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Monday 23 October 2017

Bruce willing and Abel

Hull manager Steve Bruce credited a late dash from Croydon to Rome for making Abel Hernandez's barnstorming debut possible.

The relevant paperwork was completed just in time for the Tigers to complete a cross-continental jaunt to bring the £9.5million signing in over the weekend and he repaid Bruce's decision to throw him straight in by scoring a fine header in his side's 2-2 draw.

It might have been an even more memorable showing from the Uruguay had a 25-yard drive five minutes later crept under the crossbar instead of ricocheting off it.

Hernandez's header put Hull 1-0 up at half-time only for opposite number Enner Valencia to top it with a superb piledriver from 25 yards.

A second City debutant, Mohamed Diame, starting against the club he left on deadline day, then restored the lead with an opportunistic goal .

The visitors levelled again when Diafra Sakho's low shot escaped Allan McGregor and was turned home by defender Curtis Davies, teeing up a tense finale.

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