Shane Long scored and also won a penalty against former club West Brom as Hull eased their relegation concerns with a win at the KC Stadium.

The Irishman went down under Craig Dawson's tackle to earn a penalty that Ben Foster saved from Nikica Jelavic before Liam Rosenior headed in.

Hull 2-0 West Brom: 'Huge' win thrills Steve Bruce

Long then added the second from Curtis Davies' knock-down in the 38th minute.

Rosenior cleared off the line from Victor Anichebe and Long hit a post from 20 yards in the second half.

Tigers manager Steve Bruce always felt that the January additions of Long and Jelavic would prove crucial to his team's survival hopes.

Bruce had targeted 10 wins for survival and this was his team's ninth of the season.

Even if West Brom felt hard done by with the manner of the penalty they conceded to Long, they must accept that the striker's ruthlessness made the difference as his new team moved comfortably into mid-table and his old employers remained deep in trouble.

A rarity from Rosenior

Rosenior's goal was his first since joining Hull in October 2010. At the start of his career the defender scored two goals in 23 appearances for Bristol City and the 29-year-old has now only scored two in 306 league games since leaving Ashton Gate for Fulham in November 2003.

Bruce, whose side are in the FA Cup semi-finals against League One Sheffield United, will have been more concerned with the knee problem that forced Long off in the closing stages than he ever was at the prospect of a toothless West Brom forcing their way back into the match.

The win moves Hull five points clear of Pepe Mel's 16th-placed Baggies, although the four teams below West Brom also lost.

The visitors did enjoy the better start, with Stephane Sessegnon driving over from outside the area and Graham Dorrans being denied by Hull goalkeeper Allan McGregor.

But David Meyler should have given the hosts the lead when he pulled away from Steven Reid only to head Tom Huddlestone's corner wide at the far post.

Just after the half hour, Jelavic kept the ball in play after a poor first touch and Foy penalised Dawson for his challenge on Long.

Hull City 2-0 WBA: Pepe Mel rues Baggies' lack of experience

Foster pulled off a fine one-handed save from Jelavic's spot-kick but Rosenior, who had not scored since October 2009, reacted quickest to head in his first goal for the club in his 133rd appearance.

West Brom goalkeeper Foster pushed over Huddlestone's drive but the Tigers doubled their lead six minutes after moving in front.

Huddlestone's corner was cleared by Dawson but Jake Livermore hooked it back into the area, Davies flicked on and Long guided in a neat finish.

After the break, Jelavic flashed a shot past the near post from Sone Aluko's cross before Rosenior headed off the line from Anichebe at the other end.

Other than Long hitting a post from around 25 yards, Hull were content to sit on their advantage and they never looked like letting go of it.

Hull manager Steve Bruce:

"We didn't play well but we did enough with our resilience and attitude to get a result that's very important at this stage.

"[Referee] Chris Foy was eight yards away [from the penalty incident] and Shane got straight back up and I thought it was maybe a bit soft but maybe there was enough contact to send him over.

"I always said that we needed 10 wins and then you get enough draws to see you home. If we can get another win to get to 36 points and a couple of draws to 38 it will keep you up this year."

West Brom head coach Pepe Mel:

"It's possible it was a penalty, but in the second half it was a penalty, too, for James Morrison.

"I think Long is a player with experience and Dawson is not and it was the same situation in the other box but Morrison and no penalty and it was a bad decision from the referee.

"When I arrived at West Brom, Shane Long was [going to] Hull and that's football. Now our only focus is to win the next match against Cardiff."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Hull City

  • 01 McGregor
  • 27 Elmohamady
  • 02 Rosenior
  • 08 Huddlestone
  • 05 Chester
  • 06 Davies
  • 24 Aluko Booked (Koren - 61' )
  • 14 Livermore
  • 18 Jelavic (Sagbo - 84' )
  • 21 Long (Quinn - 77' )
  • 07 Meyler Booked

Substitutes

  • 03 Figueroa
  • 04 Bruce
  • 10 Koren
  • 12 Fryatt
  • 20 Sagbo
  • 22 Harper
  • 29 Quinn

West Bromwich Albion

  • 01 Foster
  • 02 Reid
  • 06 Ridgewell
  • 21 Mulumbu
  • 23 McAuley (Sinclair - 79' )
  • 25 Dawson
  • 07 Morrison
  • 29 Sessegnon
  • 16 Anichebe (Berahino - 76' )
  • 50 Bifouma Koulossa (Vydra - 61' )
  • 17 Dorrans

Substitutes

  • 10 Sinclair
  • 13 Myhill
  • 20 Vydra
  • 22 Gera
  • 38 Berahino
  • 40 O'Neil
  • 42 Daniels
Ref: Chris Foy
Att: 23,486

Match Stats

Shots

12 16

On target

5 4

Corners

4 5

Fouls

17 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Hull City 2, West Bromwich Albion 0.

90:00 +3:12 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Hull City 2, West Bromwich Albion 0.

90:00 +2:42

Matej Vydra (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +2:42

Foul by Jake Livermore (Hull City).

90:00 +0:05

Foul by Liam Ridgewell (West Bromwich Albion).

90:00 +0:05

Robert Koren (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:37

Offside, Hull City. Jake Livermore tries a through ball, but Stephen Quinn is caught offside.

85:53

Attempt blocked. Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

85:18

Attempt blocked. Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matej Vydra.

84:30

Attempt saved. Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stéphane Sessegnon.

83:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. Yannick Sagbo replaces Nikica Jelavic.

83:05

Foul by Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion).

83:05

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

81:07

Scott Sinclair (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

81:07

Foul by Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City).

79:44

Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

79:44

Foul by Jake Livermore (Hull City).

78:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Scott Sinclair replaces Gareth McAuley because of an injury.

77:46

Foul by Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion).

77:46

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

76:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. Stephen Quinn replaces Shane Long because of an injury.

76:42

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

75:58

Delay in match Shane Long (Hull City) because of an injury.

75:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Saido Berahino replaces Victor Anichebe because of an injury.

72:07

Attempt missed. James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

71:41

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Curtis Davies.

71:02 Booking

Booking David Meyler (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

70:58

Steven Reid (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

70:58

Foul by David Meyler (Hull City).

68:50

Foul by Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion).

68:50

James Chester (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:19

Steven Reid (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

68:19

Foul by Robert Koren (Hull City).

67:17

Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:17

Foul by Shane Long (Hull City).

66:50

Attempt saved. Steven Reid (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Graham Dorrans with a cross.

66:05

Shane Long (Hull City) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Robert Koren.

65:27

Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:27

Foul by Nikica Jelavic (Hull City).

64:22

Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:22

Foul by Nikica Jelavic (Hull City).

61:11

Steven Reid (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:11

Foul by Shane Long (Hull City).

60:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Matej Vydra replaces Thievy.

60:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. Robert Koren replaces Sone Aluko.

60:04

Foul by Victor Anichebe (West Bromwich Albion).

60:04

Allan McGregor (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:50

Attempt missed. Steven Reid (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Graham Dorrans following a set piece situation.

57:20 Booking

Booking Sone Aluko (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

57:17

Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:17

Foul by Sone Aluko (Hull City).

56:15

Attempt blocked. Gareth McAuley (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Graham Dorrans with a cross.

55:14

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Ahmed Elmohamady.

54:43

Attempt saved. Shane Long (Hull City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nikica Jelavic with a headed pass.

53:37

Attempt blocked. Victor Anichebe (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Graham Dorrans with a cross.

53:14

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Curtis Davies.

53:06

Attempt blocked. Thievy (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Graham Dorrans with a cross.

51:51

Attempt missed. Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Sone Aluko with a cross following a set piece situation.

51:34

Foul by Victor Anichebe (West Bromwich Albion).

51:34

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

50:16

Foul by James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion).

50:16

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

48:04

Attempt blocked. Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Rosenior.

46:35

Liam Ridgewell (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:35

Foul by Nikica Jelavic (Hull City).

45:34

Liam Ridgewell (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:34

Foul by Nikica Jelavic (Hull City).

45:00

Second Half begins Hull City 2, West Bromwich Albion 0.

45:00 +2:03 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Hull City 2, West Bromwich Albion 0.

45:00 +1:58

Attempt blocked. Victor Anichebe (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Ridgewell.

45:00 +1:51

Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:00 +1:51

Foul by Tom Huddlestone (Hull City).

45:00 +1:38

Attempt blocked. Victor Anichebe (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Graham Dorrans.

44:27

Attempt blocked. Steven Reid (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Youssuf Mulumbu.

39:15

Attempt missed. James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) header from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner following a corner.

38:52

Attempt blocked. Gareth McAuley (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

38:52

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Jake Livermore.

37:30 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hull City 2, West Bromwich Albion 0. Shane Long (Hull City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Curtis Davies with a headed pass following a corner.

36:52

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Ben Foster.

36:49

Attempt saved. Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

35:45

Foul by Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion).

35:45

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

33:57

Foul by Steven Reid (West Bromwich Albion).

33:57

Liam Rosenior (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:38

Liam Ridgewell (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:38

Foul by Nikica Jelavic (Hull City).

33:04

Foul by Victor Anichebe (West Bromwich Albion).

33:04

James Chester (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:17

Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

32:17

Foul by Tom Huddlestone (Hull City).

31:00 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hull City 1, West Bromwich Albion 0. Liam Rosenior (Hull City) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner following a set piece situation.

30:58

Penalty saved! Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

29:49

Penalty conceded by Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion) after a foul in the penalty area.

29:49

Penalty Hull City. Shane Long draws a foul in the penalty area.

28:30

Attempt blocked. Thievy (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Youssuf Mulumbu.

27:17

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by David Meyler.

26:14

Attempt missed. David Meyler (Hull City) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Huddlestone with a cross following a corner.

25:48

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Gareth McAuley.

24:12

Steven Reid (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

24:12

Foul by Sone Aluko (Hull City).

21:28

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Graham Dorrans tries a through ball, but Victor Anichebe is caught offside.

17:40

Attempt blocked. James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Reid.

17:33

Attempt saved. Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Thievy.

16:36

Attempt missed. Curtis Davies (Hull City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Tom Huddlestone with a cross following a corner.

16:14

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Gareth McAuley.

15:43

Attempt blocked. Curtis Davies (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

15:12

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Graham Dorrans.

14:04

Thievy (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

14:04

Foul by Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City).

12:36

Offside, Hull City. Liam Rosenior tries a through ball, but Nikica Jelavic is caught offside.

10:37

Foul by James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion).

10:37

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

5:51

Victor Anichebe (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

5:51

Foul by Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City).

5:07

Foul by Thievy (West Bromwich Albion).

5:07

Liam Rosenior (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:27

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

3:49

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

2:00

Attempt missed. Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by James Morrison.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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