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  • Fuller (6), Lawrence (90)
  • Date:2010-04-03
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Britannia Stadium
  • Attendance:27604
  • Referee:Probert, L

Live Commentary


FULL TIME: STOKE 2-0 HULL: It's all over. Fuller and Lawrence wrap up the win for Stoke, leaving Hull stuck in the relegation zone.


The fourth official signals there will be 8 minutes of added time, for the injury to Boateng.


STOKE 2-0 HULL: Etherington and Tuncay combine for LAWRENCE to slam the ball home.


Geovanni slides in late on Etherington but the referee waves play on.


Fagan's cross is poked over the Stoke bar by Kilbane.


Kitson makes way for Sidibe


Tuncay misses an open goal from 30 yards out, after Myhill raced off his line to clear the danger.


Kitson flicks on looking for Whitehead but Myhill does well to collect the ball.


Boateng is stretchered off the pitch to applause all round the Britannia. Hull have used all their subs so will play the rest of the game with 10 men.


Boateng has been down for several minutes after clashing with Tuncay in the Hull box.


Kitson almost extends Stoke's lead but can't connect from six yards out.


Garcia makes way for Vennegoor of Hesselink.


Whitehead comes on for Whelan.


Mouyokolo slides in to win the ball from Tuncay in the area.


Hull are dominating now. Garcia and Bullard combine well but Faye clears the danger.


Great chance for Hull as Geovanni drives the ball goalwards but Altidore couldn't turn the rebound home.


Altidore comes on for Folan.


Higginbotham heads over the Hull goal from Delap's free kick.


Mendy is booked for pulling Etherington back.


Faye heads clear from Mendy's deep cross. Hull are getting back into this game.


Folan hits a shot well wide of the Stoke goal.


Kitson is booked.


Hull make their first change as Marney is replaced by Geovanni.


Faye is booked.


Bullard lashes a free kick straight at the Stoke wall from 30 yards out.


Kitson almost gets his head on a cross from Etherington but Mendy clears.


Folan races clear of the Stoke defence but steps on the ball and the chance is gone.


Tuncay is booked for a late tackle on Whelan.


Bullard's dangerous free-kick is headed clear by Higginbotham.


Kitson wins yet another flick-on but Tuncay doesn't read it and the ball goes through to Myhill.


Kitson holds the ball up and sends Etherington in on goal but Mendy clears for a corner.


Fuller is replaced by Tuncay.


The teams are out for the second half and Stoke have made a substitution.


Half time: STOKE 1-0 HULL: Stoke dominate but can't add to the early strike from Fuller.


Kitson heads over the bar from 10 yards out.


Into the last five minutes of the first half and Stoke have another dangerous throw.


Etherington races into the Hull box from Fuller's pass but he was flagged offside.


Faye does well to win the ball from Folan and clears the danger.


Stoke are piling the pressure on and McShane has to hack clear from Kitson.


Fuller wins a corner for Stoke. The first of the game.


Stoke break through Etherington but his cross to Fuller is cleared by Mouyokolo.


Delap launches a trademark long throw into the Hull box but Folan heads clear.


Huth chests the ball down but blazes over the Hull goal from 15 yards out.


McShane just gets in ahead of Fuller to deny the Stoke striker in the box.


Lawrence's free kick into the box is collected with ease by Myhill.


The pace has dropped off after injuries to Fuller and Boateng.


Boateng is down and is getting treatment after taking a knock on his foot.


Bullard's 35 yard shot goes straight into the arms of Sorensen.


Bullard sends over a deep cross but the ball sails out for a goal kick.


Kitson flicks on for Etherington but the winger is tackled by Kilbane.


It looks like Fuller might have to come off after injuring himself while scoring the goal.


STOKE 1-0 HULL: FULLER races onto Kitson's flick on to poke the ball home.


Garcia flicks the ball on looking for Folan but Delap hacks it clear.


Kitson has a shot blocked after good work by Etherington and Whelan blazes the rebound over the bar from distance.


Huth chips the ball into the Hull box but the ball runs out for a goal kick to the visitors.


Referee Lee Probert gets the game under way.


The teams are out at the Britannia.


With West Ham not in action until tomorrow, Hull can move out of the relegation zone with a win today. Stoke have all but secured their Premier League future for another year but are difficult opponents, particularly at the Britannia Stadium.


