Robert Koren's superb goal earned Hull City victory against a Portsmouth side who had Luke Varney sent off.

Koren, who celebrated the birth of his daughter this week, scored with a stunning long-range effort after just 11 minutes to give Hull a deserved win.

Pompey's hopes of turning things around suffered a major blow in the 78th minute when Varney was dismissed for a foul on James Chester.

Hull held firm to earn a third-straight 1-0 victory and climb to eighth place.

Hull City boss Nigel Pearson talks to BBC Radio Humberside

Portsmouth manager Steve Cotterill talks to BBC Radio Solent

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Hull

  • 01 Basso
  • 02 Rosenior
  • 05 Chester
  • 06 Hobbs
  • 19 Dudgeon
  • 04 McKenna
  • 10 Koren
  • 14 Cairney
  • 09 Mclean (Fryatt - 81' )
  • 17 Brady (Barmby - 89' )
  • 28 Waghorn

Substitutes

  • 24 Gulacsi
  • 08 Evans
  • 18 Barmby
  • 12 Fryatt
  • 22 Adebola

Portsmouth

  • 01 Ashdown
  • 02 Ward
  • 05 Pearce
  • 15 Halford
  • 26 Ben-Haim Booked
  • 04 Mokoena (Williams - 77' )
  • 08 Mullins
  • 10 Huseklepp (Kanu - 61' )
  • 19 Norris
  • 11 Varney Dismissed
  • 25 Mwaruwari (Futacs - 87' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Henderson
  • 03 Rocha
  • 17 Williams
  • 09 Futacs
  • 27 Kanu
Ref: Haines
Att: 18,311

Match Stats

Shots

17 5

On target

7 0

Corners

5 3

Fouls

11 15

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:31 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +1:40

Tom Cairney fouled by Marko Futacs, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Adriano Basso.

90:00 +0:51

Free kick awarded for a foul by Marko Futacs on Jack Hobbs. Adriano Basso takes the free kick.

89:32

Close range shot by Marko Futacs goes over the bar.

88:26 Substitution

Substitution Nick Barmby joins the action as a substitute, replacing Robbie Brady.

87:21

David Norris is penalised for a handball. Direct free kick taken by Liam Rosenior.

86:55

Joe Dudgeon crosses the ball.

86:04 Substitution

Substitution (Portsmouth) makes a substitution, with Marko Futacs coming on for Benjani Mwaruwari.

85:23

Shot from just outside the penalty area by Robbie Brady misses to the left of the target.

83:03

Robbie Brady takes a shot. Save by Jamie Ashdown. Inswinging corner taken by Tom Cairney from the right by-line, Effort on goal by Martyn Waghorn from inside the box misses to the right of the target.

80:00

Free kick crossed by Tom Cairney, Tal Ben-Haim manages to make a clearance.

80:00 Substitution

Substitution Matt Fryatt comes on in place of Aaron Mclean.

80:00 Booking

Booking Tal Ben-Haim goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

79:01

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robbie Brady by Tal Ben-Haim.

77:42

Adriano Basso takes the free kick.

77:42 Dismissal

Dismissal The referee shows Luke Varney a red card for violent conduct.

77:35

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Chester by Luke Varney.

76:37

Indirect free kick taken by Jamie Ashdown.

76:37 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Williams joins the action as a substitute, replacing Aaron Mokoena.

76:37

Foul by Aaron Mclean on Jason Pearce, free kick awarded.

73:54

Outswinging corner taken by David Norris from the right by-line, Close range header by Greg Halford goes over the crossbar.

72:25

The referee blows for offside against Benjani Mwaruwari. Free kick taken by Adriano Basso.

71:54

Paul McKenna takes a shot. Jamie Ashdown makes a save.

68:24

Inswinging corner taken by Tom Cairney.

68:12

Robbie Brady takes a shot. Jamie Ashdown makes a save.

64:15

James Chester fouled by Benjani Mwaruwari, the ref awards a free kick. Liam Rosenior takes the direct free kick.

63:33

Close range effort by Benjani Mwaruwari goes wide of the right-hand upright.

62:30

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tom Cairney on Nwankwo Kanu. Aaron Mokoena takes the indirect free kick.

62:12

The ball is swung over by Martyn Waghorn, clearance made by Aaron Mokoena.

60:26

Jamie Ashdown takes the free kick.

60:26 Substitution

Substitution (Portsmouth) makes a substitution, with Nwankwo Kanu coming on for Erik Huseklepp.

60:26

Foul by Robbie Brady on Joel Ward, free kick awarded.

59:52

Robbie Brady takes a shot. Save by Jamie Ashdown. Corner taken by Robert Koren played to the near post, clearance by Benjani Mwaruwari.

59:21

A cross is delivered by Robbie Brady, Tom Cairney takes a shot. Save by Jamie Ashdown.

57:39

The ball is delivered by Tal Ben-Haim, clearance by James Chester.

