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Back In Time: Three Memorable Wins Against Wigan

12 September 2019
Ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship clash with Wigan Athletic at the KCOM Stadium, we take a look at some of the Tigers’ memorable wins over the Latics…

de Wijs’ Late, Late Show (2019)
Jordy de Wijs powered home a last-minute header to earn a 2-1 victory over Wigan Athletic and keep Hull City’s play-off hopes alive.

It was a third successive win for Nigel Adkins’ side who seemed to be hitting form at just the right time, although they won this one the hard way after falling behind to Nick Powell’s opener four minutes before half time.

The Tigers hit back quickly after the interval. Kamil Grosicki offered Wigan goalkeeper Christian Walton a seemingly routine save, but the ball was inexplicably spilled and Fraizer Campbell reacted the quickest to fire home the loose ball for 1-1.

The goal breathed new life into the home side as they set about chasing a winner with Campbell, Grosicki and Evandro all going close, while David Marshall had to make a save at the other end when denying Gavin Massey from close range.

The key moment finally arrived in the 89th minute when the Tigers won a corner. Grosicki’s delivery was perfect for de Wijs to run onto and the Dutch centre back found the net for the first time in a black and amber shirt.

Second Half Show Sinks Wigan (2009)
Hull City earned only their second Premier League win of the 2009/10 season as two second half goals secured all three points against Wigan Athletic at the KCOM Stadium.

The Tigers had won only one of their opening seven league fixtures heading into this one and definitely needed a boost for their confidence, and it arrived on the hour mark as Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink opened the scoring with a near-post header from Dean Marney’s corner.

The lead was doubled eight minutes later when Kamil Zayatte set up Geovanni to net from close range and although Wigan pulled one back through Scott Sinclair late on, Phil Brown’s side held on for a much-needed three points.

Elliott’s Last Hurrah (2007)
Stuart Elliott was a regular name on the scoresheet from the moment he joined Hull City and his goal-scoring exploits, particularly during the 2004/05 League One promotion-winning season when he bagged an incredible 29 goals from the left wing, will live long in the memory.

His final goal in black and amber came in a League Cup tie away at Wigan Athletic and was a typically spectacular Elliott effort as he met a loose ball on the volley 20 yards out and sent it looping over goalkeeper Mike Pollitt.

It brought one last viewing of his trademark cartwheel celebration as his 68th goal for the Club took the Tigers through to round three despite the hosts dominating after the break.

Caleb Folan sent a powerful header wide of the target before Michael Brown went close with a 20-yard shot.

Folan almost levelled matters with a fine overhead kick before substitute Julius Ahgahowa, who had only been on the field a couple of minutes, was sent through but he lashed his shot wildly wide from ten yards as Tigers held on to progress.