Saturday 16 August 2008, 3:00pm at The Kingston Communications Stadium, Hull
Barclays Premier League
Hull City
Hull City
2
Geovanni 22'; Folan 81'
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Seol Ki-Hyeon 8'
Fulham's opening game of the 2008/09 season started promisingly but a late strike from Caleb Folan meant it was Hull City who started the campaign with a win.

22' Goal

Geovanni

81' Goal

Caleb Folan

29' Yellow Card

Sam Ricketts Card was given for a foul

44' Yellow Card

Andy Dawson Card was given for a foul

90' Yellow Card

Craig Fagan Card was given for a foul

62' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Péter Halmosi
Off:Nick Barmby

74' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Craig Fagan
Off:Richard Garcia

8' Goal

Seol Ki-Hyeon

81' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Clint Dempsey
Off:Bobby Zamora

85' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Erik Nevland
Off:Seol Ki-Hyeon

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Hull City, in their first match in the top flight started the encounter well. Buoyed by a vocal home support, the Tigers came close to taking the lead when Geovanni’s header was well saved on the line by Mark Schwarzer. The ball was only parried a few feet wide by the big keeper and was promptly followed up by another cross back into the danger area where John Pantsil cleared, somewhat fortuitously, via his near post.

The Whites took some time to settle down into their customary rhythm but it was through their first well-constructed move that they took the lead.Seol Ki-Hyeon, recently converted to a striker by Roy Hodgson, was the man who gave the Whites an 8th minute opener. Danny Murphy got the attack going my spreading play wide to Jimmy Bullard, who had drifted out to the right wing. Bullard made progress down the right before delivering a fine cross which was impressively glanced home by Seol.

Hull’s early momentum had somewhat died down by the 15 minute mark as Fulham began to control the pace of the match. Simon Davies saw two good chances go just wide as the Whites pushed forward. His first opportunity of the match came after he rode out a tough tackle and fed the ball forward for Pantsil to cross, the ball came back and Davies steadied himself and drove a fierce shot which was deflected wide by a desperate Anthony Gardner lunge.

The home side were back on level terms in the 22nd minute when Geovanni managed to find a free yard of space on the edge of the area. His curled, left footed effort flew past Mark Schwarzer, who could only get a fingertip on the ball. It was a goal against the run of play however the Whites would have been disappointed to not clear the danger in the build-up to the goal.

The goal had certainly changed the pattern of play in the first half as Fulham looked to maintain their shape but were unable re-establish their early dominance. However, a fine piece of team play on the half hour mark saw Murphy, Bullard, Davies ,Zamora and Seol all combine for a sweet passing move which took the Whites from one end of the pitch to the other – unfortunately they could not apply the finishing touch.

Hull certainly closed the first half the stronger side with their direct play reaping greater rewards with a number of half-chances coming the Tigers’ way.

The Whites came out for the second half unchanged as Roy Hodgson’s men looked to get back in front. Both sides saw early chances fall their way in the opening moments of the second half, with both opportunities falling foul of the linesman’s flag. Hull had a promising attack ruled out when a Nick Barmby cross came just too soon. While Zoltan Gera also scuffed wide from close range after a good flick on from Bobby Zamora - the flag saved his blushes.

Michael Turner’s powerful header in the 51st minute from a Hull corner had the Whites’ back line worried. The Tigers defender lost his marker and directed a solid header just over Schwarzer’s bar.

Fulham managed to break out of their half in the 53rd minute as their passing game clicked back into place. The move culminated in Zamora delivering a teasing low cross across the face of goal which flashed through untouched.

Hull then almost took the lead in the most fortunate of circumstances when John Pantsil’s clearance cannoned off Aaron Hughes and into the path of Nick Barmy. His cross was met by Geovanni who somehow conspired to miss the target from eight yards. Certainly a let-off for the Whites.

Whilst Hull were not creating too many clear chances from open play, their policy of getting the ball into the area when all other options were exhausted was keeping the Whites on the back foot. Mark Schwarzer needed to be at his best in the air as he routinely came off his line and claimed a number of high balls. Schwarzer again showed good hands in the 69th minute when he got down low to his right to stop Peter Halmosi’s low drive.

Fulham’s attacks were largely coming through the central third of the pitch but often their intricate passing patterns were stifled upon reaching the congested edge of Hull’s penalty area.

The 81st minute saw Clint Dempsey replace Bobby Zamora as Roy Hodgson looked to refresh Fulham’s attack. Dempsey had just set foot on the pitch when Hull took the lead after Paul Konchesky failed to deal with a high ball. Craig Fagan was in close pursuit and seized on Konchesky’s hesitation. The ball was rolled across to Caleb Folan, who made no mistake from close range.

Two more changes from Fulham saw Nevland and Andreasen replace Seol and Danny Murphy however Fulham were unable to get back on level terms.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 16 August 2008
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: The Kingston Communications Stadium, Hull
Attendance: 24,525

Referee: Peter Walton

Hull City

Line-up: Myhill; Ricketts, Gardner, Turner, Dawson; Geovanni, Boateng, Ashbee, Garcia (Fagan 74'); Barmby (Halmosi 62'), Folan

Unused substitutes: Duke, Mendy, Marney, Windass, Manucho

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Pantsil, Hangeland, Hughes, Konchesky; Davies, Murphy, Bullard, Gera; Zamora (Dempsey 81'), Seol Ki-Hyeon (Nevland 85')

Unused substitutes: Zuberbühler, Stoor, Kallio, Teymourian, Etuhu

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Bolton Wanderers 1 3
2 Blackburn Rovers 1 3
3 Hull City 1 3
4 Middlesbrough 1 3
5 West Ham United 1 3
6 Arsenal 1 3
7 Aston Villa 0 0
8 Chelsea 0 0
9 Liverpool 0 0
10 Manchester City 0 0
11 Manchester United 0 0
12 Newcastle United 0 0
13 Portsmouth 0 0
14 Sunderland 0 0
15 Everton 1 0
16 Fulham 1 0
17 Tottenham Hotspur 1 0
18 Wigan Athletic 1 0
19 West Bromwich Albion 1 0
20 Stoke City 1 0
Hull City (4-4-2)
  • 1Boaz Myhill
  • 21Sam Ricketts
  • 5Anthony Gardner
  • 6Michael Turner
  • 3Andy Dawson
  • 10Geovanni
  • 20George Boateng
  • 4Ian Ashbee
  • 29Richard Garcia
  • 18Nick Barmby
  • 9Caleb Folan
Substitutes
  • 1Matt Duke
  • 15Bernard Mendy
  • 16Péter Halmosi
  • 22Dean Marney
  • 9Dean Windass
  • 10Craig Fagan
  • 28Manucho
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 4John Pantsil
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 3Paul Konchesky
  • 25Simon Davies
  • 13Danny Murphy
  • 21Jimmy Bullard
  • 11Zoltán Gera
  • 9Bobby Zamora
  • 7Seol Ki-Hyeon
Substitutes
  • 19Pascal Zuberbühler
  • 22Fredrik Stoor
  • 33Toni Kallio
  • 6Andranik Teymourian
  • 20Dickson Etuhu
  • 10Erik Nevland
  • 23Clint Dempsey