Tigers roar to win at Watford

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

Robbie Brady.

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

half.

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

opening half-hour.

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

minute.

Hobbs made his first appearance for the club since March after

undergoing cruciate knee ligament surgery towards the end of last

season.

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

make headway.

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.