Hull climb with win at Burnley
Hull climbed to second in the Championship table after Stephen
Quinn’s second-half strike secured a 1-0 win over Burnley at Turf
One-time runaway leaders Cardiff have two games in hand and can
double their advantage with victory over Leicester on Tuesday
night, but Hull are now their closest rivals for the title after
capitalising on Watford and Crystal Palace’s weekend woes to go
Following a listless first-half largely devoid of goalmouth
action, Quinn found space on the edge of penalty area and a calm
finish in the 66th minute.
It was enough for City to end a run of seven consecutive defeats
against Burnley, who came closest through substitute Sam Vokes when
the game was goalless.
Quinn flashed a header wide for the visitors with 33 seconds
played, while Burnley enjoyed encouragement of their own from Ross
Wallace’s eighth-minute corner – David Edgar’s hooked shot blocked
before Alex Kacaniklic smashed the loose ball narrowly past the
angle of post and bar from 18 yards.
Snow was falling by the time Wallace, another Clarets player
restored after an injury absence, let fly with a long-range effort
that Hull goalkeeper David Stockdale did well to push out of the
City started to settle into a rhythm shortly after the half-hour
and James Chester cut out an ambitious Keith Treacy pass to play in
George Boyd, whose goalbound shot forced a last-ditch block from
Burnley were looking like a team in need of half-time, but when
Alex Bruce shanked a volley off-target to conclude a sustained
spell of pressure in the 44th minute it summed up Hull’s efforts to
Gedo tested Lee Grant in the 53rd minute, drawing a sharp
near-post stop after Boyd rode a couple of challenges in midfield
to play him through.
In response Dyche sent on Vokes in place of Treacy and the Wales
international striker almost made an immediate impact when he
looped a glancing header from Charlie Austin’s right-wing cross
past the far post.
Steve Bruce went one better in the 64th minute with a double
change, Robert Koren and Jay Simpson replacing Bruce Jnr and Gedo,
that paid instant dividends.
Koren drifted into space on the right and his cross found
Simpson, whose calmly rolled pass teed-up Quinn to finish
Burnley failed to mount a sustained response, though 26-goal
striker Austin might have levelled late on had he not misjudged a
header from Vokes’ centre.