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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
16:56 19th January 2002

Hull City v Exeter City

The Grecians' start the game making no changes from the line up that started against Scunthorpe United on Tuesday night.The Grecians' start the game attacking the North Stand where the usual motley crew of 100 or so regular City faces are situated in the change strip of purple with white shorts. Hull City start by applying the early pressure winning several throws close to the Grecians by-line.  Hull win the first corner of the game in the third minute with the in swinging corner not causing any real problems for the City rearguard.City win their first corner in the sixth minute which was swung in by Roscoe just too far for the oncoming attackers.  Tomlinson had City's first shot of the game in the eleventh minute with a twenty five yard effort going to the right of Musselwhite's post. Former Grecian hero Gary Alexander created a good chance for Hull when he chipped the ball over the Grecians' defence onto Lawrie Dudfield who was set free except for the flag of the assistant referee.  Barlow was very lucky to not be booked after a crunching challenge in the middle of the park.Twenty six minutes and Hull broke the deadlock and scored their first goal for eight hours when Alex Watson flicked a Hull cross over his own defence and Julian Johnson latched onto the free ball and slotted it home.  The pressure is all with Hull now and City are being restricted to their own half. Hull almost made a calamitous mistake in the thirtieth minute when a huge Fraser kick bounced on the edge of the box and Whittle headed the ball into the body of the oncoming Musselwhite to see Flack mis control the ball and a covering defender clear to save blushes.Glenn Cronin earnt himself a booking with a crunching tackle on the edge of the centre circle in the forty fifth minute. At the end of the first half a look at the pitch tells the story of the game, the City goal area cut up and muddy with the Hull area in near perfect condition.  City seem out of sorts, not being able to string any passes together and no togetherness as they showed at Scunthorpe on Tuesday.Half Time Score  Hull City 1-0 Exeter City

Hull started the second half where they left off immediately on the attack with Edwards cracking a twenty five yard effort wide of Fraser's left post.

City made the first substitution of the game in the fifty fifth minute with Ampadu replacing Martin Barlow.  The first fifteen minutes of the second half have been all Hull with City again rarely breaking out of their own half, with a fifty ninth minute corner about all we muster up.

City's best effort came in the sixty third minute when Robert's turned a few players in the centre and crossed the ball to Roscoe whose swinging cross was met by Steve Flack, the big man's header though was comfortably claimed by Musselwhite.  After the next attack by Hull, Roscoe was replaced by Jay Richardson in the sixty fifth minute.

A cross from the right by Williams was converted by Gary Alexander to score his twentieth of the season in the sixty sixth minute to make City's afternoon look even more miserable, two nil Hull.  Hull continued to apply the pressure with Dudfield striking a drive that was palmed away by Fraser to keep the scoreline decent.  Paul Read then came on to replace Steve Flack after seventy four minutes.

The pressure continues with wave after wave of Hull attacks that City can't repel.  Fraser saved an initial strike from Dudfield, the ball squirmed free and his return effort bounced off of the crossbar.  Seventy nine and Curran entered Mr Leake's notebook.

On eighty five a through ball found Gary Alexander in acres of space but he went down like a sack of spuds under the challenge of the nearest defender.  Admittedly it did look like a penalty but nothing was awarded.

The Grecian's lose their unbeaten run as our miserable Boothferry Park record continues, next year we should be visiting Hull in their new stadium, lets hope the jinx disappears.  Next up - Mansfield Town at St James' Park, Tuesday 22 January 7.45pm Kick off.
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