- Venue:Kingston Communications Stadium
- Referee:Foy, C
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
Hello and welcome to the KC Stadium where relegation candidates Hull City prepare to take on a Fulham side that will no doubt be looking to bounce back from their FA Cup exit midweek at the hands of Spurs.
Hull City's Premier League survival hopes could be given a timely boost if they can beat a Fulham side with one eye on their Europa League quarter-final clash against German outfit Wolfsburg.
Iain Dowie lost his first game in charge of the Tigers, at Portsmouth, after being appointed in place of Phil Brown on March 17 and the second from bottom outfit had succumbed in their previous five league fixtures.
They have won just once in their last 16 games and sitting three points from a place outside the relegation places and their brief two-season tenure in the Premier League could be coming to an end.
However, they may take hope from the fact Fulham have lost back-to-back fixtures in the league recently, going down to both Manchester outfits United and City.
They also dropped out of the FA Cup quarter-finals in midweek, losing 3-1 at Tottenham Hotspur and with Premier League survival more than guaranteed, their attention may shift to their fantastic European exploits once again.
Knee victims Kamil Zayatte and Amr Zaki will miss out for the hosts as will ankle duo Stephen Hunt and Anthony Gardner.
Long-term absentee Ian Ashbee (knee) will not return before the season comes to an end but on-loan Villarreal striker Jozy Altidore (hamstring) is pushing for a recall.
Fulham forward David Elm has been laid low with a virus and he could struggle to feature. Andrew Johnson and John Paintsil (both knee) are ruled out.
Hull should cast their eye back to their first Premier League fixture on August 16 2008.
They beat Fulham 2-1 on that day at KC Stadium, making a dream start in the top-flight with Geovanni cancelling out Ki-Hyeon Seol's opener before substitute Caleb Folan's late winner sent the home crowd wild.
Craven Cottage also proved a happy hunting ground last season as Hull grabbed a fortunate 1-0 success, despite being on the backfoot for much of the contest.
Manchester United loanee Manucho scored the winner, ending a run of 11 games without a win and they scraped survival despite not winning any of their final ten fixtures after the narrow success at Craven Cottage.
Hull City took a big step towards Premier League survival as they picked up their first victory in five matches against an under-strength Fulham side, winning 2-0 at the KC Stadium
Jimmy Bullard sent the Tigers into the lead on 16 minutes with an emphatic penalty, then a Craig Fagan header just after the break ensured Ian Dowie of his first win as Hull's temporary football management consultant.
Zoltan Gera came close for the visitors early on as Clint Dempsey found the Hungary international in space on the edge of the box, but his low right-footed shot was well parried away by keeper Boaz Myhill.
Hull were then awarded a penalty with just quarter of an hour gone as Chris Smalling was adjudged to of brought down Jozy Altidore inside the box.
Ex-Fulham man Bullard took the resulting spot-kick and sent the ball into the top right corner of the net to register his fifth goal of the season.
Fulham came close to an equaliser midway through the half as a corner from Bjorn Riise found its way into the feet of Gera, whose first-time strike from close range beat Myhill but not George Boateng on the goal-line, who was able to clear the ball to safety.
Bullard nearly had his Hull side two nil up moments later but his curling free-kick from 20 yards was well turned round the post by Schwarzer.
Dean Marney came close from the following corner, but his first-time strike was again well saved by Schwarzer.
Gera then had another chance cleared off the line for Fulham as his shot from close-range again beat Myhill, but not Hull defender Steven Mouyokolo who did well to race back and clear the danger.
Hull were 2-0 up within minutes of the re-start as a cross from Dean Marney found the head of Fagan whose looping effort across goal saw the ball dip over the head of Schwarzer and into the back of the net.
Substitute Stefano Okaka had a chance for Fulham on the hour mark, but his tame right-footed shot was easily saved by Myhill.
Shots off target