Hull City enjoyed a memorable first trip to the bet365 Stadium – then named The Britannia Stadium – in January 2006 as they recorded a 3-0 win over Stoke City in a game which saw the hosts see two penalties saved by Boaz Myhill.
Peter Taylor’s side grabbed an early lead with just seven minutes gone when Darel Russell was unfortunate to deflect Marlon Broomes’ goal-line clearance into his own net under pressure from Stuart Elliott.
The lead was almost doubled on a number of occasions in the first half but both Jason Price and Sam Collins were denied by Potters keeper Steve Simonsen as the scoreline remained 1-0 at the break.
The home side wasted a golden opportunity to get back into the game straight after the restart when Andy D’Urso pointed the spot after judging that Collins had pulled Paul Gallagher to the floor inside the box. The Potters’ striker picked himself to take the spot kick but saw his effort from 12 yards superbly kept out by Myhill.
And the home side were made to pay for the miss on 55 minutes when Jon Parkin produced a wind touch and turn inside the Potters’ box before coolly slotting the ball past Simonsen and into the bottom corner.
Johan Boskamp’s side were offered another route back into the game when Collins was again adjudged to committed a foul inside his own box resulting in D’Urso pointing to the spot once again. The Potters opted for a chance in taker – as Luke Chadwick put the ball on the spot – but the outcome was the same as the midfielder’s tame effort was straight at Myhill.
And the Tigers punished the misfiring hosts once again when making sure of the points nine minutes from time. A swift counter-attack saw Craig Fagan release Duffy, and the Scottish striker took a touch before slotting the ball underneath Simonsen from 20 yards to register his first goal as a Hull City player.
Reflecting on the win, penalty hero Myhill said: “You are always pleased to save a penalty – it’s even better when it’s two in the same game – but the win was the most important thing. It was a great win for us. We’d lost our last four games. I’m not saying it had got to the stage where we had to win but it was a nice feeling afterwards.
“However, one win – no matter how enjoyable – does not make the rest of the season though. We’ve shown what we can do by winning at Stoke. Now, we’ve got to keep our standards up and gets as many wins as possible to make sure we stay in this division.”
Hull City: Myhill, France, Cort, Delaney, Collins, Price (Duffy 63), Andrews, Welsh, Elliott (Ellison 86), Fagan (Wiseman 83), Parkin.
Subs Not Used: Paynter, Leite.