Hull City 1-2 Reading
Hull City suffered a narrow 2-1 defeat at the death against Reading in the EFL Championship.
Despite Jacob Greaves netting the opener, Yakou Méïté’s finish levelled the scores before Ryan Longman’s own goal saw the visitors secure all three points at the MKM Stadium.
Prior to the game, both teams stood for a minute’s silence to remember those who we have lost during times of conflict.
Head Coach Liam Rosenior named an unchanged starting XI to the one that defeated Cardiff City 3-2 last time out. The only change was on the bench as Callum Elder was named ahead of Brandon Fleming.
The first chance of the game fell to the Tigers as Longman looked for Regan Slater at the back post, but his cross-shot was well held by Reading goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis. Longman then took aim with an attempt of his own minutes later, with the right-footed effort deflecting wide.
From the resulting corner, Tobias Figueiredo was free in the centre of the penalty area after the initial cross was half-cleared, but the defender’s looping header was acrobatically pushed away by Bouzanis. However, the next corner wielded the opening goal for Rosenior’s men. Greaves rose highest to meet Jean Michaël Seri’s corner delivery to place his bullet header into the bottom corner.
Reading had a few crosses and set-pieces which were comfortably dealt with by the Tigers’ defence before Regan Slater had the opportunity to double the lead. Some miscommunication from goalkeeper Bouzanis and defender Andy Yiadom led to the ball running for Slater with an open goal, but the midfielder opted not to shoot as Reading recovered well defensively.
Junior Hoilett saw his deflected pushed behind by Nathan Baxter before the visitors equalised from the resulting corner. The delivery by Hoilett was converted at the back post by Yakou Méïté to bring the score line level on 32 minutes.
Ryan Woods looked to restore Hull’s lead with an ambitious effort from range, but his right-footed strike hit the side netting, while Tyrese Fornah’s curling attempt from 25-yards was held by Baxter as the first half drew to a close.
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Hull City: Baxter; Christie (Coyle 59’), Figueiredo, A. Jones, Greaves ©; Seri, Woods (Tufan 59’); Docherty, Slater, Longman; Pelkas (Sinik 59’).
Subs Not Used: Ingram, Elder, McLoughlin, T. Smith.
Reading: Bouzanis; Yiadom ©, Holmes, Mbengue, Rahman; Fornah (Loum 60’), Hendrick; Hoilett, Ince, Méïté (Lucas João 72’); Long (Carroll 72’).
Subs Not Used: Boyle-Clark, Ejaria, Guinness-Walker, Abbey.