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Hull City 0 - Stoke City 2

KC Stadium

18/11/06 3pm

Attendance: 16,940

Stoke see off the Tigers

Hull may have been on a so-called run of good results, but Stoke's run is proving longer lasting as they came away from the east coast with their second away win in eight days.

Danny Higginbotham opened the scoring in the second minute with a header from a Lee Hendrie corner. Stoke should have had a penalty later in the first half after Vincent Pericard was bundled to the ground but the home side picked up the pace a bit to make Steve Simonsen earn his keep with some great saves. A second half substitution for Lawrence saw a rare glimpse of Sam Bangoura and it was due to Bangoura's efforts that saw Darel Russell slam home the conclusive goal in the 80th minute to ensure that Stoke got their sixth win in eight matches.

Since the start of October, the Potters have picked up 18 out of a possible 24 points to rocket up the table from 21st to 7th position. Amazing really, considering that their form up to then had consisted of just one win in the first ten games.

Stoke travelled to Hull with a surprise last minute replacement for Luke Chadwick. Liam Lawrence completed the legalities of his loan move from Sunderland just before the Football League deadline of midday on Saturday and three hours later started his first game for the Potters. Stoke hope that Lawrence, following in the footsteps of the unlucky Rory Delap, will sign for the Potters at the end of his loan spell in January.

Hull City: Myhill, Ricketts, Turner, Coles, Dawson (Barmby 63), Fagan, Marney, Jarrett, Delaney, Elliott (Yeates 75), Forster (Bridges 75).
Subs not used: Duke, Livermore.

Stoke City: Simonsen, Hoefkens, Duberry, Higginbotham, Griffin (Hill 86), Lawrence (Bangoura 72), Hendrie, Diao, Russell, Sidibe, Pericard (Brammer 61).
Subs not used: Paterson, Pulis.

Star Player

Darel Russell has been a revelation since Hendrie and Diao joined him in midfield. Another good performance saw him collect his fourth goal of the season and second in two games.




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The Journalist

Writer: Chris Baldwin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday November 19 2006

Time: 4:16PM

Your Comments

Not much of a report, failing to mention the many chances Hull had and the fact the game was probably a draw. You were a good team but nothing special. Second goal was deflected as you caught us pushing for the equaliser.
mdjw_41
"The game was probably a draw" - how do you work that out then? I was there and I reckon we scored two more goals than Hull and a check in the paper confirms this! Our second goal was deflected!!! What? Really? How amazing of you to spot this with your amazing visual powers! Does this make some sort of difference? Is it onlly worth half a goal or summat? :-)
fornside
 

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