Premier League - Vydra earns West Brom point against Hull

Premier League, The Hawthorns - West Bromwich Albion 1 (Vydra 86), Hull City 1 (Livermore 28)

Premier League - Vydra earns West Brom point against Hull
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West Bromwich Albion-Hull - Berahino Huddlestone

A late goal by West Bromwich Albion’s Matej Vydra secured a point for the home side in their first match since manager Steve Clarke was sacked last week. 

Hull City went ahead after half an hour when Jake Livermore slotted a right footed shot into the bottom corner.  The goal came from a speedy charge down the pitch by Danny Graham who laid off to Livermore - who slotted it into the bottom right hand corner. 

After a messy start, Hull became the far more organised side winning the midfield battles and pressing forward with aggression and intent.  They were particularly impressive in defence looking very solid and organised throughout.  

After the break, the home side looked completely different playing with more pace and intent.  The first ten minutes after the break saw a barrage of shots from the home side which were either deflected or saved easily.  It was the introduction of Saido Berahino, the club’s leading scorer in all competitions, that gave the Baggies a better shape and more impetus to press forward. 

Hull, leading 1-0, weathered the storm of the first 15 minutes of the second half remaining solid in defence.   They came back into the game with a couple of breaks led by Graham down the wing.   Goalkeeper Ben Foster made two excellent saves in quick succession in the 69th minute after the ball dropped into the path of Tom Huddlestone on the left and then rebound shot by Ahmed Elmohamady was also blocked.        

West Brom had their fair share of chances throughout the second half.  The best coming in the 55th minute from a corner which allowed Youssouf Mulumbu to take a shot on target which was sent just wide by the outstretched foot of Tom Huddlestone.   

Caretaker manager Keith Downing’s 68th minute substitution to bring on Vydra proved vital as he popped in the equaliser in the 86th minute giving the home side only their third point in the last seven games.  

KEY MOMENTS

5’ CORNER for West Brom after a neatly worked move down the left with both Olsson and McAuley forward.

29’ GOAL Livermore puts Hull ahead with a classic counter attacking goal. Danny Graham with a charge forward before slotting it through to Livermore who strikes with his right foot into the bottom corner.

36’ HULL CORNER Floated in front of goal but cleared by West Brom head who then look to go on a counter attack as Hull did for the goal but are dispossessed.

40’ YELLOW CARD First card of the game given to Hull’s Meyler for a high and rash challenge on Mulumbu. He protests because he did get a good chunk of the ball but it is deemed dangerous nonetheless.

64’ YELLOW CARD Billy Jones goes in the book after a crunching tackle on Figueroa. The ball was racing away but the Hull full-back clattered into Figueroa with the subtlety of a steam train

66’ DOUBLE SAVE By England’s Ben Foster on his return after injury.

68’ WBA SUBSTITUTION Sessegnon off. Vydra on

86’ GOAL: Fired in by Vydra. A lovely goal worked well by Mulumbu slipping the ball to Long who worked it round the back and then a perfectly weighted lay off to Vydra who fired it home.

89’ YELLOW CARD for Gera after he brings down Figueroa

MATCHCAST: FULL COMMENTARY AND STATS

Talking point

Hull have won only 1 of their last 33 Premier League away matches but today looked very well organised and incredibly solid in defence but even against a West Brom team low on confidence and with a terrible recent run, Hull still couldn’t clinch the three points.

Man of the Match

Ben Foster’s double save in the 66th minute kept his side in the game. They were world class reaction saves first blocking the shot by Huddlestone from the left and then the rebound shot by Elmohamady coming in from the right. He kept his side in the match on a couple of other occasions too despite some good pressure from Hull.

Match in a tweet

Boba Fett  ‏@Barnaby19964m - To be manager-less and on the back of a four defeat streak, and to be one down for so long, rescuing the point is a great result. #wba

Key Stat

17 of the 20 league goals Hull have conceded this season have come in away games.

Player ratings

West Bromwich Albion: Foster 7, Jones (Billy) 7, McAuley 7, Olsson 6, Ridgewell 6, Morrison 7, Brunt 6, Mulumbu 5, Sessegnon 6, Long 7, Sinclair 7. Vydra 8, Berahino 7, Gera 5

Hull City: McGregor 7, Bruce 7, Chester 6, Davies 7, Figueroa 5, Meyler 7, Huddlestone 7, Livermore 6, Elmohamady 6, Graham 5, Sagbo 6, Fryatt 5, Boyd 6.

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