Hull City vs A Villa
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5:30pm Saturday 31st March
HULL 0-0 ASTON VILLA
Not the result Steve Bruce would've wanted at the KCOM this evening and does that curtail any lingering chances Villa had of finishing in the top two in the Championship? Hull defended heroically and were good value for the hard-fought draw.
Stay tuned for a full report, reaction and highlights!
90+3: Hull enjoying the ball as we approach full-time. Aina delivers a heavy ball to the far post, but it's out of reach of everyone and Villa will have one last chance to attack.
90: OVER! Clark smashes a long-range shot over the bar as a nervy Hull attack advance. Meanwhile, we'll have FOUR added minutes here at the KCOM...
89: Hull are notorious for conceding late goals, but will they concede one this evening? It certainly doesn't look like it at the moment...
88: Snodgrass is spoken to by the referee as he shows his frustration at conceding a free-kick in the middle of the park.
85: FREE-KICK! Aina holds Kodjia to the floor with his foot and Villa have a free-kick in a dangerous spot...Grealish curls it, but it's straight into the wall!
83: SUB! Steve Bruce means business. He's just brought on Scott Hogan in place of Adomah. Can he be the match-winner they so desperately need?
82: YELLOW! Henriksen and Grabban tussle for the ball and the striker is booked, though he didn't know much about it!
80: CROSS! Henriksen delivers a dinked cross to the middle of the area from the byline, but none of his team-mates received the memo and Villa reclaim possession.
78: Villa concede a throw-in on the left flank as Adomah, who hasn't really done much to capture the imagination tonight, fails to control Hutton's low pass.
77: SUB! And another for Hull as Wilson takes his place on the bench, Grosicki his replacement.
76: SUB! Former Hull man Ahmed Elmohamady enters the fray to replace Tuanzebe.
75: Such an important intervention from Lansbury as he cuts out Hernandez's teasing cross with Bowen readying himself for the shot from close range!
73: SHOT! Suddenly Villa spring into life and Terry sees his snapshot blocked a few yards out! It seems they're sensed the importance of the victory tonight...
72: CORNER! Rare foray forward is rewarded with a Villa corner earned by Grealish. Huge roar from the away fans as they ready this one...
71: OVER! Kodjia lunges in with a kung-fu style kick to put Toral off meeting Henriksen's cross and he succeeds as the Spaniard blasts over from inside the area.
69: Bowen's cross is cleared by Villa once again. To be fair, they've not threatened in attack but their defence has held firm today.
67: Villa just haven't been at the races in this second half. They've got match-winners all over the park but simply haven't troubled the Hull backline at all so far.
66: SUB! Another change for Hull here as we get into the final 25 minutes of the game - MacDonald walks of gingerly to be replaced by Michael Hector.
61: OVER! Clark sends in a lovely ball to the 18-yard box, but Toral heads over under pressure from Hutton. He wants a penalty, but its is turned down.
62: SUB! Jedinak makes way for Kodjia, who makes his first appearance since October for Villa.
61: It's worth noting that Villa simply must win this game if they still want to be in with a shout of automatic promotion...can they do it this evening?
59: SUB! Change for the hosts as Jon Toral is introduced to inject some energy in place of Jackson Irvine.
58: Hull are still threatening and just about being held at bay by Villa, who concede a corner through Tuanzebe as he turns Aina's deep cross behind.
57: YELLOW! Grealish gets away from Larsson in the middle of the park and the Swede takes one for the team, pulling him down and receiving a yellow card.
54: FREE-KICK! Set-piece in a dangerous position for Villa as Aina takes Grabban down outside the area. Jedinak and Snodgrass stand over it, but the former curls straight into the arms of McGregor.
53: Larsson slips a ball through to Hernandez, but Johnstone is off his line to shepherd the ball behind. Positive intent from the host since the restart.
CHANCE! Hernandez picks up another ball forward, but Hutton muscles him off the ball and clears the impending danger.
