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  • Geovanni (22), Folan (81)
  • Seol (8)
  • Date:2008-08-16
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Kingston Communications Stadium
  • Attendance:24525
  • Referee:Walton, P

Live Commentary

90mins

FULL-TIME: HULL CITY 2-1 FULHAM

90mins

The final whistle has finally gone after a long period of stoppage time and the Hull fans and players celebrate a debut Premier League win!

90mins

George Boateng comes off after looking in discomfort for some time - All three changes have been made so Hull will finish up with just ten men.

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Hull almost crafting an opening as a deep ball in from Folan is met by a Halmosi header back across the box but Schwarzer punches clear.

90mins

Five minutes of stoppage time to be played, an announcement met by a rapture of boos from the home fans.

89mins

A booking for Craig Fagan who is a notoriously firey character after a foul on the right flank. Fairly cynical and deserving of the caution.

86mins

With only four minutes of normal time remaining Hull City look on course to take three-points in their Premier League debut. At the moment Fulham look to have run out of ideas and Hull may even snatch another as the gaps begin to appear.

84mins

The second part of a double change as Danny Murphy comes off Leon Andreasen who will sit in the midfield to make sure Fulham don't fall further behind.

84mins

Seol Ki-Hyeon makes way for Norwegian striker Erik Nevland to give the visitors more attacking options as they chase this game.

81mins

Paul Konchesky makes a massive error, gifting possession to Craig Fagan who squares to Folan for one of the easiest goals he will score in the Premier League - Hull have come from behind to lead!

80mins

Clint Dempsey comes on in Fulham's first change as Bobby Zamora comes off after a decent performance in his debut.

77mins

Nice passage of passing from Fulham involving the entire midfield camped in the Hull half but Gardner stepped in to dispossess Bullard and Hull suddenly broke and a ball over the top once again caused confusion but Schwarzer in the end gathers.

74mins

The third and final change for Hull City as Craig Fagan comes on to replace Richard Garcia - This means local hero Dean Windass will not feature in Hull City's first game in the top flight.

73mins

Good play from Boateng on the edge of the box, he looked as though he would be dispossessed by Pantsil but he forces a corner - Nothing coming from the set-play however and Fulham re-group.

72mins

Marlon King has been brought off after a hard-working performance and Caleb Folan comes into the game up-top.

71mins

Substitute Halmosi with his first contribution of note as he broke to the by-line and cuts back to the edge of the box and Garcia's strike was well saved by Schwarzer to his left.

67mins

Fulham under pressure again as Geovanni plays the ball into King's feet in the box but the strong defender Brade Hangelaand robs the ball away from King as he tried to turn.

64mins

A like for like switch for the Tigers on the left hand side as Nicky Barmby makes way for debutant Peter Halmosi making it 5 players to make their Hull debut today.

62mins

Route one ball from Myhill over the Fulham back four causing confusion between the defenders and the goalkeeper and if Geovanni had reacted quicker he may have got in behind there.

59mins

An incisive piece of play from Hull City after Pantsil gives it away and King found Barmby as Geovanni broke into the box to get onto the end of Barmby's low cross but the unmarked forward scuffed his shot into the ground and wide.

54mins

A good swift break away for the home side and the ball is played wide for Ricketts who fizzes the ball across the box but Schwarzer is able to gather.

53mins

Hull certainly seem to have stepped up a gear but their efforts to unsettle Fulham seem to be resulting in some space for the footballing midfield of Fulham. Bullard and Gera looking dangerous.

52mins

An excellent ball in from Boateng forced a corner for Hull and the delivery from Barmby finds big centre-half Michael Turner but he heads fractionally over the top - Should have done better.

49mins

Long throw in by Ricketts launched into the area into the path of Geovanni sprinting into the gap and the bouncing ball only just cleared the head of the Brazilian and Schwarzer will be relieved to get that one into his arms.

48mins

The early moments of the second period very lively as Zoltan Gera almost found a gap in behind threaded in by Bullard but Gera misses his kick and skewed it wide.

46mins

We're underway once again now and we can only wait to see how the half time team talks will impact on the two sides' performances.

