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Summary

  1. Niasse handed harsh straight red for tackle on Niang
  2. Hull kick off two points clear of the relegation zone
  3. Watford sit 10th going into the game on 40 points
  4. Hull make two changes - Elmohamady and Evandro for Dawson and Huddlestone
  5. Britos for Mariappa in only change for Watford

Live Reporting

By Jamie Strickland

All times stated are UK

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FULL-TIME

Hull 2-0 Watford

That is a huge, huge result for Hull City. 

More magic by Marco Silva and the Tigers stay in control of their own Premier League destiny.

Marco Silva
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Hull 2-0 Watford

Four minutes of added time will be played.

'Hull deserve their lead'

Hull City 2-0 Watford

Dean Saunders

Ex-Liverpool and Wales striker on Final Score

This afternoon has been a rollercoaster ride! Hull City, the spirit and determination that team has shown to get a result is superb. Hull deserve their lead, fair and square. 

When I sold Sam Clucas to Hull and got a million pounds for Chesterfield, I told him he was never allowed to score against Swansea. His goal today might have sent the Swans down!

Sam Clucas
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SUBSTITUTION

Hull 2-0 Watford

Another change from Hull as they bid to see this out. 

Off goes Grosicki and on comes club captain Michael Dawson. 

Five at the back now for the Tigers.

SUBSTITUTION

Hull 2-0 Watford

Hull take off goalscorer Markovic to warm applause. Tom Huddlestone comes on.

Markovic
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YELLOW CARD

Hull 2-0 Watford

Andrew Robertson is the latest Hull name in the referee's book for kicking the ball away.

Hull 2-0 Watford

Hull just need to see this out now. So far they are doing just that but Watford still pose a threat coming forward, especially against 10 men.

GOAL

Hull 2-0 Watford

Clucas strike
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Wow - Sam Clucas, take a bow.

A brilliant goal by the Hull midfielder, who picks up the ball 30 yards from goal after Watford clear a corner, controls and fires an unerring shot into the top corner. 

A quite wonderful strike and 10-man Hull lead 2-0. Amazing scenes.

Clucas celebrates
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GOAL for Hull

Sam Clucas

Close!

Hull City 1-0 Watford

So nearly two for the Tigers!

Sam Clucas' free-kick is just wide of the target with Gomes beaten.

YELLOW CARD

Hull City 1-0 Watford

Watford's Prodl is booked for a pull back on Markovic. 

Free-kick to Hull.

Prodl booked
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YELLOW CARD

Hull City 1-0 Watford

Lazar Markovic goes into the book for deliberate handball.

'All credit to the Hull players'

Hull City 1-0 Watford

Leon Osman

Ex-Everton midfielder on Final Score

What a great header that was from Lazar Markovic. You can see how much that means to Hull as a team, with some players sinking to their knees and the manager going absolutely crazy.

Circumstances can dictate how you play, and today Hull have sat deep and defended well. But it's been impressive, and all credit to the players and Marco Silva.

Hull City 1-0 Watford

The Goal Decison System has just ruled that Markovic's initial header did not cross the line, so it was vital that he followed in to slam home. 

Big moment in a big game. 

Hull are back out the bottom three as it stands.

GOAL

Hull City 1-0 Watford

Markovic
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Amazing stuff - the 10 men of Hull lead and it's Lazar Makovic who gets it!

Moments after Jakupovic made a key save from Capoue, Hull break quickly downfield. Grosicki crosses from the right and fellow winger Markovic is the man in the middle to head a chance towards goal, which bounces down on the line before the on-loan Liverpool man made sure from a yard.

What a result this would be for the Tigers. Can they hold on?

Markovic
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GOAL for Hull City

Lazar Markovic

GREAT SAVE!

Hull City 0-0 Watford

Dismal defending from Hull. A long throw is allowed to bounce not once but twice inside the area. The ball falls for Etienne Capoue to shoot from five yards but Jakupovic sticks out a boot to save.

Hull City 0-0 Watford

Better from Hull. They win their first corner after a good run by Grosicki. 

However, in keeping with a frustrating day for the hosts so far, the corner kick is too close to the Watford goalkeeper who collects with ease.

Hull City 0-0 Watford

So what do you do if you're Marco Silva? Does he shut up shop, play for a point and live to fight another day, or does he throw caution to the wind?

Three points will ensure the Tigers end the weekend outside the drop zone. As it stands, one goal will do just that. The temptation to go for it is certainly obvious, despite their numerical disadvantage.

Silva
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Hull City 0-0 Watford

For all Hull have every right to be aggrieved about the red card, the fact is when they have had they ball they have been guilty of squandering possession. 

