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MATCH REPORT

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16:50 24th August 2013

REPORT: HULL 1-0 NORWICH

TEN-MAN Hull City edged out the Canaries 1-0 at the KC Stadium to condemn Chris Hughton's men to their first league defeat of the season.

The hosts took the lead on 22 minutes when Robbie Brady converted from the penalty spot after Michael Turner had fouled Yannick Sagbo, before Sagbo was sent-off for an alleged headbutt on Russell Martin five minutes later.

Norwich were the better team in the second half but couldn't get the breakthrough, going closest through Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Jonny Howson.

John Ruddy was selected for his 100th start for the Club, while Leroy Fer made his competitive debut after missing the opening day draw with Everton through suspension. Loanee Johan Elmander was named among the substitutes.

The other change from the match against the Toffees saw Alexander Tettey brought into the starting eleven, with Wes Hoolahan dropping to the bench – Michael Turner started against his former club.

Fer went very close to opening the scoring on three minutes. Jonny Howson, playing in the unfamiliar position of right midfield, fed the ball back to Steven Whittaker, and Fer met his first-time cross with his head but his effort flew just wide.

City started very brightly and Nathan Redmond forced a stop from Allan McGregor on ten minutes from distance, but Jake Livermore was a good chance for Hull on 16 when he blazed over after a fantastic backheel from Sone Aluko.

The home team were fully settled into their first home game back in the Premier League and they had their chance to open the scoring when Turner and Sagbo collided in the box, and referee Mike Jones awarded a penalty.

Brady stepped up and took the opportunity from the spot, sending Ruddy the wrong way.

Norwich had been taken out of their stride but the drama continued on 27 minutes when Sagbo, moments after winning the penalty, was sent off for an altercation at the other end.

A City set-piece was delivered and after a penalty shout was turned down involving Turner, the Hull forward appeared to headbutt Russell Martin and was immediately dismissed by referee Jones.

Van Wolfswinkel nodded over as City took some momentum from the sending-off, but Hull were more than a match as the half drew to a close despite their man disadvantage, with goalscorer Brady firing over in stoppage time.

Norwich had the chance just before half-time as Redmond’s free-kick hit the base of McGregor’s post and went wide.

HALF-TIME: Hull City 1-0 Norwich City

Chris Hughton introduced Robert Snodgrass for Bradley Johnson at half-time, with the Scotland winger returning from the groin injury that kept him out at Everton.

City were more purposeful after the break and Howson broke from midfield on 59 minutes, but his deflected shot was held in the end by McGregor before Tettey sliced wide after a chest-down from van Wolfswinkel.

Elmander came on for his Canaries debut with 25 minutes left on the clock, and seconds later City went as close to an equaliser as they had managed.

Redmond regained possession outside Hull’s box and found Garrido on the left. City’s full-back then cut onto his right-foot and found van Wolfswinkel’s head, but McGregor produced an outstanding save to tip the ball over the bar.

City were the dominant outfit and their pressing for that crucial leveller continued into the final quarter of an hour, but things weren't clicking in the final third.

Six minutes were added on at the end to raise City supporters' hopes, but it was in fact Hull who kept possession well to see out the victory.

FULL-TIME: Hull City 1-0 Norwich City

GOALS: Hull City – Robbie Brady (pen 22)

HULL CITY: McGregor; Elmohamedy, Chester, Davies, Figueroa; Brady (Boyd 80), Koren (c) (Rosenior 84), Huddlestone, Livermore; Aluko (Graham 72), Sagbo. Subs not used: Harper (GK), Bruce, McShane, Meyler.

NORWICH CITY: Ruddy; Whittaker, Turner, Martin (c), Garrido; Howson, Tettey (Elmander 65), Johnson (Snodgrass 45), Redmond (Hoolahan 73); Fer; van Wolfswinkel. Subs not used: Bunn (GK), R Bennett, Olsson, Becchio.

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