Wembley Delight (2016)
Mo Diame’s delicious 25-yard curler sent Hull City to the Premier League and ruined Sheffield Wednesday’s hopes of a long-awaited top flight return.
Diame’s second half effort settled the Championship Play-Off Final at Wembley, earning a thoroughly deserved victory for the Tigers who dominated for long periods of this showpiece occasion.
Diame had earlier struck the woodwork as Steve Bruce’s side carved out plenty of goal-scoring opportunities, with Abel Hernandez denied on the line and Moses Odubajo frustrated by Wednesday goalkeeper Keiren Westwood.
Michael Dawson was also kept out by Westwood before Andrew Robertson missed the best chance of the lot when knocking Odubajo’s low cross over the bar from
eight yards out.
The only goal of the game was worth waiting for, though, as Senegalese midfielder Diame collected a Robert Snodgrass pass before picking out the top corner of the net and grabbing the glory.
Speaking after the win, the Senegalese international admitted his Wembley winner was the most important goal of his career.
“I don’t know if it’s the best goal I’ve ever scored, but it’s definitely the most important,” he said.
“It’s been a long, tough season but we’ve done it. Now we must enjoy this achievement and celebrate it. I am delighted.”
Windass With The Winner (2007)
A sublime free kick from Dean Windass saw Hull City to a 1-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday as the Tigers’ impressive festive form continued.
Windass was only on the field as a result of an early injury suffered by Fraizer Campbell, but just nine minutes after coming off the bench he curled a 33rd-minute right-footed effort over the Wednesday wall and into the top corner for the
game’s winning moment.
Windass was inches away from adding a second just before half time but drove a low shot wide, while Akpo Sodje went the closest to levelling for the Owls when his effort beat Boaz Myhill but came back off the far upright.
The win, a third in four games, moved the Tigers up to eighth place in the Championship table while the Owls remained third from bottom.
Speaking after the win, then Tigers boss Phil Brown said: “It’s been a satisfying day’s work, we deserved to win, and it’s nice to be in the position we’re in. The mentality we have at the moment is right.
“We’re trying to keep everybody’s feet on the ground and take each game as it comes. If the old clichés are good enough for Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger they are good enough for me!”
Parkin At The Double (2006)
Jon Parkin’s double-strike helped the Tigers come from behind to beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 at the KCOM Stadium and climb off the bottom of the Championship table.
The Owls opened the scoring in controversial fashion when Danny Mills was wrongly adjudged to have handled in the area and the real culprit – Deon Burton – converted the resultant spot-kick to give the visitors an early lead.
But the Tigers and Parkin responded quickly – with the striker heading home Craig Fagan’s cross to level the scores on 11 minutes, before making 2-1 to Phil Parkinson’s side just six minutes later when finding the back of the net with a superbly taken volley.
Wednesday had all the possession after half time but the Tigers held on to claim all three points.
Reflecting on his Parkin’s impressive performance leading the line, Hull City manager Phil Parkinson said: “That was the best all-round performance I’ve seen from Jon. People look at him and think he’s just a good 6ft 4in target man – but technically he’s very good as well.
“His two goals were outstanding and then he was playing in defence at the end and closing people down. That typified him. and there’s no way I can drop him now.”