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Hull City 1-0 Sheffield United

Nouha Dicko
Nouha Dicko's goal was his seventh of the season, two of which came for Wolves

Hull City moved three points clear of the Championship relegation zone with a vital win over Sheffield United.

The game was briefly halted in a largely uneventful first half when home fans threw sponge balls on to the pitch in protest against the club's owners.

Nouha Dicko gave the hosts the lead with a fine finish after a neat ball from Jackson Irvine.

The Blades looked for an equaliser but home goalkeeper Allan McGregor was never really tested.

Defeat means Chris Wilder's side missed the chance to climb above Bristol City and back into the play-off places, while Hull climb above Birmingham City to 20th in the table.

Although Evandro forced a save out of Blades keeper Jamal Blackman early on, the flow of the first half was disrupted by the 20th-minute sponge ball protest, which was followed 10 minutes later by a number of home fans blowing whistles.

John Fleck fired narrowly wide for the visitors just before the break and Billy Sharp was denied by McGregor at the start of the second half as Sheffield United threatened to get on top.

But, moments after seeing a shot tipped behind by Blackman, Dicko calmly fired in from 10 yards following the resulting corner for his fifth goal for Hull since joining from Wolves in August.

The Blades struggled to create chances to get back into the game and were grateful to Blackman for keeping out Adama Diomande's header as Hull sought a second.

Hull City boss Nigel Adkins told BBC Radio Humberside:

"It was another good performance from the players, with the whole group contributing.

"That's seven undefeated now at home and the supporters played their role and got behind the team at important stages of the game.

"The players grafted their socks off and it was a well-deserved 1-0 victory."

On the protests: "I was annoyed by the stoppage because I thought we were on top. Fortunately we kept going, but it could have gone the other way.

"We could have done without it but the protests are all done now and hopefully people can sit around the table and sort it out."

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"We didn't deserve anything from the game and I'm wasting my time and energy thinking we're going to get into the top six because to produce a performance like we have with everything at stake is not good enough, and won't be good enough to get in the top six.

"I've told he players that.

"I thought we'd got ourselves back on track by winning two big games of football and thought we could go and win a third but we produced a flat performance from start to finish.

"Every part of our game was below the standards that we've set. We've not shown the qualities that are needed to get in the play-offs."

Line-ups

Hull

  • 1McGregor
  • 34Aina
  • 21Dawson
  • 50MacDonald
  • 24Clark
  • 16Larsson
  • 4IrvineBooked at 16mins
  • 20Bowen
  • 15EvandroSubstituted forStewartat 78'minutes
  • 14DiomandeSubstituted forGrosickiat 64'minutes
  • 9DickoSubstituted forCampbellat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Hector
  • 7Grosicki
  • 11Toral
  • 12Marshall
  • 25Campbell
  • 29Tomori
  • 35Stewart

Sheff Utd

  • 27Blackman
  • 6BashamSubstituted forDonaldsonat 81'minutes
  • 19Stearman
  • 5O'Connell
  • 2Baldock
  • 14LeonardSubstituted forDuffyat 63'minutes
  • 20EvansSubstituted forLundstramat 74'minutes
  • 4Fleck
  • 3Stevens
  • 9Clarke
  • 10Sharp

Substitutes

  • 1Moore
  • 7Lundstram
  • 11Donaldson
  • 18Freeman
  • 21Duffy
  • 24Lafferty
  • 32Evans
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
15,213

Match Stats

Home TeamHullAway TeamSheff Utd
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home13
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home1
Away7
Fouls
Home12
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Hull City 1, Sheffield United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hull City 1, Sheffield United 0.

Jack O'Connell (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kamil Grosicki (Hull City).

Richard Stearman (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jackson Irvine (Hull City).

Hand ball by Mark Duffy (Sheffield United).

Hand ball by Sebastian Larsson (Hull City).

Attempt missed. Kamil Grosicki (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Fraizer Campbell.

Foul by John Lundstram (Sheffield United).

Kamil Grosicki (Hull City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Kamil Grosicki (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jackson Irvine with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Clayton Donaldson replaces Chris Basham.

Attempt missed. John Lundstram (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Mark Duffy with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Angus MacDonald.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Kevin Stewart replaces Evandro.

Offside, Hull City. Max Clark tries a through ball, but Fraizer Campbell is caught offside.

Michael Dawson (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mark Duffy (Sheffield United).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. John Lundstram replaces Lee Evans.

Foul by Fraizer Campbell (Hull City).

Richard Stearman (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Fraizer Campbell replaces Nouha Dicko.

Offside, Sheffield United. George Baldock tries a through ball, but Leon Clarke is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Max Clark (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Nouha Dicko (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ola Aina.

Foul by Evandro (Hull City).

John Fleck (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Angus MacDonald (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leon Clarke (Sheffield United).

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Angus MacDonald.

Attempt blocked. Richard Stearman (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mark Duffy with a cross.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Sebastian Larsson.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Kamil Grosicki replaces Adama Diomande.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Mark Duffy replaces Ryan Leonard.

Attempt saved. Adama Diomande (Hull City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Ola Aina with a cross.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Angus MacDonald.

Goal!

Goal! Hull City 1, Sheffield United 0. Nouha Dicko (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Jackson Irvine following a corner.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Jamal Blackman.

Attempt saved. Nouha Dicko (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Evandro with a headed pass.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Friday 23rd February 2018

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves33227459263373
2Cardiff33197749272264
3Aston Villa33179749301960
4Derby331611650282259
5Fulham331511755371856
6Bristol City33141274839954
7Sheff Utd33164134639752
8Middlesbrough331561243311251
9Preston33121564032851
10Brentford331311950401050
11Leeds33137134643346
12Norwich331210113437-346
13Millwall331112103935445
14Ipswich33136144443145
15QPR33109143646-1039
16Sheff Wed33813123540-537
17Nottm Forest33114183651-1537
18Reading3289153542-733
19Bolton3389162951-2233
20Hull33711154450-632
21Birmingham3386192249-2730
22Burton3378182659-3329
23Barnsley32610163147-1628
24Sunderland33511173458-2426
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