Saturday 16 December 2017

Hull stretch lead at the top

Hull City 0 Brighton 0

Chris Hughton
Chris Hughton

Hull stretched their lead at the top of the Championship to two points with a 0-0 draw with Brighton in a game which was bereft of chances at the KC Stadium last night.

Sam Clucas had their best effort when his late shot was tipped on to the bar by Brighton goalkeeper David Stockdale.

Jamie Murphy had Brighton's best chance with a rising shot in the opening period as the promotion challengers had to settle for a point.

Hull were the first to threaten but Lewis Dunk was able to get his head to a cross from Andy Robertson.

Brighton responded three minutes later through Steve Sidwell but the midfielder could not get his header on target from a deep free-kick by Anthony Knockaert.

With both teams looking anxious not to make a mistake, Hull's Tom Huddlestone wasted a free-kick which he lofted well over with 20 minutes gone.

Brighton's Murphy had the first effort on target after 26 minutes when his rising shot following a flowing breakout by the visitors forced Allan McGregor to stand tall and beat the ball away with his fists.

Huddlestone was much closer with his second effort on the half-hour as his low left-foot shot from the edge of the area was narrowly wide.

A chipped centre from Snodgrass straight at Stockdale was typical of the poor fare which frustrated the home supporters in what turned out to be a far from entertaining spectacle.

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