December 1, 2012
Tigers keep pace with victory
Hull maintained their npower Championship promotion push with a 2-1 victory over Nottingham Forest.
It was a tale of two penalties in the first half of a drab encounter on the banks of the River Trent.
Robert Koren put Hull in front after 34 minutes before Billy Sharp levelled things up with his spot-kick in the 43rd minute.
Paul McShane won it for the Tigers with a close-range header after 69 minutes.
Forest boss Sean O'Driscoll made two changes after seeing his side's four-game unbeaten league run come to an end with a 3-1 defeat at Ipswich in midweek.
James Coppinger made only his second start since joining the Reds on loan from Doncaster at the end of August, while Andy Reid also returned in midfield.
Henri Lansbury and Dexter Blackstock dropped down to the bench as Forest played with Sharp as a lone striker.
An injury to leading scorer Sone Aluko forced Hull boss Steve Bruce into his only change, meaning a recall for Aaron Mclean.
A dull start to the game led to a first half littered with misplaced passes by both teams.
Forest had a lucky escape after 27 minutes when on-loan Aston Villa defender Alan Hutton conceded a corner when trying to head the ball back to goalkeeper Lee Camp.
Corry Evans' flag-kick was headed away from underneath his own crossbar by Elliott Ward before David Meyler shot into the side-netting.
Meyler was involved in the penalty that gave Hull the lead. He was brought down inside the box by Simon Gillett and Koren sent Camp the wrong way from the spot, stroking the ball into the bottom right-hand corner of the net.
Out of the blue, Forest were presented with the opportunity to equalise when they were awarded a penalty of their own for Alex Bruce's foul on Sharp.
The on-loan Southampton striker made no mistake from the spot, shooting powerfully into the top corner.
Chris Cohen might have sent the hosts into half-time ahead but the midfielder lacked composure and blasted over from close range after his initial flick from Reid's cross was blocked.
The game improved slightly after the break with early chances at both ends.
Adlene Guedioura, who scored a superb long-range effort against his former club Wolves last weekend to give Forest a 2-1 win at Molineux, curled a shot just wide before Ahmed Elmohamady shot straight at Camp.
Guedioura then had a goalbound effort blocked and Cohen volleyed the rebound into the Trent End from the edge of the area.
Forest were dominating possession without making any telling inroads and they were made to pay midway through the second half.
It was dreadful defending from O'Driscoll's side. Koren's corner was allowed all the way through a crowded penalty box and McShane had the simple task of heading in from two yards out.
Forest continued to enjoy much of the ball, with Hull seemingly content to play on the counter attack.
O'Driscoll brought on Blackstock and Lewis McGugan, with Cohen and Gillett making way, but, with Forest continually frustrating with the final ball, it made no difference.
Centre-half Ward was pushed up front in the closing stages as an additional aerial threat and he almost rescued a point for Forest in injury time but his header was plucked from beneath the crossbar by Hull goalkeeper David Stockdale.
|Nottingham Forest||Hull City|
|1 Lee Camp||34 David Stockdale|
|3 Dan Harding||15 Paul McShane|
|5 Danny Collins||28 Alex Bruce|
|29 Alan Hutton||5 James Chester|
|32 Elliott Ward||10 Robert Koren|
|11 Andy Reid||29 Stephen Quinn|
|21 James Coppinger||31 David Meyler|
|8 Chris Cohen||8 Corry Evans|
|4 Simon Gillett||27 Ahmed Elmohamady|
|7 Adlene Guedioura||9 Aaron Mclean|
|24 Billy Sharp||30 Robert Brady|
|12 Karl Darlow||Eldin Jakupovic 1|
|18 Brendan Moloney||Liam Rosenior 2|
|10 Lewis McGugan||Paul McKenna 4|
|22 Henri Lansbury||Abdoulaye Faye 23|
|6 Guy Moussi||Seyi George Olofinjana 16|
|23 Dexter Blackstock||Jay Simpson 11|
|9 Robbie Findley||Nick Proschwitz 33|
|Lewis McGugan for Simon Gillett (75)||Nick Proschwitz for Aaron Mclean (67)|
|Dexter Blackstock for Chris Cohen (75)||Abdoulaye Faye for Robert Brady (87)|
|Liam Rosenior for Robert Koren (89)|
|Robert Brady (86)|
|David Stockdale (87)|
|David Meyler (89)|
|Liam Rosenior (90)|
|· Squads: Nottingham Forest | Hull City|