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Hull City 0-1 West Bromwich Albion: Jake Livermore goal keeps Baggies top

Jake Livermore
Jake Livermore (left) secured all three points for the visitors with his second goal of the season

Jake Livermore scored the winner against his former side as West Bromwich Albion stayed top of the Championship with a resilient win over in-form Hull City.

Livermore, who made 90 league appearances in two and a half years with Hull, got the game's only goal with a powerful shot from the edge of the area when the Tigers were slow to react to Albion's short-corner routine in the 28th minute.

Baggies goalkeeper Sam Johnstone produced a superb save to deny Jackson Irvine a leveller shortly before the break.

The Tigers, who had won their previous three games, pushed on in search of an equaliser but they could not create anything to seriously worry Johnstone and Grady Diangana nearly made it 2-0 when his low shot flew just past the post.

Slaven Bilic's men are now unbeaten in six matches, but wins for both Preston and Leeds, over Huddersfield and Blackburn respectively, mean they remain just two points clear at the top of the table.

Hull owners, the Allam family, were in attendance at a home game for the first time in more than four years but their team were ultimately outplayed, as Matheus Pereira twice went close in the latter stages.

Victory came at a cost for Albion, who had both Livermore and fellow midfield man Romaine Sawyers booked, which means an automatic suspension, for clocking up five cautions this season.

Livermore, for whom it was a fifth booking in his last six games, and Sawyers will now miss the Baggies' next game after the international break, the home meeting with Sheffield Wednesday on 23 November, when Hull will be travelling to Middlesbrough.

Hull City boss Grant McCann told BBC Humberside:

"I'm always honest with the assessment. First half we weren't as good as we have been. They were better than us. We didn't get about them enough and we let them dictate the play.

"In the second half, we were much better. The change of shape helped us and we were more like ourselves. It was frustrating to lose, of course, but on another day we'd take those chances.

"I said to the boys I was proud of the second-half performance - you've gone toe to toe with the best team in the league at the minute and in the second half we were the better team."

West Bromwich Albion head coach Slaven Bilic told BBC WM:

"We didn't want to just defend, give them the ball and then play on counter-attacks. They were gambling and the key was to take advantage of the space. The only thing that was missing, apart from a few individual mistakes, was the second goal.

"They were not clear-cut chances, apart from Grady Diangana's, but basically there were five or six situations you can walk into the goal - we were passing so great until that last pass and that's why we had to suffer until the end of the game.

"But we defended really well, not only the back four but the whole team in a tough away game. we played against a team that were on the front foot because of the quality of their results and the players they have."

Line-ups

Hull

  • 1Long
  • 2LichajBooked at 90mins
  • 5Burke
  • 4de WijsBooked at 87mins
  • 26Elder
  • 37Da Silva LopesSubstituted forLewis-Potterat 89'minutes
  • 6StewartSubstituted forHoneymanat 71'minutes
  • 19BowlerSubstituted forEavesat 45'minutesBooked at 69mins
  • 36Irvine
  • 11Grosicki
  • 20Bowen

Substitutes

  • 3Tafazolli
  • 8Batty
  • 9Eaves
  • 13Ingram
  • 18Honeyman
  • 25Pennington
  • 31Lewis-Potter

West Brom

  • 1JohnstoneBooked at 90mins
  • 2Furlong
  • 6Ajayi
  • 5Bartley
  • 14Townsend
  • 8LivermoreBooked at 16mins
  • 19SawyersBooked at 90mins
  • 10PhillipsSubstituted forKrovinovicat 63'minutes
  • 12Costa Pereira
  • 29DianganaSubstituted forEdwardsat 78'minutes
  • 4Robson-KanuSubstituted forZohoreat 90+3'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Krovinovic
  • 9Zohore
  • 11Brunt
  • 15Austin
  • 21Edwards
  • 23Bond
  • 26Hegazi
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
13,866

Match Stats

Home TeamHullAway TeamWest Brom
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home10
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Hull City 0, West Bromwich Albion 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hull City 0, West Bromwich Albion 1.

Offside, Hull City. Eric Lichaj tries a through ball, but Tom Eaves is caught offside.

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Darnell Furlong tries a through ball, but Kenneth Zohore is caught offside.

Booking

Eric Lichaj (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kyle Edwards (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Eric Lichaj (Hull City).

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Kenneth Zohore replaces Hal Robson-Kanu.

Booking

Sam Johnstone (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Jordy de Wijs (Hull City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jackson Irvine with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

Booking

Romaine Sawyers (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (West Bromwich Albion).

George Honeyman (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Keane Lewis-Potter replaces Leonardo Da Silva Lopes.

Booking

Jordy de Wijs (Hull City) is shown the yellow card.

Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jordy de Wijs (Hull City).

Kyle Edwards (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Eric Lichaj (Hull City).

Semi Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Eaves (Hull City).

Filip Krovinovic (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by George Honeyman (Hull City).

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Kyle Edwards replaces Grady Diangana.

Attempt missed. Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Darnell Furlong.

Attempt missed. Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Filip Krovinovic.

Romaine Sawyers (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Eaves (Hull City).

Attempt missed. Grady Diangana (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Romaine Sawyers with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. George Honeyman replaces Kevin Stewart.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Romaine Sawyers.

Booking

Tom Eaves (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Darnell Furlong (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Eaves (Hull City).

Attempt saved. Jarrod Bowen (Hull City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kamil Grosicki.

Foul by Grady Diangana (West Bromwich Albion).

Jackson Irvine (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Kevin Stewart (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jackson Irvine.

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Grady Diangana tries a through ball, but Hal Robson-Kanu is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Kevin Stewart (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordy de Wijs.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1West Brom1696129171233
2Preston1694331171431
3Leeds169432191231
4Swansea168532216629
5Nottm Forest158432013728
6Fulham167542417726
7Sheff Wed167452114725
8Bristol City156722421325
9Brentford167362113824
10QPR167362630-424
11Charlton166462219322
12Hull166462321222
13Birmingham167181621-522
14Cardiff155642322121
15Millwall165651922-321
16Derby165651821-321
17Reading155371920-118
18Blackburn165382024-418
19Huddersfield164481824-616
20Wigan164391324-1115
21Luton1642102230-814
22Middlesbrough162771321-813
23Stoke1632111729-1211
24Barnsley161691633-179
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