- English Football League - Championship
- Sunday, May 5th 2019
- KCOM Stadium
James Crawley reports from KCOM Stadium
Report: Hull City 1-1 Bristol City
Sunday, May 5th 2019
A 90th minute own goal from Markus Henriksen earned City a 1-1 draw in East Yorkshire, after they had a goal controversially disallowed as the curtain came down on their strong 2018/19 campaign.
The Robins headed to Hull City needing a win and other results to go in their favour to make the play-offs but fell behind to a Jackson Irvine half-volley in the second half.
Lee Johnson’s side had battled well and only the crossbar got in the way of Famara Diédhiou heading City in front earlier.
A handball call saw substitute Niclas Eliasson’s equaliser rubbed off the scoreboard but Taylor, himself on from the bench, put the pressure on Henriksen who was judged to have got the vital touch in City’s equaliser.
It was enough to earn the Robins a point and they will hold their heads high as they battled to 8th in the final Sky Bet Championship standings - their highest league finish in 11 seasons.
Kasey Palmer earned his second league start as Johnson looked for an attack-minded setup with forward-thinking Jamie Paterson and Andreas Weimann supporting Diédhiou. Palmer would be one of three changes from the win at Millwall, with Bailey Wright back to captain the side and Jay Dasilva restored ahead of Jack Hunt and Lloyd Kelly, respectively.
However, Kelly would feature from the bench earlier than anyone would have intended as he replaced Adam Webster, who picked up a knock after just four minutes.
He shifted to centre-back in a like-for-like swap with Dasilva remaining at full-back as City looked set up for the counter attack, only needing better balls into the box, while Hull looked to get on the front foot early on too.
Likewise, the final ball was lacking but the hosts went close after 20 minutes, when Kevin Stewart received the ball in space before firing a shot narrowly wide of Max O’Leary’s right-hand post from outside the area.
The creative duo of Palmer and Paterson almost unlocked the opener after half an hour, with the Chelsea loanee jinking his way forward before picking out Paterson. Pato was alert to find the tightly-marked Diédhiou who latched on to the pass but couldn’t keep the ball down.
At the other end, Hull were not far away from finding the back of the net themselves, again from distance though as Jarrod Bowen tried his luck with a free kick. Fortunately for O’Leary, the ball didn’t have enough dip as it narrowly missed the top corner.
While Diédhiou had gone close earlier, only the frame of the goal would deny him next as the Robins pushed for an opener. Paterson’s pass found the unmarked Josh Brownhill at the far post who guided the ball into Diédhiou’s path bit his header from just inside the six-yard box rattled George Long’s crossbar.
The game continued to remain an open affair before the half came to a close though with Bowen forcing O’Leary into a save, before Fraizer Campbell robbed Wright of the ball but couldn’t pick out Kamil Grosicki at the far post.
The Tigers went close in similar fashion after the break before Paterson tried his luck, driving an effort just wide of the upright.
It had been a pattern of City attack, Hull attack and so next would be the turn for Nigel Adkins’ side to pour forward, this time breaking the deadlock.
A ball into the box was only partially cleared by Kelly who stuck out a leg but could only strike the ball into the path of Irvine and the Australia international fired the ball into the far corner.
A goal down and still fighting for a strong finale, Palmer and Diédhiou would be replaced by the fresh forward legs of Eliasson and Matty Taylor and they battled level instantly, or so they had thought.
Taylor played a neat one-two with Brownhill before a shot bounced back into his path, he managed to squeeze the ball across to Eliasson and the winger needed two attempts before scrambling the ball over the goalline.
The referee indicated a goal initially but after a discussion with his official on the far side, the goal was chalked off for handball.
Intricate play from Hull nearly led to a second goal but City had O’Leary to thank as he made a big save with minutes remaining. Bowen it was with the shot from an angle but it was low and blocked by the young keeper.
City then powered forward and grabbed their deserved equaliser. Long made a strong one-handed save to keep out a Brownhill header and City’s Young Player of the Season managed to get the ball back across the face of goal. Taylor was in the mix and appeared to get the touch which sent the ball into the net, only for the flag to go up for offside. Deliberations between the officials continued and the goal was finally given, having judged to have gone in via Hull’s Henrisken.
The Tigers had one final chance to retake the lead though when substitute Nouha Dicko rifled a shot against the bar at the death but the full-time whistle shortly followed, bringing an end to the Robin’s campaign.
- Irvine (55') , Henriksen (91' og)
- Robbie McKenzie, Kamil Grosicki, Fraizer Campbell
- Adam Webster, Kasey Palmer, Famara Diedhiou