Hull City 2-1 Fulham

Sone Aluko's late winner against Fulham saw Hull move level on points with Championship leaders Ipswich.

Ahmed Elmohamady gave the home side the lead, heading home from an Andrew Robertson cross in the 34th minute.

Former Hull favourite Tom Cairney brought the away side level with a stunning strike from 20 yards that flew past Allan McGregor.

But Hull rallied and Aluko's close-range finish after a Nikica Jelavic knock-down was a deserved winner.

Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli and striker Matt Smith both suffered knee-ligament damage in a collision just before half-time.

England Under-21 international Bettinelli raced off his line to close down Hull forward Abel Hernandez and ran into his team-mate, with both players having to be replaced.

Kit Symons's side slip to 21st in the Championship table, just above the relegation zone with one point from their first three games.

Hull City manager Steve Bruce:

"If we've got what we've got now then I'm very, very confident we'll mount a challenge.

"If we lose another four or five then we're goosed, that's my fear. That's being brutally honest and that's what we need to guard against.

"We showed a bit of resilience, and we didn't really play well in the second half after the first-half dominance. We're unbeaten since we've been back, so we're starting to get a little bit of confidence."

Fulham manager Kit Symons:

"In the second half, we really upped our game; played on the front foot, took the game to Hull and scored a very good goal.

"We're in the ascendancy then. To then go and lose it from that position is hard to take but it's only three games in and I'm sick of saying the same things already.

"It can't be down to fitness, it must just be down to concentration, not being street-wise enough. It's costing us dearly and it needs to change."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Hull City

  • 01 McGregor
  • 02 Odubajo
  • 21 Dawson
  • 06 Davies
  • 26 Robertson
  • 27 Elmohamady
  • 07 Meyler
  • 08 Huddlestone (Hayden – 78' )
  • 24 Aluko
  • 19 Akpom (Jelavic – 72' )
  • 09 Hernández (Clucas – 66' )

Substitutes

  • 05 Taylor
  • 11 Clucas
  • 12 Maguire
  • 16 Jakupovic
  • 18 Jelavic
  • 20 Hayden
  • 32 Luer

Fulham

  • 01 Bettinelli (Lonergan – 47' )
  • 02 Richards
  • 04 Hutchinson
  • 06 Bodurov Booked
  • 15 Voser
  • 10 Cairney
  • 21 Christensen
  • 23 O'Hara Booked
  • 18 Pringle Booked (Kacaniklic – 87' )
  • 44 McCormack
  • 09 Smith (Dembele – 47' )

Substitutes

  • 11 Kacaniklic
  • 16 Woodrow
  • 19 Tunnicliffe
  • 24 Lonergan
  • 25 Dembele
  • 32 Kavanagh
  • 33 Burn

Ref: Graham Salisbury Att: 16,579

Match Stats

Possession

51

49

Shots

10

8

On target

2

4

Corners

6

1

Fouls

8

9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Hull City 2, Fulham 1.

90:00 +4:11 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Hull City 2, Fulham 1.

90:00 +3:23

Offside, Hull City. Ahmed Elmohamady tries a through ball, but Sone Aluko is caught offside.

90:00 +3:01

Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +3:01

Foul by Kay Voser (Fulham).

89:42

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

89:07 Booking

Booking Jamie O'Hara (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

88:56

Delay in match Isaac Hayden (Hull City) because of an injury.

88:22

Isaac Hayden (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

88:22

Foul by Jamie O'Hara (Fulham).

86:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. Alexander Kacaniklic replaces Ben Pringle.

85:17 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hull City 2, Fulham 1. Sone Aluko (Hull City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nikica Jelavic with a headed pass.

83:59

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Moussa Dembele.

83:08

David Meyler (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83:08

Foul by Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham).

81:12

Foul by David Meyler (Hull City).

81:12

Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. Isaac Hayden replaces Tom Huddlestone.

77:30

Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

76:42

Foul by Michael Dawson (Hull City).

76:42

Moussa Dembele (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

76:20

Attempt blocked. Sone Aluko (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrew Robertson.

73:20

Hand ball by Ross McCormack (Fulham).

71:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. Nikica Jelavic replaces Chuba Akpom.

71:25

Andrew Robertson (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:25

Foul by Tom Cairney (Fulham).

68:58 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hull City 1, Fulham 1. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Lasse Vigen Christensen.

68:46

Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

67:33

Foul by Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City).

67:33

Ben Pringle (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:58

Attempt missed. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jazz Richards with a cross.

65:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. Sam Clucas replaces Abel Hernández.

61:56

Attempt missed. Shaun Hutchinson (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ben Pringle with a cross following a corner.

61:28

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Curtis Davies.

60:11

Foul by David Meyler (Hull City).

60:11

Moussa Dembele (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:19 Booking

Booking Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

59:02

Chuba Akpom (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:02

Foul by Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham).

57:01

Attempt blocked. Kay Voser (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Pringle.

55:10

Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ross McCormack.

50:54

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Jazz Richards.

48:44

Foul by Chuba Akpom (Hull City).

48:44

Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

46:08

Attempt missed. David Meyler (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Sone Aluko.

45:00

Second Half begins Hull City 1, Fulham 0.

45:00 +6:48 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Hull City 1, Fulham 0.

45:00 +4:43

Attempt missed. Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sone Aluko with a cross.

45:00 +2:12

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

45:00 +1:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. Andy Lonergan replaces Marcus Bettinelli because of an injury.

45:00 +1:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. Moussa Dembele replaces Matt Smith because of an injury.

42:30

Delay in match Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham) because of an injury.

42:09

Offside, Hull City. Curtis Davies tries a through ball, but Chuba Akpom is caught offside.

41:34

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Kay Voser.

41:10

Attempt blocked. David Meyler (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

40:43

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Shaun Hutchinson.

38:19

Attempt saved. Matt Smith (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ross McCormack.

34:50 Booking

Booking Ben Pringle (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

34:30

Abel Hernández (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

34:30

Foul by Ben Pringle (Fulham).

33:10 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hull City 1, Fulham 0. Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Andrew Robertson with a cross following a corner.

32:48

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Jazz Richards.

28:09

Foul by Abel Hernández (Hull City).

28:09

Shaun Hutchinson (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:20

Attempt blocked. Chuba Akpom (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

23:47

Curtis Davies (Hull City) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Michael Dawson with a headed pass following a corner.

23:16

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Nikolay Bodurov.

22:03

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

21:31

Delay in match Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham) because of an injury.

17:45

Chuba Akpom (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

17:45

Foul by Ben Pringle (Fulham).

16:26

Foul by Tom Huddlestone (Hull City).

16:26

Ross McCormack (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:07

Attempt missed. Sone Aluko (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by David Meyler.

6:24

Hand ball by Chuba Akpom (Hull City).

5:58

Attempt missed. Andrew Robertson (Hull City) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Sone Aluko.

0:20

Foul by Ross McCormack (Fulham).

0:20

Curtis Davies (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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