51: The hosts have started the better in this second half and are patiently advancing once more. Meanwhile, Adomah looks in some pain with an injury, but it's not clear what that injury is as yet.
49: NO PENALTY! Larsson delivers the free-kick and Grealish raises his arms to block! That's a blatant penalty, surely? The Hull midfielder is absolutely fuming at that decision and rightly so!
48: And they win the first free-kick of the second half, conceded by Alan Hutton, who protests his innocence.
46: Hull fly straight out of the blocks and Aina's searching cross is punched clear by Johnstone. The Tigers are the first to try their luck once more...
SECOND HALF UNDERWAY! HULL 0-0 ASTON VILLA
The ball is back in play and the second half is underway at the KCOM!
SECOND HALF ON THE WAY...
Villa have surprisingly not managed to force the opener despite creating numerous chances, two of which were spurned by Albert Adomah. Hull have looked good value in possession, but have failed to test Sam Johnstone as the two sides go into the break level.
The second half is just under 15 minutes away so stay tuned for more action...
45: CHANCE! What a waste! Grealish pushes forward and digs out a pass to Adomah, but he chooses to square instead of shoot! Needless to say the weak pass is dealt with.
ONE added minute will be played at the end of the first half here.
42: You'd think Villa would be at least one or two up with the chances they've had, but we're still level at the KCOM. Will either side snatch the opener before the break?
39: Big head from Dawson to flick one further corner away, but almost immediately they win another - from the opposite flank this time.
38: SHOT! Snodgrass has another shot blocked and Villa will take another corner from the right. Snodgrass' delivery is powerful, but Hull deal with the danger yet again!
37: It's a case of defending in numbers for Hull who manage to hook the ball clear before Lansbury can pounce on Snodgrass' pass inside the area. They do need to be a little less careless with the ball...
34: TACKLE! Wonderful defending from Dawson to take the ball cleanly from the feet of the onrushing Adomah! Villa continue to knock on the door, but just lack the killer touch at the moment.
32: YELLOW CARD! Snodgrass brings down Irvine as he carries the ball forward; he shakes his finger but is booked for the challenge. Hull fans showing their vocal disdain for their former winger.
30: FREE-KICK! Alan Hutton dives under the 'challenge' of Irvine and he wins a free-kick which the latter fumes at! Justice is served, though, as Hull clear the danger.
OVER! Terry rises highest to meet a corner but somehow diverts the ball onto the top of the net! Yet another chance goes begging for Bruce's men.
29: SHOT! Grabban has been a little quiet for most of this game, but he's just crossed in the direction of Adomah. Corner to Villa, but nothing comes from Snodgrass' delivery.
27: SHOT! Irvine squares for Wilson and he does very, very well to compose himself quickly and hit a dipping effort wide! Sam Johnstone roars at his defenders in disbelief!
25: CORNER! Tuanzebe threatens on the left flank and wins a corner for his troubles. It eventually drops for Adomah, who literally blazes into row Z.
23: SAVE! McGregor is called into action once more as Snodgrass curls an effort towards goal. He shouldn't be afforded that much space, but, equally, the Scot should do better from a position like that.
21: SHOT! The Tigers are looking very lively coming forward, Irvine and Wilson in particular, but at the other end Grealish drives a shot into the arms of McGregor. He's been the busier stopper so far, despite Hull's dominance.
19: OFFSIDE! Abel Hernandez is set free, but makes his run too early and his thumping strike won't count. Little bit of a wake up call for Villa who seem to have dropped off the pace just slightly in the last few minutes.
17: Dinked ball into the box from Aina as Hull look to make something of their possession, but Terry heads clear, before Jedinak smashes away.
16: Dawson makes a hash of his clearance on the left and Villa have a throw, but Irvine steps in and regains the ball for the hosts. They are getting their rhythm back again now and look confident.
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