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  • Bullard (28 pen)
  • Arshavin (14), Bendtner (90)
  • Date:2010-03-13
  • Kick-off:17:30
  • Venue:Kingston Communications Stadium
  • Attendance:25023
  • Referee:Marriner, A

Live Commentary


Full Time: HULL 1 - 2 ARSENAL: It is a crushing end to the game for Hull who fail to make any ground on rivals at the bottom of the table but, at the other end, Arsenal have kept up pressure on Chelsea and Manchester United with the three points.


It is devastating for Hull who looked like they would hold out for a point and Phil Brown did not hold back in showing his frustration on the touchline.


HULL 1 - 2 ARSENAL: Myhill parries a shot into the feet of BENDTNER who is left with a simple finish.


There will be six minutes of added time following the injury to Zayatte.


Hull are hanging out for the draw but will have to fend off the Gunners who are set up to throw everything at this.


Hull put some late pressure on Arsenal but the tired legs of Bullard cannot open up the defence.


Eduardo picks out Walcott who fails to trouble Myhill with a shot from inside the box.


Kevin Kilbane comes on for Jozy Altidore.


Hull are living dangerously at the moment but receive a let off as Walcott's left-footed effort bounces harmlessly wide.


Walcott gets into a dangerous position and plays a superb ball across the face of goal but his team-mates are not on the same wavelength.


Eduardo enters the fray in place of Samir Nasri.


Vennegoor of Hesselink makes way for winger Richard Garcia.


Bendtner gets a half chance with his back to goal but he hooks his effort over the bar.


The pressure is mounting on Hull following the arrival of Walcott and the visitors have their tails up.


Walcott makes an immediate impact and his cross runs through to Arshavin in a glorious position but he slices his effort high and wide - a very uncharacteristic miss from the Russian.


Wenger makes his first change of the game as Theo Walcott comes on for Emmanuel Eboue.


Arsenal enjoy a decent spell of possession in Hull's half but the move comes to an end as Eboue's low cross is hacked clear.


The visitors are not making their extra man count and perhaps look a little jaded following their midweek game against Porto.


Neither side seems able to break through the defensive line as attacking moves fall apart in the final third.


The game is very messy at the moment and the referee has his work cut out with challenges flying in everywhere.


Zayatte has not fully recovered from the clash with Campbell and leaves the field on a stretcher. 18-year-old Liam Cooper takes his place.


Another awkward moment for Campbell as a bouncing ball appears to strike him on the arm on the edge of his own box however the incident goes un-spotted by the referee.


Campbell goes in strongly on Zayatte and the Hull players protest for the defender to be shown his second yellow card but Andre Marriner only awards the free-kick.


Altidore does brilliantly on the halfway line and runs at goal. He looks like he is going to shoot but opts to slide a pass through to Vennegoor of Hesselink who is yards offside.


Early pressure from Hull but they fail to build on a couple of decent crosses into the box.


The second-half is underway and both sides remain unchanged, though it will be interesting to see how Hull set-up.


Half Time: HULL CITY 1-1 ARSENAL. A feisty first half comes to a close and the hosts will have their work cut out after the interval with Arsenal gaining a numerical advantage.


Hull's skipper Boateng does see red this time, picking up his second booking in quick succession for a reckless challenge on Sagna.


Arsenal look to have regained their stride a little and Gael Clichy cuts into the box. He goes down under the challenge of Zayatte but the referee waves play on, despite clear contact being made.


Boateng put his hand up to Bendtner's face in that coming-together and may count himself lucky that he is still on the pitch.


Big Dane Bendtner is also booked by Marriner.


Geroge Boateng is also shown the yellow card after an incident with Bendtner.


Andy Dawson is cautioned following a late challenge on Denilson.


Bendtner's strike on-target is blocked and the ball comes back to Arshavin whose strike flies over the bar.


The visitors have lost their rhythm in the last ten minutes and are now being put to the test by Hull.


The game is heating up now and Andre Marriner is finding himself with plenty of work to do.


Bullard is fired up now and moves forward with the ball again, this time running into trouble in the form of Thomas Vermaelen.


HULL CITY 1-1 ARSENAL: BULLARD makes no mistake from the spot, smashing his penalty past a helpless Almunia.


Campbell is booked for the challenge.


Vennegoor of Hesselink gets through on goal in a dubious offside decision and is brought down by Campbell, earning his side a penalty.


Hull may look to Bullard for moments of genius in their struggle against relegation but at the moment he still seems slightly rusty as he hits a free-kick straight into the wall.


Bendtner's looping header from a Nasri free-kick is easily plucked out of the air by Myhill.


Bullard tries his luck from outside the box but his half-volley sails high and wide of the mark.


Sagna's low cross bounces down the corridor of uncertainty and needs the smallest of touches from a team-mate but it is a Hull shirt that turns the ball behind for a corner.


The Bullard - Vennegoor of Hesselink combination is again caught out by the offside trap as Hull try to regain a foothold in the game.


Phil Brown's side simply cannot cope with the slick passing from Arsenal who look sharp as ever today.


