Peter Whittingham's volley earned Cardiff a point at Hull in the battle of two of the top flight's newcomers.

Danny Graham missed a glorious chance for the home side before Curtis Davies gave Hull the lead with a stooping header from Tom Huddlestone's cross.

But Cardiff rallied after the break and equalised when Whittingham fired in a low shot from Don Cowie's cross.

Decent start to season - Bruce

Aron Gunnarsson headed wide for the visitors and Graham shot wide as both teams went close to a winner.

Graham has not scored since January and his struggles in front of goal were epitomised when he sent a late header straight at Cardiff keeper Joe Lewis.

The two teams drew 2-2 on the final day of last season as Hull secured promotion from the Championship but this game did not match the drama and tension of that occasion.

There was a different look to both sides as well, with Hull having made 11 summer signings and Cardiff eight.

The home team threatened first as the energetic Sone Aluko had a shot parried by Lewis before Graham ballooned the rebound over.

Cardiff were lacking a cutting edge, although they were denied a penalty when Kim Bo-kyung claimed he had been tripped by defender James Chester.

Analysis

"A draw was probably a fair result in a game that got better as it progressed. Curtis Davies gave Hull a half-time lead and Peter Whittingham equalised after a lovely move. Hull are still unbeaten at home in the league, while Cardiff have their first point away."

And when Bluebirds midfielder Gary Medel failed to control a through-ball on the turn for a clear sight of goal, it summed up events at the KC Stadium before Hull made the breakthrough.

Huddlestone had a low shot tipped wide by Lewis, but after the visitors failed to clear the resulting corner, the Hull midfielder crossed for Davies to nod in.

Cardiff came out of their shell more after the break as they searched for an equaliser.

Hull manager Steve Bruce was already looking at his watch on the hour mark - and he had good reason to be anxious as the visitors equalised when Whittingham ran on to Cowie's cross and beat keeper Allan McGregor with a fine left-foot volley.

Cardiff almost took the lead through Gunnarsson, but he sent a near-post header wide from a Kevin Theophile-Catherine cross.

Hull finished strongly and might have snatched the three points had Graham's finishing been better.

Hull manager Steve Bruce:

"Danny [Graham] has to stay strong - I just spoke to him about that. If you're a striker, you go through these spells.

Goal was team effort - Mackay

"You don't lose your ability but you have to stay strong. That's the Premier League - it's tough.

"I'm not going to single anyone out. A striker is judged on goals. He's finding it difficult but perhaps that's why he's here. He needs one to settle him down. Perhaps he's trying too hard because his overall game was terrific."

Cardiff manager Malky Mackay:

"I thought both teams went hard at it to try to win. We both had spells of possession and at times both had chances.

"We have got four points from losing positions so far this season and we showed great resilience.

"The goal was a beautiful move from our right-back area up until the goal. I'm very proud of the team."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (4)

Hull City

  • 01 McGregor
  • 03 Figueroa
  • 05 Chester
  • 06 Davies Booked
  • 27 Elmohamady
  • 08 Huddlestone
  • 10 Koren
  • 11 Brady (Quinn - 67' )
  • 14 Livermore
  • 09 Graham
  • 24 Aluko

Substitutes

  • 16 Jakupovic
  • 02 Rosenior
  • 04 Bruce
  • 15 McShane
  • 07 Meyler
  • 17 Boyd
  • 29 Quinn

Cardiff

  • 32 Lewis
  • 03 Taylor
  • 04 Caulker
  • 06 Turner Booked
  • 28 Theophile-Catherine
  • 07 Whittingham
  • 08 Medel
  • 13 Kim Bo-Kyung (Maynard - 46' )
  • 17 Gunnarsson
  • 19 Cowie (Mutch - 90' )
  • 10 Campbell Booked (Gestede - 65' )

Substitutes

  • 33 Moore
  • 05 Hudson
  • 16 Noone
  • 18 Mutch
  • 11 Odemwingie
  • 15 Gestede
  • 23 Maynard
Ref: Robert Madley
Att: 21,949

Match Stats

Shots

18 10

On target

5 2

Corners

6 2

Fouls

8 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:05 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +4:42

Ahmed Elmohamady produces a cross.

90:00 +4:26

Ben Turner manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +3:32

Clearance made by Maynor Figueroa.

90:00 +2:13

Danny Graham gets a header at goal. Joe Lewis catches the ball.

90:00 +2:10

The ball is delivered by Ahmed Elmohamady.

90:00 +2:02

Andrew Taylor makes a clearance.

90:00 +1:50

Shot on goal comes in from Peter Whittingham from the free kick. Allan McGregor catches the ball.

90:00 +1:07

Curtis Davies booked.

90:00 +1:07 Booking

Booking

90:00 +0:52

Curtis Davies challenges Nicky Maynard unfairly and gives away a free kick.

90:00 +0:15

Clearance by Andrew Taylor.

89:46 Substitution

Substitution Jordon Mutch joins the action as a substitute, replacing Don Cowie.

89:06

Steven Caulker makes a clearance.

