Hull City

Five | Ten | Fifteen

21 September 2017
In the fourth instalment of our new feature for the current campaign, we take a historical look back at notable events involving the boys in black and amber from five, ten and 15 years ago - all of which proved to be memorable campaigns in the Club's history for various reasonsâ?¦

FIVE
The Tigers produced an impressive comeback to beat Leeds United at Elland Road for the first time in 25 years.

The hosts went ahead after seven minutes when Luciano Becchio scored from the penalty spot after Joe Dudgeon was adjudged to have fouled El-Hadji Diouf, although replays showed the foul actually took place just outside the box.

To their credit, City just got on with things and levelled on 23 minutes. Sone Aluko’s pass was deflected to Jay Simpson with his back to goal. He attempted to lay it off for Koren on the edge of the box, but two Leeds defenders got there to block. However, the ball broke for Elmohamady on the right and he took a touch before firing home across Paddy Kenny and into the far corner of the net.

And six minutes later, the Tigers were ahead after more good work from Elmohamady, as his sublime cross picked out Abdoulaye Faye in space to head home at the far post. The goal sparked delirium amongst the travelling fans, who had been loud and proud since minute one.

Leeds tried to find an equaliser after the break and Ben Amos had to deny Dominic Poleon in the 66th minute while Rudolph Austin fired just over moments later as the home side continued to probe.

However, the home side were hit with the ultimate sucker punch. Defending a corner, City broke away with the ball played central to Evans. He carried the attack deep into the Leeds half before finding Elmohamady on the overlap. He squared the ball right along the box to Koren at the far post, who had the simple job of finishing past Kenny for 3-1.

Although trying to see the game out, the Tigers were forced to endure a nervy finish when Leeds pulled a goal back in the early stages of five minutes of added time. Substitute Andy Gray rose highest to head home a near post set-piece, but Steve Bruce’s side held on for a memorable win.

TEN
Matt Duke signed a new three-year contract with the Tigers this week in 2007.

The former Burton Albion goalkeeper put pen-to-paper on a new deal to commit his future to the KCOM Stadium until the summer of 2010.

Duke followed in the footsteps of fellow custodian Boaz Myhill, who signed new terms less than a month earlier, in agreeing an extension at the club and Brown was delighted to have secured long-term goalkeeping cover.

“I’ve got two fantastic goalkeepers at the club and together the two make one,” Brown said after Duke put pen-to-paper. “There is great competition between them and they’re improving one another.

“There’s a great calmness to Matt’s game that Bo can learn from and that is largely down to his maturity.

“But the new deal for Matt is testimony to the start he made during pre-season and the way he has continued it in the past few months.

“Since I’ve been at the club, I’ve seen him progressing and he fully deserves his new deal.”

FIFTEEN
Paul Musselwhite made his first appearance of the 2002/03 season and kept a clean sheet as the Tigers draw 0-0 away at Oxford United.

Matt Glennon had featured in the first ten games of the campaign in all competitions, but following a 3-1 home defeat to Macclesfield, Jan Molby opted for a change between the posts for the trip to the Kassam Stadium.

The Tigers had an equal share of play in the first half and Oxford goalkeeper Andy Woodman made fine saves from Ryan Williams, Phil Jevons and twice from Gary Alexander.

However, the home side dominated after the break, and were almost gifted the lead by Alexander on 49 minutes. This striker’s over-hit back-pass missed Musselwhite, but thankfully the custodian was able to race back and clear the ball off the line.

Musselwhite saved from Bobby Ford from the best move of the match involving Andy Scott and James Hunt nine minutes from the end but Hull survived and substitute Lawrie Dudfield almost snatched victory for them with the last kick of the match.

Speaking after the game, Musselwhite said: “I only found out at 2pm on the day that was playing, which was great from a personal point of view although I did feel a bit for Matt as it’s disappointing for him.

“To tell the truth, but the Friday night, I’d convinced myself I wasn’t going to be in the side, but maybe being told at the last minute was the best thing. There wasn’t a lot of time to think about things and that probably worked in my favour.

“Across the 90 minutes, I probably only had two real saves to make and I was pleased with both.

“The first was from a free-kick. I didn’t get a look at the ball right until the last minute but thankfully I managed to get down and make the save.

“The other save came when one of their front men played a one-two and was clean through. I just made my mind up that he was going a certain way and luckily for me I guessed right!”

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