WEST BROMWICH ALBION v HULL CITY
Barclays Premier League
Saturday 21st December 2013,
The game will be the 49th league & cup meeting
between Albion and Hull City. The Baggies currently have a slight edge in terms of
victories with 18 compared to The Tigers' 17.
The Baggies' last game on this date came in 2011
when they beat Newcastle United 3-2 in a Premier League clash at St James' Park.
Hull's last game on December 21 came as recently as
last year when they beat Derby County 2-1 at Pride Park.
Albion have gone three hours without a Premier
League goal whilst Hull have scored just once in 273 minutes.
Albion's last six games: Cardiff
City (A) 0-1; Norwich City (H) 0-2; Manchester City (H) 2-3; Newcastle United
(A) 1-2; Aston Villa (H) 2-2; Chelsea (A) 2-2
City's last six games: Stoke City (H) 0-0; Swansea
City (A) 1-1; Arsenal (A) 0-2; Liverpool (H) 3-1; Crystal Palace (H) 0-1;
Southampton (A) 1-4
Goalkeeper Ben Foster returns to the
Albion squad after missing four
months due to a foot injury.
Strike duo Victor Anichebe and Nicolas Anelka are also both
available following their recent injuries and illness.
Foster, Myhill, Daniels, Jones, Ridgewell, Olsson, McAuley,
Lugano, Brunt, Sessegnon, Amalfitano, Mulumbu, Berahino, Yacob, Anichebe, Vydra,
Long, Anelka, Morrison, Popov,
Dawson, Reid, Sinclair, Gera,
Republic of Ireland midfielder
Robbie Brady is out of the game with a groin injury and joins Sone Aluko
(Achilles) and Stephen Quinn (hamstring) on the sidelines.
McGregor, Harper, Davies,
Chester, Faye, Figueroa, Bruce,
Rosenior, Elmohamady, Brady,
Huddlestone, Meyler, Koren, Sagbo, Gedo, Graham, Fryatt.
Baggies' caretaker boss Keith
“It’s a really busy period. It’s a really tough period and a
defining period. It’s not the be-all and end-all but if we can pick up a few
points along the way for the new man that will help. If we can get a few points
on the board we can get up to mid-table. The players realise the situation. They
are not blasé about it and they’re not drifting through each game. There is an
awareness about the importance of changing this poor run. I feel responsible. I
think you have to embrace the pressure. It’s part of the job. I’m looking
forward to it and me and Dean [Kiely] are relishing it.
“It’s under difficult and sad circumstances. But speaking to
Steve [Clarke], he said it’s an opportunity and to have a go at it. I managed at
Cheltenham for 15/16
months, which is obviously a smaller club, but it’s still managing. So, I don’t
get fazed by it, I’m looking forward to it. I’ve been part of the support staff
for the last four or five years. And for me, at this club, I think that’s my
role. We all have ambitions but ultimately, here, it’s about support and making
it a smooth transition.
“Our remit at the moment is on a game-to-game basis. We’ve
had a decent week, the players have responded well, we’re positive, and we need
to make sure we get the right selection because three points changes the mood.
Over the course of the last couple of days things have started to settle. The
slate is clean and we’ve got 23/24 players who will feel they want to be in the
starting line-up. I’m sure it will galvanise some and some who have got the
shirt will want to keep it. The new man will decide - a fresh pair of eyes – and
I think it will stir the squad up. The players have been good with me and Dean.
There’s been a good response and I’m there to support them - they know that.
Ultimately for me, it’s about smoothing the pathway for the new man.
“This is a big job. This is a big Premier League club. And in
the past the board have got it right. Steve was a good acquisition; Roy
[Hodgson] before that, and so was Robbie Di Matteo."
City boss Steve Bruce:
“In my experience the Premier League is always difficult, no
matter where you go. Sometimes a different voice on the training ground maybe
gets a response from the players or maybe they put a performance in for their
“All sorts of stuff goes through the mind. We played
Crystal Palace just as Tony
Pulis was coming into situ and they came up here and turned us over. Whether
there is a positive or negative response from
West Brom, we’ll wait to see on Saturday.
“The one thing that we do know is that we’re going to have to
go there and play well because
West Brom have got some very, very good players. They’ve
arguably got the biggest and best squad they’ve ever had.”
Albion Win: 19/20, Hull City Win: 16/5, Draw: 11/5.
Anelka 11/2, Long 11/2, Anichebe 6/1, Sessegnon 13/2, Berahino 7/1, Vydra
15/2, Sinclair 11/1, Brunt 12/1, Gera 12/1, Morrison 12/1, Amalfitano 14/1,
Mulumbu 16/1, McAuley 20/1, Yacob 25/1, Dawson 25/1, Jones 33/1, Lugano 33/1,
Hull City: Graham 15/2, Sagbo 8/1, Gedo 9/1,
Koren 10/1, Fryatt 10/1, Boyd 14/1, Brady 16/1, Davies 20/1, Huddlestone 20/1,
El-Mohamady 25/1, Meyler 25/1, Livermore 25/1, Figueroa 33/1.
