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Effort on goal by David Gray from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
Billy Jones crosses the ball, Anthony Gerrard makes a clearance.
Paul Hayes takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Fryatt by Ian Ashbee. Free kick taken by Anthony Gerrard.
Danny Mayor comes on in place of Leon Clarke.
Jamie Devitt crosses the ball, clearance by Sean St. Ledger.
Aaron Mclean takes a shot. Leon Cort gets a block in.
Robert Koren crosses the ball, Leon Cort manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken by Andy Dawson.
Unfair challenge on Robert Koren by Ian Ashbee results in a free kick. Bradley Guzan takes the indirect free kick.
Jamie Devitt joins the action as a substitute, replacing Cameron Stewart.
Cameron Stewart produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
The ball is crossed by Nick Barmby.
The ball is crossed by Corry Evans.
The ball is delivered by David Gray, save by Bradley Guzan.
Foul by Cameron Stewart on Billy Jones, free kick awarded. Iain Turner takes the free kick.
The ball is crossed by David Gray.
The ball is crossed by David Gray, blocked by Nick Barmby. Corner from the right by-line taken by Adam Barton, Billy Jones takes a shot. Andy Dawson makes a clearance.
Barry Nicholson takes a shot. Anthony Gerrard gets a block in.
Nick Barmby comes on in place of Tijani Belaid.
Barry Nicholson crosses the ball, Leon Cort takes a shot. Save by Bradley Guzan.
Barry Nicholson is brought on as a substitute for Darel Russell.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Rosenior by Darel Russell. Andy Dawson restarts play with the free kick. Cameron Stewart takes a shot. Save made by Iain Turner.
Matt Fryatt takes a shot. Blocked by Leon Cort.
The ball is delivered by David Gray, Corry Evans manages to make a clearance.
Aaron Mclean gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sean St. Ledger. Indirect free kick taken by Sean St. Ledger.
Andy Dawson produces a cross, clearance made by Sean St. Ledger.
Billy Jones sends in a cross, Corry Evans manages to make a clearance.
Nathan Ellington leaves the field to be replaced by Paul Hayes.
Centre by Darel Russell, Andy Dawson makes a clearance.
Eddie Johnson has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses left.
A cross is delivered by Cameron Stewart, Iain Turner makes a save.
Tijani Belaid delivers the ball, clearance by David Gray. Effort from a long way out by Robert Koren goes wide right of the target.
Sean St. Ledger fouled by Aaron Mclean, the ref awards a free kick. Sean St. Ledger takes the free kick.
David Gray goes into the referee's book. David Gray concedes a free kick for a foul on Tijani Belaid. Andy Dawson takes the indirect free kick.
A cross is delivered by Liam Rosenior, clearance by Sean St. Ledger.
Billy Jones fouled by Aaron Mclean, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Sean St. Ledger.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Eddie Johnson by Liam Rosenior. Sean St. Ledger restarts play with the free kick.
Anthony Gerrard finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Hull 1-0 Preston.Corner from the right by-line taken by Andy Dawson, assist by Andy Dawson.
Centre by Cameron Stewart, Billy Jones gets a block in.
Effort from a long way out by Robert Koren goes wide right of the goal.
Cameron Stewart sends in a cross, save by Iain Turner.
Corner taken by Andy Dawson played to the near post.
Aaron Mclean is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Iain Turner.
Liam Rosenior delivers the ball, Leon Cort makes a clearance.
Matt Fryatt delivers the ball, clearance by Leon Cort.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Andy Dawson from the right by-line, save by Iain Turner.
Corry Evans takes a shot. Blocked by Leon Cort.
Tijani Belaid takes a shot. Iain Turner makes a save.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Cameron Stewart on Billy Jones. Iain Turner takes the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Matt Fryatt, Ian Ashbee manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Billy Jones on Cameron Stewart. Andy Dawson delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, Darel Russell makes a clearance.
Foul by Billy Jones on Cameron Stewart, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by James Chester.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Aaron Mclean on Leon Cort. Iain Turner restarts play with the free kick.
Corry Evans fouled by Darel Russell, the ref awards a free kick. Bradley Guzan takes the free kick.
Billy Jones produces a cross, save by Bradley Guzan.
Nathan Ellington crosses the ball, clearance made by Andy Dawson.
Leon Clarke produces a cross.
Andy Dawson takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.
Short corner taken by Robert Koren.
Robert Koren takes a shot. Iain Turner makes a save.
The ball is sent over by Leon Clarke, blocked by Liam Rosenior. Corner taken by Adam Barton, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Leon Cort misses to the right of the goal.
Adam Barton takes a outswinging corner.
The ball is crossed by Cameron Stewart, Billy Jones gets a block in. Pass corner from right by-line crossed in by Cameron Stewart, clearance by Ian Ashbee.
