Hull City maintained their unbeaten home record this season in a flat goalless draw with Aston Villa.

Both were seeking a third consecutive league win, but without their injured top scorers - Hull's Robbie Brady and Christian Benteke of Villa - struggled to create goalscoring opportunities.

Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor spurned the game's only clear chance from 12 yards.

A long-range Tom Huddlestone strike was Hull's best effort as Villa secured only their third clean sheet of 2013.

Brady has scored in all three of Hull's league wins this season, while Benteke has hit four of Villa's nine league goals. Their absence was telling.

Bruce delighted with point for Hull

With Brady recovering from a hernia operation, Hull struggled to replace his goal threat, though they were able to keep their fourth home clean sheet of the season.

The Tigers have not beaten Villa since 1987 and, following their 3-2 win over Manchester City last week, Paul Lambert's side recalled Agbonlahor and Ashley Westwood from respective ankle and thigh injuries.

Agbonlahor was influential, but his second-half miss when unmarked inside the box was pronounced in such a tight encounter and meant Villa had to settle for a first draw of their league campaign.

The two sides with the worst possession statistics in the top flight before this fixture looked unlikely to change their ways in an opening period void of clear chances.

Villa had plenty of possession in unthreatening areas, but Hull manager Steve Bruce had warned of the visitors' counter-attacking threat and it was when pouncing on the home side's errors that Lambert's side looked lively.

Possession not king...

Ahead of this fixture, Hull (42.7%) and Aston Villa (39.9%) held the worst average possession figures in the Premier League.

Villa midfielder Fabian Delph was busy early on, but a lack of care in the final third meant Agbonlahor's saved shot from 18 yards was the visitors' only meaningful first-half attempt.

Hull were equally ineffective. Danny Graham, without a goal since January, was denied by a Leandro Bacuna interception in the six-yard box, before the Dutchman repeated the feat to deny Stephen Quinn.

Huddlestone, who was this week tipped by Bruce to add to his four England caps, had a stinging 25-yard shot saved by Brad Guzan at the end of the half, but it was Agbonlahor's wasted effort after the restart which proved decisive.

Good work by the impressive Bacuna released Andreas Weimann and his pull-back was met by the 26-year-old, but he curled his effort narrowly wide from 12 yards.

Hull's Ahmed Elmohamady shot wildly wide when he latched on to a deep cross and Karim El Ahmadi's timid late effort from range was easily held by Hull goalkeeper Allan McGregor as both sides remained in the top half of the Premier League table.

Neither team deserved to win - Lambert

Hull City manager Steve Bruce:

"There was a real lack of clear-cut chances and, for me, it had 0-0 written all over it from the first 10 minutes.

"We've won a couple at home now and drawn a couple so we'll take the point and move on."

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert:

"We had no doubts from the start that this was going to be tough and a point away from home anywhere in this league is something very valuable.

"I don't think either side did enough to win the game."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Hull City

  • 01 McGregor
  • 06 Davies Booked
  • 23 Faye
  • 02 Rosenior Booked
  • 03 Figueroa
  • 08 Huddlestone
  • 29 Quinn (Boyd - 69' )
  • 14 Livermore
  • 27 Elmohamady (Meyler - 85' )
  • 24 Aluko (Sagbo - 69' )
  • 09 Graham

Substitutes

  • 04 Bruce
  • 07 Meyler
  • 17 Boyd
  • 20 Sagbo
  • 33 Proschwitz
  • 15 McShane
  • 22 Harper

Aston Villa

  • 01 Guzan
  • 07 Bacuna
  • 06 Clark
  • 14 Luna
  • 04 Vlaar
  • 16 Delph
  • 08 El Ahmadi
  • 15 Westwood Booked (Tonev - 74' )
  • 10 Weimann
  • 11 Agbonlahor (Bowery - 75' )
  • 27 Kozák

Substitutes

  • 17 Herd
  • 24 Tonev
  • 03 Bennett
  • 13 Steer
  • 21 Bowery
  • 02 Baker
  • 18 Sylla
Ref: Mark Clattenburg
Att: 24,396

Match Stats

Shots

6 18

On target

1 4

Corners

7 7

Fouls

7 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Hull City 0, Aston Villa 0.

90:00 +4:10 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Hull City 0, Aston Villa 0.

90:00 +2:48

Attempt missed. Curtis Davies (Hull City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Curtis Davies following a set piece situation.

90:00 +2:13

Foul by Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa).

