created a great chance for Ahmed Elmohamady six minutes in but the Egyptian, who started in the role of left wing-back, fired wide from 12 yards when he really should have done better.

West Ham responded with Aaron Cresswell and Enner Valencia both firing off target before Curtis Davies reacted well to get in front of Valencia to deny the striker a shooting opportunity. That came at the expense of a corner, from which Andy Carroll headed just over at the far post.

Aluko was back in the fray on 24 minutes as he collected James Chester’s pass to race into the West Ham box, but he took too long to get a shot away and James Collins got across to block the danger.

It was Aluko who was the spark again three minutes later as he danced his way into the West Ham box, but an attempted one-two with Jake Livermore failed to come off and another chance passed the Tigers by.

McGregor had a lucky escape when he pushed a Collins header against his own crossbar before two late efforts came in from Huddlestone, the first deflected wide and the second fielded awkwardly by Adrian.

And there was more bad luck on the injury front as Chester was forced off in added time after falling awkwardly, Figueroa was his replacement, with Alex Bruce also departing during the interval. Harry Maguire came on for him.

West Ham were much brighter at the start of the second half with Kevin Nolan sending a half-volley inches over the bar from 18 yards before the opening goal arrived in disappointing circumstances. McGregor could only push Valencia’s shot to the edge of his six-yard box where Carroll reacted quickest to poke the home side in front.

It was a goal which prompted a tactical switch for the Tigers as Maguire was pushed up front to partner Aluko, but it was an experiment that failed to pay off as the Hammers took a firm grip of the game.

Valencia fired into the side-netting after Dawson’s mistake had gifted him possession before West Ham killed the game off with two goals in the space of four minutes.

First, Valencia played a ball through for substitute Morgan Amalfitano to dink the ball over the on-rushing McGregor for 2-0 before Stewart Downing made it three after Alex Song’s pass had split the Tigers open.

Stephen Quinn and David Meyler were booked for frustrated challenges late on while Livermore saw a tame effort saved by Adrian and Huddlestone fired just wide from 25 yards.

Nolan also saw a late effort come back of McGregor’s woodwork and Dawson made a good block to deny Amalfitano as the Hammers sniffed a fourth, but it finished 3-0.


Hull City: Allan McGregor, Alex Bruce (Harry Maguire 46), James Chester (Maynor Figueroa 45), Curtis Davies (Yannick Sagbo 72), David Meyler, Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore, Michael Dawson, Sone Aluko, Ahmed Elmohamady, Stephen Quinn.

Subs Not Used: Steve Harper, Paul McShane, Tom Ince, Gaston Ramirez.

West Ham: Adrian, Aaron Cresswell, Kevin Nolan, James Tomkins (Joey O’Brien 76), Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing, Mark Noble (Morgan Amalfitano 65), Carl Jenkinson, James Collins (Winston Reid 49), Alex Song, Enner Valencia.

Subs Not Used: Jussi Jaaskelainen, Matt Jarvis, Joey O’Brien, Diego Poyet, Carlton Cole.

Referee: Mr M. Atkinson.

Attendance: 34,914.