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Hull City 1-0 Sunderland

Sunderland's Lee Cattermole is sent off against Hull

Sunderland suffered their eighth defeat in 10 Premier League games after Lee Cattermole and Andrea Dossena were sent off in the first half at Hull.

An own goal by Carlos Cuellar, under pressure from Yannick Sagbo, earned Hull manager Steve Bruce victory over his former club at the KC Stadium.

Visiting keeper Kieren Westwood was injured before Cattermole was dismissed for a foul on Ahmed Elmohamady.

Dossena was shown a red card for a shocking challenge on David Meyler.

Gus Poyet was also fortunate not to be sent from the dug-out by Andre Marriner, the Black Cats boss escaping with a lecture from the referee after allowing his frustration to boil over as his team capitulated.

The Wearside club, five points from safety, remain second from bottom in the Premier League table - the feel-good factor from last weekend's win over Newcastle destroyed by a dreadful first 45 minutes against Hull.

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Bruce's preparations for the match against the club he managed for almost two-and-a-half years before he was sacked in November 2011 were thrown into chaos less than an hour before kick-off.

The Hull boss was forced to reshuffle his plans when Nigeria international forward Sone Aluko was injured in the warm-up, and Meyler was drafted into the starting line-up against his former club.

After a quiet start, the KC Stadium erupted when Cuellar headed into his own net while under pressure from Sagbo following Liam Rosenior's 25th minute cross.

It was downhill all the way after that for Poyet and his players.

Westwood was forced off with a neck injury two minutes before half-time while challenging for the ball with Tigers defender Paul McShane, and former Arsenal goalkeeper Vito Mannone came on for his Sunderland league debut.

Then the visitors found themselves down to nine men as Cattermole and Dossena both received straight red cars in first-half stoppage time.

Cattermole's challenge on Elmohamady split the Egypt international's boot, while Meyler was fortunate not to suffer a serious injury after an ugly attempt at a tackle by former Liverpool defender Dossena.

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Hull struggled to press home their two-man advantage after the interval, Jake Livermore rattling the woodwork.

But it required a fine save by Steve Harper to deny Sunderland substitute Adam Johnson an equaliser, the Hull keeper spreading his body to deny the former Manchester City player when he was clean through.

Hull City manager Steve Bruce:

"To be fair to Sunderland they defended for their lives in the second half and we needed a second goal.

"We were helped today because it's not often you play against nine men. We've made a really decent start to the season.

"That's gone now (managing Sunderland). I've moved on and it's water under the bridge."

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet:

"Tactically it was out best 45 minutes so far (second half). We had a couple of chances and on another day that chance for Adam Johnson goes in.

"I'm proud of how my players reacted because it was a challenge after losing the goalkeeper and then having two players sent off."

Line-ups

Hull

  • 22Harper
  • 2RoseniorSubstituted forProschwitzat 70'minutes
  • 3FigueroaBooked at 90mins
  • 7MeylerSubstituted forKorenat 57'minutes
  • 6Davies
  • 15McShane
  • 27Elmohamady
  • 14Livermore
  • 20Sagbo
  • 8Huddlestone
  • 17BoydSubstituted forBradyat 76'minutesBooked at 88mins

Substitutes

  • 10Koren
  • 11Brady
  • 16Jakupovic
  • 18Nagy
  • 23Faye
  • 29Quinn
  • 33Proschwitz

Sunderland

  • 20WestwoodSubstituted forMannoneat 43'minutes
  • 2Bardsley
  • 3DossenaBooked at 45mins
  • 33CattermoleBooked at 45mins
  • 24Cuéllar
  • 16O'Shea
  • 7Larsson
  • 14Colback
  • 17AltidoreSubstituted forJohnsonat 45'minutes
  • 9Fletcher
  • 31BoriniSubstituted forBrownat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Ki Sung-yueng
  • 5Brown
  • 8Gardner
  • 11Johnson
  • 12Celustka
  • 23Giaccherini
  • 25Mannone
Referee:
Andre Marriner
Attendance:
24,677

Match Stats

Home TeamHullAway TeamSunderland
Possession
Home70%
Away30%
Shots
Home25
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home17
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Hull City 1, Sunderland 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hull City 1, Sunderland 0.

Foul by Tom Huddlestone (Hull City).

Carlos Cuéllar (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Attempt blocked. Robbie Brady (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

Attempt missed. John O'Shea (Sunderland) with an attempt from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Sebastian Larsson following a set piece situation.

Booking

Maynor Figueroa (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Maynor Figueroa (Hull City).

Jack Colback (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Phillip Bardsley (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner following a set piece situation.

Booking

Robbie Brady (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Robbie Brady (Hull City).

Adam Johnson (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Attempt missed. Robert Koren (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Robert Koren.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Wes Brown.

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

Offside, Hull City. Tom Huddlestone tries a through ball, but Robert Koren is caught offside.

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

Foul by Nick Proschwitz (Hull City).

Jack Colback (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jake Livermore (Hull City) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Nick Proschwitz.

Attempt saved. Adam Johnson (Sunderland) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Vito Mannone.

Foul by Nick Proschwitz (Hull City).

Vito Mannone (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Paul McShane (Hull City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Huddlestone with a cross.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Phillip Bardsley.

Attempt missed. Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Robbie Brady replaces George Boyd.

Foul by Nick Proschwitz (Hull City).

Wes Brown (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

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

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

Foul by Steven Fletcher (Sunderland).

Attempt missed. Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Nick Proschwitz replaces Liam Rosenior.

Attempt missed. Maynor Figueroa (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Huddlestone.

goal

As It Stood

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4Man City1061328111719
5Southampton10541114719
6Tottenham961295419
7Everton95311410418
8Man Utd105231713417
9Newcastle104241416-214
10Hull10424810-214
11West Brom103431010013
12Swansea93241211111
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14West Ham1024488010
15Fulham103161015-510
16Stoke10235711-49
17Cardiff9234813-59
18Norwich10226620-148
19Sunderland10118722-154
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