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Preston North End 1-0 Hull City

Preston v Hull City
Paul Gallagher (right) has scored four goals this season

Paul Gallagher's goal gave Preston victory over a poor Hull City.

The hosts had the better of the first half, but Adam Reach, Joe Garner and Will Keane all failed to test Tigers keeper Allan McGregor when well-placed.

Gallagher gave Preston a deserved lead when he swept home from Daniel Johnson's free-kick after the break.

The Tigers, who have not won away from home since 3 November, struggled for any kind of rhythm and could easily have lost by more.

The defeat, coupled with Middlesbrough's win over Sheffield Wednesday, means Hull are now three points outside the top two having played a game more.

Preston, who are now seven points clear of the bottom three, should have taken an early lead when Reach fired over from inside the area before striker Garner wasted an equally presentable opportunity.

Keane then saw a low shot fly just wide of the post as the hosts completely dominated the first half.

The Tigers brought on former England international Tom Huddlestone at the break and the midfielder forced a save from Jordan Pickford almost immediately.

However, they found themselves behind in the 66th minute when Johnson rolled a free-kick across the area and the unmarked Gallagher slotted past McGregor.

Steve Bruce's side thought they had secured a point in the last second from a goalmouth scramble but the officials ruled the ball had not crossed the line.

Preston boss Simon Grayson:

"I've seen on the TV replays that it's not over the line. John Welsh has made a great clearance and we're fortunate because sometimes them decisions go against you.

"But it's the right decision, we've probably earned the luck today that we've not had over the last couple of weeks, like with the goalkeeper being sent off at Leeds a few weeks ago.

"It's the right decision, a clear decision and a decision we are grateful (for)."

Hull boss Steve Bruce:

"We needed a break when you're not playing well, like we didn't. We found it very difficult today and, to be fair, away from home it is too often that we're not performing anywhere near the level we're capable of.

"It is three successive defeats and if you're going to win leagues or win titles then we've got to eradicate that quickly because it's not a great trait to have.

"Unfortunately, the linesman has got a horrible decision with an offside and a horrible decision which he has got to see that (the ball crossed the line), even though he is 50 yards away.

"The reaction of all the players tells you it is over the line. They've got away with it."

Hull City
Hull City have failed to score in their last two away games

Line-ups

Preston

  • 1Pickford
  • 2VermijlSubstituted forWoodsat 89'minutes
  • 6Wright
  • 5Clarke
  • 3Cunningham
  • 12GallagherSubstituted forBrownhillat 78'minutes
  • 19Welsh
  • 11Johnson
  • 32Reach
  • 9Keane
  • 14GarnerSubstituted forHugillat 90+4'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Kilkenny
  • 13Doyle
  • 15Woods
  • 20Davies
  • 22Brownhill
  • 25Hugill
  • 43Kirkland

Hull

  • 1McGregor
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 12Maguire
  • 6DaviesBooked at 61mins
  • 26RobertsonBooked at 90mins
  • 14LivermoreBooked at 70mins
  • 7MeylerSubstituted forHuddlestoneat 45'minutesBooked at 65mins
  • 10Snodgrass
  • 11Clucas
  • 15MaloneySubstituted forDiaméat 71'minutes
  • 19AkpomSubstituted forHernándezat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Taylor
  • 8Huddlestone
  • 9Hernández
  • 16Jakupovic
  • 17Diamé
  • 20Hayden
  • 25Diomande
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
13,891

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamHull
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home16
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Preston North End 1, Hull City 0.

  2. Booking

    Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) is shown the yellow card.

  3. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Preston North End 1, Hull City 0.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Hull City. Conceded by John Welsh.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Abel Hernández (Hull City) right footed shot from very close range is blocked.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Robert Snodgrass (Hull City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mohamed Diamé.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mohamed Diamé (Hull City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Andrew Robertson with a cross following a corner.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Will Keane.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Preston North End. Jordan Hugill replaces Joe Garner.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Robert Snodgrass (Hull City).

  11. Post update

    Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Curtis Davies (Hull City) header from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass with a cross.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Preston North End. Calum Woods replaces Marnick Vermijl.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Will Keane.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Robert Snodgrass (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ahmed Elmohamady.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Abel Hernández (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Robert Snodgrass (Hull City).

  18. Post update

    Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Adam Reach (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Robertson (Hull City).