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  • Hull City 2-0 Fulham: Fagan Brilliant header

    Hull's chances of avoiding relegation were boosted as goals from Jimmy Bullard and Craig Fagan saw them defeat Fulham 2-0 at the KC Stadium.

    Former Fulham man Bullard fired home a 16th minute penalty to give the hosts the lead before Fagan sealed a win that puts them level on points with 17th placed West Ham via a second half header.

    Zoltan Gera had the first opportunity of the game and his turn and shot was parried away by Boaz Myhill in the Hull goal after six minutes.

    Ten minutes later and the hosts took the lead through Bullard who smashed home the penalty after Chris Smalling had hauled down Jozy Altidore in the area.

    Manchester United bound Smalling escaped without a booking for the foul, but the first half featured six yellow cards issued by the officious Chris Foy.

    The game was providing chances for both sides and Gera was in the action again as another shot on the turn from the Hungarian was blocked on the line by the shins of George Boateng on 28 minutes.

    Five minutes later, Bullard almost got his second of the game when his superbly struck free kick needed Mark Schwarzer to tip it around the post to safety.

    A further five minutes went by before Gera had another effort cleared from on the goal line and this time it was Steven Mouyokolo who denied Gera his goal with a timely intervention.

    That excellent defensive work from Hull was to prove vital as just three minutes into the second half they scored again.

    Dean Marney made good progress down the left wing and his delivery was inch perfect for Fagan, whose header went back across Schwarzer and looped into the top corner.

    Fagan's second of the season always looked likely to be enough against a Fulham side who now have not found the net on their travels for a worrying 545 minutes since a goal against Stoke back in early January.

    The visitors missed the absent Bobby Zamora and only Gera looked a genuine threat for the Londoners, whose Europa Cup campaign looks to be taking its toll on their Premier League form.

    This was Fulham's third defeat in a row, but Hull's win combined with West Ham's home defeat to Stoke means that Hull under new boss Iain Dowie head into April with genuine hope of Premier League survival.
    Sean Calvert / Eurosport



    Hull City: Myhill, McShane, Mouyokolo, Sonko, Kilbane, Garcia, Boateng, Bullard, Marney, Fagan, Altidore. The subs are Duke, Barmby, Geovanni, Mendy, Vennegoor of Hesselink, Olofinjana, Cairney.

    Fulham:Schwarzer, Shorey, Hangeland, Baird, Konchesky, Riise, Smalling, Dikgacoi, Davies, Gera, Dempsey. On the bench for Fulham are: Zuberbuhler, Okaka, Nevland, Hughes, Etuhu, Stoor, Greening.


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