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Sone Aluko
Steve Bruce's side now have seven points from three matches played and are joint-top with Ipswich

Sone Aluko's late winner against Fulham saw Hull move level on points with Championship leaders Ipswich.

Ahmed Elmohamady gave the home side the lead, heading home from an Andrew Robertson cross in the 34th minute.

Former Hull favourite Tom Cairney brought the away side level with a stunning strike from 20 yards that flew past Allan McGregor.

But Hull rallied and Aluko's close-range finish after a Nikica Jelavic knock-down was a deserved winner.

Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli and striker Matt Smith both suffered knee-ligament damage in a collision just before half-time.

England Under-21 international Bettinelli raced off his line to close down Hull forward Abel Hernandez and ran into his team-mate, with both players having to be replaced.

Kit Symons's side slip to 21st in the Championship table, just above the relegation zone with one point from their first three games.

Hull City manager Steve Bruce: "If we've got what we've got now then I'm very, very confident we'll mount a challenge.

"If we lose another four or five then we're goosed, that's my fear. That's being brutally honest and that's what we need to guard against.

"We showed a bit of resilience, and we didn't really play well in the second half after the first-half dominance. We're unbeaten since we've been back, so we're starting to get a little bit of confidence."

Fulham manager Kit Symons: "In the second half, we really upped our game; played on the front foot, took the game to Hull and scored a very good goal.

"We're in the ascendancy then. To then go and lose it from that position is hard to take but it's only three games in and I'm sick of saying the same things already.

"It can't be down to fitness, it must just be down to concentration, not being street-wise enough. It's costing us dearly and it needs to change."

Line-ups

Hull

  • 1McGregor
  • 2Odubajo
  • 21Dawson
  • 6Davies
  • 26Robertson
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 7Meyler
  • 8HuddlestoneSubstituted forHaydenat 78'minutes
  • 24Aluko
  • 19AkpomSubstituted forJelavicat 72'minutes
  • 9HernándezSubstituted forClucasat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Taylor
  • 11Clucas
  • 12Maguire
  • 16Jakupovic
  • 18Jelavic
  • 20Hayden
  • 32Luer

Fulham

  • 1BettinelliSubstituted forLonerganat 45+2'minutes
  • 2Richards
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 6BodurovBooked at 60mins
  • 15Voser
  • 10Cairney
  • 21Christensen
  • 23O'HaraBooked at 90mins
  • 18PringleBooked at 35minsSubstituted forKacaniklicat 87'minutes
  • 44McCormack
  • 9SmithSubstituted forDembeleat 45+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Kacaniklic
  • 16Woodrow
  • 19Tunnicliffe
  • 24Lonergan
  • 25Dembele
  • 32Kavanagh
  • 33Burn
Referee:
Graham Salisbury
Attendance:
16,579

Match Stats

Home TeamHullAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home10
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away1
Fouls
Home8
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hull City 2, Fulham 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hull City 2, Fulham 1.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Hull City. Ahmed Elmohamady tries a through ball, but Sone Aluko is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Kay Voser (Fulham).

  6. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  7. Booking

    Jamie O'Hara (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Delay in match Isaac Hayden (Hull City) because of an injury.

  9. Post update

    Isaac Hayden (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Jamie O'Hara (Fulham).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Alexander Kacaniklic replaces Ben Pringle.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Hull City 2, Fulham 1. Sone Aluko (Hull City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nikica Jelavic with a headed pass.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Moussa Dembele.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham).

  16. Post update

    Foul by David Meyler (Hull City).

  17. Post update

    Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Hull City. Isaac Hayden replaces Tom Huddlestone.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Michael Dawson (Hull City).