Jon Moss (West Yorkshire)
Moss has refereed one Albion game so far this
season - the 4-1 defeat at Liverpool in October.
He took charge of three Albion games last season - The 2-0
win at home to Everton in September, the 2-0 defeat against Manchester United at
Old Trafford in December and the 2-0 win over Liverpool at Anfield in February.
The West Yorkshire official has taken charge of two
Hull games so far this season - The 2-0 defeat at Chelsea on the opening day of
the season and the 2-2 draw at Spurs in the Capital One Cup in October.
Moss has issued 48 yellow and two red cards
in his 15 games so far this season.
Tickets for the game remain on general sale to
home supporters but availability is limited with the Smethwick End already sold
out. Tickets will be available up until kick-off only from the East Stand ticket
Light cloud, 10°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 with ease, running out 4-0 winners at Anlaby
The Baggies' biggest win against Hull came in April
1930 when they recorded a 7-1 victory at The Hawthorns with 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
After going 10 games unbeaten at home against Hull the Baggies have lost their
The two teams have met twice in Premier League action with Hull winning once and
the other game ending in a draw.
(Click on game to view)
Saturday 31 January 2009 - Hull City 2-2 Albion - Premier League - KC Stadium
LAST LEAGUE MEETING AT THE HAWTHORNS
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
0-3 Hull City
Barclays Premier League
Saturday 25th October 2008,
Carson, Zuiverloon, Donk,
Olsson, Robinson, Morrison (Moore 80), Greening, Koren (Brunt 80), Borja Valero,
Miller (MacDonald 80), Bednar. Subs not used: Kiely, Hoefkens, Cech,
McShane, Zayatte, Turner, Dawson (Ricketts 10), Marney, Ashbee (Hughes 75),
Boateng, Cousin, King, Geovanni (Garcia 78). Subs not used: Duke, Mendy,
Geovanni 62, King 66.
Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)
Only goal difference separates
Hull from the top of the Premier
League after a comprehensive victory over fellow top-flight newcomers West Brom.
Albion's Jonas Olsson headed against the bar after Borja Valero's shot had been
saved before Kamil Zayatte headed wide when unmarked as
Hull fought back.
Hull in front from a corner for
his first goal for the club. Brazilian Geovanni made it 2-0 with a diving header
after Marlon King's flick before King slotted in a low shot. It was the fourth
successive win for Hull and takes them to level on points with leaders Chelsea
and second-placed Liverpool who play each other on Sunday. Phil Brown's men also moved
four points clear of fourth-placed Arsenal, who also play on Sunday, and five
ahead of Manchester United who drew with Everton earlier on Saturday.
The win continued the Tigers fantastic start to the season
but as the match began at The Hawthorns, it looked like their impressive form
may have hit a blip as they found themselves pinned back by
West Brom. Albion's
4-4-2 formation, with striker Ishmael Miller in for winger Chris Brunt, was
quickly proving more threatening than their recent 4-5-1 strategy. And when
Miller was blocked off by left-back Andy Dawson, Hull suffered a blow as the
left-back picked up an injury that saw him replaced by Samuel Ricketts after
only 10 minutes. West Brom's early dominance was almost rewarded when Olsson
headed against the bar after Valero's shot was well saved by Boaz Myhill, and
Roman Bednar almost squeezed in the second rebound.
Hull made a rare break and won a corner, and from the
set-piece they should have taken the lead but Zayatte's downward header bounced
wide. West Brom keeper
Scott Carson was then called into action when Daniel Cousin's deflected shot
caught him wrong-footed but the keeper did brilliantly to scoop the ball off the
The game was open and in the
balance, with both sides looking capable of breaking the deadlock but it was
Hull who managed it. From a corner, on-loan centre-back Zayatte volleyed in as
Albion's defence stood still. West Brom came back strongly and Ryan Donk had a
header cleared off the line before James Morrison saw his shot well saved by
Myhill. But then two goals in four minutes sealed the victory for the
Tigers. First, King produced a superb volleyed flick for Geovanni to run onto
and meet with a diving header which left
Carson with no chance.
And then King himself ran on to the ball after it had come
off a West Brom head,
before coolly slotting into the bottom corner. That rounded off another fine win
for Hull, who have already accumulated 20 points this season - double
the total of West Brom.
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.
Slovenian international midfielder Robert Koren
spent three and a half years at The Hawthorns before joining the Tigers in
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, 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
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
Sat 31 Oct 1992
League Division 2
Garner, Bradley - Jenkinson
Mon 20 Apr 1992
Sat 28 Sep 1992