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Peter Whittingham's strike ensured that newly promoted duo Cardiff City and Hull City shared a 1-1 draw on Saturday. Centre-half Curtis Davies put the hosts ahead after 40 minutes, his first for the club, but the visiting side made a notable improvement after half-time and managed to draw level through an excellent Whittingham finish. The result leaves Cardiff with five points from four matches, with Steve Bruce's Hull one point further back.
Cardiff made three changes to the team that drew against Everton last time out, with Joe Lewis handed a Premier League debut in goal after David Marshall injured his hip playing for Scotland midweek. Scottish midfielder Don Cowie and defender Kevin Theophile-Catherine were also drafted in. Hull City boss Steve Bruce was able to pick the same 11 that lost away to Manchester City after Allan McGregor overcame a groin injury.
The hosts almost took the lead inside the opening seven minutes, but an out of sorts Danny Graham failed to cap an excellent move when he skied over the bar from 10 yards. The on-loan Sunderland forward has not scored in 20 top-flight appearances and when Sone Aluko's shot was parried by Lewis, he failed to net the opening goal of the day.
Cardiff began to get a foothold in the game but grew frustrated as they failed to convert the possession into any clear-cut chances. Fraizer Campbell in particular was advised by referee Robert Madley to calm down. The ex-Manchester United man was booked after 19 minutes and he could have been sent off for a strong tackle on Jake Livermore five minutes later.
Aluko and Tom Huddlestone both had long-range shots within minutes of each other to remind Cardiff of the threat that they could pose. And the visitors' defence was breached five minutes before the break. A deep cross from Huddlestone enabled Davies to get in front of his man and head home from close range. Malky Mackay brought on Nicky Maynard for the second half as he sought to plot a way back into the contest.
Although Maynard was not involved, Cardiff did pull level 15 minutes into the second period. Whittingham showed admirable endeavour to get on the end of a pinpoint Cowie cross and he rifled his volley home, leaving McGregor with no chance. Aluko was denied by an offside flag late on and Graham headed straight at Lewis deep in injury time to add to his frustration.
Hull City manager Steve Bruce: "Danny Graham has to stay strong. I just spoke to him about that. If you're a striker, you go through these spells.
"You don't lose your ability, but you have to stay strong. That's the Premier League, it's tough.
"I'm not going to single anyone out. A striker is judged on goals. He's finding it difficult but perhaps that's why he's here. He needs one to settle him down. Perhaps he's trying too hard because his overall game was terrific."
Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay: "I thought both teams went hard at it to try to win. We both had spells of possession and at times both had chances.
"We have got four points from losing position so far this season and we showed great resilience. The goal was a beautiful move from our right-back area up until the goal. I'm very proud of the team."
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