HULL CITY v WEST BROMWICH ALBION
Barclays Premier League
Saturday 6th December 2014,
Alan Irvine’s struggling Baggies travel to the KC Stadium on
Saturday to take on Steve Bruce’s struggling Tigers in what is surely a must-win
game for Irvine.
With the club sliding deeper into trouble each match, and
with fans’ dissent against
seemingly growing by the day, the club’s hierarchy will be hoping for three
points to relieve a little pressure on their beleaguered head coach.
Whilst Tuesday’s defeat against West Ham was possibly
undeserved, it cannot be denied that it was another performance lacking in
quality. The Baggies did make a bright start against the Hammers but after
taking the lead through Craig Dawson they reverted to type and dropped deeper
and deeper, inviting pressure from the visitors and ultimately conceding two
Albion did press for an equaliser during the second half it has to
be said that the Londoners coped pretty well with everything the Baggies threw
at them and even the introduction of a five man attack failed to force a
One of the few positives to come out of the game was the
Premier League debut of on-loan
Porto winger Silvestre Varela. Rumours suggest that the Baggies’
coaching staff simply do not rate the Portuguese international although the
official line is that he is not yet fully match fit. Either way, he showed more
attacking intent in his 25 minute run-out than some of his team mates have shown
in weeks. The travelling support will be hoping to see the winger start at the
KC Stadium but it’s more likely he will again have to settle for a place on the
Talk amongst supporters has also focussed on whether
Northern Ireland defender Gareth
McAuley should be recalled with the team currently shipping far too many goals.
Whilst Craig Dawson has been fairly solid so far this season alongside the
ever-impressive Joleon Lescott, one has to wonder if McAuley’s vast experience
could help improve Albion’s leaky defence.
It’s sure to be a nervy afternoon at the KC and one has to
feel that it’s vital that
Albion don’t concede first. If the Baggies can get their noses in
front, the home crowd are sure to become restless, and with
Hull themselves in an awful run
of form, the confidence of Steve Bruce’s men will soon ebb away.
ATWD Prediction: 1-1
The game will be the 52nd competitive meeting
between Albion and Hull City. The Baggies currently have a slight edge in terms of
victories with 19 compared to The Tigers' 18.
The Baggies' last game on this date came in 2003
when an Hayden Mullins own goal helped Gary Megson's men to a 1-1 draw in a
League Division One clash with West Ham at The Hawthorns. The club's last win on
this date was in 1997 and also came in a League Division One encounter at The
Hawthorns, the Baggies beating Stockport County 3-2 with goals from Richard
Sneekes, Lee Hughes and Andy Hunt.
Hull's last game on December 6 came in 2008 when
the Tigers beat Middlesbrough 2-1 in a Premier League clash at the KC Stadium.
Albion have yet to beat City in Premier League
action, drawing two and losing two of the four games played.
Alan Irvine's men will travel to Hull hoping to
avoid suffering five successive league defeats for the first since December 2010
/ January 2011.
The Baggies have won just seven out of the 39
league games played over the last 12 months.
Albion's last six games:
West Ham United (H) 1-2; Arsenal (H) 0-1; Chelsea
(A) 0-2; Newcastle United (H) 0-2; Leicester City (A) 1-0; AFC Bournemouth (A,
City's last six games: Everton (A) 1-1; Manchester
United (A) 0-3; Tottenham Hotspur (H) 1-2; Burnley (A) 0-1; Southampton (H) 0-1;
Liverpool (A) 0-0.
Alan Irvine is boosted by the return of Belgian
left-back Sebastien Pocognoli and midfielder James Morrison for the crunch clash
Baggies' captain Chris Brunt is out due to the
hamstring injury he suffered in Tuesday's defeat at home to West Ham and he will
join Claudio Yacob on the sidelines as the Argentine midfielder serves the final
game of his three match suspension following his sending off at Chelsea.
The Tigers will be without
Senegal international Mohamed
Diame after he suffered a recurrence of a knee injury in the midweek draw at
He will join long-term absentee Robert Snodgrass and the
suspended Gaston Ramirez on the sidelines but City boss Steve Bruce is hopeful
Abel Hernandez will return after he missed
Hull's last two games due to the
birth of his first child.
Albion Win: 2/1, Hull City Win: 7/5, Draw: 11/5.
Berahino 11/2, Anichebe 7/1, Ideye 8/1, Samaras 8/1, Sessegnon 8/1, Blanco 10/1,
Dorrans 11/1, Varela 11/1, Gardner 12/1, Morrison 12/1, Dawson 20/1, Mulumbu
20/1, McAuley 25/1, Lescott 25/1, Baird 33/1.
