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Posted Tue 19 Feb 13 at 21:30 PM

Hull City 2-0 Rovers

Rovers suffered only their 2nd defeat in twelve outings as they fell to a 2-0 away loss at Hull City.

Michael Appleton's side went into the game at the KC Stadium on a high after Saturday's FA Cup win over Arsenal, but they couldn't back that up with a league victory on a night of disappointment for the visitors.

But for a stunning save from Jake Kean Rovers would have trailed at the break, the young 'keeper enhancing his blossoming reputation with a sensational one-handed save to deny David Meyler in a half of few chances.

When the goals did arrive Kean had no chance. Firstly Gedo latched onto Stephen Quinn's teasing cross to fire home on 52 minutes before fellow Egyptian Ahmen Elmohamady followed suit 15 minutes later, emphatically volleying in Robbie Brady's centre.

Rovers ended the game with Rhodes, Kazim-Richards, Campbell and Bentley all in attacking positions, but they couldn't find a way through the Tiger's back line.


Michael Appleton made two changes from the side that defeated Arsenal at the weekend in the FA Cup.

There was a debut for Karim Rekik and a return for captain Danny Murphy as Markus Olsson and Morten Gamst Pedersen dropped to the bench.

On a chilly night at the KC Rovers were quickly out of the traps against Steve Bruce's side. Just four minutes were on the clock when the first shot on target was registered, Colin Kazim-Richards letting fly from distance with a low shot that David Stockdale had to grab at the second attempt with Jordan Rhodes closing in.

The home side hit back with a series of corners, but Rovers held strong under pressure. Then Robbie Brady exchanged passes with Stephen Quinn as he raced into the area, but Jake Kean palmed away his shot across the box.

The Tigers continued to have the better of the territorial play and on 36 minutes they were thwarted from taking the lead by a simply stupendous save from Kean.

The Rovers 'keeper showing great reactions to turn aside David Meyler's header from point-blank range. He was quickly to his feet to deny City captain Robert Koren on the follow-up at his post.

In a tetchy half that saw Colin Kazim-Richards and Bradley Orr yellow carded, Rovers were fortunate to be level at the break. They had shown plenty of endeavour but little penetration. Unfortunately that pattern would continue.

The second half was slow to get going but a 15 minute spell saw an end to Rovers' six-match unbeaten run.

On 52 the deadlock was broken as a corner was only half cleared, Stephen Quinn sent over an inviting cross to the six-yard box to where striker Gedo applied the finishing touch from close-range. For once Kean had no chance.

Seven minutes later and Rovers were dealt a further blow as Lee Williamson was stretchered off. The midfielder, making only his second appearance for Rovers, collided on the edge of the area with Brady and was unable to continue. To add insult to injury he was shown a yellow card as he was helped off the pitch.

That prompted a double change as DJ Campbell and David Bentley were thrust into action. Bentley replacing the debutant Karim Rekik.

However it was the home side who were celebrating once more as a second goal arrived on 67 minutes.

Again it was a cross from the left, this time from Robbie Brady and Ahmed Elmohamady escaped the clutches of Martin Olsson to volley emphatically into the back of the net.

Despite an array of attacking talent Rovers struggled to carve out openings against a well-marshalled Hull City defence. as the home side held out comfortably to claim all three points.

The manager will demand a reaction, Leeds United next up at Ewood Park on Saturday.

HULL CITY: Stockdale, Chester, Hobbs, Evans (sub Olofinjana 88 mins), Koren (c) (sub Fathi 90+5 mins), Gedo (sub Cairney 89 mins), Elmohamady, Bruce, Quinn, Brady, Meyler.

Subs not used: Jakupovic (GK), Rosenior, Simpson, Proschwitz.

Goals: Gedo 52 mins, Elmohamady 67 mins.

Booked: Evans.

ROVERS: Kean, Orr, Dann, Hanley, Martin Olsson, Williamson (sub Campbell 59 mins), Murphy (c), Lowe, Rekik (sub Bentley 59 mins), Kazim-Richards, Rhodes.

Subs not used: Usai, Givet, Pedersen, Markus Olsson, Nuno Gomes.

Goals: None.

Booked: Kazim-Richards, Orr, Martin Olsson, Williamson.

Attendance: 15,981. 787 Rovers fans

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