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Hull City 5-1 Rotherham United

Mohamed Diame
Midfielder Mohamed Diame netted his ninth goal of 2015-16 with a cool finish for Hull's fourth

Hull City prepared for the Championship play-offs in style, coming from behind to thrash Rotherham United.

Rotherham led through Lee Frecklington but goals from Robert Snodgrass, Abel Hernandez, Jake Livermore and Mohamed Diame put Hull 4-1 up by half-time.

Livermore added his second and the hosts' fifth after the break and the visitors slipped to 21st in the table.

Victory secured Hull home advantage in the second leg of their play-off semi-final against fifth-placed Derby.

Steve Bruce named arguably his strongest side, resisting the chance to rest key players, and was rewarded with a classy, bicycle kick from Hernandez - the Uruguayan's 20th league goal of the season.

Snodgrass' fine volley had cancelled out Frecklington's strike into the top corner, and the hosts netted five times between the 25th and 59th minutes.

Rotherham, who had been looking for a league double over the Tigers, dropped one place in the table as Fulham beat Bolton.

Neil Warnock's side had gone 11 games unbeaten before last Saturday's loss to Blackburn but now end the season with consecutive defeats.

Hull had been winless on the final day of their previous 11 seasons, with four draws and seven losses.

Hull manager Steve Bruce: "We're always saying it's nice to have a bit of momentum and it was good to see today. We really looked a very good side.

"It's nice to go in with a bit of impetus but they are two huge games to play in. All of my big players and the experienced ones were playing today."

Rotherham manager Neil Warnock: "We started the game well but we had that 20-minute period where we just lost the plot.

"We had to play for our pride in the second half, I didn't want to get battered by eight or nine goals."

Line-ups

Hull

  • 1McGregor
  • 2Odubajo
  • 21Dawson
  • 6Davies
  • 26Robertson
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 14Livermore
  • 8Huddlestone
  • 10SnodgrassSubstituted forClucasat 77'minutes
  • 17DiaméSubstituted forMaguireat 72'minutes
  • 9HernándezSubstituted forMaloneyat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Bruce
  • 11Clucas
  • 12Maguire
  • 15Maloney
  • 16Jakupovic
  • 19Akpom
  • 24Aluko

Rotherham

  • 1Camp
  • 12KellyBooked at 68mins
  • 5Broadfoot
  • 6Wood
  • 16Richardson
  • 15Halford
  • 17Ward
  • 8FrecklingtonSubstituted forGreenat 90+4'minutes
  • 33Smallwood
  • 9WardSubstituted forBailey-Kingat 84'minutes
  • 19Clarke-HarrisSubstituted forBestat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Mattock
  • 11Green
  • 26Belaid
  • 28Facey
  • 30Kenny
  • 42Bailey-King
  • 50Best
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
18,670

Match Stats

Home TeamHullAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home26
Away11
Shots on Target
Home12
Away4
Corners
Home11
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Hull City 5, Rotherham United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hull City 5, Rotherham United 1.

Attempt missed. Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Jake Livermore.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Paul Green replaces Lee Frecklington.

Foul by Curtis Davies (Hull City).

Leon Best (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Richard Wood (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Richard Smallwood with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Allan McGregor.

Attempt saved. Leon Best (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Kirk Broadfoot.

Attempt saved. Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Harry Maguire.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Grant Ward.

Foul by Curtis Davies (Hull City).

Leon Best (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Sam Clucas (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Shaun Maloney.

Offside, Rotherham United. Richard Smallwood tries a through ball, but Leon Best is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Darnell Bailey-King replaces Danny Ward.

Foul by Tom Huddlestone (Hull City).

Kirk Broadfoot (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Shaun Maloney (Hull City).

Richard Wood (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Hull City. Tom Huddlestone tries a through ball, but Shaun Maloney is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Shaun Maloney replaces Abel Hernández.

Harry Maguire (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Grant Ward (Rotherham United).

Attempt saved. Jake Livermore (Hull City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sam Clucas.

Attempt missed. Harry Maguire (Hull City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ahmed Elmohamady with a headed pass following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Sam Clucas replaces Robert Snodgrass.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Richard Wood.

Attempt blocked. Abel Hernández (Hull City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Harry Maguire (Hull City).

Stephen Kelly (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Kirk Broadfoot.

Attempt blocked. Moses Odubajo (Hull City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Huddlestone.

Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Greg Halford (Rotherham United).

Attempt blocked. Grant Ward (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Ward.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Harry Maguire replaces Mohamed Diamé.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Andrew Robertson.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Leon Best replaces Jonson Clarke-Harris.

Booking

Stephen Kelly (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley462615572353793
2Middlesbrough462611963313289
3Brighton462417572423089
4Hull4624111169353483
5Derby4621151066432378
6Sheff Wed4619171066452174
7Ipswich461815135351269
8Cardiff461717125651568
9Brentford46198197267565
10Birmingham461615155349463
11Preston461517144545062
12QPR461418145454060
13Leeds461417155058-859
14Wolves461416165358-558
15Blackburn461316174646055
16Nottm Forest461316174347-455
17Reading461313205259-752
18Bristol City461313205471-1752
19Huddersfield461312215970-1151
20Fulham461215196679-1351
21Rotherham461310235371-1849
22Charlton46913244080-4040
23MK Dons46912253969-3039
24Bolton46515264181-4030
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