STOKE CITY 2
HULL CITY 0
Hull manager Iain Dowie remains hopeful that George Boateng's injury is not as serious as first feared after the midfielder was knocked unconscious yesterday.
The visiting captain was caught in the head by Tuncay Sanli's overhead kick and after lengthy treatment was taken from the field on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance. With Dowie having already made all of his substitutions, the Tigers had to play the last 15 minutes, plus the resulting eight minutes of injury time, with 10 men.
But the real concern was for Boateng, although Dowie said it was too early to assess whether or not he had fractured his jaw.
"There was a lot of blood in his airway and we had to suction that out, as he was struggling to breathe," he said. "By the time he left he was a lot more comfortable. He will have to stay in hospital and I'll see him overnight.
"It is a bitter blow, particularly as it happened when we were in the ascendancy. It was a fantastic challenge and that is the type of character he is -- but there was no malice from Tuncay. It is a hell of a whack. It is a nasty injury but hopefully he is fine."
Ricardo Fuller put Stoke ahead in the sixth minute, capitalising on Paul McShane's error. Liam Lawrence added a late second.