Ten-man Hull City gave a performance of great character and commitment to defeat Watford 2-0 in Saturday's Premier League clash at the KCOM Stadium.
- Hull City 2 Watford 0
- Niasse sees red
- Jakupovic saves Prodl's header
- Markovic gives Hull the lead
- Clucas volleys a stunning second
It was a game of few chances in the first half an hour or so but the contest would change when Oumar Niasse saw a straight red for a foul on M'Baye Niang.
Sebastian Prodl and Miguel Britos went close to giving Watford the lead from headers. Hull made them pay with goals by Lazar Markovic and Sam Clucas in the second half.
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It as a tight opening few minutes with the first effort on goal coming from a Clucas snapshot from the edge of the box flying well wide in the 14th minute.
In the 25th minute Niasse saw red for a high challenge with his studs across Niang's knee, although replays showed the Hull striker was perhaps a little unlucky.
The momentum then changed as Prodl saw his header from a corner tipped brilliantly over the bar, with sharp reflexes shown by Eldin Jakupovic in the 32nd minute.
The Hornets were looking increasingly dangerous from corners and Britos perhaps should have headed home from Tom Cleverley's set-piece from the left in the 38th minute.
Just before the break, Kamil Grosicki had a penalty appeal waved away for the Tigers when he went to ground under a challenge by a Watford defender.
After the interval it remained tight until the 60th minute when Jose Holebas saw his strike saved by the feet of Jakupovic, after Troy Deeney had flicked the ball on from a long throw.
Two minutes later the home crowd were in raptures when a lightning fast City break saw Jakupovic cross from the right where the excellent Markovic stooped to head past Gomes.
Incredibly, the Tigers went 2-0 up after 71 minutes when a corner from the right was cleared to Clucas, who controlled and volleyed a superb effort into the top right-hand corner from 30 yards out.
A lacklustre Watford laid siege to the Hull goal in the final 15 minutes but seemed to lack the application and quality to create any meaningful chances.
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