The FA Cup - Fourth Round
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Hull City 2-1 Nottingham Forest

By Jay FreemanBBC Sport

Hull City sealed an FA Cup fifth-round place with victory against Championship rivals Nottingham Forest.

Jarrod Bowen put Hull in front when he worked past Michael Mancienne and prodded home off the woodwork.

Nouha Dicko headed the hosts 2-0 up from close range, while Mustapha Carayol spurned the chance to pull one back when he headed wide minutes later.

Apostolos Vellios did get a goal back with a neat finish late on from Matty Cash's delivery, but it was not enough.

The result is only Hull City's third win in their past 17 competitive matches, with their most recent victory being their 1-0 win against Blackburn in the third round.

Nigel Adkins' side had the chance to take an early lead when Marcus Henriksen's free-kick forced a save from Forest goalkeeper Jordan Smith.

Just before he gave the hosts a 1-0 lead, Bowen almost scored an outrageous lob from 40 yards when he caught Smith off his line, but his effort ultimately cannoned off the post.

Bowen has scored 12 goals in all competitions for Hull City so far this term, which is twice as many goals scored as any of his teammates.

After Dicko extended the hosts' lead, he came close to finding his second and Hull's third just after the break when he fired from outside the box and the ball rebounded off Smith and out of play just before it ran into the path of Michael Hector.

Hull keeper David Marshall pulled off an incredible save with 15 minutes left when he tipped Joe Worrall's powerful header from inside the box over the bar.

But Forest couldn't replicate the form that saw them knock out Arsenal in the previous round.

Hull City boss Nigel Adkins told BBC Radio Humberside:

"I'm pleased we won. it was well deserved. We had a lot of opportunities again and I'm pleased about that. I'm happy we took two goals.

"For me it was a good performance from the players but as a collective team there was a lot of spirit about everybody.

"We created a lot of opportunities to win the game and the supporters were right behind everybody as well."

Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"I think it was clear that we came here thinking it was going to be an easy game. We can't forget that most of Hull's players are Premier League players.

"[Hull] showed that they were much more mature. We need to improve and we need to grow, especially in personality. We need to learn, we need to keep going. Stupid mistakes cost us the game.

"When you are not experienced enough, you think that because you have won one important game, the following game is going to be easy. I told them before the game but you can learn when you are more mature."



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 12Marshall
  • 34Aina
  • 5Hector
  • 3MazuchBooked at 90mins
  • 24Clark
  • 22Henriksen
  • 35Stewart
  • 20Bowen
  • 4IrvineSubstituted forBattyat 87'minutes
  • 14DiomandeSubstituted forGrosickiat 71'minutes
  • 9DickoSubstituted forKeaneat 63'minutes


  • 1McGregor
  • 7Grosicki
  • 18Batty
  • 19Keane
  • 21Dawson
  • 25Campbell
  • 29Tomori

Nottm Forest

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 43Smith
  • 2Lichaj
  • 42WorrallBooked at 90mins
  • 4Mancienne
  • 13FoxBooked at 25mins
  • 11Osborn
  • 31BouchalakisSubstituted forVaughanat 45'minutes
  • 14Cash
  • 20Dowell
  • 18CarayolSubstituted forCloughat 45'minutes
  • 17BreretonSubstituted forVelliosat 81'minutes


  • 5Mills
  • 10McKay
  • 16Clough
  • 24Vaughan
  • 27Darikwa
  • 30Henderson
  • 39Vellios
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hull City 2, Nottingham Forest 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hull City 2, Nottingham Forest 1.

  3. Booking

    Joe Worrall (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Booking

    Ondrej Mazuch (Hull City) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Offside, Hull City. Markus Henriksen tries a through ball, but Will Keane is caught offside.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Joe Worrall.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kamil Grosicki (Hull City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jarrod Bowen.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Joe Worrall (Nottingham Forest).

  9. Post update

    Jarrod Bowen (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Hull City 2, Nottingham Forest 1. Apostolos Vellios (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matthew Cash with a cross.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Hull City. Daniel Batty replaces Jackson Irvine.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kamil Grosicki (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jarrod Bowen (Hull City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kamil Grosicki.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Michael Mancienne (Nottingham Forest).

  15. Post update

    Will Keane (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Apostolos Vellios replaces Ben Brereton.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kamil Grosicki (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kieran Dowell (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Osborn following a set piece situation.

  19. Post update

    Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Jackson Irvine (Hull City).


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