Report: Hull City 2-3 Bristol City
Saturday, November 25th 2017
A late Josh Brownhill wonder goal capped off a brilliant second-half comeback as City beat Hull 3-2 at the KCOM Stadium.
Goals from Aden Flint, Bobby Reid and a long-range cracker from Brownhill wiped out the home side’s two-goal lead, as City left Humberside with all three points.
Fraizer Campbell had fired the former Premier League side ahead before Jarrod Bowen notched his 10th goal of the season.
Lee Johnson made three changes to the City side which were beaten 2-1 to Preston earlier in the week.
Joe Bryan was not deemed fit to feature, with Hordur Magnusson replacing the City Academy graduate. Marlon Pack and Cauley Woodrow - who scored City's late consolation goal on Tuesday night - started against Hull.
It was a feisty affair early into the first half, with Pack and Fikayo Tomori booked inside eight minutes for late tackles.
CHANCES FOR BOTH SIDES
The away side went closest to taking the lead with central midfielder Pack firing a volley not far off target, after Flint placed a header wide.
The hosts proved an attacking threat themselves but Frank Fielding had no trouble watching a curling Ola Aina effort bend wide.
However, the Tigers were beginning to take control of the first period and went ahead through Campbell’s fourth goal of the season.
Top scorer Bowen turned provider when his cross evaded every City player in the box and Campbell pounced from close range.
And they could have doubled their lead in similar fashion when Tomori’s cross towards the back post was glanced wide, as both Campbell and Jackson Irvine attempted to head the ball goalbound.
Johnson made a double change at break with Jamie Paterson and Niclas Eliasson brought on to bolster the attacking midfield options.
But it was the home side who were on top and Jackson Irvine guided a header wide with Fielding rooted to his spot.
City were then forced into an early second half change with Milan Djuric introduced, to replace Callum O’Dowda who picked up a knock while challenging for the ball.
EXTENDING THE LEAD
But Hull doubled their lead shortly after. The ball was pinged around the City penalty area and the Robins couldn’t get it clear. The ball was eventually dinked towards Bowen, who struck the ball beyond Fielding for his tenth goal of the season.
He could have made it 3-0 but headed an Irvine cross over the bar before City began to enjoy some pressure of their own.
Paterson and Korey Smith linked up well with the number seven playing in Bobby Reid. Hull keeper Allan McGregor was quickly off his line however, to narrow the angle and block the striker’s shot.
City then halved the deficit not long after the hour mark thanks to Flint’s fifth goal of the campaign. The tall defender smashed home from close range after Eliasson’s free kick had to be cleared off the line.
The equaliser came 11 minutes later following a Paterson free kick to the left of the Hull penalty area. The ball was headed down in the box to the grateful Reid but he couldn’t make great contact with his initial swipe. Fortunately for City’s leading scorer, he connected with his second attempt and struck it beyond McGregor.
City were on top and completed the comeback in incredible style thanks to midfielder Brownhill as the 90th minute arrived.
It was a brilliant run from the 21-year-old as he drove forward from the edge of the centre circle, picking the ball up from Paterson, and he placed his shot beyond the diving McGregor from range.
It had been a frustrating afternoon at times for the players and the travelling fans but it was all cheers at the final whistle.
City, who remain fifth in the Sky Bet Championship, host Middlesbrough next Saturday.