Saturday 28 December 2013, 3:00pm at The Kingston Communications Stadium, Hull
Barclays Premier League
Hull City
Hull City
6
Elmohamady 49'; Koren 60', 84'; Boyd 63'; Huddlestone 67'; Fryatt 74'
Fulham FC
Fulham
0
Six second-half goals saw Fulham slump to a heavy defeat on an afternoon to forget for the Whites.

49' Goal

Ahmed Elmohamady

60' Goal

Robert Koren
Assist by Yannick Sagbo

63' Goal

George Boyd
Assist by Jake Livermore

67' Goal

Tom Huddlestone
Assist by Maynor Figueroa

74' Goal

Matty Fryatt

84' Goal

Robert Koren

68' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Matty Fryatt
Off:Yannick Sagbo

73' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Danny Graham
Off:Jake Livermore

77' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Paul McShane
Off:Ahmed Elmohamady

60' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Alexander Kacaniklic
Off:Bryan Ruiz

64' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Darren Bent
Off:Ashkan Dejagah

74' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Kieran Richardson
Off:Giorgos Karagounis

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Six second-half goals saw Fulham slump to a heavy defeat at Hull City on an afternoon to forget for the Whites.

The Tigers had the better of the first half but the game was goalless at the break and there was little to suggest how the second 45 minutes would pan out. However, the Whites completely collapsed after the interval. Ahmed Elmohamady got things started in the 49th minute, poking home from six yards after a Tom Huddlestone corner had caused confusion in the Fulham penalty area.

Robert Koren doubled Hull’s advantage on the hour mark when he slotted in Yannick Sagbo’s cross and it was 3-0 just minutes later when George Boyd was allowed to turn on the edge of the box to fire home.

The impressive Huddlestone added a fourth on 67 minutes with a shot from distance. And things got even worse for the Whites when Tigers substitute Matty Fryatt stabbed in from close range after Huddlestone’s free-kick had hit the bar.

Koren grabbed his second and Hull’s sixth when Danny Graham’s shot was parried by David Stockdale as the Tigers ran rampant.

Head Coach René Meulensteen made six changes from the side that won 2-1 at Norwich City on Boxing Day. The main team news was that Scott Parker and Adel Taarabt were rested after their exploits at Carrow Road and were replaced by Giorgos Karagounis and Hugo Rodallega respectively. It was Rodallega’s first league start for the Whites since the 0-0 draw at Norwich on 9th February.

Elsad Zverotić also came in for Sascha Riether at right-back, with John Arne Riise replacing Kieran Richardson on the left of defence. Bryan Ruiz took the place of Damien Duff on the right flank and Ashkan Dejagah was named in the side ahead of Alexander Kačaniklić on the left wing.

Stockdale, who starred on loan for Hull as they won promotion last term, continued in goal in the absence of the injured Maarten Stekelenburg, while former Fulham right-back Liam Rosenior was named in the Tigers’ starting XI.

In their away shirts of red and white, Fulham created the first opening of the game in the fifth minute. Rodallega and Steve Sidwell played some neat one-touch football to eventually work the ball to Dejagah whose cheeky back-flick teed Riise up just inside the box. The defender hit a first-time shot but saw his effort beaten away at the near post by Allan McGregor.

At the other end, Huddlestone whipped a dangerous free-kick in from the left flank in the 13th minute but Stockdale got down quickly to gather at his near post. Another Huddlestone free-kick caught the visitors and Stockdale unawares five minutes later. With everyone expecting the Tigers man to whip it in, the midfielder went for goal and saw his shot come back off the post.

Moments later, Stockdale kept the scores level with a fine save. Elmohamady’s cross from the right was met by Boyd at the far post. The stretching winger hit his shot into the ground but it was heading in until Stockdale stuck out a paw to tip it onto the roof of the net.