The same cannot be said of Watford, who have passed the ball around well and carved Hull open at will. Another such moves ends with a low cross into the Hull area but Maguire clears.

N'Diaye
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Should Hull have had a penalty?

Hull City 0-0 Watford

We're getting some replays of that Hull penalty appeal at the end of the first half and it looks like they had a case as it seems Grosicki was definitely caught by Amrabat as he looked to shoot. 

One more grievance for the home faithful.

Hull penalty appeal
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KICK-OFF

Hull City 0-0 Watford

Ten-man Hull get us under way. 

SUBSTITUTION

Hull City 0-0 Watford

Abel Hernandez is coming on to add a focal point to Hull's attack. Evandro makes way.

HALF-TIME

Hull City 0-0 Watford

An odd end to the half. 

Hull are seething at the official for that red card, a decision which is sure to dominate discussion on Match of the Day later - especially if Hull go on to lose this vital game.

Watford, too, are unhappy with Madley over his failure to punish Ranocchia for that challenge on Niang at the end of the half. 

The referee goes into the tunnel amid howls of abuse from the home support.

Officials
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HALF-TIME

Hull City 0-0 Watford

Half-hearted Hull penalty appeals as Grosicki goes down in the area but the referee waves it away.

A minute later Ranocchia goes in heavily on Niang and seems to catch him, but referee Madley gives nothing.

Hull City 0-0 Watford

Two minutes of added time to be played. Hull need the whistle quickly.

Grosicki
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Hull City 0-0 Watford

Watford win their sixth corner of the match as Maguire diverts the ball narrowly over the bar from Niang's cross. Hull's goal survives again - just - but it's frantic back there.

Hull City 0-0 Watford

Markovic is now the man most advanced for Hull in the absence of Niasse but he's not seeing anything of the ball - Watford are all over them at the moment. 

YELLOW CARD

Hull City 0-0 Watford

Alfred N'Diaye goes into the book for Hull after an agricultural challenge on Amrabat.

The last thing they need is to go down to nine men.

Hull City 0-0 Watford

This Watford side are really well drilled. They are all over Hull when they lose possession, even though their Premier League status is as good as secured. 

Janmaat
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Hull City 0-0 Watford

Troy Deeney hits the base of the post for Watford but the offside flag had been raised. 

A minute later Nordin Amrabat works a shooting chance on the edge of the box but Hull's defenders crowd him out.

From the resulting corner, Britos heads wastefully wide. 

Hull wobbling here. 

Deeney
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Britos
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Hull City 0-0 Watford

Niang getting booed by the Hull fans every time he touches the ball after his reaction to that red-card challenge.

It's a hard one to judge to be honest. He was certainly caught by Niasse and it looks like his sock was ripped, but the impact itself looked light.

Niang
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GREAT SAVE!

Hull City 0-0 Watford

Superb stop by Eldin Jakupovic to keep the scoreline blank.

Watford defender Prodl heads towards goal from a corner and Jakupovic sticks out a hand to tip it over the bar.

Hull City 0-0 Watford

Janmaat's cross is cut out for a corner as Watford seek to add to Hull's misery.

'Games are being ruined by refereeing'

Hull City 0-0 Watford

Dean Saunders

Ex-Liverpool and Wales striker on Final Score

Parents pay fortunes for their children to go and watch these games, and the best players are sitting in the stands. There is no chance that should be a sending-off. Games are being ruined by refereeing like that. 

When you're down the bottom you need a bit of luck, and that red card for Oumar Niasse is very unlucky. The manager, Marco Silva, is absolutely raging on the sidelines.

Silva
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RED CARD

Oumar Niasse

Niasse reacts
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This is a hugely controversial one. Referee Madley issues a straight red card to Oumar Niasse after he challenges for the ball with M'Baye Niang.

It was a lazy leg left out by the striker but certainly there did not seem to be any intent to catch the man. 

With Premier League safety at stake, that is a massive call by the official. 

Niasse
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Hull City 0-0 Watford

Frustration for Hull. 

They finally get Watford outnumbered at the back and all Grosicki has to do is weight a good pass to Robertson but he gets it wrong and the goalkeeper collects.

Robertson
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Hull City 0-0 Watford

Referee Bobby Madley has just taken exception to Elmohamady making a pair of glasses with his hands at the official after he missed an obvious handball. 

Madley has a word with Elmohamady and skipper Maguire, but no card shown.

Hull City 0-0 Watford

I don't suppose the Hull players are aware of this yet, but Swansea have taken the lead against Stoke to drop the Tigers into the bottom three as it stands. 

The stakes in this game just got a little bit higher...