More danger for Hull as Arsenal move forward with ease but the hosts are saved in the end by the offside flag.


HULL CITY 0-1 ARSENAL: The visitors put together a lovely move and the ball eventually comes to ANDREY ARSHAVIN who beats his man and slots the ball past Boaz Myhill with the outside of his boot.


Hull do not look like sitting back in this game and Altidore gains another opportunity but cannot get a shot away from close range thanks to top defending from Campbell.


Bullard is seeing a lot of the ball in these early stages and again picks out Vennegoor of Hesselink who is ruled offside.


Jimmy Bullard lofts a pass over the Arsenal defence searching for Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink but Manuel Almunia is quick off his line.


Bendtner swings a cross into the box but unsurprisingly Nasri does not have the beating of Kamil Zayatte and Hull clear their lines.


Promising stuff from Hull as Jozy Altidore turns Sol Campbell and drags a 20-yard shot wide of the target.


Great possession play from Arsenal straight away and the move nearly pays off as Samir Nasri slides a pass through to Nicklas Bendtner.


Referee Andre Marriner gets the game underway.


Cesc Fabregas and Tomas Rosicky are ruled out for Arsenal's trip to the KC Stadium but Andrey Arshavin does return to the starting eleven. Arsene Wenger also hands starts to Sol Campbell, Bacary Sagna and Vassiriki Abou Diaby.


There are six changes to the Hull side that were beat 5-1 by Everton last weekend as Bernard Mendy, Andy Dawson, Craig Fagan, Dean Marney, Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink and Jozy Altidore all return to first team action.

Match Preview

Hull City's Premier League relegation dog-fight continues on Saturday with a difficult looking clash against Arsenal at the KC Stadium.

Phil Brown's men are locked in the drop-zone and, with the classy and resurgent Gunners in front of them, their problems could grow worse as the weekend comes to a close.

The Tigers have lost their last three games, shipping eight goals in the process, five of which came in the 5-1 drubbing at Everton last Sunday.

Just one win - against Manchester City - in 14 is nothing short of relegation form and, with Arsene Wenger's youthful and exuberant Arsenal side hitting the right notes of late, they could be in for a tough test.

They have grabbed four successive league wins and cantered to a 5-0 Champions League last-16 win against FC Porto on Tuesday evening to secure their passage into the quarter-finals.

Hull midfield trio Seyi Olofinjana (ankle), Geovanni (knee) and Dean Marney (calf) may make a return to action as they near full fitness.

Ian Ashbee (knee ligament) and Anthony Gardner (ankle) are still some way from a return to the side.

Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas, who sat out of the European success in midweek with a hamstring problem, could return for the game while defender William Gallas (calf) is also pushing for a recall.

Stricken Aaron Ramsey, who suffered a horrific double leg fracture in the recent win at Stoke City, is out for the foreseeable future as is Kieran Gibbs (fractured metatarsal). Robin van Persie (ankle) and Johan Djourou (knee) are also out.

Last season, it was the visitors who grabbed maximum points, but they left it late as two goals in the final eight minutes brought about their success.


Match Report

A late show from Arsenal sent them back up to second place in the table following a dramatic 2-1 victory over a battling Hull City side at the KC Stadium.

The Gunners had made it 1-0 early on through Andrey Arshavin but the home side were level on the half-hour mark thanks to a Jimmy Bullard penalty.

Hull were then down to ten men just before the break as George Boateng received his second yellow card of the game.

The match was then seemingly heading for a draw but a late mistake from Hull keeper Boaz Myhill allowed Nicklas Bendtner to claim all three points for the visitors with an injury-time strike.

Arsenal broke the deadlock on 14 minutes as Arshavin orced his way through the lacklustre Hull defence to bury the ball into the bottom right corner of the net from close range and register his ninth league goal of the season.

Hull were level on 28 minutes as referee Andre Marriner awarded the home side a penalty after Sol Campbell was adjudged to of brought down Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink inside the box.

Bullard took the resulting spot-kick and sent the ball into the top right corner of the net to grab his fourth goal of the campaign.

Phil Brown's side were then down ten men in first-half injury-time as Boateng picked up a second yellow card following a late challenge on Bacary Sagna.

Tigers youngster Liam Cooper had to come on to replace the injured Kamil Zayatte early in the second half after a strong challenge from Campbell left Guinea international unable to continue.

Bullard came close to scoring a spectacular goal midway through the second half but his run and shot from 30 yards saw the ball fly just over the Arsenal crossbar.

Arshavin should have had the Gunners back in the lead moments later as a run and cross from substitute Theo Walcott left the Hull defence stretched, but the Russia international failed to capitalise at the back post and sent the ball high and wide with a wild first-time effort.

Another cross from Walcott presented Bendtner with a chance late on for Arsenal but a last-ditch lunge from Cooper deflected the Danish forward's shot up and over the bar.

The visitors then did steal all three points in injury time as a long-range effort from Denilson was poorly parried by Myhill into the path of Bendtner, who made no mistake from close range to send Arsene Wenger's men up to second in the table.

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