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Saturday 14 December 2013 | The KC Stadium | Referee: Mike Dean | Attendance 23,324

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Goalkeepers Allan McGregor and Asmir Begovic were the stars of the show as Hull City and Stoke City battled out a goalless draw on Saturday evening.

Bosnia international Begovic made superb reaction saves from Ahmed Elmohamady and Yannick Sagbo in the first half to keep his side in the game, again denying the former Sunderland man after the break.

Stoke ended the game on top, but found McGregor in equally impressive form as he twice denied Peter Crouch from point-blank range.

Either side could have moved into the top half with a win, but remain 12th and 13th respectively in the Barclays Premier League with a point apiece.

Steve Bruce's side were unchanged from Monday's draw at Swansea City, while Stoke handed starts to Stephen Ireland and Oussama Assaidi following goalscoring substitute appearances in their memorable win over Chelsea last weekend.

The hosts were in the ascendancy from the off but could not find a way past Begovic. Elmohamady was the first to stretch the Bosnian with a dipping volley from 25 yards that the Stoke goalkeeper did well to tip over the crossbar.

The Egyptian was in fine form on the right as he surged past Marc Muniesa before cutting back to Sagbo, who touched the ball away from Ryan Shawcross and brought a smart stop from Begovic at his near post.

Curtis Davies sent a firm header wide and Tom Huddlestone drilled a long-ranger off-target with 10 minutes to go in the half as Hull turned the screw, but their pressure amounted to nothing.

Stoke ended the first period with their best spell, but only had a ball flashed across the face of goal from Marko Arnautovic to show for it as the sides went in at the break goalless.

Jake Livermore pounced following some hesitation in the Stoke defence early in the second half, but his left-footed effort bobbled wide and Shawcross flicked a right-wing corner wide in an open 10 minutes after the interval.

Elmohamady and Begovic renewed rivalries on the hour, the keeper making an excellent stop from the wing-back's firm header.

Livermore fizzed another effort from distance wide and the hosts had penalty appeals waved away as Sagbo's header flicked off Muniesa's elbow.

Ireland tucked home after Crouch had forced McGregor into a stunning save with 20 minutes to go, only to be denied by the offside flag.

McGregor again got down to his left quickly to keep Crouch out as Stoke entered the closing stages strongly, Shawcross nodding onto the bar from the resulting corner. But neither side could find a killer blow as Stoke recorded a sixth consecutive away game in the Barclays Premierr League  without a win, while Hull racked up a fifth clean sheet on home soil this season.

Hull City assistant manager Steve Agnew: "First 45 minutes, we dominated the game. We were the team pressing forward, so we were pleased going into half-time.

"Second half was the complete opposite. We were a bit loose with the ball, we didn't move up the pitch with the ball as well as we can so consequently Stoke gained a little bit of momentum and with players like Peter Crouch they're always going to create chances when crosses come in.

"We just lost a little bit of the momentum for whatever reason second half, but the pitch was a little bit lively and the wind was swirling so it's not easy for all the players.

"They work at it and they get their rewards from putting the work and the effort in to that defensive record. It's pleasing and it's rewarding and our ball retention and moving up the pitch and our attacking play can get better and we'll continue to work with that."

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes: "I thought we were the side who demonstrated more control, we had more clear-cut chances. I am pleased enough with the performance.

"The only frustration is maybe because we haven't taken maximum points given the chances we created. Their goalkeeper made some outstanding saves. I thought we were totally in control.

"We have good ability we just need that cutting edge. I was pleased. We have been reasonably consistent and we will get better."

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Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Allan McGregor 6.71 5.41
5. James Chester 8.2 4.72
6. Curtis Davies 7.4 5.07
4. Alex Bruce 6.8 4.29
3. Maynor Figueroa 6.25 5.03
7. David Meyler 8.25 5.08
27. Ahmed Elmohamady 8.25 5.45
14. Jake Livermore 5.25 6.03
8. Tom Huddlestone 5.0 5.85
9. Danny Graham 5.5 5.07
20. Yannick Sagbo 8.25 5.26
Substitutes All Fans BFR
11. Robbie Brady 0.0 5.77
10. Robert Koren - 4.98
15. Paul McShane - 3.9
17. George Boyd - 4.49
2. Liam Rosenior - 5.11
23. Abdoulaye Faye - 4.29
22. Steve Harper - 4.59
Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Asmir Begovic 7.0 7.52
5. Marc Muniesa 6.0 3.73
12. Marc Wilson 7.0 4.35
17. Ryan Shawcross 7.5 5.25
20. Geoff Cameron 7.0 4.41
32. Stephen Ireland 8.0 4.55
15. Steven N'Zonzi 8.5 4.44
6. Glenn Whelan 7.5 4.49
24. Oussama Assaidi 7.5 6.0
10. Marko Arnautovic 8.0 5.61
25. Peter Crouch 5.33 5.31
Substitutes All Fans BFR
8. Wilson Palacios - 4.16
9. Kenwyne Jones - 4.07
29. Thomas Sørensen - 2.63
3. Erik Pieters 10.0 4.63
16. Charlie Adam - 5.26
28. Andy Wilkinson - 2.78
7. Jermaine Pennant - 4.29

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