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Carlos Cuellar's own goal gifted Hull City their fourth Barclays Premier League win of the season - and their third by a 1-0 scoreline at the KC Stadium - as they saw off nine-man Sunderland.
The goal arrived in the 25th minute when Liam Rosenior curled a cross in from the right and, before Yannick Sagbo could connect with it, Cuellar nodded past his own goalkeeper Kieren Westwood.
To complete a miserable first half for the visitors, Westwood was forced off with a neck injury in the 43rd minute, after a collision with Paul McShane, and before half-time both Lee Cattermole and Andrea Dossena were shown red cards.
Steve Bruce made just the one change from the Hull side that lost to Tottenham Hotspur in their last Premier League encounter with Jake Livermore returning, while Fabio Borini’s late winning goal in the north-east derby against Newcastle United earned the Italian his second league start of the season for Sunderland as he replaced Adam Johnson in their only alteration.
Goalscoring opportunities were few and far between early on, but the hosts almost took a 17th minute lead when Livermore flicked Tom Huddlestone’s left-wing free-kick just past the far post.
Cuellar's own goal then put the hosts ahead and after Westwood departed, his replacement, Vito Mannone, almost conceded straight away but Phil Bardsley deflected Sagbo’s low shot wide.
In stoppage time, Cattermole received a straight red card for a foul on Ahmed El Mohamady and Dossena soon followed him for stamping on David Meyler.
Manager Gus Poyet reacted to the red cards by introducing Johnson and Wes Brown, with the latter making his first league appearance since January 2012.
Hull looked to make the most of their numerical advantage as quickly as possible, but George Boyd’s left-footed effort in the 53rd minute flew narrowly wide of the target. Mannone's goal was coming under increased pressure by the hour mark and the Italian did well to deny Livermore as the on-loan Spurs midfielder shot from distance.
Both sides created chances in the final 15 minutes as Steven Fletcher fired straight at Steve Harper when one-on-one and Livermore struck the post with a long-range effort, but Hull held on to extend their unbeaten run at home in the Premier League to five matches.
Hull City manager Steve Bruce: "I'm trying to recall if I've ever played against nine men for so long and I don't think I have. The longer it went on the more frustrated we got.
"To be fair to Sunderland they stuck rigidly to their shape, packed the penalty area and the more crosses we put in there the more bodies there were.
"We needed the second one to calm everybody down, but we'll take it. It was a big win which takes us 10 points ahead of Sunderland and Crystal Palace with a quarter of the season gone. That's a very nice return for us."
Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet: "It was a very strange game. Too many things happened. Too many decisions to make for players, referees, managers.
"It was a proper Premier League game that somehow only finished 1-0. It could have been different. If Adam Johnson had scored, if Harper hadn't have managed to save it, it could have been different.
"But I'm very proud of the players. They played well in the first half and hung on in the second half when it was difficult for them."
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