October 20, 2012
Proschwitz at the double in Hull win
Nick Proschwitz's brace for Hull pushed his side into the npower Championship play-off spots with a 2-1 win against Ipswich at the KC Stadium.
The visitors survived a barrage of chances from the Tigers in the first half to take the lead after 29 minutes through Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.
But Ipswich were pegged back by Proschwitz's first goal for the club in the 73rd minute, set up by fellow summer signing Ahmed Elmohamady.
The German striker's effort sparked a flurry of chances for the hosts, but it was Proschwitz himself who ensured three points with an injury-time header to give Hull a second successive win.
City had a point to prove at the KC stadium - having lost their last two home games - and they showed their intentions in the fifth minute when Sone Aluko's corner was met by Paul McShane, whose shot needed a scrambled clearance from Ipswich.
Aluko was gifted the home side's best chance on goal after 16 minutes when defender Danny Higginbotham slipped in the Ipswich box. However, with just goalkeeper Stephen Henderson to beat, Aluko fired well over.
It was Hull's game to dominate as Ipswich only had a Lee Martin shot saved easily by goalkeeper Ben Amos to show for their early efforts. Henderson was kept busy at the other end and he needed to be quick to collect Aluko's through-ball with Jay Simpson rushing on.
Emmanuel-Thomas then gave the visitors the lead against the run of play. A quickly taken free-kick on the right saw the 21-year-old given the chance to jink his way into the box and, with no defenders closing him down, fire into the bottom corner.
Emmanuel-Thomas almost made it two, only for Liam Rosenior to make a last-ditch tackle to deny the shot before Daryl Murphy headed over from a corner just before the break.
Hull came out firing in the second half with two early chances as Abdoulaye Faye's looping header was tipped over by Henderson before Andy Dawson's long-range effort fizzed narrowly over.
Ipswich retaliated through Martin and Nigel Reo-Coker, both of whom tested Amos with strong shots.
City brought on Aaron Mclean just after the hour mark followed by a double substitution with Proschwitz and James Chester taking the field, and the hosts at last found vigour.
Stephen Quinn headed wide from Elmohamady's cross before Simpson fed Mclean on the right, who shot straight at Henderson.
The pressure yielded rewards as Elmohamady found space on the right-hand byline to cross low for Proschwitz, who made no mistake from point-blank range.
City should have been ahead in the 84th minute, only for Quinn's long-range effort to strike the crossbar before Proschwitz shot hopelessly over from six yards.
But the German made amends in dramatic style by meeting Elmohamady's cross in almost the final minute of injury time to power the winner past Henderson.
|Hull City||Ipswich Town|
|22 Ben Amos||13 Stephen Henderson|
|3 Andy Dawson||6 Danny Higginbotham|
|15 Paul McShane||4 Luke Chambers|
|2 Liam Rosenior||3 Aaron Cresswell|
|4 Paul McKenna||16 Richard Wellens|
|23 Abdoulaye Faye||7 Carlos Edwards|
|16 Seyi George Olofinjana||23 Nigel Reo-Coker|
|29 Stephen Quinn||11 Lee Martin|
|24 Sone Aluko||9 Jay Emmanuel-Thomas|
|27 Ahmed Elmohamady||27 Daryl Murphy|
|11 Jay Simpson||5 DJ Campbell|
|13 Mark Oxley||Scott Loach 1|
|5 James Chester||Tommy Smith 20|
|17 Liam Cooper||Bilel Mohsni 21|
|32 Conor Townsend||Andrew Drury 17|
|8 Corry Evans||Luke Hyam 19|
|9 Aaron Mclean||Michael Chopra 10|
|33 Nick Proschwitz||Jason Scotland 14|
|Aaron Mclean for Liam Rosenior (62)||Bilel Mohsni for Lee Martin (71)|
|Nick Proschwitz for Seyi George Olofinjana (70)||Michael Chopra for DJ Campbell (75)|
|James Chester for Abdoulaye Faye (70)||Andrew Drury for Daryl Murphy (80)|
|Daryl Murphy (31)|
|Richard Wellens (82)|
|Stephen Henderson (90)|
|Andrew Drury (90)|
|· Squads: Hull City | Ipswich Town|