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19:00 6th February 2016

Tigers Remain Top Despite Defeat At Burnley

The Tigers lost for the first time in 2016 as they went down to a 1-0 defeat against promotion rivals Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday.

In horrible conditions, Sam Vokes scored the only goal of the game 13 minutes from time as the Clarets closed the gap on the automatic promotion places.

The Tigers, however, remain top of the Sky Bet Championship table courtesy of a superior goal difference over Middlesbrough.

Steve Bruce made just one change to the side that had started the last league game against Fulham a fortnight ago, Michael Dawson replacing Harry Maguire who had pulled up in training on Friday.

Burnley fashioned the first chance of the game when a deep corner from David Jones found Ben Mee all alone at the far post, Allan McGregor getting down well to make an early save.

With the rain pouring and the wind swirling around Turf Moor, the Tigers went on to create their own early chance when a wonderful delivery from Andrew Robertson on the left flashed thought  to Robert Snodgrass at the back post. He nodded the ball back across goal but nobody was on hand to apply a finishing touch.

Robertson then led his side on a promising counter-attack as he took the ball from the edge of his own box to midway inside the Burnley half before slipping a pass to the feet of Abel Hernandez, the striker dragging a left-footed shot wide from the edge of the box.

Vokes glanced a header wide from a Burnley corner before McGregor did well to push away Joey Barton’s free kick as the ball skipped up off a drenched surface.

Snodgrass saw a volley well kept out by Tom Heaton as the half wore on before Isaac Hayden was booked for sliding in late on Matthew Lowton.

The best chance of the half fell to Burnley defender Michael Keane, but he nodded wide from six yards as he met a high ball.

Moses Odubajo almost had the Tigers ahead early in the second half with a powerful left-footed drive that was well turned away by Heaton.

Hernandez had a chance taken off his toes by a well-timed Burnley challenge inside the box before Jake Livermore sent a half-volley just over the bar from the edge of the area as the away side continued to look the most likely to break the deadlock.

The best chance of the afternoon for the Tigers came the way of Hernandez when he met a Sam Clucas cross eight yards out, but at full stretch a diving header went over the bar.

Bruce looked to freshen up his attack 15 minutes from time as he introduced Sone Aluko and Chuba Akpom in place of Mohamed Diame and Hernandez, but against the run of play Burnley took the lead two minutes later. McGregor did well to get a block on Barton’s well-hit volley, but when the loose ball fell to Vokes he managed to finish past the goalkeeper.

Vokes was booked moments later for taking a dive over McGregor’s challenge inside the area before Akpom saw his deflected cross bring a good save out of Heaton.

The Tigers looked for one last chance to grab an equaliser during three minutes of added time but there was no way through for Bruce’s side.

Hull City: Allan McGregor, Moses Odubajo, Curtis Davies, Abel Hernandez (Chuba Akpom 75), Robert Snodgrass, Sam Clucas, Jake Livermore (Tom Huddlestone 86), Mohamed Diame (Sone Aluko 75), Isaac Hayden, Michael Dawson, Andrew Robertson.

Subs Not Used: Eldin Jakupovic, Alex Bruce, David Meyler, Ahmed Elmohamady.

Burnley: Tom Heaton, Matthew Lowton, Michael Keane, Ben Mee, Andre Gray (Rouwen Hennings 90), Sam Vokes, Joey Barton, David Jones, George Boyd, Stephen Ward, Scott Arfield.

Subs Not Used: Paul Robinson, Michael Duff, Michael Kightly, Matthew Taylor, Tendayi Darikwa, Fredrik Ulvestad.

Referee: Mr G. Scott.