Dawson own-goal adds to Hull’s woes

Hull City's early-season woes continued as they slumped to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Watford in a Premier League encounter at Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon.

  • Watford 1 Hull City 0
  • Kaboul's header crashes against the crossbar
  • Pereyra's curling shots clips the post
  • Dawson own goal breaks the deadlock

Match summary

Watford begin the encounter like a house on fire and dominated the early stages and were unlucky not to claim the lead through efforts from Younes Kaboul and Roberto Pereyra – both of which struck the woodwork.

Hull failed to create any real scoring opportunities in the first half as they struggled to deal with Watford's high-pressing defence.

The second half saw Hull come out with more of an attacking intent, but their build-up play lacked fluidity and, as a result, they were forced into long-range efforts.

Watford's long-ball approach finally paid off when Hull captain Michael Dawson headed the ball into the back of his own net after being pressurised by Troy Deeney at the back post.

Full report

The home side start the brighter of the teams and Troy Deeney nearly grabbed his 100th goal, but the Hornets captain couldn't get on the end of Nordin Amrabat's inviting cross.

Watford continued their attacking onslaught and seconds later struck the woodwork twice in quick succesion through efforts from Younes Kaboul and Roberto Pereyra respectively. 

Walter Mazzarri's side completely outclassed the Tigers in the opening stages, dominating possession stakes, with Heurelho Gomes' first save coming in the 20th minute of the tie. Ahmed Elmohamady proved to be a livewire for the Tigers and sent a number of teasing crosses into the area for Abel Hernandez and William Keane. 

Mike Phelan's side struggled to keep possession and breakdown the opposition defence due to Watford's high-pressing tactic, though, whilst the home side continued their wasteful ways in front of goal, with Deeney and Amrabat the main culprits. 

The second half saw Hull come out with more of an attacking intent and almost grab the lead in the 50th minute, as great interplay between Hernandez and Keane resulted in the latter having a one-on-one opportunity, which Gomes saved.

As the game entered the final stretch, Watford reverted to a long-ball approach, with Hull seemingly content to get behind the ball in numbers. Amrabat continued his onslaught of Sam Clucas – often getting the better of the youngster.

But with 15 minutes left to be played, the game opened up as both sides went in search of the opening goal.

Watford's pressure paid off as Michael Dawson headed the ball into the back of his own net, after being pressurised by Deeney at the back post.

The home side dealt with Hull's late pressure and extended their league run to four games unbeaten, while the Tigers slumped to a sixth consecutive defeat.