17:29 10th August 2014
VFB Stuttgart 1 (Ibisevic 38)
Hull City 2 (Meyler 5, Robertson 12)
Hull City rounded off their pre-season schedule with an impressive win against VFB Stuttgart in Germany on Sunday.
David Meyler and Andrew Robertson were both on the scoresheet early on as the Tigers produced a solid display and could easily have run up a bigger margin of victory.
Steve Bruce named an entirely different starting eleven to the one that had begun last Thursday’s European tie with AS Trencin, handing first appearances in City shirts to Robertson and fellow new arrival Harry Maguire. If Bruce was after a selection headache ahead of next weekend’s Barclays Premier League opener at QPR, he now might well have one as all involved took their chance to impress.
It took just five minutes for the Tigers to hit the front. What seemed like a routine back-pass to the Stuttgart goalkeeper invited pressure from Nikica Jelavic and when the keeper produced a weak clearance, Meyler was in position to pounce and fire home from the edge of the area.
With only 12 minutes on the clock it was 2-0. Great work from Liam Rosenior, captain for the day, down the right produced a cross for Jelavic and although his effort was pushed away by the goalkeeper, Robertson was on hand to convert the loose ball.
Stuttgart, who finished 15th in last season’s German Bundesliga, appeared stunned and Tom Ince almost made it three with a powerful shot that was blocked by the goalkeeper. Stephen Quinn was almost on the scoresheet, too, who took advantage of good work from Robertson down the left before shooting just wide from 20 yards.
It took almost half-an-hour for Stuttgart to show as an attacking force and when they did, they were awarded a penalty following Maynor Figueroa’s foul in the box. Vedad Ibisevic took it, but saw his spot kick saved by Steve Harper diving to his left.
Ibisevic wouldn’t be denied, though, as he reduced his side’s deficit with a strike from the edge of the box seven minutes before half time.
A far quieter second half still saw the Tigers create the better chances, the first of which arrived when Rosenior and Jelavic combined to send Ince through only for him to lift a shot over the bar.
Substitute goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic got down well to make a save from Antonio Rudiger while another replacement, Sone Aluko, did well to set up Paul McShane at the other end but he was somehow denied by some desperate Stuttgart defending.
Robert Snodgrass managed to pick up a late booking for a challenge close to the touchline before the Scot turned Robbie Brady’s pull-back wide with what turned out to be the final action of the afternoon.
This was an impressive win for City, and a performance that will leave Bruce hugely satisfied.
Hull City: Steve Harper (Eldin Jakupovic 46), Liam Rosenior (Alex Bruce 88), Paul McShane, Harry Maguire (James Chester 82), Maynor Figueroa, Andrew Robertson (Yannick Sagbo 70), David Meyler (Robert Snodgrass 62), Stephen Quinn (Jake Livermore 88), George Boyd (Tom Huddlestone 88), Tom Ince (Robbie Brady 62), Nikica Jelavic (Sone Aluko 62).
Attendance: 23,500 (100 Hull City fans)