Writer: Matt Wilson
Date:Sunday November 3 2013
Hull City returned to winning ways at home to relegation threatened Sunderland although their task was aided by a four minute spell of madness from the visitors.
Having trailed early on due to an own goal, Sunderland went into added time at the end of the first-half still in the game despite being outplayed by the home side. A skilful spell of ball retention had seen Sunderland frustrated at an inability to win the ball with City content to head into the break with a one goal lead.
As City continued to pass the ball through Sunderland, the visitors` captain Lee Cattermole flung himself at Lee Cattermole. Perhaps just off the ground, Elmohamady saw Cattermole coming and was able to manoeuvre out of the way, although the midfielder still caught the Egyptian on his ankle. Referee Andre Marriner had no hesitation, showing Cattermole a straight red card, the seventh time in his career that the liability midfielder has been dismissed.
Down to ten men, Sunderland`s task was now even greater. Three minutes later, and still in first half added time, Sunderland were reduced to nine. David Meyler went in to challenge for the ball and knocked it away from Dossena. The former Liverpool man however attempted to stamp on the ball, missing hopelessly and connecting with Meyler`s shin. As with Cattermole, the referee had no option but to dismiss the left-back and with 45 minutes to go, 9 man Sunderland were surely out of the game.
Before Sunderland`s madness, City had taken the lead when a Rosenior cross was turned into his own goal by Carlos Cuellar under pressure from Yannick Sagbo. The Ivory Coast international went close to doubling City`s advantage but saw his shot blocked for a corner.
Sunderland rarely threatened apart from a wayward Jozy Altidore shot whilst at the other end, the result of Paul McShane clattering Keiran Westwood was for Sunderland to introduce former City keeper Vito Mannone.
As Sunderland reshuffled their pack for the second half, it was never going to be straight-forward to break down a team focusing on defending and hoping for a chance at the other end. That was as it proved as City passed patiently but often crossed from deep, making it easy for the Sunderland defence to clear. George Boyd and Tom Huddlestone both saw efforts go wide whilst Jake Livermore came closest to finding a second for City which may have led to more, shooting from outside the area against the post with Mannone beaten. German striker Nick Proschwitz was unable to turn in the rebound.
For all City`s possession, Sunderland tried to create chances and their best opportunity came ten minutes from time. A long punt from Mannone bounced over Steven Fletcher and the two defenders patrolling him, sending Adam Johnson through on goal. The England winger was through but Steve Harper advanced quickly, the former Newcastle United keeper blocking the shot to ensure City remained in-front and ultimately took all three points.
Date:Sunday November 3 2013
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