Ryan Shawcross rescued a point for Stoke against 10-man Hull with a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw at the KC Stadium.
The visiting captain forced the ball over the line after Phil Bardsley had saw a volley come crashing off a post on 83 minutes with goalkeeper Allan McGregor failing to grasp the loose ball after it had spun off the frame of the goal.
Croatia forward Nikica Jelavic had struck his first home goal for Hull on 42 minutes after James Chester was correctly red carded by referee Jonathan Moss for a last-man challenge on Mame Biram Diouf on 14 minutes.
Hull manager Steve Bruce will perhaps rue two points dropped as the home side did not look in great danger despite their numerical disadvantage while the visitors were wrongly awarded a throw-in prior to Shawcross's equalising goal.
The ball clearly came off Erik Pieters out wide, but Moss and his officials somehow awarded Stoke a throw-in, and seconds later the visitors were level at 1-1 for their first league point of the season. Much to the disbelief of Bruce and the home players.
15' - RED CARD! Hull down to 10 men with Chester taking out Whelan. Last man tackle. Was an awful pass really, and the defender had to make the challenge.
39' - BOJAN ARRIVES: Whelan departs the scene to be replaced by Bojan to impress in his second competitive game in the English top flight.
42' - GOAL! Jelavic finishes from close range. Begovic spills the Huddlestone shot, but the Croatia forward follows up to net. A 1-0 lead for Hull. The 10 men lead.
50' - CHANCE! Marko Arnautovic can't direct a volley on target after Peter Odemwingie had raced beyond Robertson. Smart piece of wing play by the Nigerian international. Was a real chance there, but not snapped up.
52' - CHANCE! Marko Arnautovic with a short free-kick to Shawcross, but his shot is grabbed by McGregor. Smart stop. Better from Stoke.
64' - CHANCE! Chance for Crouch to unload a shot, but McShane gets a block in before Diouf heads wide of goal. Story really of how this match has worked out for Stoke against 10 men.
67' - SHOT! McGregor makes a fine stop from an Adam left-foot shot from distance. That was travelling, but the goalkeeper managed to claw it over the bar.
83' - GOAL! Stoke are level at 1-1. Eventually the 10 men buckle as Shawcross prods home after an almighty scramble. Bardsley with the effort that came back off the post before Shawcross popped up to tap into the empty rigging. Bit of confusion among the players, but technology eventually gave the match official the decision that was right. Mark Hughes looking a bit happier now. Steve Bruce disgusted. Stoke were wrongly awarded a throw-in prior to the goal that brought them the equaliser.
Hull City v Stoke City - KC Stadium (PA Sport)
Hull have never lost a Premier League home match in which they held the lead at HT (W8-D6).
Stoke have now failed to keep a clean sheet for 12 consecutive Premier League away matches, while Hull prevent a three-match goalless streak, in PL home matches, for the first time since April-May 2010.
Nikica Jelavic scored his first Premier League home goal since March 2013, when he scored in a 2-0 win over Man City for Everton.
Will Bojan make the grade in the Premier League? Bojan was introduced for Glenn Whelan to try to cut open Hull as they dropped deeper and deeper. To be fair, he provided the cross ball that led to his side's equaliser, but was also booked and the jury is still out on whether or not he can fit in at a club like Stoke. He is very much a luxury signing by Stoke manager Mark Hughes, but much of his threat will depend upon Stoke improving from the levels they are performing at. Hull appear to have a greater team and work ethic.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Paul McShane (Hull City): A mindful performance from the Ireland international in ensuring Stoke could not find a way through. A no-nonsense performance from McShane. Much like Hull's overall performance.
Hull City: McGregor 7, Chester 5, Davies 7, McShane 8, Elmohamady 7, Robertson 7, Huddlestone 6, Livermore 6, Quinn 6, Ince 5, Jelavic 7. Subs: Rosenior 6, Meyler 6, Boyd 6.
Stoke City: Begovic 7; Bardsley 7, Shawcross 7, Wilson 6, Pieters 6; Odemwingie 8, N'Zonzi 6, Whelan 5, Sidwell 5, Arnautovic 5, Diouf 5. Subs: Adam 7, Crouch 6, Bojan 6.
THE MATCH IN A TWEET
- Sports & Recreation
- Ryan Shawcross
- Nikica Jelavic
- Steve Bruce
- Phil Bardsley
- Marko Arnautovic
- Mame Biram Diouf