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Hull City 0-1 West Bromwich Albion: Jake Livermore goal keeps Baggies top

Jake Livermore
Jake Livermore (left) secured all three points for the visitors with his second goal of the season

Jake Livermore scored the winner against his former side as West Bromwich Albion stayed top of the Championship with a resilient win over in-form Hull City.

Livermore, who made 90 league appearances in two and a half years with Hull, got the game's only goal with a powerful shot from the edge of the area when the Tigers were slow to react to Albion's short-corner routine in the 28th minute.

Baggies goalkeeper Sam Johnstone produced a superb save to deny Jackson Irvine a leveller shortly before the break.

The Tigers, who had won their previous three games, pushed on in search of an equaliser but they could not create anything to seriously worry Johnstone and Grady Diangana nearly made it 2-0 when his low shot flew just past the post.

Slaven Bilic's men are now unbeaten in six matches, but wins for both Preston and Leeds, over Huddersfield and Blackburn respectively, mean they remain just two points clear at the top of the table.

Hull owners, the Allam family, were in attendance at a home game for the first time in more than four years but their team were ultimately outplayed, as Matheus Pereira twice went close in the latter stages.

Victory came at a cost for Albion, as bookings for Livermore and fellow midfield man Romaine Sawyers took both players to five cautions for the season and an automatic one-game suspension.

Livermore, for whom it was a fifth booking in his last six games, and Sawyers will now miss the Baggies' next game after the international break, the home meeting with Sheffield Wednesday on 23 November, when Hull will be travelling to Middlesbrough.

Hull City boss Grant McCann told BBC Humberside:

"I'm always honest with the assessment. First half we weren't as good as we have been. They were better than us. We didn't get about them enough and we let them dictate the play.

"In the second half, we were much better. The change of shape helped us and we were more like ourselves. It was frustrating to lose, of course, but on another day we'd take those chances.

"I said to the boys I was proud of the second-half performance - you've gone toe to toe with the best team in the league at the minute and in the second half we were the better team."

West Bromwich Albion head coach Slaven Bilic told BBC WM:

"We didn't want to just defend, give them the ball and then play on counter-attacks. They were gambling and the key was to take advantage of the space. The only thing that was missing, apart from a few individual mistakes, was the second goal.

"They were not clear-cut chances, apart from Grady Diangana's, but basically there were five or six situations you can walk into the goal - we were passing so great until that last pass and that's why we had to suffer until the end of the game.

"But we defended really well, not only the back four but the whole team in a tough away game. we played against a team that were on the front foot because of the quality of their results and the players they have."

Line-ups

Hull

  • 1Long
  • 2LichajBooked at 90mins
  • 5Burke
  • 4de Wijs
  • 26Elder
  • 37Da Silva LopesSubstituted forLewis-Potterat 89'minutes
  • 6StewartSubstituted forHoneymanat 71'minutes
  • 19BowlerSubstituted forEavesat 45'minutesBooked at 69mins
  • 36IrvineBooked at 87mins
  • 11Grosicki
  • 20Bowen

Substitutes

  • 3Tafazolli
  • 8Batty
  • 9Eaves
  • 13Ingram
  • 18Honeyman
  • 25Pennington
  • 31Lewis-Potter

West Brom

  • 1JohnstoneBooked at 90mins
  • 2Furlong
  • 6Ajayi
  • 5Bartley
  • 14Townsend
  • 8LivermoreBooked at 16mins
  • 19SawyersBooked at 90mins
  • 10PhillipsSubstituted forKrovinovicat 63'minutes
  • 12Costa Pereira
  • 29DianganaSubstituted forEdwardsat 78'minutes
  • 4Robson-KanuSubstituted forZohoreat 90+3'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Krovinovic
  • 9Zohore
  • 11Brunt
  • 15Austin
  • 21Edwards
  • 23Bond
  • 26Hegazi
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
13,866

Match Stats

Home TeamHullAway TeamWest Brom
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home10
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hull City 0, West Bromwich Albion 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hull City 0, West Bromwich Albion 1.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Hull City. Eric Lichaj tries a through ball, but Tom Eaves is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Darnell Furlong tries a through ball, but Kenneth Zohore is caught offside.

  5. Booking

    Eric Lichaj (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Kyle Edwards (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Eric Lichaj (Hull City).

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Kenneth Zohore replaces Hal Robson-Kanu.

  9. Booking

    Sam Johnstone (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordy de Wijs (Hull City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jackson Irvine with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

  11. Booking

    Romaine Sawyers (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Romaine Sawyers (West Bromwich Albion).

  13. Post update

    George Honeyman (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Hull City. Keane Lewis-Potter replaces Leonardo Da Silva Lopes.

  15. Booking

    Jordy de Wijs (Hull City) is shown the yellow card.

  16. Post update

    Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Jordy de Wijs (Hull City).

  18. Post update

    Kyle Edwards (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Eric Lichaj (Hull City).

  20. Post update

    Semi Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.