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Hull City 3-1 Reading: Tigers battle back to keep play-off hopes alive

Kamil Grosicki
Kamil Grosicki has scored four goals in his past two games for Hull City

Hull City came from behind to beat struggling Reading and keep their play-off hopes alive.

The Royals took the lead against the run of play when Chelsea loanee Lewis Baker thumped home a brilliant shot from outside the area.

Kamil Grosicki levelled for the hosts with a cool finish that went in off the post before Marc Pugh made it 2-1 with a close-range finish after Emi Martinez kept out Jarrod Bowen's initial effort.

Grosicki made the points safe with another composed strike after Fraizer Campbell played him in on goal.

Victory for Nigel Adkins' men leaves them five points outside the play-off places, while Reading are one point clear of the relegation zone.

In Pole Grosicki, the Tigers have one of the division's form players, as his double against the Royals brought his tally to four goals from two games.

But Reading will be left wondering what might have been.

Tigers forward Pugh nearly inadvertently made it 2-0 when he headed a Baker free-kick against his own post before the break and Royals winger Mo Barrow was denied by a superb save from David Marshall when it was 1-1.

Jose Manuel Gomes' men now face a tough trip to league leaders Norwich on Wednesday, while Hull host struggling Wigan on the same evening.

Hull City manager Nigel Adkins told BBC Radio Humberside:

"We started the first half ever so well. I thought we were good...just that final bit of putting the ball in the back of the net was lacking.

"They have gone and scored an excellent strike for the goal, but we kept our composure.

"At half-time it was a clear message, we just had to keep doing the right thing.

"We were clinical. It was an excellent three points. We played some entertaining football and it keeps us right in the mix."

Reading manager Jose Manuel Gomes told BBC Radio Berkshire:

"(It was a) difficult afternoon. Last weekend we were very happy because we did well, we won our game.

"All our direct opponents lost points, but last weekend we were not the best team in the world and now we are not the worst team the world.

"The situation is what it is. This happened, we did the mistakes that we did. In football we cannot relax even for one second.

"I think today for the few seconds we lost the focus we gave the goals to them."

Line-ups

Hull

  • 1Marshall
  • 17Kane
  • 5Burke
  • 4de WijsBooked at 15mins
  • 2Lichaj
  • 20Bowen
  • 22Henriksen
  • 16IrvineBooked at 73mins
  • 14GrosickiSubstituted forStewartat 89'minutes
  • 8PughSubstituted forEvandroat 86'minutes
  • 25CampbellSubstituted forMartinat 85'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 6Stewart
  • 7Evandro
  • 12Long
  • 18Batty
  • 27McKenzie
  • 29Martin
  • 36Ridgewell

Reading

  • 26MartínezBooked at 45mins
  • 3Yiadom
  • 19Miazga
  • 6Moore
  • 24BlackettBooked at 90mins
  • 35Rinomhota
  • 16Baker
  • 21MeiteSubstituted forLoaderat 78'minutes
  • 18Ejaria
  • 17BarrowSubstituted forHarriottat 78'minutes
  • 22OliveiraSubstituted forMcClearyat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Gunter
  • 12McCleary
  • 15Harriott
  • 28Walker
  • 38Kelly
  • 39Barrett
  • 43Loader
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
11,268

Match Stats

Home TeamHullAway TeamReading
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home16
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Hull City 3, Reading 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hull City 3, Reading 1.

Attempt missed. Jarrod Bowen (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Evandro.

Booking

Tyler Blackett (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Tyler Blackett (Reading).

Foul by Markus Henriksen (Hull City).

Garath McCleary (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Chris Martin (Hull City) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Kevin Stewart (Hull City).

Andy Rinomhota (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Hull City. Jackson Irvine tries a through ball, but Jarrod Bowen is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Kevin Stewart replaces Kamil Grosicki.

Foul by Jarrod Bowen (Hull City).

Liam Moore (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Evandro replaces Marc Pugh.

Attempt missed. Lewis Baker (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Andy Rinomhota.

Attempt saved. Callum Harriott (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Chris Martin replaces Fraizer Campbell.

Foul by Markus Henriksen (Hull City).

Lewis Baker (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Markus Henriksen (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Kamil Grosicki.

Attempt blocked. Lewis Baker (Reading) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Callum Harriott with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Danny Loader replaces Yakou Meite.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Callum Harriott replaces Modou Barrow.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Garath McCleary replaces Nélson Oliveira.

Goal!

Goal! Hull City 3, Reading 1. Kamil Grosicki (Hull City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Fraizer Campbell with a through ball following a fast break.

Booking

Jackson Irvine (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jackson Irvine (Hull City).

Andy Rinomhota (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Tyler Blackett.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Andy Yiadom (Reading) because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Hull City 2, Reading 1. Marc Pugh (Hull City) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.

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

Corner, Reading. Conceded by David Marshall.

Attempt saved. Modou Barrow (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andy Rinomhota.

Foul by Jarrod Bowen (Hull City).

Lewis Baker (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Liam Moore.

goal

As It Stood

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2Sheff Utd40238967373077
3Leeds402371066422476
4West Brom4020101075522370
5Aston Villa401615973561763
6Bristol City391711115142962
7Derby391612115548760
8Middlesbrough401513124136558
9Nottm Forest401415115547857
10Preston401512135953657
11Hull40169155957257
12Sheff Wed401414124954-556
13Swansea39158165249353
14Brentford401312156356751
15Stoke401118113842-451
16Blackburn401211175363-1047
17Birmingham401314135652444
18QPR40128204665-1944
19Wigan401011194359-1641
20Millwall391010194558-1340
21Reading40913184360-1740
22Rotherham40815174368-2539
23Bolton4088242966-3732
24Ipswich40415213265-3327
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