Hull City 2-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Championship | KCOM Stadium | Wednesday 26th December 2007
Richard Garcia and Fraizer Campbell were on the scoresheet to give the Tigers some Boxing Day delight as they moved within three points of the Championship play-off places.
After a dour first half in which Boaz Myhill denied Freddy Eastwood’s 25-yarder smartly, the game improved with Seyi Olofinjana coming the closest to breaking the deadlock when firing narrowly wide of the stroke of half time.
However, it was the Tigers who drew first blood as, just two minutes into the second half, Garcia powered home Campbell’s cross.
The provider then turned goalscorer as he made it 2-0 shortly after the hour mark, pouncing to fire the ball past Wayne Hennessey after the Wolves keeper had kept out Garcia’s initial diving header.
Campbell then shot straight at Hennessey, while Andy Keogh blazed wide from 12 yards for a lacklustre Wolves.
Hull City: Myhill, Ricketts, Turner, Brown, Dawson, Garcia, Ashbee (Marney 84), Livermore, Hughes, Folan (Windass 90), Campbell (Barmby 79).
Subs Not Used: Duke, Delaney.
Wolves: Hennessey, Foley, Darren Ward, Edwards, Collins, Jarvis (Elliott 67), Olofinjana (Gibson 81), Henry, Bothroyd, Keogh, Eastwood (Stephen Ward 67).
Subs Not Used: Ikeme, Gray.
1’ – Folan’s fortuitously finds Campbell, whose volley comes back off the crossbar. However, the assistant referee’s flag was already raised for offside against the on-loan striker.
29’ – Livermore works a short corner routine with Campbell, and the midfielder’s cross is headed home by Ashbee. However, the Tigers’ celebrations are cut short by an offside flag.
36’ – Eastwood works an opening for himself on the edge of the Tigers’ box, firing a low shot towards goal which Myhill pushes past the post.
45’ – Olofinjana flashes a drive wide of the target after taking possession from Eastwood on the edge of the box.
47’ – Livermore, Hughes and Campbell exchanged passes, with the letter’s cross turned home by Garcia to open the scoring.
61’ – Garcia’s diving header is parried by Hennessey into the path of Campbell, who manages to find the back of the net from the tightest of angles.
68’ – Campbell embarks on a fine solo run, only to see his attempt on goal well saved by Hennessey.
“The work-rate and commitment of the players was terrific and we put Wolves under a lot of pressure. The performance warrants being happy. Maybe it was because I gave them Christmas Day off.” Phil Brown
“We did okay in the first half but in the second we produced a very lacklustre display and they were better than us in every department. But I do believe I’ve got the players and I keep looking for that something that’s going to spark us off. The league is still very tight and that is a silver lining to a very dark cloud at the moment.” Mick McCarthy