Guest match report: Hull City 2 Aston Villa 0

In a crucial clash at the bottom of the Premier League Hull City triumphed 2-0 over Aston Villa. The Tigers began the day in the relegation zone, knowing that a win would lift them out of the bottom three and above visitors Aston Villa. Guest contributor Alfie Potts-Harmer reports…

Steve Bruce chose to make two changes from his side that earnt a point away at Manchester City, and both changes scored to win the game for Hull. Paul Lambert refused to bring Christian Benteke into his starting eleven, but did drop Tom Cleverley. The victory lifts Hull up to 15th, until tomorrow nights games at least but leaves Villa down in 18th and 10 games without a win.

Aston Villa began the game fairly brightly, keeping hold of the ball well without creating a great deal. Carles Gil undoubtedly posing the greatest threat, displaying quick feet and drifting in between the lines dangerously.

Robbie Brady did well to deal with the Spaniard who quietened as the game went on. Steve Bruce’s side tend to look better when counter attacking and so it proved, the Hull side moved the ball quickly, always looking to find their front men.

The newly-formed strike partnership combined to open the scoring. A bobbling through ball by Dame N’doye into the feet of Nikica Jelavic who struck the ball with his left foot, only for the ball to strike Jores Okore and loft upwards before finding its way past an onlooking Brad Guzan. Just the kind of luck that Steve Bruce has been after this season.

Half time saw the introduction of Benteke, who saw a lot of the ball in the opening exchanges of the second half but was forced to come very deep in order to create anything rendering him ineffective. Despite continuing to see a lot of the ball, in truth, Villa never looked like threatening Allan McGregor’s goal.

David Meyler and Jake Livermore in particular covering a lot of ground, never giving the Villa midfield a moments rest. Hull City doubled their lead through Dame N’Doye on his first full debut for the club. N’Doye saw his first shot saved by Guzan but put his second attempt neatly away in the top corner of the goal.

The Tigers saw out the game rather comfortably, keeping the ball well. Abel Hernandez even had the opportunity to add to their lead on the break but blazed his effort over the bar. Aston Villa did eventually carve open a chance only for Allan McGregor to pull off an excellent double save to ensure his side picked up a clean sheet, their first in 11 games.

Villa’s goal scoring woes continued, not building upon their goal against Chelsea and never really looking like doing so. Both sides have very winnable fixtures coming up which you suspect will make or break their respective seasons. Hull face QPR, Stoke, Sunderland and Leicester in their next four games; whilst Villa’s next four includes clashes against Leicester, Stoke, Newcastle and West Brom.

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By Rick