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Hull City 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday: Garry Monk suffers first defeat as Owls boss

Tom Eaves heads in for Hull
Tom Eaves joined Hull from Gillingham in the summer

Hull City striker Tom Eaves scored his first goal for the club to inflict the first defeat of Garry Monk's reign as Sheffield Wednesday manager.

Just moments after coming on as a second-half substitute he powerfully headed in Eric Lichaj's floated cross.

The visitors' best opportunity of the game fell to Sam Winnall shortly after half-time, but he somehow headed wide from inside the six-yard box.

Victory takes Hull eight points clear of the Championship relegation zone, while Wednesday slip down to eighth.

Eaves had failed to find the net in his 10 previous appearances for the Tigers since joining from Gillingham in the summer, but his goal was a rare moment of quality in what was a tight affair.

There were just a few half-chances and goalmouth scrambles during an otherwise forgetful first period.

The second half saw one huge moment for either side, with the difference being Eaves' super header and Winnall's inability to convert from close range.

After impressive wins at Huddersfield and Middlesbrough sandwiched a last-gasp draw against Fulham, Monk's Wednesday remain firmly in the play-off race.

Grant McCann's less-fancied Hull team are now unbeaten in five league matches and only three points behind the south Yorkshire club.

Hull City manager Grant McCann told BBC Radio Humberside:

"We stuck to our task so well. We were all frustrated on Saturday having conceded so late after taking the lead so late.

"I thought the hard work and application from the group paid off. We got a bit fortunate maybe, with the penalty decision, but you know what, you get those when you put everything into the game.

"I'm delighted for Tom (Eaves), it's almost like a monkey off his back now and hopefully he can carry on (scoring)."

Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk thought his side should have had a penalty in the latter stages of the match when Jacob Murphy was brought down by Eric Lichaj.

"Clear cut, 100 per cent, I knew that at the time.

Ref's in a good position, linesman's in a good position, the fourth official's in a good position, somehow they don't get it. We have to live with that.

"Of course it's frustrating. It's clear cut, not even close. Of course you expect at this level to be given those decisions, but it's done now and we can't do anything about it."

Line-ups

Hull

  • 1Long
  • 2Lichaj
  • 5Burke
  • 4de Wijs
  • 21Fleming
  • 6Stewart
  • 20BowenBooked at 86mins
  • 18HoneymanSubstituted forBattyat 77'minutes
  • 36Irvine
  • 11GrosickiSubstituted forBowlerat 87'minutes
  • 27MagennisSubstituted forEavesat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Tafazolli
  • 8Batty
  • 9Eaves
  • 13Ingram
  • 19Bowler
  • 25Pennington
  • 37Da Silva Lopes

Sheff Wed

  • 1Westwood
  • 22Odubajo
  • 27Iorfa
  • 13Börner
  • 2Palmer
  • 20Reach
  • 23HutchinsonBooked at 43minsSubstituted forLeeat 78'minutes
  • 10Bannan
  • 7K HarrisBooked at 56minsSubstituted forMurphyat 59'minutes
  • 11WinnallSubstituted forRhodesat 68'minutes
  • 17NuhiuBooked at 58mins

Substitutes

  • 3Fox
  • 5Lee
  • 6Rhodes
  • 8Pelupessy
  • 14Murphy
  • 21Luongo
  • 25Dawson
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
11,590

Match Stats

Home TeamHullAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home8
Away12
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Hull City 1, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

Full Time

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

Foul by Reece Burke (Hull City).

Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jacob Murphy.

Offside, Hull City. Tom Eaves tries a through ball, but Jarrod Bowen is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Josh Bowler replaces Kamil Grosicki.

Attempt missed. Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu with a headed pass.

Booking

Jarrod Bowen (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jarrod Bowen (Hull City).

Jacob Murphy (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Reach.

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

Hand ball by Jarrod Bowen (Hull City).

Foul by Eric Lichaj (Hull City).

Jacob Murphy (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Tom Eaves (Hull City).

Julian Börner (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Adam Reach with a cross.

Daniel Batty (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Kieran Lee replaces Sam Hutchinson.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Daniel Batty replaces George Honeyman.

Goal!

Goal! Hull City 1, Sheffield Wednesday 0. Tom Eaves (Hull City) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Eric Lichaj with a cross.

Attempt saved. Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Jordan Rhodes replaces Sam Winnall.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Tom Eaves replaces Josh Magennis.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Barry Bannan.

Attempt missed. Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Brandon Fleming.

Foul by Jordy de Wijs (Hull City).

Sam Winnall (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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

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

Foul by Dominic Iorfa (Sheffield Wednesday).

Attempt saved. Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Josh Magennis (Hull City).

Julian Börner (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Jacob Murphy replaces Kadeem Harris.

Booking

Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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