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15:51 8th November 2009

Hull City 2 Stoke City 1

TEN MAN Stoke City suffered their first defeat in five Barclays Premier League games as Hull City produced a second half fightback in front of the television cameras at the KC Stadium.

It was a case of lightning striking twice as a stunning goal from Matthew Etherington put the Potters in the driving seat, only for them to be pegged back by a former player after the break.

Whereas it was Wolves defender Jody Craddock last week, it was midfielder Seyi Olofinjana on this occasion as he sparked Hull's fightback with a fine equaliser.

Olofinjana curled home his 61st minute goal to set up a dramatic finish in which City captain Abdoulaye Faye was sent off by Mike Dean for a second bookable offence and then substitute Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink netted an injury time winner for the home side.

The disappointing setback not only halted a fine unbeaten in the Premier League, but it also brought an end to City's excellent record at the KC Stadium.

Pulis had made one change to the side that drew 2-2 with Wolves, welcoming back £5 million defender Robert Huth following his three-match suspension.

Huth replaced Andy Wilkinson at right back, while there was a return on the bench for David Kitson in place of hamstring strain victim Mamady Sidibe.

City had to weather some early Hull pressure as Jimmy Bullard tried his luck from long range on two occasions, the second of those efforts being the biggest threat, but Thomas Sorensen appeared to have it covered as he dived low to his right.

The first threat from the Potters came in the eleventh minute as Ryan Shawcross flicked on a long throw from Rory Delap, but unfortunately it fell behind the incoming players and the home side had little problem in clearing that danger.

Hull's Matt Duke was called into action for the first time when Ricardo Fuller unleashed a low drive from 20 yards, but the 'keeper held on.

There was an anxious moment for the Potters in the 22nd minute when Richard Garcia burst into the box on the right hand side, but Glenn Whelan got back well to partially block his eventual shot and ensure that it went behind for a corner.

The Potters had looked dangerous on the counter attack at times and they went in front on the half hour with such a break from the back.

A long ball from Shawcross caught out the Hull defence and with Kamil Zayatte playing Etherington onside, the former West Ham United winger burst through to fire home a left foot shot which beat Duke at his near post.

The home fans started to get a little restless as Hull struggled to exert any real pressure, although Jozy Altidore fired a shot wide of the target.

That was a rare moment of threat and if anything it was the Potters who were frustrated at times that they didn't catch the home side on the break again, their final ball letting them down when the home defence was stretched on a couple of occasions.

City almost went further ahead early in the second half when some neat approach work released Etherington down the left hand side. Anthony Gardner got in a tangle as he tried to clear the cross, but it deflected off Duke and behind for a corner.

Though the Potters looked the more likely to get the next goal early in the second period, it was the home side who drew level in the 61st minute.

Persistent work by Stephen Hunt cutting in from the left hand side set up the opportunity for Olofinjana to swivel and make room for himself before curling a 25-yard drive beyond the reach of Sorensen and into the net.

City were somewhat fortunate not to fall behind minutes later when substitute Nick Barmby's cross caused a mix-up at the back and it was fortunate that neither Olofinjana nor Craig Fagan could make the most of the chance with Sorensen stranded.

Pulis introduced both David Kitson and Tuncay as City looked to regain the lead, but it was Shawcross who went close to achieving that.

Picked out by Glenn Whelan's free kick to the far post, the highly-rated defender's looping header bounced on the top of the bar with Duke beaten.

But then it all went horribly wrong for the Potters in the final minutes of the game as Faye got his marching orders for a second bookable offence after a clumsy challenge on Nick Barmby.

Pulis threw on Wilkinson in place of Tuncay to try and plug the defensive gap, but Hull made the most of the one-man advantage in injury time.

Bullard tried his luck from long range again and when Sorensen couldn't hold onto the shot, Vennegoor of Hesselink followed up to score from close range.

    Data provided by Press Association


    The Potters played out four replays to finally beat Bury in the FA Cup in 1955