Hull City: Jelavic 5/1, Hernandez 11/2, Ben Arfa
7/1, Sagbo 7/1, Aluko 8/1, Brady 9/1, Meyler 12/1, Robertson 16/1, Livermore
16/1, Davies 20/1, Quinn 20/1, Huddlestone 20/1, Elmohamady 25/1, Bruce 33/1,
Maguire 33/1, Chester 33/1, Dawson 33/1, McShane 33/1.
No goalscorer: 15/2
Michael Oliver (Northumberland)
Oliver refereed four Albion games last season - the
3-3 draw at home to Cardiff in March, the 1-1 draw at home to Everton in
January, the 2-2 draw with Aston Villa at The Hawthorns in November and the 2-1
win at Manchester United in September.
The Northumberland official has taken
charge of one Albion game this season - the 2-1 defeat at Liverpool in October.
Oliver took charge of two Hull games during 2013/14
- the 3-2 defeat at home to Manchester United on Boxing Day and the 1-0 defeat
against Spurs at White Hart Lane in October.
The official has issued 59 yellow cards and one red
in the 14 games he has officiated so far this season.
A full run down of Oliver's record when taking
charge of Albion games can be found here
Tickets are now on general sale to Albion supporters priced
at £16 adults, £10 over 65s and 16-22 years, £8 11-15 years and £5 for children
aged ten and younger.
The Baggies have been allocated 2,400 tickets of which
approximately 1,000 are left.
Light cloud, 5°C.
Albion's first league
meetings with Hull City took place in the Second Division during the
1905/06 season. The first game between the sides, at The Hawthorns, ended
in a one all draw - Ted Pheasant the Albion goalscorer with a penalty.
City won the return fixture
four months later with ease, running out 4-0 winners at Anlaby Road thanks
to goals from Joe Smith, Gordon Wright, Davy Gordon and Andrew Raisbeck.
The Baggies' biggest win against Hull came in April
1930 when they recorded a 7-1 victory at The Hawthorns, Jimmy Cookson
netting four of the Albion goals.
City's best win of 5-1 came at Anlaby Road in April
1910, Jack Smith hitting a hat-trick for the hosts
Albion's last league victory
over the 'Tigers' came at the KC Stadium on 12 January 2008 when goals from
Kevin Phillips, James Morrison and Roman Bednar guided 10 man Albion to a 3-1
The Baggies have lost just once in their last five visits to Hull.
The two teams have met four times in Premier League action with Hull winning
the other two games ending in draws.
A full fixture history between the two teams can be found here
(Click on game to view)
Saturday 31 January 2009 - Hull City 2-2 Albion - Premier League - KC Stadium
LAST MEETING AT THE KC STADIUM
Saturday 23 February 2008 - Albion 1-2 Hull City - League Championship - The Hawthorns
Saturday 12 January 2008 - Hull City 1-3 Albion - League Championship - KC Stadium
Saturday 8 May 1993 - Albion 3-1 Hull City - League Division Two - The Hawthorns
Wednesday 10 April 1991 - Albion 1-1 Hull City - Second Division - The Hawthorns
Saturday 10 December 1988 - Albion 2-0 Hull City - Second Division - The Hawthorns
City 2-0 Albion
Barclays Premier League
Saturday 22nd March 2014,
Elmohamady, Chester, Davies, Rosenior; Meyler, Huddlestone, Livermore; Aluko (Koren
61); Jelavic (Sagbo 84), Long (Quinn 78). Subs not used: Harper (gk),
Figueroa, Bruce, Fryatt.
Rosenior 32, Long
Aluko 58 (foul),
Meyler 72 (foul).
Foster; Reid, McAuley
(Sinclair 79), Dawson, Ridgewell; Morrison, Mulumbu, Dorrans; Sessegnon;
Anichebe (Berahino 76), Thievy (Vydra 61). Subs not used: Myhill (gk), D
Daniels, O’Neil, Gera.
Referee: Chris Foy
Shane Long might think twice about dropping in on old friends
in West Bromwich any time
soon after masterminding his former club's retreat back into the relegation mire
at a rain-lashed KC Stadium on Saturday. Long lifted his new club Hull to the
brink of safety by winning the controversial first-half penalty which led to
their opening goal, then turning in a Curtis Davies' flick-on seven minutes
before the break to seal a solid 2-0 win for the Tigers. Long, who scored 22
goals in 87 appearances for West Brom before his surprise sale in January, was
barracked mercilessly by the massed ranks of visiting fans for his part in the
penalty incident, in which former team-mate Craig Dawson appeared to make
minimal contact. Justice looked to have been done when Ben Foster guessed right
to block Nikica Jelavic's penalty - only to flap the ball straight at a grateful
Liam Rosenior, who headed home his first senior goal since October 2009. With
Long also coming close when he lashed a long-range effort against the post in
the second half, the increasingly nervous visitors were left to reflect on how
much brighter their season might have been if the Ireland international had
still been wearing blue and white stripes.
