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|Jimmy Bullard (Seyi Olofinjana, 85)|
|Jozy Altidore (Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, 78)|
|Bjorn Helge Riise (Stefano Chuka Okaka, 53)|
|Kagisho Dikgacoi (Jonathan Greening, 59)|
Full Time: Hull 2-0 Fulham. The Tigers see out the game and clinch a vital three points in their battle against relegation. Fulham will be disappointed with their performance today and this defeat caps a bad week for the Cottagers.
As we go into injury time it looks as though Hull are going to see this one out.
Fulham go long and Davies punts the ball forty yards into the Hull box but Sonko makes a strong headed clearance.
Jimmy Bullard is replaced by Seyi Olofinjana as Iain Dowie makes an attempt to keep the midfield solid.
Jimmy Bullard delivers a free-kick into the penalty area and Richard Garcia flicks a header towards goal but its a tame effort and easy to save for Schwarzer.
McShane is heavily involved as he makes two consecutive clearances from crosses from Konchesky and Shorey.
The nervousness is almost tangible in the atmosphere. The Hull fans are watching the clock tick down and praying they can avoid throwing away the points as they did at Portsmouth.
Jan Venegoor of Hesselink comes on for Altidore who has had a solid game for the Tigers.
Fulham are throwing everything at Hull now. Dempsey has a shot blocked, Shorey turns it back into the area but it is headed clear. Fulham win a free-kick but once again the Hull defence manage to scramble it clear by any means possible.
Hull launch an excellent counter attack from a Fulham corner and Fagan spearheads the break. It ends with the ball dropping for Bullard who strikes a bending volley from the edge of the area just wide of the post.
Hodgson's changes have shifted the balance of play in favor of Fulham and the home side are starting to look like the relegation threatened side they are.
Clinton Dempey has a chance to shoot from just inside the box but he drags his shot wide of the mark. That was a great chance to get them back into the game.
Marney concedes a free-kick on the touchline and Shorey will deliver. The ball is tossed into the penalty area but Steven Mouyokolo is able to clear.
Fulham come forward once again and the ball is played into the Hull box but Davies can only produce a complete air shot. That just about sums up Fulham's day so far.
Jonathan Greening comes on to provide a touch of creativity and experience to the Fulham midfield. Dikagcoi makes way.
Bullard is brought down in midfield and is awarded a free-kick by referee Foy. The Fulham players are livid and surround the referee and a red card is starting to look likely as the frustration grows among the visitors.
Fulham have a rare opportunity to get men forward but their attack comes to nothing and the balls trickles harmlessly out of play.
Stefan Okaka comes on to replace Riise in the Fulham midfield.
Fulham look to strike back with a nice passing move that ends in a cross from Riise but the ball in from the left is well caught by Myhill.
HULL 2-0 FULHAM. Dean Marney breaks down the right hand side and crosses for Craig FAGAN who meets the cross with a well placed header into the corner from six yards. What a start to the second half for Hull.
The second period is underway.
Halftime: Hull 1-0 Fulham. The halftime whistle goes and Hull go into the break with a one goal lead thanks to Bullard's penalty. Hull have perhaps created the better chances but Fulham are far from out of this one.
Shorey hauls down Altidore on the halfway line and earns the sixth booking of the game.
Shorey looks for the overlap on the left hand side but Fagan's industrious efforts prevent him getting the cross in and almost allow Hull to counter.
Altidore is showing great energy leading the line for Hull and he steps away from Konchesky and earns a corner for his side. The ball in is scrambled clear by the Fulham defence who has been far less organised today than usual.
Gera earns himself a booking, and a 6.4 from me, for his 'simulation' in the penalty area as he was challenged by Kilbane.
Booking number four. Davies blocks of Alitdore as the striker skipped away from him and looked to launch a Hull attack.
Another booking. This time for Altidore as he fails to retreat ten yards from a Fulham free-kick and earns himself a very soft caution.
The resulting free-kick is taken by Bullard and angled towards the bottom corner but Schwarzer makes a fine save down to his left to deny the midfielder a second.
Dikagcoi goes into the book as well after tripping the heels of Altidore.
Kilbane gets the first booking of the game after chopping down Riise.
Fulham go close! A quick break away wins the Cottagers a corner and from the corner Gera is able to head the ball down into the corner but Boateng volleys it off the line at the near post.
A great turn of pace from Kilbane as he gets to the byline and turns the ball into the area but Hangeland reads the situation well and clears.
Dean Marney crosses from the right hand side and looks to pick out Altidore but can only find the arms of Schwarzer.
Fulham have the chance to test Myhill with a free-kick from the right hand side and Shorey will look to send this into a dangerous area. The ball comes in with pace but Myhill comes off his line to punch clear.
The game has become rather scrappy since the opening goal but Hull won't care and will fancy that their physicality will allow them to dominate a disjointed game.
HULL 1-0 FULHAM. Jimmy BULLARD steps up to take the penalty and confidently strikes it into the corner to put Hull ahead against his old side.
Bullard whips the ball into the danger zone from the right hand side and picks out Altidore but he is brought down by Smalling and Chris Foy awards the home side a penalty.
Fulham win a corner as Kilbane tackles Riise near the byline. Riise is the man to take the set-piece but his ball in fails to beat the first man and Hull clear their lines.
Fulham are giving possession back to Hull far too often at the moment and it is allowing their former player Bullard to dictate the play at the moment.
Jozy Altidore gives a real statement of intent as he charges down Brede Hangeland's clearance and almost puts himself through on goal but the ball ricochets just out of his reach.
Fulham's first effort of the game comes from Zoltan Gera as he drives a low right-footed shot goalwards from the edge of the box but he strikes it straight at Myhill.
Hull have pressed the Fulham midfield well but have so far failed to create an opening. There is certainly no doubt about which side needs these three points the most.
The early pressure comes from the home side as Boateng's cross is turned behind for a corner. Bullard delivers the corner from the left hand side but Smalling is on hand to make the clearance.
Chris Foy takes charge of this one and he gets the game underway.
Roy Hodgson makes a number of changes from midweek that see Chris Smalling come into the side. Baird is likely to play from midfield while Riise, Dikagcoi and Dempsey all come into the starting eleven.
Iain Dowie will certainly be happy to name Jimmy Bullard in his midfield given the playmakers recent injury problems. Bullard will hope to provide the creativity to create chances for Fagan and Altidore while Boateng will anchor the Tigers' midfield.
Fulham: Schwarzer, Shorey, Hangeland, Baird, Konchesky, Riise, Smalling, Dikgacoi, Davies, Gera, Dempsey
Hull: Myhill, McShane, Mouyokolo, Sonko, Kilbane, Garcia, Boateng, Bullard, Marney, Fagan, Altidore
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