- Venue:KC Stadium
- Referee:Dean, M
FULL TIME: HULL 0-2 ASTON VILLA. Hull are pushed closer to the Premier League trap door as Aston Villa keep their Champions League hopes alive with an authoritative display at the KC.
The referee might as well blow the whistle now because Villa are just passing the ball around in the midfield while Hull struggle to get near it.
Villa look keen to add a third here as Young and Agbonlahor work a short corner and all too easily wander into the box with Young being well denied bu Duke, Hull's best player.
Incidentally ten minutes of stoppage time was shown on the door but Hull gave this one up long ago.
A very very late change for Villa as Emile Heskey replaces John Carew.
Villa are ending on the front foot with Milner finding Downing inside the box to fire straight at Duke before the players swap roles only for Milner to fire wide.
Having wasted glorious chances and run into a superb goalkeeping display from Brad Friedel it seems that the second goal has taken the stuffing out of Hull tonight.
James Milner collects a late yellow card but Hull seem to have given up here.
Hull are making a change too as the impressive Kilbane is replaced by Seyi Olofinjana.
Villa are making a change now as Petrov is replaced by Steven Sidwell.
Geovanni has hardly had a kick since coming off the bench but he gets a shot in here but Richard Dunne is in the way to block.
Again Hull burst back into life after conceding a goal but they can't seem to keep the pressure up at any other time and even when they do get chances they seem to lack conviction in the finish.
HULL 0-2 ASTON VILLA. Is that the game? James Milner dusts himself off to cooly slot home from the spot and Villa will think they have now done enough.
PENALTY! Aston Villa have a penalty now and that means big trouble for Hull City after Boatend fouls Milner.
Villa it is that are starting to turn the screw again as Agbonlahor is superbly denied by Duke from the edge of the box before Ashley Young cuts inside to curl beyond the far post.
A change for Hull now as the mercurial Geovanni replaces young midfielder Tom Cairney.
Gabby Agbonlahor has the chance to double the cushion as he bundles his way through the defence but Duke is out smartly to save at his feet.
Craig Fagan is the third man into the referee's notebook.
Andy Dawson does well to stand up Stewart Downing and only concede a corner, which he clears himself from the same player.
A bit of end to end action now with Ashley Young twisting and turning his man but his cross is well cleared and Hull break to give Kilbane a shooting chance that is well saved.
Another rasping drive from Petrov who is getting forward at will now goes just wide of the target.
Steven Mouyokolo seems to be fine by the way now and is back on the field - hte stoppage has killed the Hull momentum though.
A change for Hull as Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink is replaced by Jozy Altidore.
We have a major stoppage and some concern at the KC as Steven Mouyokolo has been down for a few minutes now.
Hull have exploded out of the blocks after the restart - Iain Dowie has got them going!
Great save again! Friedel is having a good day between the sticks for Villa as he makes a superb stop from Steven Mouyokolo's volley.
Bright start to the second half from Hull with an early corner from Bullard that Collins does well to head clear.
The second period is underway - a big 45 minutes at both ends of the table.
HALF TIME: HULL 0-1 ASTON VILLA. Villa started well but Hull have had some superb chances since falling behind but they need to take one, probably two.
Stiliyan Petrov is the first Villa man to find his way into the book.
This game has been so sporadic! Its all action for ten minutes then quiet for ten minutes and so on and so forth. Frankly, its a little bizarre.
Still the hosts enjoy more of the ball and but Villa seem to have re-organised after a frantic few minutes and are dealing with everything being thrown at them.
A lull in proceedings now but the Tigers look the more dangerous at the moment and thats a good sign for Iain Dowie.
Villa seem to have seen off that surge of pressure from Hull who can probably not believe they are still behind in this game.
How Hull have not equalised in the last few minutes is beyond me! Another fine chance is carved open by the brilliant Bullard who sets up Cairney this time but its blocked on the line by Dunne. Astonishing!
Hull again now as they maintain the pressure and its Kilbane in again and he is round Friedel but his angled drive is brillaintly blocked on the line by Collins.
Not a bad riposte! Hull break smartly through Bullard who sends Hesselink through but Friedel is there to stop and up smartly to stop the rebound from Kilbane.
Hull can't get out of their own half at the moment and Villa are just coming again and again and again in search of a second goal.
By the way, that goal from Agbonlahor has seen Villa move ahead of Liverpool in the table as it stands and into sixth place.
Stiliyan Petrov does not normally get forward this often but the confidence is flowing in this Villa side now as the Bulgarian strikes narrowly over.
The first booking of the game goes to young Tom Cairner of Hull for a late challenge on Petrov.
It's the Alamo now! Villa have their tails up and Hull need a response fast as Petrov tests Duke before Downing skips easily through three tackles in the box to force another save.
What have Hull got in them to respond to that early blow? It was too easy for Agbonlahor against the high defensive line but a very clever finish from the young striker.
HULL 0-1 ASTON VILLA. Advantage Villa! John Carew flicks on and Gabby AGBONLAHOR races away to cooly finish beyond Duke.
James Milner has been linked with big money moves this week and shows why with a rasping drive from 25 yards that whistles past the right hand post.
