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Hull City 3-0 Northampton Town: Match Report

5 April 2021

Hull City made it an Easter double as they backed up their Good Friday win at Crewe Alexandra with a 3-0 home success against Northampton Town on Easter Monday.

It was 2-0 before half time as Callum Elder bagged his first for the Tigers, and his first league goal anywhere since 2015, with a sweet strike from outside the box before Keane Lewis-Potter added the second just before the break. Gavin Whyte then made it three with the last kick of the game to complete a great weekend for Grant McCann's men.

McCann made just the one change to his starting eleven following the Good Friday win at Crewe Alexandra as Josh Magennis started up front ahead of Tom Eaves. Eaves dropped down to the bench where he was joined by Jordan Flores who came into the squad in place of Callum Jones.

Despite the bright sunshine, it was a very cold and blustery afternoon in East Yorkshire and early penalty appeals were carried away on the wind as Lewis-Potter went down inside the Northampton box under Fraser Horsfall's challenge.

Magennis saw a 17th-minute effort ruled out for offside after a Mallik Wilks shot had fallen at his feet six yards out as the home side made the early running, with Elder whipping in a couple of great crosses from the left that went unrewarded with a final touch.

The Tigers took the lead on the half-hour courtesy of a fine strike from Elder. After a set-piece routine had gone slightly wrong, Lewis-Potter rescued the ball and played it to his left back who struck a lovely left-footed shot past Jonathan Mitchell from just over 20 yards out.

Magennis was almost in to make it two at the near post but a fine covering challenge denied him, while Lewis-Potter saw a header from a Magennis cross well kept out by Mitchell.

Lewis-Potter did double the Tigers' advantage a minute before the break. Magennis broke the Northampton offside trap on the left edge of the area before squaring to Lewis-Potter who saw his effort deflect into the net for his tenth league goal of the campaign, meaning that all of the home side's regualr front three are now in double figures for the season.

Alan Sheehan was booked in the opening couple of minutes of the the second half after clashing with George Honeyman as the Tigers quickly set about looking to add a third goal with Wilks going close with a header from Elder's corner.

Lewie Coyle dug out a magnificent cross from close to the byeline that was headed wide at the far post by Magennis, while Greg Docherty's 25-yarder grazed the top of the Northampton crossbar.

Wilks had penalty appeals waved away when going down close to goal, Honeyman's goal-bound effort was blocked by Horsfall and Lewis-Potter sent a free header wide as the game entered its final 20 minutes with the home side still very much the dominant force.

A triple change from McCann saw all three of the Tigers' front three replaced as Eaves, Whyte and Dan Crowley came on from the bench, and Eaves thought he was through on goal straight away but he was pulled up for a foul on the centre back.

A challenge on Coyle somehow failed to bring the award of a penalty for McCann's men nine minutes from time, before further changes in the closing minutes saw Flores and Sean McLoughlin replace Honeyman and Jacob Greaves.

A deserved third goal finally arrived deep into added time when Elder's burst forward saw him release a pass for Whyte to round Mitchell and complete the afternoon.

Hull City: Matt Ingram; Lewie Coyle (C), Alfie Jones, Jacob Greaves (Sean McLoughlin 90), Callum Elder; Regan Slater, Greg Docherty, George Honeyman (Jordan Flores 88); Mallik Wilks (Gavin Whyte 74), Josh Magennis (Tom Eaves 74), Keane Lewis-Potter (Daniel Crowley 74).

Subs Not Used: George Long, Josh Emmanuel.

Northampton Town: Jonathan Mitchell, Fraser Horsfall, Sam Hoskins, Ryan Watson, Peter Kioso (Michael Harriman 46), Shaun McWilliams, Bryn Morris, Joseph Mills, Lloyd Jones, Danny Rose (Ryan Edmondson 69), Alan Sheehan (Alan Sheehan 74).

Subs Not Used: Dylan Berry, Cian Bolger, Ricky Korboa, Mark Marshall.

Referee: Mr T. Bramall.


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