45mins

The half-time whistle goes here on a game that has been entertaining even if lacking in actual quality. Fulham will be disappointed not to be in front and Hull need to improve to get something from this game.

44mins

Dawson goes into the book for a tackle from behind - He did seem to get some of the ball but he clearly took the man first and the full-back accepts his caution.

42mins

Ian Ashbee tries a long range shot from range but he cannot keep it down as he sends it high over the bar to a rapture of jeers from the away fans.

39mins

Barmby seems to be stuggling with the pace of the top flight as he fails to track Pantsil over-lapping and linking up with Seol to create room on the right hand flank. Unfortunately for Fulham they can't find the killer pass since the equaliser.

36mins

Fulham starting to take control again as Gera collects the ball deep and rifles a shot from the right hand channel but it is watched all the way by Myhill and he gathers safely - Hull need to be careful not to draw on too much pressure here.

34mins

The combination that led to the opening goal linking up again for Fulham as Bullard picks out Seol in the box but his header could only the find the arms of Boaz Myhill.

31mins

Geovanni is certainly the biggest threat to the Fulham defence as he drops into the gap between midfield and defence picking the ball up. The only answer Fulham have had is to just bring him down as soon as he gets on the ball.

28mins

Samuel Ricketts is cautioned by Peter Walton after a foul on Zoltan Gera and his reaction seems to be what earnt him the caution.

26mins

Marlon King finding a bit of space down the right-flank and trying to find a team-mate with the cross but Aaron Hughes stepped in to clear with comfort.

22mins

Geovanni picks the ball up a long way out in between the Fulham midfield and defence and runs into the space before thumping a left footed strike into the back of Schwarzer's net. What a stunning way to open the Tigers' Premier League account.

20mins

It's all Fulham at the moment as Dawson continues to be doubled up on their left flank as Barmy struggles to get back and help out his full-back - Hull look a little out of their depth at the moment.

19mins

Another well worker corner kick that Bullard again delivered with quality to the oncoming Simon Davies on the edge of the box but his half-volley sailed over.

17mins

A corner for Fulham swung in and Pantsil was attacking the near post but he couldn't direct the header goal bound and it flies behind for a goal kick.

15mins

Sorry for the lack of update but it has simply been a sequence of passes along the back lines from the side as neither team can find a gap in the opposition's set up.

11mins

Things settling down after the goal here as Hull try to re-group. The Fulham midfield are making it difficult for the home side to get on the ball with time to pick a pass.

8mins

Jimmy Bullard finding room on the right as the defenders backed away, he picked out Seol Ki-Hyeon who finished beautifully with his head. Fulham take the lead and stun the home fans.

7mins

Jimmy Bullard swings a corner outwards from the goal-line with his right foot but no Fulham player able to meet it and the danger passes for Hull City.

5mins

The opening moments have been very open with both sides looking to spring forward. This seems to have the making of an exciting encounter.

2mins

Geovanni getting on the end of a ball in from the left flank from Dawson but Schwarzer made a superb save as Geovanni should have scored and Pantsil following up put to safety. That has got the home fans singing even louder than they were at kick-off

1mins

Almost an early opportunity for Fulham as Bullard lifted the ball over the Tigers back four as Seoul turned it back in towards Gera but the Hungarian couldn't find a finish. Just a sniff of goal for Fulham.

0mins

Peter Walton gets us underway here and all eyes will be on how he performs today in accordance with the FA's new Get On With The Game campaign.

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Fulham: Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hangeland, Hughes, Konchesky, Davies, Murphy, Ki-Hyeon, Bullard, Gera, Zamora

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Hull: Myhill, Ricketts, Turner, Anthony Gardner, Dawson, Garcia, Ashbee, Boateng, Barmby, Geovanni, King

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For Fulham, Schwarzer, Gera, Zamora and Pantsil are given their debuts by Roy Hodgson but Zamora's likely strike partner Andy Johnson is ruled out of making his debut due to a thigh injury.