88:06

Clearance made by Andrew Taylor.

87:32

Clearance made by Peter Whittingham.

87:31

Corner taken by Stephen Quinn from the right by-line.

87:07

Tom Huddlestone produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick. Tom Huddlestone has an effort at goal. Blocked by Gary Medel. Blocked by Ben Turner.

86:03

Sone Aluko fouled by Kevin Theophile-Catherine, the ref awards a free kick.

85:43

Centre by Sone Aluko.

84:41

Steven Caulker makes a clearance.

84:10

Sone Aluko takes a shot. Joe Lewis blocks the ball.

83:38

Robert Koren takes a shot and went wide left of the net.

82:30

Andrew Taylor makes a clearance.

82:09

Clearance made by Steven Caulker.

80:37

Aron Gunnarsson takes the free kick.

80:28

Maynor Figueroa challenges Nicky Maynard unfairly and gives away a free kick.

80:20

Sone Aluko delivers the ball.

79:29

Joe Lewis takes the free kick.

78:58

The assistant referee flags for offside against Sone Aluko.

78:52

Ben Turner makes a clearance.

78:47

Free kick crossed by Tom Huddlestone.

78:30

Don Cowie is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick.

78:22

Corner from the left by-line taken by Robert Koren.

78:02

Don Cowie manages to make a clearance.

78:01

Clearance made by Steven Caulker.

77:59

Ahmed Elmohamady delivers the ball.

77:00

Tom Huddlestone sends in a cross.

76:57

Clearance by Andrew Taylor.

76:53

Corner from the right by-line taken by Stephen Quinn.

76:22

Danny Graham has an effort at goal. Blocked by Steven Caulker.

76:18

Clearance made by Ben Turner.

76:17

Clearance by Peter Whittingham.

76:14

Stephen Quinn delivers the ball.

75:59

Clearance by Steven Caulker.

73:11

Ahmed Elmohamady makes a clearance.

72:59

Corner from the right by-line taken by Peter Whittingham.

70:26

Aron Gunnarsson takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.

70:16

Stephen Quinn makes a clearance.

70:14

Kevin Theophile-Catherine crosses the ball.

70:11

Nicky Maynard takes a shot. Jake Livermore gets a block in.

69:42

Ben Turner takes the free kick.

69:37

Foul by Danny Graham on Andrew Taylor, free kick awarded.

68:06

Centre by Ahmed Elmohamady.

67:19

Clearance by Curtis Davies.

66:51

Ben Turner makes a clearance.

66:49

A cross is delivered by Ahmed Elmohamady.

66:39 Substitution

Substitution Stephen Quinn is brought on as a substitute for Robbie Brady.

66:14

Ben Turner makes a clearance.

65:41

Ben Turner makes a clearance.

65:05

James Chester makes a clearance.

64:19 Substitution

Substitution (Cardiff) makes a substitution, with Rudy Gestede coming on for Fraizer Campbell.

63:46

Clearance by Ben Turner.

62:56

Kevin Theophile-Catherine makes a clearance.

62:54

The ball is delivered by Ahmed Elmohamady.

61:27

Header by Aron Gunnarsson misses right.

61:26

The ball is crossed by Kevin Theophile-Catherine.

61:07

Clearance made by Maynor Figueroa.

58:57

The assist for the goal came from Don Cowie.

58:57 Goal scored

Goal! - Peter Whittingham - Hull City 1 - 1 Cardiff Peter Whittingham scores a left footed goal. Hull 1-1 Cardiff.

58:34

Clearance by James Chester.

57:23

Free kick taken by Ahmed Elmohamady.

56:25

Don Cowie concedes a free kick for a foul on Ahmed Elmohamady.

55:38

Clearance made by Curtis Davies.

54:41

Shot by Maynor Figueroa went wide left of the target.

54:37

Robert Koren takes a shot. Blocked by Andrew Taylor.

54:36

Free kick taken by Tom Huddlestone.

53:37 Booking

Booking

53:37

The referee cautions Ben Turner for unsporting behaviour.

53:36

Foul by Ben Turner on Sone Aluko, free kick awarded.

52:44

Clearance by Maynor Figueroa.

50:24

Robbie Brady makes a clearance.

50:21

Aron Gunnarsson takes a shot. Blocked by Jake Livermore.

50:21

Curtis Davies manages to make a clearance.

50:17

Peter Whittingham crosses the ball in from the free kick.

49:53

Aron Gunnarsson fouled by Tom Huddlestone, the ref awards a free kick.

49:03

Tom Huddlestone makes a clearance.

49:03

The ball is sent over by Steven Caulker.

47:25

Corner from the left by-line taken by Robert Koren.

46:53

Maynor Figueroa has an effort at goal. Blocked by Steven Caulker.

46:06

Clearance by James Chester.

45:52

Don Cowie crosses the ball.

45:38

Clearance by Tom Huddlestone.

45:36

Peter Whittingham crosses the ball in from the free kick.

45:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Don Cowie by Maynor Figueroa.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Bo-Kyung Kim leaves the field to be replaced by Nicky Maynard.

