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Hull City 0-1 Blackburn Rovers: Derrick Williams goal gives Rovers win

Penalty save
Jarrod Bowen's first-half penalty was saved by Rovers goalkeeper Christian Walton

Hull City were made to pay for missing a first-half penalty as a Derrick Williams header saw Blackburn Rovers to victory in an absorbing Championship contest.

Williams gave Rovers the lead just after the hour mark, flicking home a floated Stewart Downing free-kick in a result which gave the visitors a third straight league win over the Tigers.

It came after Jarrod Bowen's penalty was terrifically saved by Christian Walton, during a frantic opening 45 minutes in which the woodwork was struck five times.

But Grant McCann's men failed to take their chances throughout the match, meaning Williams' goal saw Rovers home.

Williams goal
Derrick Williams scored the only goal of the game after an hour

After a quiet opening 12 minutes, the hosts were given the perfect opportunity to take the lead when Bradley Johnson fouled Jackson Irvine inside the area.

Bowen's penalty was fiercely struck, but Walton dived well to his left to punch the ball away, keeping the game goalless.

Both Daniel Batty and Kamil Grosicki came close for Hull during an entertaining first half, in which Blackburn hit the bar twice and the post once through Johnson and Downing.

Williams also produced a decisive defensive contribution in the final minute of added time, making a superb defensive clearance as Hull pressured Rovers for an equaliser that never came.

Hull City manager Grant McCann told BBC Radio Humberside:

"I thought the performance was OK, but we didn't test their keeper enough. We got into good areas and caused them problems, but didn't find that killer instinct. We were sloppy around their penalty area, but we will have to get back to the drawing board.

"With the attacking players we have at this football club, we should not be coming in with one or two shots on target.

"The penalty miss would have put us in a better place, but there was still a long way to go in the game.

"We were very disappointed to lose a goal to a set play - we work very hard on the training ground on that."

Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Christian Walton told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"Not many teams come to Ewood Park and have that many chances, so credit to us for coming here and breaking the lines and playing well in attack.

"We had a disappointing start, so to get two wins back-to-back against two established Championship teams is good for our confidence.

"Jarrod Bowen's got a good penalty record, I watched his videos today, and I like to think I'm a student of the game and study people's weaknesses.

"The back four were really solid tonight, and we're all singing off the same hymn sheet defensively."

Line-ups

Hull

  • 1Long
  • 16McKenzieSubstituted forDa Silva Lopesat 73'minutes
  • 5Burke
  • 4de Wijs
  • 23KingsleyBooked at 61mins
  • 20Bowen
  • 8BattySubstituted forBowlerat 67'minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 6StewartBooked at 38mins
  • 11Grosicki
  • 36Irvine
  • 9EavesBooked at 53minsSubstituted forMagennisat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Tafazolli
  • 10Toral
  • 13Ingram
  • 19Bowler
  • 21Fleming
  • 27Magennis
  • 37Da Silva Lopes

Blackburn

  • 1Walton
  • 31Bennett
  • 26LenihanBooked at 81mins
  • 3Williams
  • 5Cunningham
  • 4Johnson
  • 27Travis
  • 9GallagherSubstituted forGrahamat 64'minutes
  • 23DackSubstituted forRothwellat 73'minutes
  • 19Downing
  • 7ArmstrongSubstituted forBuckleyat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Nyambe
  • 8Rothwell
  • 10Graham
  • 13Leutwiler
  • 17Bell
  • 29Evans
  • 39Buckley
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
10,240

Match Stats

Home TeamHullAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home12
Away13
Shots on Target
Home1
Away5
Corners
Home1
Away8
Fouls
Home19
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Hull City 0, Blackburn Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hull City 0, Blackburn Rovers 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. John Buckley replaces Adam Armstrong.

Attempt missed. Leonardo Da Silva Lopes (Hull City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Kamil Grosicki with a cross.

Attempt missed. Bradley Johnson (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Hand ball by Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers).

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Kevin Stewart.

Attempt missed. Jarrod Bowen (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Josh Magennis with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

Booking

Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers).

Josh Magennis (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Josh Bowler (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Greg Cunningham (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Josh Bowler (Hull City).

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Jordy de Wijs.

Attempt blocked. Josh Bowler (Hull City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jackson Irvine.

Lewis Travis (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kamil Grosicki (Hull City).

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by George Long.

Attempt saved. Greg Cunningham (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stewart Downing.

Attempt saved. Stewart Downing (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lewis Travis.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Leonardo Da Silva Lopes replaces Robbie McKenzie.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Joe Rothwell replaces Bradley Dack.

Bradley Johnson (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kevin Stewart (Hull City).

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Christian Walton tries a through ball, but Bradley Dack is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Jarrod Bowen (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kamil Grosicki.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Josh Magennis replaces Tom Eaves.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Josh Bowler replaces Daniel Batty.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Danny Graham replaces Sam Gallagher.

Goal!

Goal! Hull City 0, Blackburn Rovers 1. Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross following a set piece situation.

Booking

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

Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Stephen Kingsley (Hull City).

Attempt missed. Daniel Batty (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Kevin Stewart.

Attempt saved. Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) header from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Stewart Downing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers).

Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Daniel Batty (Hull City).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Wed43016249
2Leeds32106247
3Charlton32107437
4West Brom32105327
5Swansea32105327
6Millwall32103127
7Bristol City42116517
8Birmingham42114407
9Fulham32014226
10Blackburn420234-16
11Derby41215505
12Nottm Forest31115324
13Brentford31112204
14Middlesbrough411245-14
15Hull411245-14
16QPR311134-14
17Barnsley411236-34
18Preston31025413
19Reading31025503
20Cardiff310247-33
21Wigan410338-53
22Huddersfield301235-21
23Luton401358-31
24Stoke301247-31
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