05292017

Hull survival bid hit by home loss to Sunderland

Hull lose against Sunderland

Billy Jones netted only his second goal in Sunderland colours

Hull suffered a first home defeat under Marco Silva at the most inopportune moment as their survival bid was hampered by relegated Sunderland.

The hosts created several chances, only for Lazar Markovic and Abel Hernandez – most notably – to be denied by impressive away keeper Jordan Pickford.

Sunderland took advantage to go ahead through Billy Jones’ close-range diving header after John O’Shea’s flick-on from a corner.

And the Black Cats sealed their first win in 11 league matches when Jermain Defoe converted from close range.

The Tigers remain two points ahead of third-bottom Swansea, who play later on Saturday against Everton.

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Relive Hull v Sunderland

Hull’s survival hopes dented by Black Cats

The turnaround in Hull’s fortunes since the arrival of former Olympiakos boss Silva has been quite remarkable, giving them more than a fighting chance to retain their top-flight status.

The Tigers had taken 19 points from a possible 21 in the Portuguese boss’ seven previous matches at the KCOM Stadium and had identified this game as one which they must win.

The home side worked hard, as you would expect, but lacked confidence and ingenuity in the final third.

And when they did manage to find the target, they were denied by the excellent Pickford.

On-loan Liverpool midfielder Markovic saw a thumping header tipped over by the England Under-21 international, who then stopped Hernandez’s sweeping shot from Andrew Robertson’s left-wing cross at his near post.

The nervy home crowd provided an atmosphere more of hope rather than expectation from almost the first whistle, and that pretty much turned to resignation after Jones put Sunderland ahead.

Now Silva and his team need Everton to do them a big favour when they visit Swansea in Saturday’s 17:30 BST kick-off.

“The dressing room is down, we’re not happy,” said left-back Robertson. “It is not good enough to lose 2-0 at home to a team that has just been relegated.”

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Hope for Sunderland’s rebuilding process?

Sunderland might have already been consigned to Championship football next season by last week’s defeat against Bournemouth, but the Black Cats knew they could still have a major influence on who would join them.

David Moyes’ men might have hampered Hull’s hopes on Saturday, but they can also help the Tigers next weekend when they host Swansea at the Stadium of Light.

If the Black Cats show the same level of fight and determination then Hull’s cause might not yet be lost.

It is an attribute that has been missing for most of a woeful season, but they finally gave their 2,000 travelling fans something to cheer with a first win since 4 February.

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Sunderland played with pride – Moyes

Moyes says he will remain in charge next season when the Wearside club bid to bounce straight back up and, although there is likely to be a big turnover in playing staff, the Scot will have been encouraged by the energetic performance of young midfielder George Honeyman as he plots the rebuilding process.

“After being relegated, players have to stand up and show some pride for the club, and today they have done that,” said Moyes.

“We had a really good team performance. If we had shown the character and level of performance today throughout the season we’d have many more points.”

Man of the match Pickford like ‘a young Joe Hart’

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Pickford made five saves at KCOM Stadium, most impressively from Markovic and Hernandez in the second half

One man who may not be at Sunderland next season – and not because Moyes does not want him – is Pickford.

The 23-year-old goalkeeper has been the shining light in a gloomy season, producing a number of impressive performances which led to a nomination for the PFA Young Player of the Year.

Unsurprisingly he reportedly interests a host of top-flight clubs who could tempt the Black Cats into selling with a big-money summer bid.

Moyes remains confident Pickford will not leave – warning potential suitors that would have “to pay the price”.

Against Hull, Pickford showed again why he is rated as one of the country’s top goalkeepers.

His performance meant Hull, following a 3-0 defeat in the reverse fixture, became the first Premier League team this season not to score against the Wearsiders.

“I remember a young Joe Hart when he started – at Everton we were really keen to sign him from Shrewsbury. That’s a young Jordan Pickford, he makes saves and comes for crosses and has saved us points throughout the season,” said Moyes.

“Honestly, I expect this level of performance from him on a regular basis – that’s how highly I think of him.”

‘There was big tension in some of the team’

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Hull 0-2 Sunderland: Marco Silva says his players ‘lost focus’

Hull manager Marco Silva said: “It’s disappointing. We had chances to score in many moments of the game. Ultimately there was big tension in some of the team. We need to be calm in some moments.

“When you don’t do this you start to lose focus and we conceded two from set-pieces. Now is the moment to rest and analyse.

“It’s an important moment for us. We didn’t achieve what we wanted from the match but we have two more games.”

No more home comforts for Silva

  • Marco Silva lost a home league match as a manager for the first time since March 2014 while manager of Portuguese side Estoril (W34 D7 L1)
  • Sunderland have secured two wins in the same season against a single club for the first time in 2016-17 and for only the third occasion since 2013-14. The other two occasions were both against Newcastle (in 2013-14 and 2014-15)
  • Billy Jones is Sunderland’s eighth different goalscorer in the Premier League this season – which is still two fewer than any other team
  • Sunderland have scored for only the third time in their past 14 Premier League games, winning two of those games, both away from home
  • Jermain Defoe ended his goalless streak in what was his 11th Premier League appearance since he last scored against Crystal Palace on 4 February (1,035 minutes)
  • Sebastian Larsson recorded his 26th assist in the Premier League but his first since a 3-0 win against Norwich in April 2016

What’s next?

Hull go to fifth-bottom Crystal Palace on Sunday, 14 May (12:00 BST). The Eagles are four points clear of City, and have a far superior goal difference.

Sunderland play their final Premier League game at the Stadium of Light – for a season at the very least – when they host Swansea on Saturday, 13 May (15:00 BST).

Live Text

Match ends, Hull City 0, Sunderland 2.

Second Half ends, Hull City 0, Sunderland 2.

Attempt blocked. Sam Clucas (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Andrea Ranocchia (Hull City) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Kamil Grosicki with a cross.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Javier Manquillo.

Goal! Hull City 0, Sunderland 2. Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sebastian Larsson with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Harry Maguire (Hull City).

Fabio Borini (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Victor Anichebe (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card.

Andrea Ranocchia (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Victor Anichebe (Sunderland).

Attempt missed. Evandro (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Billy Jones.

Substitution, Hull City. Evandro replaces Ahmed Elmohamady.

Attempt saved. Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the top left corner.

Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City).

Victor Anichebe (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Andrea Ranocchia (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Harry Maguire.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Jason Denayer.

Andrea Ranocchia (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jermain Defoe (Sunderland).

Substitution, Sunderland. Sebastian Larsson replaces George Honeyman because of an injury.

Substitution, Hull City. Dieumerci Mbokani replaces Alfred N’Diaye.

Attempt saved. Abel Hernández (Hull City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Oumar Niasse with a cross.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Jordan Pickford.

Andrea Ranocchia (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Victor Anichebe (Sunderland).

Attempt missed. Oumar Niasse (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Andrew Robertson.

Attempt saved. Abel Hernández (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Sam Clucas.

Goal! Hull City 0, Sunderland 1. Billy Jones (Sunderland) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by John O’Shea with a headed pass following a corner.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Harry Maguire.

Substitution, Hull City. Tom Huddlestone replaces Lazar Markovic because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Victor Anichebe.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Lazar Markovic (Hull City) because of an injury.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by John O’Shea.

Attempt blocked. Abel Hernández (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Jordan Pickford.

Attempt saved. Lazar Markovic (Hull City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Ahmed Elmohamady with a cross.

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