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Away Draw For Tigers

Posted on: Sat 24 Sep 2011

Hull City were held to a 1-1 draw by Bristol City at Ashton Gate on Saturday afternoon.

The Tigers had taken the lead through Robert Koren's second goal in as many games, but Brett Pitman's late equaliser saw the spoils shared.

Nigel Pearson selected the same starting eleven and substitutes as last week, meaning that Tigers duo Adriano Basso and Liam Rosenior faced their former club while Dele Adebola was in line to make it a trio of former Robins should he get on from the bench.

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The Tigers threatened early through Tom Cairney's corner, which was allowed to get all the way across the six-yard area but nobody could get a vital touch.

Martyn Waghorn couldn't get a shot away when given time and space on the edge of the Bristol box while at the other end, Joe Dudgeon got in a vital interception to block Albert Adomah's through ball.

Marvin Elliott then forced a fine save out of Basso, the Brazilian goalkeeper tipping over the midfielder's 20-yard drive.

Waghorn brought a save out of David James in the 14th minute and although the goalkeeper didn't take the ball cleanly, his defenders covered and cleared the loose ball.

Play was switching from end-to-end and Basso got down well to keep out Jamal Campbell-Ryce's effort.

Dudgeon was on hand with another vital block on 27 minutes to deny Nicky Maynard.

Robert Koren fired a 20-yarder over the bar as play once again moved back to the other end.

A dangerous Bristol City attack ended in a left-wing cross being headed down into the ground and over the bar by Elliott.

A great burst down the right from Rosenior resulted in him pulling the ball back for Aaron Mclean, but his weak shot was held by James at the second attempt.

Half Time: Tigers 0-0 Bristol City

Koren had the first effort of the second half, but he was well off target with a shot from distance.

Koren's next effort put the Tigers in front in the 56th minute. Robbie Brady did well to spread play out to the left where Koren was waiting. He played a neat ball into Aaron Mclean's feet and when the pass was returned, Koren stroked a lovely low shot into the bottom corner of the net. Credit must also go to James Chester, who seconds earlier had broken up a home attack with a fine tackle on Adomah.

Mclean brought a good save out of James a few minute later before the striker was replaced by Matty Fryatt.

At the other end, Basso saved from Neil Kilkenny.

The Tigers made their second change in the 71st minute when Corry Evans replaced Koren. The goalscorer appeared to be struggling with a hamstring problem as he left the field.

Basso made a vital intervention to punch clear in his six-yard box and Bristol substitute Ryan Taylor wasted a golden opportunity from close range, getting his feet in a tangle and managing to block his own shot.

Bristol City levelled with 11 minutes to go. Brett Pitman got above Rosenior to meet a lofted ball forward and he looped a header over Basso and into the net.

Pitman looked the likliest to win it for the home side but his effort in added time was stopped by Basso.

The Tigers also threatened during added time, but couldn't find a way through.

Tigers: Adriano Basso, Liam Rosenior, James Chester, Jack Hobbs, Joe Dudgeon, Robbie Brady, Paul McKenna, Tom Cairney, Robert Koren (Evans 71), Aaron Mclean (Fryatt 63), Martyn Waghorn.

Subs: Peter Gulacsi, Corry Evans, Nick Barmby, Dele Adebola, Matty Fryatt.

Bristol City: David James, Cole Skuse, James Wilson, Lewin Nyatanga, Ryan McGivern, Albert Adomah (Bolasie 90), Neil Kilkenny, Marvin Elliott, Jamal Campbell-Ryce, Jon Stead (Taylor 63), Nicky Maynard (Pitman 63).

Subs: Dean Gerken, Louis Carey, Ryan Taylor, Yannick Bolasie, Brett Pitman.

Referee: Mr D. Sheldrake.

Attendance: 12,254 (488 away fans)

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