90:00 +2:13

David Meyler (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +0:03

Attempt saved. Karim El Ahmadi (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Libor Kozák.

86:39

Foul by Libor Kozák (Aston Villa).

86:39

Maynor Figueroa (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:39

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Maynor Figueroa.

84:58

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Liam Rosenior.

84:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. David Meyler replaces Ahmed Elmohamady.

82:48

Libor Kozák (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:48

Foul by George Boyd (Hull City).

78:12

Attempt missed. Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Leandro Bacuna with a cross following a corner.

77:40

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Abdoulaye Faye.

77:36

Attempt blocked. Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

75:16

Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:16

Foul by Tom Huddlestone (Hull City).

74:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aston Villa. Jordan Bowery replaces Gabriel Agbonlahor.

73:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aston Villa. Aleksandar Tonev replaces Ashley Westwood.

72:49

Hand ball by Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa).

72:26

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

70:50

Delay in match Libor Kozák (Aston Villa) because of an injury.

70:50

Delay in match Curtis Davies (Hull City) because of an injury.

70:22

Attempt saved. Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Karim El Ahmadi.

69:47

Attempt missed. Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Maynor Figueroa with a cross.

68:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. George Boyd replaces Stephen Quinn.

68:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. Yannick Sagbo replaces Sone Aluko.

67:29

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Ahmed Elmohamady.

67:28

Attempt blocked. Karim El Ahmadi (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andreas Weimann.

66:41

Attempt saved. Karim El Ahmadi (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Fabian Delph.

64:50

Attempt missed. Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa) header from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ashley Westwood following a set piece situation.

64:15

Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:15

Foul by Tom Huddlestone (Hull City).

61:51

Attempt missed. Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

61:27

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Antonio Luna.

60:15

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Libor Kozák.

59:33

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Antonio Luna.

59:31

Attempt blocked. Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Graham.

57:07

Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

57:07

Foul by Tom Huddlestone (Hull City).

55:40

Attempt blocked. Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Libor Kozák.

54:39

Foul by Fabian Delph (Aston Villa).

54:39

Sone Aluko (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

52:51

Attempt missed. Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Andreas Weimann.

50:54

Foul by Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa).

50:54

Maynor Figueroa (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Hull City 0, Aston Villa 0.

45:00 +2:00 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Hull City 0, Aston Villa 0.

45:00 +1:02

Attempt saved. Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

43:43 Booking

Booking Curtis Davies (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

43:37

Libor Kozák (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

43:37

Foul by Curtis Davies (Hull City).

42:01

Foul by Karim El Ahmadi (Aston Villa).

42:01

Sone Aluko (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

35:35

Hand ball by Libor Kozák (Aston Villa).

34:21 Booking

Booking Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card.

33:51

Foul by Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa).

33:51

Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33:03 Booking

Booking Liam Rosenior (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

32:49

Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

32:49

Foul by Liam Rosenior (Hull City).

31:32

Foul by Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa).

31:32

Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

29:47

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Ron Vlaar.

27:26

Offside, Aston Villa. Gabriel Agbonlahor tries a through ball, but Antonio Luna is caught offside.

26:52

Foul by Karim El Ahmadi (Aston Villa).

26:52

Curtis Davies (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:39

Attempt missed. Libor Kozák (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Leandro Bacuna with a cross.

22:26

Attempt missed. Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

22:00

Attempt blocked. Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

21:58

Attempt blocked. Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

21:42

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

21:06

Delay in match Libor Kozák (Aston Villa) because of an injury.

20:44

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Curtis Davies.

20:08

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Allan McGregor.

20:04

Attempt saved. Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Andreas Weimann.

18:11

Attempt missed. Danny Graham (Hull City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ahmed Elmohamady with a cross.

16:21

Offside, Hull City. Ahmed Elmohamady tries a through ball, but Stephen Quinn is caught offside.

15:19

Offside, Aston Villa. Libor Kozák tries a through ball, but Antonio Luna is caught offside.

14:50

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Ciaran Clark.

14:16

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Leandro Bacuna.

13:26

Attempt missed. Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Karim El Ahmadi.

10:46

Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

10:46

Foul by Sone Aluko (Hull City).

9:06

Attempt blocked. Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Fabian Delph.

5:46

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Antonio Luna.

5:13

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Abdoulaye Faye.

5:09

Attempt blocked. Libor Kozák (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gabriel Agbonlahor.

2:41

Foul by Libor Kozák (Aston Villa).

2:41

Curtis Davies (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:22

Attempt blocked. Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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