Not the quickest start to proceedings with nerves playing a part for Hull while Villa are just trying to settle down.
The visitors definitely look the more comfortable so far in the early exchanges with Hull struggling to get hold of the ball.
Nervy start for the hosts with Downing curling in a free-kick for an unmarked Cuellar who heads straight at Duke. Good chance!
We are underway in this huge game at the KC. We will know a lot more about the top four and the survival race at the end of this one.
Aston Villa: Friedel, Cuellar, Collins, Dunne, Warnock, Downing, Milner, Petrov, Ashley Young, Agbonlahor, Carew.
Hull: Duke, McShane, Sonko, Mouyokolo, Dawson, Fagan, Cairney, Boateng, Kilbane, Bullard, Vennegoor of Hesselink.
Aston Villa are still on the coattails of the top four and although it looks a forlorn hope, boss Martin O'Neill is still aiming to gatecrash the party.
Hull City are in desperate need of points after a draw with Birmingham at the weekend but with West Ham in dire straits a win tonight would make them favourites to stay up.
Welcome to the KC Stadium where relegation threatened Hull City entertain Champions League chasing Aston Villa with both sides needing a win.
Hull City face Aston Villa at 7:45pm on Wednesday, April 21st.
Hull City's bid for Premier League survival faces another major test when the Tigers play host to top-four hopefuls Aston Villa on Wednesday evening.
The Tigers are currently deep in trouble in the bottom three and have only four games left to try and avoid a return to the Championship after two seasons in the top-flight - the first in the club's history.
Recent form is against the Tigers, with the replacement of Phil Brown by Iain Dowie at the KC Stadium helm failing to have the desired effect.
Last time out, City fought for a goalless draw at an out-of-form Birmingham City, having suffered a potentially decisive 4-1 thrashing at home to fellow strugglers Burnley on their last home outing.
In fact, City have won just once in their last nine games, that a 2-0 victory at home to a Fulham side who clearly had Europe on their minds.
Villa travel to Humberside having taken seven points from their last three league games, having suffered a 7-1 thrashing at Chelsea before mounting a renewed challenge for fourth place.
Last time out, a late Nathan Delfouneso strike secured a 2-1 win at already relegated Portsmouth, while Villa also struck late in their last home game, with an own goal by Phil Jagielka rescuing a 2-2 draw against Everton.
Hull's rescue bid is being hampered by several injuries, with winger Stephen Hunt's season having been ended early by a foot injury, while loan striker Amr Zaki has left the club due to knee problems.
Richard Garcia, Kamil Zayatte, Ian Ashbee (all knee) are unlikely to feature against Villa, while an ankle problem is set to keep defender Anthony Gardner on the sidelines.
Meanwhile, Villa boss Martin O'Neill has virtually no injury problems to contend with, with long-term ankle injury victim Nigel Reo-Coker back in contention after a couple of reserve team outings.
That leaves defender Curtis Davies doubtful due to an ankle problem which has kept him out of action since January, while midfielder Fabian Delph misses out due to a knee injury sustained in training.
When the two sides met earlier this season in early December, Villa powered to a 3-0 win at Villa Park, with Richard Dunne, James Milner and John Carew getting on the scoresheet.
Aston Villa moved within three points of fourth spot in the Premier League after a 2-0 away victory against Hull at the KC stadium.
A Gabriel Agbonlahor goal saw the visitors 1-0 up at half time, then a James Milner penalty on the hour mark sealed the victory for Villa, making it four games without a win for the struggling Tigers.
Hull's Kevin Kilbane was presented with an early chance for Ian Dowie's side but his first-time right-footed shot ballooned over the Villa crossbar from just inside the box.
Milner tried his luck for the visitors moments later but he dragged his long range right-footed shot well wide of the post.
Villa broke the deadlock on 13 minutes as a Paul McShane clearance deflected off the back of John Carew and into the path of Agbonlahor who curled the ball majestically into the top corner of the net to register his 13th league goal of the season.
Villans skipper Stiliyan Petrov came close to doubling his side's lead just after going ahead but the Bulgarian International bent his long range effort wide of the post.
Hull then came within inches of an equaliser midway through the half. Kilbane slipped a neat through ball into Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink whose low shot was parried away by keeper Brad Friedel but only back into the path of Kilbane who found himself with only a defender to beat on the line but somehow the Irishman's shot was deflected up and over the bar by a resolute James Collins.
Steven Mouyokolo came close to levelling the score within minutes of the second half after a long throw from Ibrahima Sonko found its way into the feet of the Hull defender but his miscued shot from close range was well turned over the bar by Friedel.
Hull's Vennegoor of Hesselink was then forced off with injury after a suspected clash of heads with Villa defender Richard Dunne. Jozy Altidore came on to replace the ex-Celtic forward.
Agbonlahor came close to grabbing his second goal of the night midway through the half but his curling left-footed shot was well turned away by keeper Matt Duke.
Villa were then awarded a penalty on 74 minutes as George Boetang was adjudged to have brought down Milner inside the box. Milner took the resulting spot-kick and made no mistake, sending Duke the wrong way to make it 2-0 to Martin O'Neill's men.
Shots off target