Hull City saw off Liverpool 1-0 in their English Premier League clash at the KC Stadium on Tuesday. The win means that the Tigers are still fighting tooth and nail to maintain their top flight status. Both teams tried to use the few chances which came in the match.
It was Simon Mignolet who was called into action first. In the ninth minute the visiting goalkeeper reached Dame N’Doye’s header to keep his team in the game. Tom Huddlestone was tasked to tame Mario Balotelli and the towering defender made sure the Italian poacher was having a quiet night.
In the 19th minute Philippe Coutinho tested Steve Harper but the keeper was up to the task. Coutinho was having a busy day on the job as he was pulling the strings for the Reds. Eight minutes later Glen Johnson cleared danger inside his box after a goal mouth scramble insued.
In the 37th minute Michael Dawson found the back of the net after he connected to a Huddlestone cross, heading in the assist. Brendan Rodgers’side made some promising breaks in the remaining minutes of the half only to see their chances missed. The score was 1-0 to the home team at the break.
In the second half Rodgers’ men continued from where they left off, applying pressure from the first kick of the half. In the 64th minute Coutinho set up Jordan Henderson who struck the ball well enough but found Harper up to the task nice again. In the 76 minute the visiting defence cleared a near post corner routine just when scoring looked inevitable.
Just 10 minutes from time Raheem Sterling shot straight at Harper to the amusement of the home crowd. In the 88th minute Huddlestone saw his volley attempt narrowly miss the target. The referee’s five added minutes did not change the outcome of the match as it ended 1-0 to the home team.
The win means Steve Bruce’s team move further away from the drop zone. With four games left the Tigers are now five points above the relegation zone. Liverpool remain fifth and in serious contention for a Europa League place.