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Ciaran Clark makes a clearance.
Tom Huddlestone crosses the ball in from the free kick.
The referee brings the game to a close.
Ashley Westwood challenges Stephen Quinn unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Fabian Delph manages to make a clearance.
Matthew Lowton makes a clearance.
Alex Bruce makes a clearance.
Header by Alex Bruce misses right.
Jake Livermore gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ashley Westwood.
Maynor Figueroa restarts play with the free kick.
Leandro Bacuna concedes a free kick for a foul on Maynor Figueroa.
Leandro Bacuna comes on in place of Andreas Weimann.
Shot by Jordan Bowery went wide right of the target.
Clearance by Maynor Figueroa.
Bradley Guzan restarts play with the free kick.
Karim El Ahmadi on for Marc Albrighton.
Tom Huddlestone has an effort at goal. Bradley Guzan makes a block.
Jake Livermore fouled by Jordan Bowery, the ref awards a free kick.
Curtis Davies makes a clearance.
Maynor Figueroa makes a clearance.
Ahmed Elmohamady delivers the ball.
Foul by Jordan Bowery on Curtis Davies, free kick awarded.
Free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nathan Baker by Shane Long.
Clearance by Alex Bruce.
Yannick Sagbo replaces Nikica Jelavic.
Clearance made by Liam Rosenior.
Stephen Quinn concedes a free kick for a foul on Matthew Lowton.
Nathan Baker makes a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Fabian Delph.
Ahmed Elmohamady crosses the ball.
Nikica Jelavic takes a shot. Nikica Jelavic has an effort at goal. Blocked by Ron Vlaar.
Liam Rosenior delivers the ball.
Maynor Figueroa manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken by Marc Albrighton from the left by-line.
Centre by Ashley Westwood.
Clearance made by Curtis Davies.
Andreas Weimann fouled by Alex Bruce, the ref awards a free kick.
Free kick taken by Alex Bruce.
Ryan Bertrand challenges Alex Bruce unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Shot by Jordan Bowery. Steve Harper blocks the ball.
Clearance by Curtis Davies.
Andreas Weimann takes a shot and cleared the crossbar.
The ball is sent over by Andreas Weimann.
The second half has started.
Ryan Bertrand makes a clearance.
Ryan Bertrand concedes a free kick for a foul on Jake Livermore.
It is the end of the first-half.
Marc Albrighton scores a headed goal. Aston Villa 3-1 Hull.Assist by Jordan Bowery.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Marc Albrighton.
Jake Livermore restarts play with the free kick.
Jordan Bowery gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jake Livermore.
Clearance by Stephen Quinn.
Free kick taken by Ciaran Clark.
Unfair challenge on Nathan Baker by Shane Long results in a free kick.
Andreas Weimann fouled by Tom Huddlestone, the ref awards a free kick.
Alex Bruce manages to make a clearance.
Stephen Quinn replaces David Meyler.
David Meyler takes the free kick.
Ron Vlaar concedes a free kick for a foul on Shane Long.
Alex Bruce on for James Chester.
Andreas Weimann grabs a goal with a headed effort. Aston Villa 2-1 Hull.
Clearance by Nikica Jelavic.
Headed chance falls to Nathan Baker. Steve Harper parries the effort to safety.
Chance falls to Nathan Baker who heads at goal. Nikica Jelavic gets a block in.
Curtis Davies manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken by Fabian Delph.
Jordan Bowery gets a header at goal. Steve Harper parries the ball away.
Clearance by Tom Huddlestone.
Andreas Weimann takes a shot. A parry by Steve Harper prevents the goal.
Corner taken by Tom Huddlestone.
Corner taken by Tom Huddlestone from the right by-line.
Tom Huddlestone has an effort at goal. A parry by Bradley Guzan prevents the goal.
Liam Rosenior crosses the ball.
Unfair challenge on David Meyler by Marc Albrighton results in a free kick.
Nathan Baker manages to make a clearance.
Ryan Bertrand takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Bertrand by Liam Rosenior.
Own goal by Jordan Bowery. Aston Villa 1-1 Hull.
Tom Huddlestone restarts play with the free kick. Liam Rosenior scores a left footed goal. Aston Villa 1-1 Hull.Assist on the goal came from Tom Huddlestone.
Ron Vlaar gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shane Long.
Clearance by James Chester.
Jordan Bowery on for Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Unfair challenge on Jake Livermore by Fabian Delph results in a free kick.
Bradley Guzan takes the free kick.
