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FOOTBALL: Hull City open with a point
Jarrod Bowen’s first competitive goal earned the Tigers an opening-day point against Aston Villa following a 1-1 draw at Villa Park on Saturday. Gabby Agbonlahor had put the hosts ahead with the game just seven minutes old, arriving at the far post to convert a low cross from Alan Hutton in confident fashion.
The Tigers grew into the contest after a slow start and levelled the scores 17 minutes into the second half when volleyed home Kamil Grosicki’s right-wing cross to ensure a share of the spoils for Leonid Slutsky’s side.
After the match City manager Leonid Slutsky described himself as “proud of his team”. He said: “It was a difficult time for me and my team, a lot of us are new to the Championship. There were a lot of firsts. Aston Villa is a big team, it was a full stadium and a very good atmosphere for them at home. It made it difficult for us. But we will adapt after more matches. We played very well and created some good chances and in the end I think we deserved this result. I am very proud of my team.”
Meanwhile former Tigers boss Steve Bruce was frustrated not to have started the season with a home victory; a season in which Villa are among favourites to win promotion. He said: “To be fair, Hull were in the Premier League last year and we were close to blowing them away in the first half. We missed chances and didn’t take them and didn’t play with the intensity in the second half. The one Andre Green missed at the death will be on one of those Christmas videos, I’m sure. It’s frustrating.”
Hull City: Allan McGregor, Ola Aina, Michael Dawson, Michael Hector, Max Clark, Jarrod Bowen, Sam Clucas, Markus Henriksen (Ondrej Mazuch 90), Kamil Grosicki (James Weir 90), Fraizer Campbell (David Meyler 69), Abel Hernandez.
Subs Not Used: Will Mannion, Adama Diomande, Daniel Batty, Brian Lenihan.
Aston Villa: Sam Johnstone, Alan Hutton, James Chester, John Terry, Neil Taylor, Glenn Whelan, Henri Lansbury (Chris Samba 90), Ahmed Elmohamady, Leandro Bacuna (Andre Green 69), Gabriel Agbonlahor, Scott Hogan (Joshua Onomah 78).
Subs Not Used: Jed Steer, Conor Hourihane, James Bree, Birkir Bjarnason.