Hull 2 Brighton 1
24/2/14 - 7.45pm
Brighton's FA cup season, and the hopes of a meeting with Gus Poyet in the quarter final, ended on Monday night with Hull winning the fifth round repay 2-1 at the KC Stadium.
Due to ludicrous UEFA rules that should have no place in dictating what the Football Association in England does, which basically ruined the game as a spectacle really, even if both sides made a good number of changes it was obvious to see that both sides had played just 48 hours prior.
Albion, and Hull, both made six changes to the sides that had played a couple of days earlier and that was always expected.
Hull started brightly with Ahmed Elmohamady causing problems on the right with one cross into Matty Fryatt one that the striker couldn't quite get onto the end of.
The opening goal came when Hull won a corner, this was put in by Robert Koren and Curtis Davies got his head to it beating Jake Forster-Caskey and Hull teammate David Meyler to the ball, with both in front on him. The ball looped up over both an in odd the bar.
If Hull's right winger was causing problems then ours was too, David Lopez was busy and looking out most dangerous option with Maynor Figueroa finding it difficult to deal with him at times.
A previous freekick that was conceded, by Matt Upson, saw Albion get away with Sone Aluko's effort deflected and then cleared to safety but the next time after Lewis Dunk's on that very man, slightly closer, Hull made the most of that opportunity and went further ahead.
Koren took this one, which was deflected of Stephen Ward to wrong foot Peter Brezovan but his attempted save wasn't pretty and he couldn't keep the ball out of the net when perhaps he should have.
Quite clearly Hull had benefited from a goal that should have been given off side but with Albion being two down at the break this left us with it all to do in the second half and looking to change things Oscar turned to the bench sending Kaz LuaLua on for David Rodriguez at the break.
Fortune wasn't with us though as soon after the break the bar denied Dunk a goal and Albion a route back into the game. The defender found himself in the box and his thunderous drive had Steve Harper well beaten but this crashed off the underside of the bar and our again.
Figueroa, who looked better coming forward than defending, picked the wrong option when deciding to shot whereas a pull back to a teammate would have created an opening to basically confirm Hull's win.
Albion got a lifeline with over 20 minutes to play.
Lopez whipped in a dangerous freekick that had three Albion players attacking it, there was a hint of offside about it but again no flag was raised and Leo Ulloa's latest goal as he got a faint glancing header gave us hope.
The problem was we didn't really cause Hull too many problems.
With almost the last passage of the game Solly March, another that had some on by that point, ran forward with the ball and worked his way to the edge of the box. Maybe the youngster had to carry the ball a little further but he opted to take the shot early but this didn't threaten Harper and Albion were beaten.
Now we'll 'concentrate on the league' as they say.
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