Foul by Nikica Jelavic on Nathan Baker, free kick awarded.
Ahmed Elmohamady produces a cross.
Marc Albrighton restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Tom Huddlestone on Andreas Weimann, free kick awarded.
Free kick taken by Tom Huddlestone.
Ryan Bertrand gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ahmed Elmohamady.
The ball is sent over by David Meyler.
Unfair challenge on Liam Rosenior by Andreas Weimann results in a free kick.
Free kick taken by Steve Harper.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ahmed Elmohamady by Ryan Bertrand.
Shot by Ryan Bertrand went wide right of the target.
David Meyler makes a clearance.
Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot. Liam Rosenior gets a block in.
Clearance by Fabian Delph.
Clearance by Liam Rosenior.
Ashley Westwood scores with a right foot finish. Aston Villa 1-0 Hull.Marc Albrighton provided the assist for the goal.
Clearance made by Ciaran Clark.
The referee gets the game underway.
Lambert hopes Villa handle pressure
Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert knows the buck stops with him as he tries to see out a difficult season by at least preserving the club's Barclays Premier League status in a "cup final" against Hull on Saturday.
The Scot is well aware his struggling side can effectively secure their place in the top flight by improving their woeful home record against the Tigers at Villa Park.
With two matches remaining away to Manchester City and Tottenham after Hull's visit this weekend, the pressure is on Villa to do the business against Steve Bruce's side.
And while Hull have an actual FA Cup final on their minds, Lambert admits this league scrap is one of the most important matches in his players' careers.
"If we win then it virtually gets us out of the relegation battle," he said.
"That's how big the game is. Everybody knows it. I said the other day that this is like a cup final and we're at home, with the backing of 38,000 people. That will have to drive us on as well and if the lads perform against a good side who have had a really good season then we'll do it.
"The ironic thing is that if we win, we can go above Hull."
Experienced striker Gabriel Agbonlahor labelled the match one of the biggest of the players' lives and Lambert can appreciate his forward's sentiment.
"It's pressure and you deal with it," he said.
"Gabby is saying that because they're still young. When they're 29, 30 years of age, hopefully if their careers keep going they'll have massive games to play in.
"I understand what Gabby is saying about it being a cup final, and that is how we have to treat it. You have to give it everything you've got and if you win then it puts everything out of the road."
Lambert and his players bore the fans' frustrations after last week's 4-1 loss at Swansea but the manager hopes they can put those emotions to one side for the good of the team.
"The fans will be there, they'll come in their thousands to watch us and they will get behind us," he said.
"That's important because the lads will need that backing from them. I've no doubt that's what they'll do."
Hull manager Steve Bruce would happily shake hands on a dour goalless draw if it meant ensuring Premier League football next season.
The Tigers already seem safe, with a five-point buffer and a game in hand on the bottom three, but that assumption could become a mathematical fact if results fall favourably over the weekend.
A draw at Villa Park would take Hull to 38 points - a mark that is virtually certain to guarantee safety this season.
Bruce would accept a repeat of the sides' tepid encounter at the KC Stadium in October as a means to an end.
"A dull 0-0 will do me on Saturday," he said.
"Last time against Villa was an awful affair. Me and (Villa boss) Paul Lambert both said it was arguably the worst game we'd seen in a long time. This one must be better because it couldn't be much worse.
"Yes, we are in the entertainment business, but the main aim for us is to stay here in this division and it looks like we're nearly there, which was the biggest challenge to us all when we came up."
Bruce also believes Lambert, whose side have taken only one point from their last six games, would be able to rest easy with a share of the spoils.
Having long predicted a final-day finish to the relegation scrap, Bruce now believes the picture is starting to clear, with Cardiff, Norwich and Fulham having just two games to lift themselves clear.
"It's very, very difficult for the bottom teams to get to 36 now. It looks from afar like the bottom three have got it all to do, they have to win," he said.
With an FA Cup final on the horizon and a Europa League place a done deal if their final opponents Arsenal stay in the top for, the future looks bright for Hull.
Bruce has been the driving force behind their return to prominence and reports have emerged that the club's owner Assem Allam is looking to turn his 12-month rolling deal into something more permanent.
Bruce would not elaborate too much on that score but said: "The owner is delighted, like we all are.
"I go and see the owner once every two or three weeks for a cup of coffee and I'm due again next week probably.
"It'll be terrific to talk about next year now and start putting plans in place.
"We'll sit down, see where we are and plan ahead."
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