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Phil Brown has given debuts to four summer signings today; King, Gardner, Boateng and Geovanni as well as local boy Nicky Barmby starting his first game in the top flight since relegation with Leeds United.

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Welcome to the KC Stadium on the opening day of the new Premier League season and today Hull City play their first game in the top flight at home to Fulham.

Match Preview

Hull City's first-ever season in the top-flight begins with the visit of Fulham to the KC Stadium on Saturday.

The Tigers were surprise promotion winners last season as manager Phil Brown led them to a shock success over Bristol City in May's Championship play-off final.

However despite signing a host of new players with top-flight experience, his side is expected to struggle in the Premier League.

Much like their weekend opposition who narrowly avoided relegation on the final day of last season, Hull are many pundits' prediction for the drop.

Midfielders George Boateng, Craig Fagan and Geovanni, defensive duo Bernard Mendy and Anthony Gardner plus Hungary winger Peter Halmosi have all arrived at the club, but it has not prevented the doom merchants from predicting an immediate return to the Championship.

But despite the odds being stacked against them, a bullish Brown isn't paying too much attention to their detractors.

"It's up to us to relax, stay focused and remain confident about what we're doing," he said earlier in the week.

"We're probably one or two quality players short on the frontline, but we're not going to be held to ransom."

Fulham boss Roy Hodgson has spent the summer attempting to spend his way out of relegation danger.

Hodgson has added ten new players to the squad that narrowly avoided dropping out of the Premier League last season - including the big-money signings of strikers Andrew Johnson and Bobby Zamora from Everton and West Ham respectively, plus the captures of veteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer and midfield playmaker Zoltan Gera.

However, Johnson will miss the game due to a thigh strain and will have to wait a little longer for his Cottagers debut.

The Cottagers retained their top-flight status only goal difference last season after winning four of their last five games and Hodgson is hoping his new-look frontline can score the goals that were conspicuous by their absence in the previous campaign.

He has invested almost £17million on his new front pairing, while the release of a further ten players means Hodgson has been the busiest of all the Premier League managers during the 'summer break'.


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Match Report

Goals from Giovanni and Caleb Folan gave Hull City a deserved victory in the first top-flight game of their 104 year history.

Hull's spirited display, with experienced recruits like George Boateng and Giovanni standing out, raised hopes among most of the capacity crowd at the KC Stadium that Phil Brown's side can be competitive in the Premier League.

But it was a chastening experience for Fulham, who faded badly after a bright start and must already be fearing another long, hard season.

Boateng beat strongly in Hull's engine room, but is an early injury concern after being carried off with an ankle injury, leaving his team to face five minutes of added time with only ten men.

But Hull looked comfortable, as they had done for most of the game, following Giovanni's match-changing equaliser midway through the first half.

Taking a pass from Sam Ricketts, the Brazilian ran across the face of the defence before spotting a gap and sending a left-foot shot beyond Mark Schwarzer's reach.

Schwarzer had denied Hull a dream start with a great save from a Giovanni header in only the second minute, but Fulham soon took control as Simon Davies and Jimmy Bullard dictated the midfield battle, threatening to make it a miserable start for the league's new boys.

Fulham took the lead after eight minutes when Ki-Hyeon Seol glanced Bullard's right-wing cross passed Boaz Myhill.

Roy Hodgson's team should have been out of sight in the next few minutes but Davies, Bullard and Zoltan Gera missed gilt-edged chances.

With Nick Barmby and Ian Ashbee providing strong support for Boateng, Hull gradually found their feet and well on top after half-time.

But Giovanni missed a sitter when he put Barmby's measured pass wide.

Bobby Zamora set up Fulham's best chance of the half with a pass into the six-yard box which no-one could reach.

Phil Brown's three substitutions between the hour and the 73rd minute paid off dramatically.

Peter Halmosi provided fresh legs and undoubted class down the left and Craig Fagan set-up for the winner for Folan.

Fagan muscled Paul Konchesky off the ball and crossed to the far post where Folan shot home.

Hull City

Fulham

Corners

56

Fouls

109

Goal attempts

1112

Shots off target

56

Offsides

85

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