- English Football League - Championship
- Saturday, August 24th 2019
- KCOM Stadium
James Crawley reports from KCOM Stadium
Report: Hull City 1-3 Bristol City
Saturday, August 24th 2019
City scored two goals in as many minutes late on to beat Hull City 3-1 at the KCOM Stadium.
Benik Afobe scored a brace with a goal in either half, with the Robins helped out by a Reece Burke own goal.
Hull had gone into the break all square through Jarrod Bowen’s equaliser but for all their attacking intent after the break, Lee Johnson’s side showed character and managed to exploit space down the wings.
The win secured City nine points from their last three games – the perfect week.
Pedro Pereira and Famara Diédhiou were restored to the starting XI, as Lee Johnson looks to freshen up his squad. Their returns saw Jack Hunt and Kasey Palmer as options on the bench, alongside Niki Mäenpää who was passed fit again. Josh Brownhill captained the side in Bailey Wright's absence once more, behind a three-pronged attack force of Andreas Weimann, Afobe and City’s Senegal striker.
A fast start was expected from Grant McCann's side with Hull showing they enjoy an early goal this season; five times this campaign, including the Carabao Cup, they have taken the lead inside the opening 15 minutes. But while the Robins passed that challenge, they couldn’t capitalise when a half-chance fell Diédhiou’s way in the box. Tommy Rowe looped Pereira’s cross into the frontman’s path, who looked to chest and shoot but for Leonardo Da Silva Lopes’ block.
Lopes soon looked to be in hot water when Tomas Kalas slipped in Afobe. The striker turned away from the Hull defender and went down under his challenge but the referee shook his arms as play continued.
The Tigers launched a counter-attack with City somewhat stunned by their rejected penalty appeals and only the fingertips of Dan Bentley denied Tom Eaves from close range, before Kalas’ chest stood in the way of George Honeymoon’s strong goal-bound effort.
Johnson was soon forced into an early change and it was Kalas who had to make way not long after his off-the-line heroics. The defender had brought the ball out of defence as he tried to engage a City attack but he pulled up with an injury near the halfway line. A tactical reshuffled followed, with the creative Palmer his replacement.
There had been little to separate the sides. Their possession and passing stats were on a par but late first half drama followed, starting with City’s opener. Palmer was involved in the build up, jinking his way into the area where tried to pick out Weimann though Hull defended scrappily in front of their goalline. Fortunately, the ball kindly broke for Rowe who was quickly brought to ground and this time City were awarded the spot-kick, from which Afobe stepped up to calmly slot the ball down the middle.
Diédhiou then came only a whisker away from doubling City’s lead but between the woodwork and Tigers keeper George Long, the striker’s header was denied. However, with half-time just moments away, Hull equalised when Kevin Stewart spotted the run of Bowen behind the City backline and he raced through on goal before picking out the far corner.
Hull had more a spark in the second half and came flying forward, forcing Bentley to show quick reactions when he beat away Kamil Grosicki’s cheeky near-post stab, before Bowen headed over from the resulting corner.
City were soon finding space wide right particularly, but only better delivery could have led to more opportunities and Nathan Baker went close with a towering header which he couldn’t steer on target.
Johnson looked to his bench and Jack Hunt would be a like-for-like swap with Pereira, before a final roll of the dice introduced Antoine Semenyo with Diédhiou making way, moments after Grosicki pinched possession, powered forward and angled a low strike wide, the ball clipping the post on its way.
Then, in the blink of an eye and with a little more than 10 minutes of play remaining, City put daylight between them and their hosts with two goals in as many minutes.
Unsurprisingly perhaps, both came through play down the right. The first came from a low Hunt cross which was inadvertently steered into his own net by Reece Burke, before Weimann picked out Afobe who tucked away his second goal of the afternoon.
Substitute Semenyo looked to get in on the action but Long produced a good low save to keep out the young forward’s effort and Palmer curled a shot narrowly wide before the final whistle confirmed the three points.
City now have a week to prepare for the visit of Jonathan Woodgate’s Middlesbrough at Ashton Gate. Secure your tickets below.
- Bowen (44') , Burke (78' og)
- Jordy de Wijs, George Honeyman, Jackson Irvine
- Afobe (41' pen) , Afobe (80')
- Tomas Kalas, Pedro Pereira, Famara Diédhiou