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12th February 2013 Tuesday  KC Stadium: Having clung by their fingertips to the top 4 in the last week or so the Tigers scrambled into 2nd place last night thanks to a good 2nd half by all especially the Egyptian loan troops seconded by Bruce /Mr & Mr Allam. Gedo on this display seems a natural goal scorer, Elmohamady continues his massive contribution and there is the chance that this energy will jerk the other talented players in the squad back to form. With two more home games to follow quickly in succession this  result is timely. With only two wins out of the last nine games (in all competitions) City needed this and a draw would have been a bit depressing for all concerned. Thirty one games played, 56 points collected and in an automatic promotion spot.

The first half was better forgotten as City never got going and produced a disjointed, lack lustre almost tired display. For some reason only known to the players the Tigers lacked any rhythm or passing continuity, this has happened before and it must worry Bruce that he cannot trust a tested line-up to perform at the same level week after week.

Derby had the better of these first 45 minutes and team-wise looked a better outfit, but their lack of ambition must have haunted them in the second half when City became a different team.

Bruce made changes at half time as a good manager should and on came Proschwitz and Gedo for Simpson and Koren and he changed to 4-4-2 from a 3-5-1-1 formation. Simpson in particular had had one of those games where he always seemed to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and couldn’t take advantage of the “crossing” machines Brady and Elmohamady. Koren seems to be fading in the City colours, and not stepping up when a big effort is needed, an accusation that West Brom fans often made; which is a pity when we all know what an excellent player he is.

Gedo made an instant impact and scored by getting to an accurate Brady centre from a corner with a good header guided past the Derby keeper from 10 yards. After the first half no-one could have expected this and the KC woke up. To get a goal on your home début within 90 seconds of coming on is the stuff legends are made of and we can only dream now that we have found a true goal taker when we most needed him. It was in fact City’s first on target attempt of the match and Gedo’s first touch of the ball.

City had more chances as the half wore on (Gedo and Meyler in particular plus Brady’s free kick) and  so did Derby’s Conor Sammon with at least two good efforts.

It was looking like three points in the bag until the 84th minute when Jamie Ward struck making it 1-1 and no doubt for a few minutes every City supporter started considering “wasted chances” again and muttering “Achilles heel” under their breath. Had we snatched a draw from three points? A goal keeping error had led to that Derby goal with the ball passing everyone and left the surprised Mr Ward with a simple goal. The flapping Stockdale had attempted to get to and punch a ball that was maybe better left to his defenders and as so often happens it was left to float past them all.

However in the 87th minute the other Egyptian on the field saved the day. Elmohamady’s header knocked the ball down from Brady’s corner and it bumped over Roberts (who was stood defending the line) with just three minutes to go. Phew!

On 88 minutes Roberts was red carded for a foul on Proschwitz and that was it, a 2-1 win and a second place in the Championship.

Hull City: (3-5-1-1): Stockdale; Chester, McShane, Hobbs; Elmohamady, Meyler, Quinn, Evans (Rosenior 90), Brady; Koren (Gedo 46); Simpson (Proschwitz 46).Subs: Jakupovic, Cairney, Olofinjana, Fathi.

Booked: Evans, Meyler, and Elmohamady

Derby County: (4-4-2): Legzdins; Freeman (Robinson 80), Brayford, Keogh, Roberts; Coutts (Buxton 85), Hughes, Hendrick, Bryson; Ward, Sammon (Jacobs 73). Subs Fielding, Davies, Gjokaj, Hoganson.

Booked: Bryson, Coutts, and Jacobs; Sent off: Roberts.

Referee: Mr R Madley (West Yorkshire). Attendance: 15,677.

Stats: Possession City 49%: Shots on target 3 City to 3 Derby: Shots off target 8 City to 4 Derby: Corners 3 City to 1 Derby.

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