Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic helped earn Stoke City a point as the Potters held Hull City to a drab goalless draw.

Begovic, who passed a late fitness test on a thigh injury, produced fingertip first-half saves from Ahmed Elmohamady and Yannick Sagbo, before brilliantly keeping out a header from the former.

Stephen Ireland had a goal ruled out for Stoke after Peter Crouch's initial header was saved by Allan McGregor.

The Scot then saved from Crouch before Ryan Shawcross headed against the bar.

McGregor had been untested for most of the game but needed to be at his best in the closing 20 minutes as Stoke finally became an attacking force.

While there was little on-field action, Hull supporters continued their defiance towards owner Assem Allam's plans to change the club's name to Hull Tigers.

Allam announced in August the business that runs the club had already been renamed Hull City Tigers, and on Wednesday he formally applied to the Football Association to change the club's name.

Lacking firepower

Hull City have only scored more than once in three of their 18 games in all competitions this season, while striker Danny Graham has just one goal in 30 Premier League matches

Unhappy Hull supporters, who have set up the City Till We Die protest group to oppose the plans, voiced their feelings sporadically throughout, with the travelling supporters also taunting their counterparts.

The disruption has appeared to galvanise the Tigers at home - their last game at the KC Stadium a victory over Liverpool.

Steve Bruce's men went into the game having lost only once in front of their own fans this season, while Stoke's only away win was back in August, at West Ham.

The Potters, though, are exhibiting their best form since Mark Hughes took charge in the summer - with just one defeat in seven - but they showed little sign of taking the lead in an uneventful first 45 minutes shaded by the hosts.

Hull almost took the lead through Elmohamady's dipping volley, which was tipped over by a diving Begovic.

Stoke were showing signs of trying to implement the passing football that Hughes is encouraging, but there was little to threaten Hull early on.

Home comfort

Hull have kept a clean sheet in five out of their eight home league games so far this season. Their only Premier League home defeat came against Crystal Palace.

And the hosts were looking far more threatening as Begovic was again called into action, tipping Sagbo's low strike wide after a good cross from Elmohamady.

They should have been ahead midway through the half when Curtis Davies rose unmarked eight yards out, but he could only head Tom Huddlestone's free-kick wide.

Little improved in terms of quality and excitement after the break as the sides struggled to break each other down, with Shawcross diverting the ball well wide with his knee when a corner found him five yards from goal.

Marko Arnautovic spurned the visitors' best chance as, after latching on to a Maynor Figueroa header, he dallied on the ball with an unmarked Oussama Assaidi waiting for the pass.

Ireland then drove wide from 20 yards as Stoke finally showed signs of coming to life as an attacking force.

And the visitors thought they had taken the lead when Ireland tapped the ball into the net, following McGregor's save from Crouch's downward header, but the flag was rightly raised for offside.

And just minutes later Shawcross saw a looping header hit the top of the crossbar as the visitors almost snatched just their second away win of the season.

Hull assistant manager Steve Agnew:

"I think there were limited chances at either end and it was probably a fair result.

"In the first half, the goalkeeper pulled off two terrific saves. The team have been magnificent defensively, another clean sheet.

"The players have worked extremely hard from day one and I think we are very much in a position we are pleased with.

"Today I thought the assistant did his job very well, Stephen Ireland was quite clearly offside."

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes:

"I thought we were the side who demonstrated more control, we had more clear-cut chances. I am pleased enough with the performance.

"The only frustration is maybe because we haven't taken maximum points given the chances we created. Their goalkeeper made some outstanding saves. I thought we were totally in control.

"We have good ability we just need that cutting edge. I was pleased. We have been reasonably consistent and we will get better."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Hull City

  • 01 McGregor
  • 27 Elmohamady
  • 03 Figueroa
  • 06 Davies
  • 04 Bruce (Brady - 67' )
  • 05 Chester
  • 14 Livermore
  • 07 Meyler (Rosenior - 78' )
  • 09 Graham (Boyd - 82' )
  • 20 Sagbo Booked
  • 08 Huddlestone

Substitutes

  • 02 Rosenior
  • 10 Koren
  • 11 Brady
  • 15 McShane
  • 17 Boyd
  • 22 Harper
  • 23 Faye

Stoke City

  • 01 Begovic
  • 20 Cameron
  • 05 Muniesa (Pieters - 66' )
  • 15 N'Zonzi
  • 17 Shawcross
  • 12 Wilson
  • 10 Arnautovic (Adam - 90' )
  • 06 Whelan (Palacios - 78' )
  • 25 Crouch
  • 32 Ireland
  • 24 Assaidi

Substitutes

  • 03 Pieters
  • 07 Pennant
  • 08 Palacios
  • 09 Jones
  • 16 Adam
  • 28 Wilkinson
  • 29 Sørensen
Ref: Mike Dean
Att: 23,324

Match Stats

Shots

13 11

On target

4 2

Corners

7 5

Fouls

11 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Hull City 0, Stoke City 0.