Those two goals in eight first-half minutes shattered the
mood of cautious optimism which had hung over the Baggies after boss Pepe Mel
eased some of the pressure with his first win in charge at Swansea last week.
The opening period promised much, with Stephane Sessegnon firing a first minute
effort over the bar before the visiting supporters staged a minute's silence in
honour of their former striker Jeff Astle, whose family this week launched a
'Justice For Jeff' campaign, calling on the FA to launch research into the
effects of heading leather footballs. The hosts belatedly stirred, Davies
hitting a goal-bound effort in the 16th minute which clattered the legs of
Youssouf Mulumbu, but the visitors were still threatening with swift
counter-attacks and Graeme Dorrans came closer two minutes later with a swinging
volley which was well saved by Tigers keeper Allan McGregor. Davies denied
Victor Anichebe with a crucial saving challenge in the box as Mel's men
continued to look more likely to break the deadlock, but the momentum changed in
a 10-minute period starting just before the half-hour mark in which the Tigers
wrested total control. First David Meyler sent a header from a Tom Huddlestone
corner inches wide of Foster's upright before Long crumbled under
Dawson's challenge in the box
and won a penalty from referee Chris Foy. Video replays suggested the decision
was harsh and justice looked set to be served after Jelavic's poor penalty, but
Rosenior was in the right place at the right time to open the scoring.
Huddlestone fired a long-range rocket eight minutes later which was superbly
tipped over the bar by Foster, before Long made it 2-0 in the 38th minute when
Jake Livermore's long ball into the box was flicked into his path by Davies.
In a much more low-key second period, Jelavic flashed a low
shot just wide from a Sone Aluko cross but the hosts were warned against
complacency when McGregor had to be alert to block Victor Anichebe's powerful
header, Long almost increased his former club's torment on 67 minutes when he
picked up a cross-field pass from substitute Robert Koren and curled a
right-foot effort from long range which came back off Foster's right-hand post.
As a filthy rainstorm closed in on the KC Stadium, Long's productive day against
his former club came to a premature end in the 77th minute when he limped to the
touchline and was replaced by Stephen Quinn. But by that point his job was done.
Albion goalkeeper Boaz Myhill spent almost
seven years at Hull before joining Albion in July 2010 in a £1.5million deal.
Curtis Davies joined Albion from Luton Town
in August 2005 and spent two successful seasons at The Hawthorns before leaving
to join Aston Villa. Spells at Leicester City (loan) and Birmingham City
followed before he joined Hull in June 2013.
Paul McShane joined Albion from Manchester
United in August 2006 as part of the deal that took Tomasz Kuszczak to Old
Trafford. He spent just one season at The Hawthorns before leaving to join
Sunderland. He moved on to Hull in August 2008.
players to have turned out at various levels for both clubs are: Paul
Barnes, Tony Brien, Neil Clement, Delroy Facey, Alan Fettis, Chris Hargreaves, Derek Hood, John Kaye,
Kevin Kilbane, Robert Koren, Shane Long, Gordon Nisbet, Jay Simpson, Richard Sneekes, Gerry Summers and Jason van Blerk.
managed both clubs; Stuart Pearson played for the Tigers and was a coach at
The Hawthorns; Former Albion assistant manager Mick Brown was a Hull
player; Gordon Dimbleby was Commercial Manager at The Hawthorns and
General Manager at Hull.
ALL-TIME LEAGUE & CUP RECORD VS HULL CITY
TEN MATCHES AGAINST HULL CITY
Wed 24 Sep 2014
Ideye, McAuley, Berahino - Ince, Brady
Sat 22 Mar 2014
Sat 21 Dec 2013
Vydra - Livermore
Sat 31 Jan 2009
Simpson, Brunt (pen) - Mendy, Fagan
Sat 25 Oct 2008
Zayatte, Geovanni, King
Sat 23 Feb 2008
Bednar - Campbell, Folan
Sat 12 Jan 2008
Phillips, Morrison, Bednar - Garcia
Sat 03 Feb 2007
Sat 05 Aug 2006
Sat 08 May 1993
League Division 2
Taylor, Hunt 2 - France