Stoke: Sorensen, Huth, Abdoulaye Faye, Higginbotham, Collins, Lawrence, Whelan, Delap, Etherington, Fuller, Kitson


Stoke name Ricardo Fuller in attack after the striker scored the only goal of the game at West Ham last weekend. Mamady Sidibe drops to the bench in an otherwise unchanged side.


Hull: Myhill, Mendy, McShane, Mouyokolo, Kilbane, Garcia, Boateng, Bullard, Marney, Fagan, Folan


Hull boss Iain Dowie makes two changes to the side that beat Fulham last time out. Bernard Mendy comes in for Ibrahima Sonko, who is on loan from Stoke and can't face his club. Caleb Folan replaces Jozy Altidore up front.

Match Preview

These two sides have experienced rather different campaigns this season, with Stoke City, under the steady leadership of Tony Pulis, enjoying the safe environs of mid-table.

Hull, on the other hand, have endured a difficult season, with performances on the pitch and politics off it severely souring the Tigers' second Premier League campaign.

Hull appointed Iain Dowie in an attempt to clamber out of the relegation mire and the visitors to the Britannia Stadium at the weekend will be desperate to secure all three points.

However, with four of the last six meetings between the two sides ending in draws, another share of the points may well be on the cards.

Struggling Hull have lost all of their last five games on the road although Tigers' fans can take solace in the fact that Stoke are on a run of four home games without a win.

Injuries are not helping Hull's cause and they will travel to Stoke without the services of Anthony Gardner, Stephen Hunt, Kamil Zayatte, Andy Dawson and Amr Zaki.

The Potters themselves are likely to be without defender Ryan Shawcross and midfielder Salif Diao for this game, while striker James Beattie is a long-term doubt with a knee injury.

However, striker Ricardo Fuller is fit and raring to go after his superb solo strike against West Ham last week.

Stoke manager Tony Pulis was full of praise for his Jamaican striker after the West Ham game.

"He loves picking up the ball around the box and he's so strong and his feet are so quick that he leaves people for dead," explained Pulis.

The Potters manager has also shed light on the club's targets for the remainder of the season.

"Getting 45 points in the first year in the Premier League was fantastic after we had been written off by everybody - to get 46 and better last year's total would be great if we can do it," said Pulis, who will be looking to take a step in that direction over the weekend.


Match Report

Hull City missed a chance to move out of the relegation zone as rock-solid Stoke eased into the top half of the table with a typically industrious 2-0 victory at the Britannia Stadium.

An early goal by Ricardo Fuller and a late strike from Liam Lawrence gave Tony Pulis' team a comfortable three points as the visitors failed to test home keeper Thomas Sorensen.

Stoke made a confident start and took a sixth-minute lead after some poor defending by a Hull rearguard which leaked its 65th league goal of the season.

Dave Kitson leapt above Steven Mouyokolo to head on Robert Huth's long ball and Fuller stole a march on Paul McShane, who got caught on the wrong side of his man.

McShane tried to recover his ground, but Fuller sped clear to dink a right-foot shot past the advancing Boaz Myhill and into the corner of the net.

Huth had a chance to add a second when he drove the loose ball too high as the visitors struggled to clear a long throw from Rory Delap.

Hull were offering next to nothing as an attacking force and it looked to be only a matter of time before Stoke would add a second.

A series of corners and Delap throws put the visitors under further pressure, but they held out for the remainder of a mostly uninspiring first half.

Hull made a brighter start to the second period and Craig Fagan should have done better when a heavy first touch denied him a clear sight of goal.

And Jimmy Bullard should have done better than blast a free-kick into the defensive wall after Abdoulaye Faye fouled Richard Garcia 20 yards out.

Iain Dowie introduced Geovanni for Dean Marney in an attempt to give his side further momentum and the Brazilian almost set up a 70th minute equaliser.

Geovanni cut the ball back into the path of Fagan whose shot, along with a follow up effort from George Boateng, was blocked by a defender.

But Hull had used all three of their substitutes by the 78th minutes when Boateng was stretchered off after he was accidentally kicked in the face by Sanli Tuncay.

Tuncay's right boot made contact with the midfielder's chin as he attempted an overhead kick and Boateng, who was knocked unconscious, was treated for several minutes before he was taken from the field.

Turkey international Tuncay should have added a second for Stoke against the 10 men when he blazed wide with Myhill out of his goal.

But it was all over in the final minute of normal time when Lawrence side-footed a clinical finish after a neat move involving Mamady Sidibe, Tuncay and Matthew Etherington.

Stoke City

Hull City





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