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Hull City 2-1 Reading: Tigers survive Royals fightback for first win since early April

Jarrod Bowen
Hull's opening goalscorer Jarrod Bowen scored 22 goals last season

Grant McCann oversaw his first win as Hull City manager as two early goals ensured victory at Reading.

Last season's top scorner Jarrod Bowen took five minutes to put Hull ahead as he pounced after Joao Virginia saved Kamil Grosicki's effort.

Jackson Irvine made it 2-0 soon after, heading in Bowen's cross.

Debutant Lucas Joao pulled one back, controlling John Swift's excellent ball and slotting home, before George Puscas hit the crossbar late on.

In a first half that the Tigers dominated, Hull felt they should have had a penalty between their two goals when Grosicki's cross looked to have struck the arm Andy Yiadom.

At the other end, Reading's deadline-day signing Joao hit the post with a right-footed effort a minute after his new club had gone two goals down.

The Royals had their chances after the break - appealing for a penalty early in the second half when Yakou Meite collided with the goalkeeper before the Ivorian forward sent a diving header just wide.

Romanian newcomer Puscas, who was a half-time substitute, then hit the side-netting before striking the bar from close range in a crowded penalty area in the 88th minute.

The victory ended a winless run for Hull that went back to 10 April, while the Royals have not got three points since 13 April and are one of three teams yet to get a point this season.

Hull City manager Grant McCann:

"I think my team showed both sides of us today. I thought first half we were excellent.

"I thought we showed how excellent we were in terms of our pressing, our energy, our appetite, the bite, creating chances. I think we probably could have been three or four nil up again.

"The second half I thought we showed a real dogged and rugged performance to keep the win."

Reading manager Jose Gomes:

"The first half was completely different compared to the second, and a big difference between both parts was the spirit, the way that we fight.

"We didn't do it properly in the first half and in the second half we looked a completely different team.

"Actually, in the second half we created a lot of chances, we played better, we really dominate and we cannot forget that we have a lot of new signings and we need to be patient with them because some players just trained twice with us."

Line-ups

Hull

  • 1Long
  • 2Lichaj
  • 5Burke
  • 4de WijsBooked at 30mins
  • 23KingsleyBooked at 90mins
  • 8BattySubstituted forToralat 69'minutes
  • 6Stewart
  • 36Irvine
  • 20Bowen
  • 9EavesSubstituted forDickoat 69'minutes
  • 11GrosickiSubstituted forHoneymanat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Tafazolli
  • 10Toral
  • 13Ingram
  • 14Dicko
  • 18Honeyman
  • 19Bowler
  • 25Pennington

Reading

  • 20Neves Virgínia
  • 17YiadomBooked at 60minsSubstituted forMorrisonat 90'minutes
  • 6Moore
  • 5Miazga
  • 27Richards
  • 29Tuncará GomesSubstituted forAdamat 68'minutes
  • 8Rinomhota
  • 19Meite
  • 10Swift
  • 18BoyéBooked at 39minsSubstituted forPuscasat 45'minutes
  • 31Lucas João

Substitutes

  • 1Walker
  • 4Morrison
  • 16McIntyre
  • 21Olise
  • 26Adam
  • 39Barrett
  • 47Puscas
Referee:
Matt Donohue
Attendance:
10,673

Match Stats

Home TeamHullAway TeamReading
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home14
Away13
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home23
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Hull City 2, Reading 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hull City 2, Reading 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Michael Morrison replaces Andy Yiadom.

Booking

Stephen Kingsley (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Andy Yiadom (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Stephen Kingsley (Hull City).

Attempt missed. Yakou Meite (Reading) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left following a set piece situation.

George Puscas (Reading) hits the bar with a right footed shot from very close range. Assisted by Charlie Adam with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

Andy Rinomhota (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by George Honeyman (Hull City).

Attempt saved. Jarrod Bowen (Hull City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Jarrod Bowen (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Jon Toral (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nouha Dicko.

Foul by Omar Richards (Reading).

Jarrod Bowen (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. George Puscas (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Lucas João.

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

Foul by Jon Toral (Hull City).

George Puscas (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Eric Lichaj (Hull City).

Hand ball by Charlie Adam (Reading).

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. George Honeyman replaces Kamil Grosicki.

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

Omar Richards (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kevin Stewart (Hull City).

Offside, Reading. Yakou Meite tries a through ball, but George Puscas is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Yakou Meite (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Andy Rinomhota.

Attempt missed. Yakou Meite (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Omar Richards.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by George Long.

Attempt saved. George Puscas (Reading) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Liam Moore.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Stephen Kingsley.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Stephen Kingsley.

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

Foul by Nouha Dicko (Hull City).

Lucas João (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kevin Stewart (Hull City).

Attempt blocked. Kamil Grosicki (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordy de Wijs.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Nouha Dicko replaces Tom Eaves.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Jon Toral replaces Daniel Batty.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Charlie Adam replaces Pelé.

goal

As It Stood

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14Brentford21011103
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