Fulham were struggling to get a stranglehold on the game and Stockdale had to save low down from Elmohamady’s right-footed shot after Koren’s effort had cannoned off Fernando Amorebieta and into the path of the Tigers winger. Hull continued to press and Sagbo bent an effort just wide of the far post after cutting in from the left on the half-hour mark.

Fulham finally mustered an attack of their own and Dejagah tried an outrageous effort from 40 yards on 36 minutes when the ball sat up nicely for him but his shot flew miles over the bar. It proved to be the final noteworthy action of a first half that would have given Meulensteen plenty to ponder at the break.

There were no changes by either side for the start of the second half and it was Hull who started on the front foot again with Huddlestone sending a 25-yard effort three yards wide in the 46th minute. Stockdale then made an excellent double save – denying Sagbo from distance before leaping up to block Koren’s follow-up.

But from the resulting corner, Hull went in front. Huddlestone took the set-piece and when the ball was only half-cleared by Karagounis, Elmohamady was allowed a couple of touches in the box before poking a shot into the top right-hand corner.

It was 2-0 on the hour mark. Sagbo sent in a superb cross from the right and Koren got in front of his marker to fire a first-time shot past a helpless Stockdale. Meulensteen responded by sending on Kačaniklić in place of Ruiz but things got even worse for the Whites just two minutes later. Amorebieta’s pass to Sidwell was intercepted by Jake Livermore and he played the ball to Boyd who turned on the edge of the box and fired a left-footed effort past Stockdale.

Darren Bent came on for Dejagah as Fulham, who seemed to be missing the creative spark of the in-form Taarabt, went for two up front. But it was 4-0 on 66 minutes. After Stockdale had blocked a shot from Koren, the ball was only cleared as far as Huddlestone. He dummied Sidwell and Karagounis and then arrowed a left-footed shot from 20 yards low past Stockdale.

In a rare Fulham attack, Zverotić forced McGregor to push the ball behind in the 69th minute with a fierce left-footed effort from 30 yards - but it was 5-0 to the hosts on 73. After Karagounis was adjudged to have handballed, the influential Huddlestone took the free-kick from distance and saw it cannon off the crossbar. Tigers substitute Fryatt was quickest to react and poked home from close range.

Richardson came on for Karagounis in Fulham’s final change and the Whites almost grabbed a late consolation when Kačaniklić got in behind the Hull defence but saw his shot saved by the outrushing McGregor.

Hull went straight down the other end and made it six. Substitute Graham met Elmohamady’s cross from the right and when his scuffed shot was only parried by Stockdale, Koren couldn’t miss from three yards.

It could have been seven when Huddlestone’s quick-thinking at a free-kick in his own half released Boyd down the left but the Hull man’s shot fizzed just wide of the far post.

Thankfully for Fulham, that proved to be the final chance of the game and the Whites will need to pick themselves up quickly ahead of the New Year’s Day clash with fellow strugglers West Ham United.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 28 December 2013
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: The Kingston Communications Stadium, Hull
Attendance: 23,925

Referee: Robert Madley

Hull City

Line-up: McGregor; Rosenior, Chester, Davies, Figueroa; Elmohamady (McShane 77'), Livermore (Graham 73'), Koren, Huddlestone, Boyd; Sagbo (Fryatt 68')

Unused substitutes: Harper, Bruce, Faye, Meyler

Manager: Steve Bruce

Fulham

Line-up: Stockdale; Zverotic, Hughes, Amorebieta, John Arne Riise; Karagounis (Richardson 74'), Sidwell; Ruiz (Kacaniklic 60'), Kasami, Dejagah (Bent 64'); Rodallega

Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Riether, Derek Boateng, David

