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Hull City and Aston Villa consolidated their mid-table starts to the season with a hard-fought goalless draw at the KC Stadium.
The sides came into the match in confident mood, Villa having come from behind to defeat Manchester City 3-2 seven days ago, and both were searching for a third consecutive Barclays Premier League win.
Returning Villa forward Gabriel Agbonlahor produced a stinging shot to draw a fine first-half save from Allan McGregor but the Hull goalkeeper and his opposite number Brad Guzan enjoyed relatively untroubled afternoons. Before that opening, Hull’s Danny Graham might have converted Ahmed Elmohamady's right-wing cross but the former Swansea City striker failed to do so and his goal drought was extended to 24 matches in all competitions.
Stephen Quinn came into the Hull midfield to replace Robbie Brady after the side's top scorer underwent hernia surgery this week. Agbonlahor and Ashley Westwood returned from respective ankle and thigh complaints to bolster Villa's bid for three consecutive wins for the first time since April 2010.
Andreas Weimann netted the winner against Manchester City last Saturday and the Austria forward might have added to his season tally when Elmohamady could not deal with Fabian Delph's third-minute cross.
Hull spent large parts of the opening exchanges out of possession, but Villa midfielder Leandro Bacuna was forced to clear over his own crossbar after Sone Aluko cleverly released Graham down the right channel in the 15th minute. Shortly afterwards another quality delivery from the Villa left, this time by Elmohamady, asked further questions but Graham could not convert with Ron Vlaar in close attendance.
Villa responded and McGregor had to be at full stretch to palm Agbonlahor's 20-yard drive behind. Westwood was awarded a yellow card 10 minutes before the interval after tangling with Tom Huddlestone.
Agbonlahor came close to breaking the deadlock seven minutes after the restart, angling Weimann's cutback narrowly past a post following a driving run down the left flank from Bacuna. At the other end, Ciaran Clark timed his challenge well to deny Aluko, although the former Rangers man might have struck first time. Aluko was replaced by Yannick Sagbo as the game entered its final quarter.
Hull left-back Maynor Figueroa sent a ball skidding across the edge of the Villa area in the 70th minute to find Elmohamady, who sliced his sot wide. A nasty clash of heads forced running repairs for Hull defender Curtis Davies and visiting striker Libor Kozak, while Villa manager Paul Lambert sent on Aleksandar Tonev and Jordan Bowery for Westwood and Agbonlahor in search of a final push in the last 15 minutes that ultimately failed to materialise for either side.
Hull sit eighth in the Premier League table, a point and a place better off than their opponents after seven matches.
Hull manager Steve Bruce: "We have got to be disappointed as we played our part but we have done well over last few weeks and against a very decent Aston Villa team we’ve stuck at it. The game had 0-0 written all over it from the minute it kicked off. We will take it and move on and I am delighted going into the international break that we have played four games at home and won two and drawn two. We have made a good start but didn’t play very well today.
"We have to work hard and as a newly promoted team one thing you have to be is thoroughly well-organised but you need the players to go and do it and overall we’ve done that remarkably well. We are without two or three real regulars like Robbie Brady, who gives us width on the left-hand side. Hopefully in a cople of weeks we will have them back."
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert: "It was a decent point away from home which is always a good thing and I don’t think either team did enough to win the game. I couldn’t fault the lads for their work-rate. We had a lot of the ball but lacked that cutting edge that we normally have.
"I can't remember Brad Guzan having a save to make. He has been excellent and a clean sheet is a big thing."
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