The first half was hugely dull, with barely any chances created.
Hull’s best chance came when Ahmed Elmohamady volleyed a clearance at goal from outside the area, but Asmir Begovic was equal to the challenge, tipping the ball over. Yannick Sagbo went close twice, bringing a save from a shot low and to the near post, and then shooting over after controlling Danny Graham’s flick-on.
In the second half, Hull had the clearest chance when Elmohamady headed a Maynor Figueroa cross straight at Begovic. Jake Livermore also went close with a couple of long-range shots.
For Stoke, Stephen Ireland smashed a poor Curtis Davies close wide of goal. Ireland was also only just offside when he had a goal correctly disallowed. With 15 minutes remaining, Peter Crouch brought a great stop from Allan McGregor, and Ryan Shawcross headed against the bar. Instead of either side rallying towards the end, the game petered out to a dull draw.
12’ - ELMOHAMADY VOLLEY - Peter Crouch heads a corner away, but the Egyptian’s follow up shot is tipped over.
21’ - SAGBO CHANCE - Elmohamady pulls the ball back from the byline and Sagbo shoots low and at the near post, but Begovic blocks it out for a corner.
43’ - SAGBO VOLLEY - Controlling Graham’s flick-on with his thigh, he then leathers the ball over the bar.
60’ - ELMOHAMADY HEADER - Figueroa sends in a cross to the back post, but the winger’s header is straight at Begovic.
68’ - IRELAND SHOT - Davies heads a corner towards the sidelines, but Ireland pounces and slams the ball a couple of yards wide.
71’ - DISALLOWED GOAL - Ireland pokes a rebound into the goal after Crouch’s header is saved, but he’s just a fraction offside.
75’ - STOKE GO CLOSE - Ireland whips in a cross from the right, but Crouch’s shot is turned behind by McGregor. From the corner, Shawcross heads against the bar.
Hull have lost just one of their last nine Barclays Premier League home games.
Stoke City have lost just one of their last seven Barclays Premier League matches.
Hull City dominated the early stages of possession, getting up to 64%, but by the end of the half it was an even split.
Was this the most boring match of the season? Neither side seemed interested in anything else but making sure they didn’t lose, and that resulted in a startling lack of ambition and attacking play for the match.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Assaidi (Stoke City): The most technically able player on the pitch, his close control and incisive runs forward would have benefitted a better set of team-mates, but even he was unimpressive.
HULL: McGregor 6, Chester 6, Bruce 6, Davies 6, Figueroa 6, Elmohamady 6, Meyler 6, Huddlestone 6, Livermore 6, Sagbo 6, Graham 6. Subs: Rosenior 6, Brady 6, Boyd 6.
STOKE: Begovic 6, Muniesa 6, Whelan 6, Arnautovic 6, Wilson 6, N’Zonzi 6, Shawcross 6, Cameron 6, Assaidi 6, Ireland 6, Crouch 6. Subs: Pieters 6, Palacios 6, Adam 6.
THE MATCH IN A TWEET
- Sports & Recreation
- Hull City
- Stoke City
- Asmir Begovic
- Ahmed Elmohamady
- Ryan Shawcross
- Stephen Ireland