Thursday 06 February 2014
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Hull City ended a run of 10 Barclays Premier League matches without a win and climbed out of the relegation zone with a surprise win over high-flying Manchester City.
Jozy Altidore and George Boateng were on target as the Tigers moved four places up the table to 14th.
The defeat, Man City's second in three league matches, left them in sixth spot and three points outside the UEFA Champions League places.
Hull controlled proceedings early on and Altidore put them ahead in the 31st minute with his first Barclays Premier League goal. The American striker was fouled by Dedryck Boyata and then found space at the resultant free-kick to curl the ball home after Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink's lay-off.
Boateng doubled the lead in the 54th minute when he hammered home a fierce shot from the edge of the area for his first goal since January 2008.
Visiting manager Roberto Mancini immediately threw on substitute Adam Johnson for his Manchester City debut and within four minutes the winger's corner led to Kolo Toure backheeling the ball on to Emmanuel Adebayor, who scored.
Another Man City debutant, Patrick Vieira, entered the fray but apart from a testing cross from Johnson and a tame shot from Carlos Tevez, Hull were rarely troubled.
"We got at them and set a high tempo from the start with the two up front causing problems," said Hull City assistant manager Brian Horton. "The first half was as well as we've played for a long, long time. Drawing with Chelsea on Tuesday gave us confidence and all of a sudden we look a completely different side."
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini added: "In the first half we didn’t play well - Hull were more aggressive and put us under pressure. In the second we played very well and if we play like that we can make the top four - but not if we play like we did in the first."
The win was not quite enough to help Hull stay up, as they finished five points adrift of safety in 19th position. This was their second campaign in the Barclays Premier League, but the Tigers secured a top-flight return when they were promoted from the Championship in the 2012/13 campaign.
Man City finished fifth, despite defeat, and qualified for the UEFA Europa League.