Head Coach: Rene Meulensteen

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester City 19 41
2 Arsenal 18 39
3 Chelsea 18 37
4 Liverpool 18 36
5 Everton 18 34
6 Manchester United 19 34
7 Newcastle United 18 33
8 Tottenham Hotspur 18 31
9 Southampton 18 27
10 Hull City 19 23
11 Swansea City 19 21
12 Stoke City 18 21
13 Aston Villa 19 20
14 Norwich City 19 19
15 West Bromwich Albion 19 18
16 Cardiff City 18 17
17 Crystal Palace 19 16
18 Fulham 19 16
19 West Ham United 19 15
20 Sunderland 18 13
Goals
6
0
Total Shots
21
5
Shots On Target
13
2
Passing Accuracy
78%
78%
Fouls
11
9
Corners
6
1
Offsides
0
0
Bookings
0
0
Sending Offs
0
0
Hull City (4-5-1)
  • 1Allan McGregor
  • 2Liam Rosenior
  • 5James Chester
  • 6Curtis Davies
  • 3Maynor Figueroa
  • 27Ahmed Elmohamady
  • 14Jake Livermore
  • 10Robert Koren
  • 8Tom Huddlestone
  • 17George Boyd
  • 20Yannick Sagbo
Substitutes
  • 22Steve Harper
  • 4Alex Bruce
  • 15Paul McShane
  • 23Abdoulaye Faye
  • 7David Meyler
  • 9Danny Graham
  • 12Matty Fryatt
Manager
  • Steve Bruce
Fulham (4-2-3-1)
  • 13David Stockdale
  • 22Elsad Zverotic
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 35Fernando Amorebieta
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 14Giorgos Karagounis
  • 7Steve Sidwell
  • 10Bryan Ruiz
  • 8Pajtim Kasami
  • 24Ashkan Dejagah
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
Substitutes
  • 40Marcus Bettinelli
  • 27Sascha Riether
  • 11Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 15Kieran Richardson
  • 23Derek Boateng
  • 30Chris David
  • 39Darren Bent
Head Coach
  • Rene Meulensteen
Goals
0
0
Total shots
0
0
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
0
0
Minutes played by player
0
0
Assists from open play
0
0
Crosses
0
0
Tackles
0
0
Successful aerial duels
0
0
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
0
0
Pass forwards
0
0
Successful dribbles
0
0
Sum of all a players ball events
0
0
Accurate passes
0
0
Key passes
0
0
Player intercepts a pass
0
0
Goalkeeper saves
0
0
Goalkeeper catches a cross
0
0
  • 90 That's it at the KC Stadium where it ends Hull City 6 Fulham 0. Deflating result for the Whites.
  • 86 Huddlestone sends Boyd on his way with a quick deep free-kick. Hull's no.17 fires wide with the goal in sight.
  • 84 Koren gets his second of the game as Hull are quickest to react to another rebound in the box.
  • 82 Good chance for Kacaniklic, but McGregor gets down well to get a hand to the Sweden international's low strike.
  • 80 Rodallega lashes in a free-kick from a central position, but the ball cannons back off the Hull wall before being cleared to safety.
  • 77 Paul McShane on, Elmohamady off.
  • 75 Fulham make a final change with Kieran Richardson on for Karagounis.
  • 73 Stockdale pushes Huddlestone's stinging free-kick on to the bar, but Fryatt is first to the rebound. #FFC
  • 72 Another swap for the hosts with Livermore making way for Danny Graham.
  • 72 Boyd and Figueroa link well on the left, the latter's cross is headed away by Amorebieta.
  • 67 Matty Fryatt comes on for the home side, replacing Sagbo.
  • 66 Huddlestone shapes to shoot with his right on the edge of the Fulham box before checking inside and drilling in with his left.
  • 63 Darren Bent on, Ashkan Dejagah off.
  • 62 Boyd takes a pass in the Fulham box before turning and firing into the bottom right corner of the goal.
  • 60 Alexander Kacaniklic comes on for Ruiz.
  • 59 Koren applies a clever finish to Sagbo's threaded pass. Good move from the hosts.
  • 56 Jake Livermore breaks down the right channel, fortunately the midfielder over-hits his pass to the on-running Boyd.
  • 54 Fulham look for an immediate reply, but Amorebieta can't find Rodallega with the long pass.