45:00 +2:12 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +0:54

Robbie Brady crosses the ball.

45:00 +0:47

Steven Caulker manages to make a clearance.

45:00 +0:45

The ball is sent over by Ahmed Elmohamady.

43:48

Shot by Jake Livermore. Blocked by Aron Gunnarsson.

43:47

Aron Gunnarsson manages to make a clearance.

43:45

Corner taken by Robert Koren from the left by-line.

43:10

Sone Aluko takes a shot. Steven Caulker gets a block in.

42:52

Clearance made by Steven Caulker.

42:50

Sone Aluko crosses the ball.

42:45

Free kick taken by Tom Huddlestone.

42:32

Robbie Brady fouled by Kevin Theophile-Catherine, the ref awards a free kick.

41:54

Clearance by Ben Turner.

39:04

The assist for the goal came from Tom Huddlestone.

39:04 Goal scored

Goal! - Curtis Davies - Hull City 1 - 0 Cardiff Curtis Davies scores with a header. Hull 1-0 Cardiff.

38:51

Corner from the left by-line taken by Robert Koren.

38:26

Shot by Tom Huddlestone. Joe Lewis parries the effort to safety.

38:13

Kevin Theophile-Catherine manages to make a clearance.

37:49

Don Cowie delivers the ball.

35:39

Sone Aluko takes a shot and missed to the left of the net.

34:08

Clearance made by Allan McGregor.

33:01

Shot by Ahmed Elmohamady. Peter Whittingham gets a block in.

32:55

The ball is sent over by Sone Aluko.

32:36

Clearance by Ben Turner.

32:33

Sone Aluko delivers the ball.

30:53

Clearance by Ahmed Elmohamady.

30:49

The ball is swung over by Kevin Theophile-Catherine.

29:36

Clearance made by Kevin Theophile-Catherine.

27:44

A cross is delivered by Andrew Taylor.

26:35

A cross is delivered by Ahmed Elmohamady.

26:22

Curtis Davies manages to make a clearance.

25:46

Shot by Sone Aluko went wide of the left-hand post.

25:34

Clearance by James Chester.

25:07

James Chester makes a clearance.

24:29

Clearance by Steven Caulker.

24:27

Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.

23:53

Fraizer Campbell challenges Curtis Davies unfairly and gives away a free kick.

23:48

Peter Whittingham takes a shot. Blocked by James Chester.

23:30

Clearance made by James Chester.

22:39

Free kick taken by Gary Medel.

22:09

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bo-Kyung Kim by Jake Livermore.

21:39

The ball is swung over by Ahmed Elmohamady.

20:31

Clearance made by Kevin Theophile-Catherine.

20:27

Allan McGregor takes the free kick.

20:12

The assistant referee flags for offside against Ben Turner.

20:09

Free kick taken by Aron Gunnarsson.

19:41

Unfair challenge on Bo-Kyung Kim by Tom Huddlestone results in a free kick.

19:35

Kevin Theophile-Catherine makes a clearance.

19:33

Tom Huddlestone crosses the ball in from the free kick.

19:12

Fraizer Campbell goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

19:12 Booking

Booking

18:48

Unfair challenge on James Chester by Fraizer Campbell results in a free kick.

17:38

Header by Fraizer Campbell misses left.

17:35

Centre by Don Cowie.

16:59

Clearance made by Curtis Davies.

16:57

The ball is delivered by Aron Gunnarsson.

16:29

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bo-Kyung Kim by Tom Huddlestone.

16:16

Jake Livermore manages to make a clearance.

16:12

Don Cowie crosses the ball.

16:12

Corner taken by Don Cowie.

15:25

Shot by Fraizer Campbell. Blocked by Jake Livermore.

14:23

Clearance made by Kevin Theophile-Catherine.

12:56

Curtis Davies manages to make a clearance.

12:15

James Chester manages to make a clearance.

11:12

Aron Gunnarsson manages to make a clearance.

11:07

Allan McGregor takes the free kick.

10:33

Fraizer Campbell concedes a free kick for a foul on Robbie Brady.

10:23

Maynor Figueroa manages to make a clearance.

9:01

Sone Aluko restarts play with the free kick.

8:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Theophile-Catherine on Sone Aluko.

8:51

Clearance made by Curtis Davies.

7:52

Clearance by Curtis Davies.

7:47

James Chester makes a clearance.

6:02

Shot by Danny Graham went over.

5:58

Sone Aluko takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Parried by Joe Lewis back into danger.

4:53

Kevin Theophile-Catherine makes a clearance.

4:22

The ball is sent over by Kevin Theophile-Catherine.

4:18

Aron Gunnarsson has an effort at goal. Blocked by Curtis Davies.

4:13

Clearance by Maynor Figueroa.

2:38

Clearance by James Chester.

2:27

Joe Lewis takes the free kick.

2:10

The assistant referee flags for offside against Sone Aluko.

0:35

Curtis Davies manages to make a clearance.

0:31

Ben Turner manages to make a clearance.

0:12

Ben Turner makes a clearance.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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