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Hull City 2-1 Stoke City: Tigers Pull Off Last Gasp Winner

Jan-Vennegoor-of-HesselinkIt wasn’t the prettiest of games, but it was enjoyable to watch. Reminiscent of old-style English football with plenty of balls kicked high and long, Hull City pulled off a last gasp winner to beat Stoke City 2-1 and to give manager Phil Brown a chance of remaining as manager of the Tigers just for a little longer, perhaps.

After Jimmy Bullard fired a speculative shot near the end of the game, Stoke City goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen parried the ball in front of him only for Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink to strike the ball into the net and to send the KC Stadium in hysteria. Unfortunately for American soccer fans and Jozy Altidore, it was Altidore who had been substituted just a few minutes earlier and replaced by Hesselink. It makes you wonder what would have happened if Altidore had remained on the pitch and whether he would have been in position to knock the rebound into the back of the net.

One other observation from the game and that involves the temperamental Tuncay. I’m sure the Turkish striker would have been looking ahead all week to a chance of playing in the game. But when you have to wait 82 minutes before you come on as a substitute, and then because your central defender gets red-carded, you then get substituted after playing seven minutes, it’s no wonder that Tuncay was absolutely incensed at the decision. Despite his players trying to console him, Tuncay stormed off the pitch and went directly into the tunnel presumably to the dressing room.

I wouldn’t be at all surprised that Tuncay may have found his own transportation out of Hull City’s KC Stadium tonight.

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  1. football gifts

    November 9, 2009 at 6:01 am

    Hull i think looked a stronger side than we have seen previous with the signing of Jimmy Bullard, who seemed to have waited forever to get his debut. The determination from the outset with Bullard on the pitch was obvious for all to see. Within minutes he had few shots, the first even though not on target but meant business. With Stoke on 10 men Hull always had that upper arm and Phil Brown must of got a better night sleep with the result but still only hanging on to his job if we are honest. The 2nd half Stoke come out fighting and i actually thought they were going go 2-0 up. Just unfortunate Shawcross hit the cross bar from Whelan’s free kci.

  2. Leon

    November 8, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    I don’t share your sentiment about Jozy’s performance. He was lively, and got himself several opportunities that he could have finished. As long as people with sensible heads remember that he’s 19, and has not been given regular first-team football to put him on form, he will be fine. His pace and strength helped keep Stoke on their heels(to the extent that we did) while he was in.

    • The Gaffer

      November 8, 2009 at 9:04 pm

      He had a few nice touches in the game, but the sad reality is that Hull City and the Premier League have little patience for him to get back in form. Nineteen for a footballer in Europe is not that young. In this game, I was anxiously waiting for him to get a goal, but it didn’t happen. Now that Hesselink has scored, you have to wonder if Jozy will lose his place to the Dutch player.

      The Gaffer

  3. Waterloo 11

    November 8, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Living in Austin and following our local club, the Aztex, I decided to give Stoke City a look this year as a team to root for. After all they are a close affiliate of ours.

    About Tuncay: Why get him if you are not going to use him? Does he fit into the style of play that Stoke City plays?

    And to top it off, Jozy starts and I can’t really root for him today!!!

  4. Brad in SoCal

    November 8, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    It seems nothing comes easily for the Tigers this season, but perhaps this win is tiny cosmic payback for the Chelsea loss in the first game. Fans will note that Hull is still the only Premier League team to score at Stamford Bridge this season, so I suppose using creative logic we’re actually better than Manchester United! (smile, at least for today)

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