  • 49 Fulham clear the ball out for a corner and it's Elmohamady who turns the ball home from the resulting delivery.
  • 48 Fantastic double save from Stockdale who denies Sagbo and then Koren from close range.
  • 46 Huddlestone fizzes a strike just wide of the Fulham goal, as Hull start the second half strongly.
  • 45 And we're back underway at the KC Stadium. COYW!
  • 45 Half-time at the KC Stadium, where it remains goalless. Close so far, not much between the two sides.
  • 42 Sagbo checks in from the left flank before knocking a long pass to the back post. Stockdale takes with ease.
  • 41 Elmohamady delivers another cross into the Fulham box, but again it's Amorebieta that is first to the ball.
  • 39 Nice move from the home side, the ball is pushed out for Elmohamady before Riise blocks the cross from the right.
  • 36 Elmohamady switches the play to find Figueroa. A long pass is floated into the Fulham box, Aaron Hughes heads it away.
  • 32 Dejagah sprays a nice pass from left to right. Ruiz takes the ball under, but Boyd does enough to win possession back for the hosts.
  • 29 Good chance for Sagbo but the forward's shot, after cutting in from the left, curls wide.
  • 28 Elmohamady fires in a cross from the right, Sidwell clears.
  • 26 Koren sees a shot blocked by Amorebieta, the rebound falls for Ahmed Elmohamady who then moves Stockdale into a low stop.
  • 24 Nice play from Huddlestone who finds Robert Koren in space. Fortunately his pass to Boyd has too much pace and the ball edges out for a goal-kick.
  • 22 Dejagah moves the ball out to the left, but Riise can't find a red shirt with his cross. James Chester clears.
  • 20 Huddlestone teases in another free-kick with Yannick Sagbo going close to turning the ball into the Fulham net as the hosts pile on the pressure here.
  • 19 Boyd slides in with a close range shot, Stockdale manages to tip the ball to safety. Great save!
  • 18 Huddlestone rattles the left post, with his free-kick whipped in with real pace.
  • 16 Amorebieta rises above Yannick Sagbo once more, the Venezuelan has been really dominant so far.
  • 12 Good save from Stockdale as Tom Huddlestone swings in a free-kick from the left.
  • 11 Maynor Figueroa's throw-in from the left bounces in the Fulham box. Fernando Amorebieta's header drops short before Karagounis carries the ball clear.
  • 8 Zverotic beats Boyd to the ball again as the home side push forward. Karagounis then mops up the danger.
  • 6 Great move from Fulham, with Riise forcing a low save from Allan McGregor. Kasami, Sidwell, Rodallega and Dejagah all involved in the build up.
  • 5 Clever play from Pajtim Kasami who beats his marker before trying a threaded pass through to Ruiz. Curtis Davies reads it well and clears to safety.
  • 4 Fulham are just looking to slow Hull down, with the hosts starting brightly here.
  • 2 Strong tackle from Zverotic who stops George Boyd in his tracks.
  • 1 And we're underway at the KC Stadium. COYW!
  • The hosts have won three of the four Barclays Premier League meetings between the two sides. Although, they are without a win in their last five league fixtures (D3, L2) at present.
  • Fulham enter the game looking to build on their midweek victory over Norwich City, while Steve Bruce’s side will look to take the positives from their narrow 3-2 defeat against Manchester United.
  • David Stockdale, who made 24 appearances while on loan at Hull last term, again deputises for the injured Maarten Stekelenburg. The 28-year-old makes his 11th appearance for Fulham this season.
  • Head Coach René Meulensteen makes six changes to the side that beat Norwich City on Boxing Day, with Elsad Zverotic, John Arne Riise, Bryan Ruiz, Giorgos Karagounis, Hugo Rodallega and Ashkan Dejagah coming in against Hull City.
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