Hull City V Fulham: A game of two halves

Fulham travelled to the KC Stadium this afternoon to take on Hull City, and considering both clubs are out to avoid relegation this season, you’d be forgiven for expecting a simple scoreless draw.

Especially after the first 45 minutes, where the only considerable action to speak of was a series of relatively tame free kicks from Tom Huddlestone. Both sides went in at half-time without finding the scoresheet, or even significantly threatening to.

But the Tigers quickly upped the ante after the interval, instigated by a 49 minute goal from wing-back Ahmed Elmohamady. A Huddlestone corner fell loose in the box, allowing the Egyptian to swivel and volley the ball into the net from around 12 yards.

Fulham’s David Stockdale was then beaten again ten minutes later, as Robert Koren went unchallenged to get on the end of a low and hard Yannick Sagbo cross and calmly find the net.

George Boyd then got in on the action a matter of minutes later, soon followed by Tom Huddlestone, who will be booking an appointment at the barbers after finding his first goal in 52 games in the 67th minute, making it four goals for Hull without reply. The former England midfielder amused fans with his unique hair-cutting celebration.

With the flood-gates now opened and the Cottagers sinking without a trace, substitute striker Matty Fryatt got the fifth for the KC outfit, pouncing on a rebound from another Huddlestone free-kick which Stockdale initially did well to push onto the woodwork.

The thumping was then finished off by Robert Koren, who got his second goal of the game and the season in the 84th minute after the Fulham ‘keeper failed to deal with a Hull cross, leaving the midfielder to bundle the ball into an open goal.

Manager Steve Bruce will be ecstatic with the result and the performance, with the 6-0 romping pushing Hull into the top half of the Premier League table, at least until Stoke City play tomorrow afternoon. Fulham on the other hand, are still in the relegation zone, and now have the worst goal difference (-22) in the division.