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Saturday 10 December 2016

Hull v West Brom - Story of the Match

Published 26/11/2016 | 17:16

Hull manager Mike Phelan saw his side draw with West Brom
Hull manager Mike Phelan saw his side draw with West Brom

Hull captain Michael Dawson cut through the KCOM Stadium gloom to grab a second half equaliser and deny visitors West Bromwich Albion a third straight Premier League win.

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Gareth McAuley's 34th-minute opener looked set to send the Tigers sliding to another defeat on a cold and misty afternoon in east Yorkshire until Dawson got the finishing touches to a long-range Robert Snodgrass free-kick.

The Baggies pressed for a winner with Nacer Chadli and Salomon Rondon both missing excellent chances in the dying minutes.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"West Brom fans singing 'We're all going on a European tour.' Tad optimistic, but hey 0-1 #hcafc" - reporter Leon Wobschall.

https://twitter.com/LeonWobYP/status/802536342349639680

MOAN OF THE MATCH

A faintly funereal atmosphere accompanied the build-up to this game and in the circumstances it was hardly surprising that Mike Phelan's men should play in a manner which suggested they were far from up for a relegation fight. In truth the home fans came to life as their side rallied for a point - but the swathe of empty seats suggest there are many in east Yorkshire who are already accepting of their side's fate.

VIEW FROM THE BENCH

Mike Phelan will have been delighted with the way his side took a point from a frankly dreadful performance - and will be particularly encouraged by the impact of half-time substitute Adama Diomande who injected much-needed urgency into his side's belated forward push.

Baggies boss Tony Pulis will be disappointed his side could not hold on for the three points but another point will aid their push to put plenty more space between themselves and the drop zone before the hectic Christmas programme.

DATA POINT

Hull have largely impressed at home this season, with this their fourth point from the last six. Added to a win over Leicester on the opening day, their form at the KCOM is going to be vital in keeping them up.

PLAYER RATINGS

HULL

David Marshall 6 (out of 10)

Curtis Davies 5

Robert Snodgrass 7

Sam Clucas 5

Jake Livermore 6

Dieumerci Mbokani 6

Michael Dawson 8

Markus Henriksen 6

Ryan Mason 6

Ahmed Elmohamady 5

Josh Tymon 5

Substitutes

Adama Diomande (for Mason, 45) 7

David Meyler (for Henriksen, 89) 5

Andy Robertson (for Tymon, 90) 5

WEST BROM

Ben Foster 7

Allan Nyom 5

Claudio Yacob 5

Jonny Evans 6

James Morrison 7

Salomon Rondon 5

Matt Phillips 6

Chris Brunt 5

Gareth McAuley 7

Darren Fletcher 6

Craig Dawson 6

Substitutes

James McClean (fo r Fletcher, 64) 6

Nacer Chadli (for Morrison, 79) 6

Hal Robson-Kanu (for Phillips, 83) 5

WHO'S UP NEXT?

Hull v Newcastle (EFL Cup, November 29)

West Brom v Watford (Premier League, December 3)

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