Hull City were under the cosh for long periods against Liverpool at the KC Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday, but defended well and used the chances they were given, claiming a 2-0 win.
- Hull City 2 Liverpool 0
- N'Diaye opens scoring
- Niasse doubles lead
- Reds have over 70% possession
It was a familiar story for Liverpool fans, who watched their team dominate possession and create 22 shots on goal, but never really threaten Hull City.
The hosts took the lead through Alfred N'Diaye in the 44th minute with Omar Baye Niasse securing the win with six minutes left on the clock.
— Hull City (@HullCity) February 4, 2017
It was clear from early on that the Tiger's were going to be happy letting Liverpool have most of the ball. The home side sat deep inviting the Reds to attack them and did a fantastic job of limiting them to largely ineffective long-range shots.
The opening goal of the game in the 44th minute epitomised the scrappy nature of the first half with Evandro delivering a corner into the box for Abel Hernandez to header weakly towards goal. Liverpool failed to clear the ball and N'Diaye pounced on the lose ball to poke his side into the lead.
It was more of the same after the break, with very few clear-cut chances to keep the supporters interested. In total Liverpool struck 22 shots at goal with only five of them on target, highlighting their struggles in front of goal on the day.
With around half an hour left in the game, Adel Hernandez forced a smart save out of Simon Mignolet, who got down well to keep the ball out and his side in the game.
However, it proved to be for nought in the 84th minute as Niasse showed his skill with an awesome run into the box before smashing the ball past the Reds stopper to ensure Hull would claim an impressive smash-and-grab win.
Great win! Hung in there in the second half but the lads all showed fantastic resilience throughout! #HCAFC ?
— Curtis Davies #6 (@TheCurtisDavies) February 4, 2017