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Hull City 1-1 Nottingham Forest

Sone Aluko scores for Hull against Nottingham Forest
Sone Aluko scored 15 minutes after coming on to replace Moses Odubajo

Sone Aluko's equaliser denied Paul Williams victory in his first game as Nottingham Forest boss, but Hull missed the chance to go second in the table.

The Tigers, who have now won just once in six Championship matches, would have gone above Middlesbrough with victory.

Forest sacked boss Dougie Freedman on Sunday after a run of five defeats in six, but Gary Gardner's 30-yard strike put them ahead at the break.

Hull substitute Aluko rescued a draw, sliding the ball in after a deflection.

The goal came with 17 minutes remaining and lifted a restless home crowd who had seen their side struggle to create chances against an impressive Forest defence.

Although Abel Hernandez hit the post early on, Hull, who drop to fourth, were lifeless in attack and Gardner's sensational strike, after a neat passing move, increased the nerves.

Federico Macheda infographic

Reds substitute Oliver Burke, who replaced debutant Federico Macheda following his loan move from Cardiff, could have made it 2-0 after a swift counter-attack.

But the hosts rallied, with Aluko making the most of a cruel deflection from Tom Huddlestone's shot to make it 1-1 and Mohamed Diame wasting a great chance for victory when he fired an effort just wide.

Hull manager Steve Bruce:

"It's really frustrating. We don't deserve to lose the game, that's for sure and they've scored a wonder goal and we've had enough chances to settle us down really.

"There's still 10 games to go or whatever it is. There's a lot of water to go under the bridge but we have to handle the situation at home better than what we're handling it at the moment. Everybody's anxious, which is not a good thing.

"We need to go up to Middlesbrough and get a result and hopefully that can be the case - there is no reason why we can't - and come back for the last five games and produce the sort of performances which has got us in this position because the last two or three weeks has been very frustrating."

Nottingham Forest manager Paul Williams:

"I don't think anyone gave us a chance tonight. Credit to the players that we took the game to Hull, especially early on.

"I asked every player to be themselves and be the best they could. Don't think it's about me and playing for me, just play for yourselves."

"My job is to prepare the team for a spicy local derby [against Derby County on Saturday] and that is what I will do.

"There are so many permutations, players who have played for both teams. The game isn't going to be about me."

Gary Gardner
Gary Gardner's strike was his first goal in 13 games for Forest this season
Sone Aluko
Aluko's only other goal in 25 appearances this season came in a 2-1 win over Fulham in August



Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1McGregor
  • 2OdubajoSubstituted forAlukoat 58'minutes
  • 21Dawson
  • 6Davies
  • 26RobertsonBooked at 41minsSubstituted forAkpomat 80'minutes
  • 27El MohamadyBooked at 76mins
  • 8Huddlestone
  • 11Clucas
  • 10Snodgrass
  • 17Diamé
  • 9Hernández


  • 4Bruce
  • 12Maguire
  • 16Jakupovic
  • 19Akpom
  • 20Hayden
  • 24Aluko
  • 25Diomande

Nottm Forest

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1de Vries
  • 2Lichaj
  • 5Mills
  • 4Mancienne
  • 3Jokic
  • 15Mendes da GraçaBooked at 74minsSubstituted forBlackstockat 85'minutes
  • 24Vaughan
  • 22Gardner
  • 8CohenSubstituted forTescheat 72'minutes
  • 38OsbornBooked at 44mins
  • 18MachedaSubstituted forBurkeat 58'minutes


  • 6Wilson
  • 23Blackstock
  • 26Evtimov
  • 32Tesche
  • 34Walker
  • 35Burke
  • 37Grant
Andy Davies

Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hull City 1, Nottingham Forest 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hull City 1, Nottingham Forest 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Abel Hernández (Hull City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Sone Aluko with a cross.

  4. Post update

    Michael Dawson (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Dexter Blackstock (Nottingham Forest).

  6. Post update

    Foul by Robert Snodgrass (Hull City).

  7. Post update

    Bojan Jokic (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Matt Mills.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Mohamed Diamé (Hull City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Michael Mancienne.

  11. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  12. Post update

    Delay in match Gary Gardner (Nottingham Forest) because of an injury.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sone Aluko (Hull City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Dexter Blackstock replaces Ryan Mendes.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Michael Dawson.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Oliver Burke.

  17. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Hull City. Chuba Akpom replaces Andrew Robertson.

  19. Post update

    Delay in match Matt Mills (Nottingham Forest) because of an injury.

  20. Booking

    Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

As It Stood

6Sheff Wed371514853361759
14Nottm Forest371113133435-146
19Bristol City371010173458-2440
21MK Dons37910183149-1837
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