Matt Fryatt is caught offside. Iain Turner takes the free kick.
Leon Clarke is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Bradley Guzan restarts play with the free kick.
Andy Dawson fouled by Eddie Johnson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.
The referee blows for offside against Eddie Johnson. Free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.
The ball is delivered by Matt Fryatt, Tijani Belaid takes a shot. Sean St. Ledger makes a clearance.
Corner taken by Adam Barton.
The ball is sent over by Cameron Stewart, Aaron Mclean produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.
The ball is swung over by Andy Dawson.
The ball is delivered by David Gray, save made by Bradley Guzan.
The ball is sent over by Tijani Belaid, Sean St. Ledger manages to make a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Matt Fryatt, clearance by Leon Cort.
Same again for Pearson?
Hull manager Nigel Pearson is expected to name an unchanged side for the home clash with Preston.
Pearson has no new injury or suspension problems and will be loathe to change a winning formula following last week's 5-1 derby triumph at Scunthorpe.
Defender Liam Rosenior could return to the squad after his recent aerial collision with Leeds midfielder Lloyd Sam but James Harper is still struggling with a foot problem.
Goalkeeper Vito Mannone, on loan from Arsenal, remains sidelined with a groin injury, so Brad Guzan will continue, while strike pair Matty Fryatt and Aaron Mclean will be looking to add to the five goals they scored between them at Glanford Park.
Midfielder Tom Cairney was forced off against Scunthorpe and replaced by player-coach Nick Barmby, but is expected to be in contention again, but winger Richard Garcia is still working his way back following knee surgery.
Preston boss Phil Brown could swing the axe when he returns to Hull with his side rock-bottom of the Championship.
North End have yet to win since Brown was appointed last month and were thumped 4-0 at home by Bristol City last weekend.
Rookie defender Conor McLaughlin suffered a fracture to his left fibula and a dislocated ankle in that loss and now faces six to eight months on the sidelines.
However, Brown this week signed Everton goalkeeper Iain Turner on an emergency loan and said: "We have brought him in to create a more competitive environment for our current goalkeeper Andrew Lonergan."
On-loan Blackburn midfielder Amine Linganzi remains sidelined with a groin injury, as does striker Iain Hume with a hamstring strain.
Brown endures miserable return to Humberside
Anthony Gerrard struck the only goal to ensure an unhappy first return to the KC Stadium for former Hull manager Phil Brown whose winless run in charge of rockbottom Preston was extended to six matches.
Brown, placed on gardening leave as Hull boss in March 2010 and eventually replaced by Nigel Pearson in the summer, was installed at Preston in January, but the Lilywhites' last league win was on December 11 and they remain in freefall at the foot of the npower Championship table.
Hull, who extended their own unbeaten league run to seven matches, took a deserved lead through Gerrard's towering header on the stroke of half-time and were troubled only in the closing stages by a Preston side bereft of confidence.
The Tigers have lost only one of their last 16 games since a 1-0 home defeat to Humber rivals Scunthorpe in November, but Brown's side have won only one of their last 15 league games and remain 10 points adrift of safety.
Tunisia international Tijani Belaid made his first start for Hull and was quickly into the action when his early angled drive was blocked by Preston defender Sean St Ledger.
Hull had already gone close to taking a second-minute lead through Aaron Mclean's volley and went on to dominate possession without creating any clearcut openings.
Preston's first chance fell to defender Leon Cort, who headed Adam Barton's corner wide in the 18th minute, while Hull midfielder Robert Koren forced Preston goalkeeper Iain Turner into a fine sprawling save with his powerful shot a minute later.
Turner pulled off another commendable save 10 minutes before the break to deny Belaid from inside the area and Hull defender Corry Evans saw his 20-yard effort blocked by Cort.
Tigers midfielder Koren skewed a long-range drive off target, but Hull took a deserved lead just before half-time when Gerrard rose to plant a downward header beyond Turner from Andy Dawson's corner.
Koren powered a 30-yard volley just wide seven minutes into the second half and although Eddie Johnson lashed in a 25-yard effort, Hull threatened to extend their lead twice in quick succession.
Matty Fryatt's shot from inside the area was blocked by the over-worked Cort and Turner did well to hold on to Cameron Stewart's stinging drive following Dawson's quick free-kick.
Cort forced Hull goalkeeper Brad Guzan into a rare save in the 71st minute with another header before Gerrard diverted Barry Nicholson's shot and Dawson got in the way of a Billy Jones header.
Preston enjoyed their best spell midway through the second period, with Nicholson, a 69th-minute replacement for Darel Russell, providing them with much-needed guile.
But Stewart fired just wide for Hull before making way for substitute Jamie Devitt and Mclean's shot was blocked by Cort as the home side finished on top and despite two late scares when Preston substitute Paul Hayes and defender David Gray volleyed over the crossbar, climbed up to ninth place in the table.
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