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
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.