Palace & Foxes held, Tigers roar
Hull maintained their impressive away form to halt Watford’s
unbeaten run and climb up to fourth in the Championship with a 2-1
victory at Vicarage Road with goals from Irishmen David Meyler and
The Tigers made it three successive wins on the road, and their
sixth victory in their last nine league matches, with a goal just
before half-time from on-loan Sunderland midfielder Meyler and
winger Brady’s thumping free-kick midway through the second
Gianfranco Zola’s Watford, unbeaten in their previous seven
having won five of them, had to settle for Troy Deeney’s
stoppage-time consolation, while second-half substitute Almen Abdi
hit the post for the hosts shortly after replacing Daniel Pudil,
but it was not to be their day.
Save for an early shot from Hull striker Jay Simpson and Watford
defender Nathaniel Chalobah’s blocked 20-yard shot in the 17th
minute, neither side mustered a single effort on goal during the
Hull midfielder Robert Koren let fly with a strike from similar
distance that was comfortably held by Manuel Almunia, but the
biggest cheer, from the away end at least, came when Tigers
defender Jack Hobbs replaced the injured Paul McShane in the 27th
Hobbs made his first appearance for the club since March after
undergoing cruciate knee ligament surgery towards the end of last
Hull had slowly began to build up a head of steam towards the
end of the first period and were rewarded with the game’s opening
goal in the 41st minute.
Corry Evans smashed a blistering shot from the edge of the
penalty area against the crossbar and midfield colleague Meyler
reacted quickest to head home the rebound.
Deeney pulled his shot from outside the area off target shortly
after the restart and Hull goalkeeper David Stockdale rescued the
visitors with a brilliant save to keep out Mark Yeates’ free-kick
soon after as the home side attempted to step up a gear.
But Hull twice threatened to extend their lead through
long-range strikes from Koren and Brady as Watford struggled to
Hornets substitute Abdi, a 65th-minute replacement for Pudil,
struck the woodwork with a superb shot from inside the area shortly
after coming on.
Watford were then made to pay. Defender Fitz Hall fouled Meyler
in a central position 25 yards from goal and Brady thumped home an
unstoppable free-kick, high into the net for the decisive second
goal in the 73rd minute.
Deeney did pull one back for the Hornets in the 92nd minute when
converting Abdi’s cross, but Hull held on for victory.
Blackpool substitute Nouha Dicko scored a last-minute equaliser
at Crystal Palace to deny Ian Holloway a victory against his former
Palace went 1-0 down in the first half when Nathan Delfouneso
converted Tom Ince’s cross, but Holloway, who managed the Seasiders
for three and a half years, rallied his troops at the break.
Owen Garvan equalised with a header and Glenn Murray’s 18th of
season put the hosts ahead, but Dicko had the final say, making it
2-2 in the last minute by turning home a Wes Thomas cross.
The result left Palace three points adrift of leaders Cardiff,
who beat Blackburn 4-1 on Friday night.
Leicester dropped to fifth in the table after needing a
last-minute equaliser from Jamie Vardy to earn a 2-2 draw at home
to strugglers Barnsley.
The Tykes arrived at the King Power Stadium without a win in
nine and went behind thanks to Anthony Knockaert’s goal, but put
themselves on course for a shock win when Stephen Dawson and Reuben
Noble-Lazarus found the net.
The travelling fans were ready to toast victory, but Vardy
turned home David Nugent’s pass with 17 seconds of the game left to
steal a point for the hosts.
Middlesbrough took advantage of Leicester’s slip-up as they
moved up to third with a nervy 3-2 win at Peterborough.
Faris Haroun gave Boro a two-goal cushion, before Dwight Gayle
put Peterborough back in the game just before half-time.
Gayle then gave the bottom side a surprise lead, but Ishmael
Miller came to the rescue by grabbing the visitors’ winner 14
minutes from time.
Republic of Ireland internationals Robbie Brady and David Meyler
both scored their first goals for Hull as the Tigers defeated
in-form Watford 2-1 at Vicarage Road, where Troy Deeney grabbed a
last-minute consolation for the hosts.
Kazenga Lua Lua stepped off the bench and earned fellow play-off
hopefuls Brighton a valuable point in a four-goal thriller at
Bradley Pritchard put the Addicks 2-1 up after Craig
Mackail-Smith equalised Lawrie Wilson’s opener, but Lua Lua struck
15 minutes from time to make it 2-2.
Nottingham Forest leapfrogged local rivals Derby in to ninth
with a 2-0 home win over Burnley thanks to goals from Dexter
Blackstock and Billy Sharp.
At the other end of the table, Albert Adomah’s 25-yard screamer
condemned Sheffield Wednesday to their seventh straight loss as
Bristol City secured a 3-2 win at Hillsborough.
Gary Madine thought he had set Wednesday on course for a
much-needed win when he put the hosts 2-1 up after Sam Baldock’s
strike had cancelled out Miguel Llera’s opener, but the Owls
striker then handballed in his own box and Baldock made it 2-2 from
City, who started just one place above the Owls in the table,
then stole all three points with Adomah’s stunning set-piece that
will pile more pressure on Wednesday boss Dave Jones.
James Vaughan struck four minutes from time to deny Bolton
victory at Huddersfield.
Zat Knight put the Terriers ahead with an own goal, but Bolton
hit back through Kevin Davies and Chris Eagles.
Eagles then missed a chance to put the game to bed from the
penalty spot and Vaughan made him pay by finishing Alan Lee’s cross
to make it 2-2.
DJ Campbell scored twice and Daryl Murphy was also on target as
Mick McCarthy’ Ipswich won 3-0 against his former team Millwall at
Portman Road, while Derby beat Leeds 3-1 in today’s early
Defender Jake Buxton deflected home a shot from fellow defender
Richard Keogh in the 66th minute with the score at 1-1 and the Rams
withstood a late barrage before substitute Ben Davies finished
superbly on the break in the fourth minute of time added on.
Leeds midfielder Paul Green had cancelled out Conor Sammon’s
15th-minute opener for Derby on the stroke of half-time.