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Tigers tear Black Cats to shreds

Substitute Nikica Jelavic completed a remarkable fightback as Hull's agonising wait for a Premier League victory came to an end at the 11th attempt at Sunderland.

The striker cemented a 3-1 victory in the sixth minute of stoppage time to extend the Tigers' hold over the Black Cats following last season's treble success against them.

Steve Bruce's men, who last claimed all three points against Crystal Palace on October 4, were behind within 30 seconds after Adam Johnson punished skipper Curtis Davies' calamitous error.

However, in front of a largely horrified St Stephen's Day crowd of 44,817, Uruguayan Gaston Ramirez levelled from distance with 33 minutes gone with City's first goal in 333 minutes of football to set the stage for defender James Chester and Jelavic to snatch the points.

Sunderland dominated the early stages and might have increased their lead with 16 minutes gone had Liam Rosenior not managed to get a block on Sebastian Larsson's goal-bound shot.

But the Tigers responded and with Ramirez, Robbie Brady and Stephen Quinn starting to make an impression, they eased their way back into the game and restored parity 12 minutes before the break as Ramirez picked up possession 30 yards out and made ground, but his dipping shot reared awkwardly off the turn in front of keeper Costel Pantilimon and flew inside the post.

The visitors returned in positive mood and and got their reward when Ramirez delivered the ball to the near post and Chester got in front of Vergini to power a header into the top corner.

The visitors continued to threaten and striker Steven Fletcher had to be in the right place at the right time to clear Davies' goal-bound 67th-minute header, although Pantilimon was beaten again at the death when Ahmed Elmohamady played in Jelavic and he finished in style.


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