57:17

Centre by Luke Varney, James Chester makes a clearance.

56:11

Aaron Mclean concedes a free kick for a foul on Aaron Mokoena. Greg Halford takes the free kick.

55:39

The referee penalises Erik Huseklepp for handball. Indirect free kick taken by Adriano Basso.

55:01

Corner taken by David Norris from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by James Chester.

54:02

Effort from deep inside the area by Martyn Waghorn misses to the right of the target.

53:20

Centre by Tal Ben-Haim.

51:58

Benjani Mwaruwari gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack Hobbs. Adriano Basso takes the indirect free kick.

50:55

Hayden Mullins challenges Martyn Waghorn unfairly and gives away a free kick. Martyn Waghorn takes the direct free kick.

49:48

Robbie Brady produces a cross, clearance by Jason Pearce.

49:30

Martyn Waghorn delivers the ball.

47:35

Greg Halford concedes a free kick for a foul on Martyn Waghorn. Free kick crossed right-footed by Robert Koren, blocked by Greg Halford. The ball is delivered by Joe Dudgeon, Jason Pearce makes a clearance.

46:57

Joel Ward sends in a cross.

45:44

Free kick awarded for a foul by Aaron Mclean on Jason Pearce. Greg Halford restarts play with the free kick.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +1:20 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

44:11

Foul by Aaron Mclean on Aaron Mokoena, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jamie Ashdown.

43:41

Luke Varney gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Rosenior. Adriano Basso takes the indirect free kick.

43:12

Shot by Robbie Brady from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.

42:26

Robbie Brady takes a shot. Blocked by Hayden Mullins. Corner taken by Tom Cairney from the right by-line to the near post, Tal Ben-Haim manages to make a clearance.

41:29

A cross is delivered by Robbie Brady, Greg Halford manages to make a clearance.

39:46

Unfair challenge on Adriano Basso by Erik Huseklepp results in a free kick. Adriano Basso takes the free kick.

38:59

The assistant referee flags for offside against Aaron Mclean. Free kick taken by Jamie Ashdown.

37:27

Unfair challenge on Hayden Mullins by Paul McKenna results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jason Pearce.

36:51

Tom Cairney takes a shot. Save by Jamie Ashdown.

35:57

Robert Koren produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.

35:27

Robert Koren delivers the ball, clearance made by Tal Ben-Haim.

34:39

Unfair challenge on Aaron Mclean by Hayden Mullins results in a free kick. Robert Koren takes the direct free kick.

32:38

Aaron Mclean gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Greg Halford. Jamie Ashdown takes the indirect free kick.

31:55

The ball is crossed by Tal Ben-Haim, Jack Hobbs manages to make a clearance.

31:02

Hayden Mullins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul McKenna. Jack Hobbs takes the free kick.

30:31

The ball is swung over by Erik Huseklepp, James Chester manages to make a clearance.

29:45

The ball is crossed by Luke Varney. Erik Huseklepp produces a cross, Liam Rosenior makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by David Norris, Robbie Brady manages to make a clearance.

27:29

Corner taken by Tom Cairney from the right by-line. Tom Cairney crosses the ball, Greg Halford makes a clearance.

21:41

Liam Rosenior gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luke Varney. Greg Halford takes the indirect free kick.

20:35

Martyn Waghorn challenges Jason Pearce unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Jamie Ashdown.

18:47

Liam Rosenior has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

16:36

Centre by Robbie Brady.

16:04

Luke Varney is ruled offside. Adriano Basso restarts play with the free kick.

14:48

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robert Koren by David Norris. Free kick taken by Liam Rosenior.

13:22

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Martyn Waghorn by Jason Pearce. A cross is delivered by Tom Cairney, Header from deep inside the area by Robbie Brady goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

12:09

The ball is crossed by Greg Halford, clearance by Jack Hobbs. Benjani Mwaruwari is caught offside. Adriano Basso takes the indirect free kick.

11:18

Unfair challenge on Aaron Mokoena by Robert Koren results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by David Norris from right wing, clearance by James Chester.

10:05

Assist on the goal came from Tom Cairney.

10:05 Goal scored

Goal! - Robert Koren - Hull 1 - 0 Portsmouth A goal is scored by Robert Koren from outside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hull 1-0 Portsmouth.

9:02

The ball is sent over by Martyn Waghorn, clearance made by Greg Halford.

7:08

Robert Koren takes a shot. Martyn Waghorn is ruled offside. Jamie Ashdown restarts play with the free kick.

6:15

The ball is swung over by Erik Huseklepp, Header from deep inside the area by Benjani Mwaruwari goes over the bar.

3:55

Joel Ward challenges Robert Koren unfairly and gives away a free kick. Robert Koren crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Jamie Ashdown.

2:23

The ball is delivered by Aaron Mokoena, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Benjani Mwaruwari misses to the left of the goal.

1:16

Tom Cairney takes a shot.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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