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Hull off the mark & stalemate at St. Andrews

August 22, 2009

Question; Who is the most relieved man on the planet right now?
Answer; Mr. Philip Brown.

The little-known name of Kamel Ghilas ensured Hull bagged their first points of the PL season, and giving Manager Phil Brown a reason to sigh very heavily. It was The Tigers’ first home win in the PL since December. The Hull faithful were to catch a glimpse of new American signing Jozy Altidore when he came off the bench to replace Caleb Folan in the 60th minute, and no doubt Jozy will have been ecstatic to play a pretty major part in Hull’s first win of the season.

A fairly dull first half saw chances for Bolton’s Johan Elmander, and Hull’s Stephen Hunt, as well as an effort from scorer Ghilas that brought a decent save out of Wanderers’ ‘keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen.

The second half brought little more to enthrall the crowd. Elmander had another chance rather early on, but nothing came of it. Then, Altidore making his PL debut replacing Folan, set up Ghilas for the winner with a flick over the Bolton defence that he smashed past Jaaskelainen. Altidore had a chance of his own a few minutes later, lobbing Jaaskelainen but placing the ball wide of the far post. Ghilas later hit the bar but nothing came of it, but a much needed win for Phil Brown’s men, who are now lifted out of the relagation zone at this very early stage in the season.

Further south, Birmingham and Stoke played out a bore draw at St. Andrews with Stoke ‘keeper Thomas Sorensen claiming man-of-the match. He kept out efforts from Gary O’Connor and Franck Queudrue amongst others, but watched his side fail to hit the back of the net at the other end. Both sides will be fairly content with a draw, although pre-match, both Alex McLeish and Tony Pulis probably viewed this as a should-win.


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