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Hull City 1-0 Liverpool

By Luke ReddyBBC Sport
Michael Dawson
Michael Dawson timed his run perfectly to break the offside trap for the opener
  • Dawson scores first goal since 2013
  • Hull four points clear of relegation zone
  • Liverpool seven points off top four

Hull City moved four points clear of the relegation zone with a win which leaves Liverpool almost certain to miss out on Champions League qualification.

Michael Dawson's well-timed run and header before half-time deservedly secured the points which moved the Tigers above Aston Villa in to 15th.

Jordan Henderson threatened to level but saw a volley saved after the break.

The Reds failed to create a clear opening and are now seven points behind fourth-placed Manchester United.

Hull City 1-0 Liverpool: Steve Bruce says team still have work to do

With just 12 points to play for, a second successive season in Europe's elite competition is now surely beyond Brendan Rodgers' side and a return of just four points from a possible 15 underlines the stuttering end to their season.

Hull, by contrast, have found solidity at the right time, earning back-to-back clean sheets in the Premier League for the first time since October 2013 as they put some daylight between themselves and Sunderland in 18th.

Hull City's remaining fixtures
Arsenal (h) Burnley (h) Tottenham (a) Man Utd (h)
4 May9 May16 May24 May

Indeed, another win for Steve Bruce's side would equal their best Premier League points return of 37 and looks likely to be enough to secure another top-flight campaign as the sides around them find wins hard to come by.

Bruce's side were comfortable throughout and though the visitors had 12 shots on goal, few were of serious threat and the sight of Mario Balotelli ambling off to be replaced after 65 minutes spoke volumes of Liverpool's lack of cutting edge.

The Italian had just 22 touches and with no Steven Gerrard in the squad and Raheem Sterling barely in the game, only flourishes from the busy Philippe Coutinho threatened to change the outcome.

Mario Balotelli
Mario Balotelli touched the ball just once in 20 minutes before being taken off in the second half

The Brazilian drew a smart save from Steve Harper in the opening period but Hull created better chances and were prevented a certain goal when Glen Johnson cleared off the line with Sone Aluko ready to tap home.

Liverpool have managed to keep 14 clean sheets this season, second only to Chelsea, and their defenders may point the finger at Balotelli who played Dawson onside for his first goal since New Year's Day 2013.

Hull City 1-0 Liverpool Brendan Rodgers says players will keep fighting

Three home players appeared offside in the build-up to the goal but Dawson's run was perfect and he guided a smart header home.

Liverpool's away end had patches of empty seats with some fans protesting against Premier League ticket prices and Rodgers' players could not reward those in attendance, though Henderson's volley from Coutinho's pass did work Harper.

Hull closed out just a second win in 20 attempts over Liverpool - a timely victory which poses serious questions of those around them at the bottom.

Michael Dawson scores
Michael Dawson's goal was his first since 1 January 2013
Liverpool away end
Some Liverpool fans stayed away to protest against Premier League ticket prices
Hull celebrate
Three of Hull's remaining four Premier League games will be at the KC Stadium

Line-ups

Hull

  • 22Harper
  • 5Chester
  • 21Dawson
  • 15McShane
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 14LivermoreBooked at 39mins
  • 8Huddlestone
  • 29QuinnSubstituted forRamírezat 84'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 11Brady
  • 28N'DoyeSubstituted forRoseniorat 90'minutes
  • 24AlukoSubstituted forBruceat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1McGregor
  • 2Rosenior
  • 3Figueroa
  • 4Bruce
  • 9Hernández
  • 20Sagbo
  • 25Ramírez

Liverpool

  • 22Mignolet
  • 23Can
  • 37Skrtel
  • 6LovrenSubstituted forMarkovicat 76'minutes
  • 2Johnson
  • 14Henderson
  • 24Allen
  • 10Coutinho
  • 33IbeSubstituted forLallanaat 65'minutes
  • 45BalotelliSubstituted forLambertat 65'minutes
  • 31Sterling

Substitutes

  • 1Jones
  • 4K Touré
  • 9Lambert
  • 19Manquillo
  • 20Lallana
  • 32Brannagan
  • 50Markovic
Referee:
Lee Probert
Attendance:
24,843

Match Stats

Home TeamHullAway TeamLiverpool
Possession
Home31%
Away69%
Shots
Home7
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away9
Corners
Home7
Away7
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hull City 1, Liverpool 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hull City 1, Liverpool 0.

  3. Booking

    Gastón Ramírez (Hull City) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Tom Huddlestone (Hull City).

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Glen Johnson.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Emre Can (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Henderson.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Hull City. Liam Rosenior replaces Dame N'Doye.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Robbie Brady with a cross following a corner.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Joe Allen.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Hull City. Alex Bruce replaces Sone Aluko.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Adam Lallana (Liverpool) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Joe Allen following a corner.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Robbie Brady.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Hull City. Gastón Ramírez replaces Stephen Quinn because of an injury.

  15. Post update

    Joe Allen (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Sone Aluko (Hull City).

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Lazar Markovic (Liverpool).

  19. Post update

    Dame N'Doye (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Paul McShane.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 28th April 2015

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea33238265263977
2Man City34207770363467
3Arsenal33207663323167
4Man Utd34198759342565
5Liverpool341771047371058
6Tottenham34177105549658
7Southampton341761147262157
8Swansea34148124144-350
9Stoke34138133942-347
10Everton341111124443144
11West Ham341111124242044
12Crystal Palace34119144247-542
13West Brom34910153246-1437
14Newcastle3498173657-2135
15Hull34810163245-1334
16Aston Villa3488182648-2232
17Leicester3387183551-1631
18Sunderland33515132649-2330
19QPR3476213859-2127
20Burnley34511182652-2626
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