Saturday 20 January 2018

Hull v Burnley - Story of the match

Tom Huddlestone's penalty put Hull in front
Tom Huddlestone's penalty put Hull in front

Michael Keane was transformed from villain to hero as he rescued a point for Burnley, who are still without a Premier League win on the road after a 1-1 draw at relegation battlers Hull.

The Clarets defender smashed home a second-half equaliser minutes after his handball had gifted Hull a penalty, which Tom Huddlestone converted.

The point was not enough to lift the Tigers out of the bottom three following Crystal Palace's win against Middlesbrough, while Burnley, who had Ashley Barnes sent off in the closing stages, climbed one place to 10th, despite having registered only two points on their travels from 12 games in the top flight this season.


"V ery very very very harsh penalty decision v Michael Keane" - Burnely fan Alastair Campbell is unhappy with the penalty call.


Tom Huddlestone just shaded it. Harry Maguire was a rock at the back for Hull - as he has been all season - and soldiered on for the full 90 minutes despite receiving lengthy treatment for a knock in the first half. But Huddlestone is thriving under new boss Marco Silva. Sitting just in front of the back four, the midfielder was pivotal for the Tigers. He never squandered possession, did plenty of tidying up and held his nerve to convert his second-half penalty.


Both sides lacked real quality in and around the penalty box as the final pass or half-chance invariably went begging. But Burnley defender Keane's second-half equaliser was a rare moment of class. Just four minutes after conceding a penalty, the centre-half chested down Robbie Brady's corner at the far post and buried his finish with aplomb.


Some attendances at the KCOM Stadium this season have been alarmingly poor as large numbers of Hull fans have stayed away in protest at the club's owners. But the arrival of head coach Silva in early January has reinvigorated the Tigers' season and this was reflected in a healthy crowd. It was not a full house, but boosted by a sold-out away end, the atmosphere has definitely lifted on Humberside.



Eldin Jakupovic 6

Andy Robertson 6

Harry Maguire 8

Andrea Ranocchia 6

Omar Elabdellaoui 6

Tom Huddlestone 8

Alfred N'Diaye 6

Shaun Maloney 6

Kamil Grosicki 5

Dieumerci Mbokani 5

Ahmed Elmohamady 6


David Meyler (for Maloney, 67) 5

Oumar Niasse (for Mbokani, 67) 5

Abel Hernandez (for Elabdellaoui, 82) 5


Tom Heaton 6

Matthew Lowton 6

Michael Keane 8

Ben Mee 7

Stephen Ward 5

Andre Gray 6

Robbie Brady 6

Ashley Westwood 5

Joey Barton 6

George Boyd 6

Ashley Barnes 6


Sam Vokes (for Gray, 85) 5

James Tarkowski (for Westwood, 85) 5

Scott Arfield (for Brady, 89) 5


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