90:00 +3:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Hull City 0, Stoke City 0.

90:00 +1:52

Charlie Adam (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +1:52

Foul by Tom Huddlestone (Hull City).

90:00 +0:52

Foul by Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City).

90:00 +0:52

Robbie Brady (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stoke City. Charlie Adam replaces Marko Arnautovic.

86:00

Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:00

Foul by Yannick Sagbo (Hull City).

84:13

Foul by Stephen Ireland (Stoke City).

84:13

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

83:30

Offside, Hull City. Liam Rosenior tries a through ball, but George Boyd is caught offside.

81:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. George Boyd replaces Danny Graham.

79:24

Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

79:24

Foul by Maynor Figueroa (Hull City).

77:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stoke City. Wilson Palacios replaces Glenn Whelan.

77:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. Liam Rosenior replaces David Meyler.

76:05

Attempt missed. Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

74:49

Attempt missed. Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

74:47

Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Marko Arnautovic with a cross following a corner.

74:18

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Allan McGregor.

74:17

Attempt saved. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Stephen Ireland with a cross.

70:33

Offside, Stoke City. Peter Crouch tries a through ball, but Stephen Ireland is caught offside.

70:30

Attempt saved. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Geoff Cameron with a cross.

70:17

Attempt blocked. Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

69:31

Foul by Robbie Brady (Hull City).

69:31

Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:58

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

68:58

Foul by Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City).

67:43

Attempt missed. Stephen Ireland (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

67:16

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by James Chester.

66:36

Foul by Jake Livermore (Hull City).

66:36

Erik Pieters (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

66:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. Robbie Brady replaces Alex Bruce because of an injury.

65:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stoke City. Erik Pieters replaces Marc Muniesa.

63:48

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Marc Wilson.

63:40

Attempt blocked. Jake Livermore (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

60:14

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Marc Wilson.

59:51

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Asmir Begovic.

59:48

Attempt saved. Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Maynor Figueroa with a cross.

58:25 Booking

Booking Yannick Sagbo (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

58:20

Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:20

Foul by Yannick Sagbo (Hull City).

57:49

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Glenn Whelan.

55:40

Attempt missed. Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) right footed shot from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Marko Arnautovic with a cross following a corner.

55:19

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by James Chester.

54:34

Attempt missed. Jake Livermore (Hull City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by David Meyler.

53:24

Attempt missed. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Marko Arnautovic.

52:22

Foul by Marc Wilson (Stoke City).

52:22

Yannick Sagbo (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:53

Attempt blocked. Jake Livermore (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Meyler.

50:02

Attempt missed. Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

47:30

Peter Crouch (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

47:30

Foul by Alex Bruce (Hull City).

45:36

Offside, Stoke City. Ryan Shawcross tries a through ball, but Peter Crouch is caught offside.

45:00

Second Half begins Hull City 0, Stoke City 0.

45:00 +1:23 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Hull City 0, Stoke City 0.

45:00 +0:33

Hand ball by David Meyler (Hull City).

43:41

Hand ball by Marc Muniesa (Stoke City).

42:18

Attempt missed. Yannick Sagbo (Hull City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Danny Graham with a headed pass.

36:30

Offside, Stoke City. Marko Arnautovic tries a through ball, but Oussama Assaidi is caught offside.

35:22

Attempt missed. Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Yannick Sagbo.

34:20

Offside, Hull City. Allan McGregor tries a through ball, but Yannick Sagbo is caught offside.

32:40

Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

32:40

Foul by James Chester (Hull City).

31:32

Dangerous play by Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City).

31:32

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

30:56

Marc Muniesa (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:56

Foul by Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City).

30:28

Foul by Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City).

30:28

David Meyler (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:03

Offside, Stoke City. Steven N'Zonzi tries a through ball, but Oussama Assaidi is caught offside.

25:07

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

24:43

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

24:43

Foul by Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City).

23:08

Attempt missed. Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Peter Crouch with a headed pass.

22:23

Attempt blocked. Maynor Figueroa (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

21:33

Jake Livermore (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21:33

Dangerous play by Stephen Ireland (Stoke City).

20:52

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Asmir Begovic.

20:49

Attempt saved. Yannick Sagbo (Hull City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ahmed Elmohamady.

20:06

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

20:06

Dangerous play by Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City).

18:59

Attempt blocked. Danny Graham (Hull City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Maynor Figueroa.

15:34

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Alex Bruce.

15:00

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Curtis Davies.

14:08

Yannick Sagbo (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:08

Foul by Glenn Whelan (Stoke City).

11:57

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Asmir Begovic.

11:56

Attempt saved. Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

11:15

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Marc Wilson.

11:14

Attempt blocked. Danny Graham (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Yannick Sagbo.

7:35

Attempt saved. Maynor Figueroa (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Danny Graham.

5:31

Foul by Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City).

5:31

Yannick Sagbo (Hull City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

4:51

Foul by Stephen Ireland (Stoke City).

4:51

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

2:24

Foul by Jake Livermore (Hull City).

2:24

Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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