Hull City 0 Burnley 1: Dean Marney returns to haunt Tigers
HULL City failed to break their hex against bogey side Burnley as ex-Tiger Dean Marney fired the Clarets to a 1-0 win at the KC Stadium this afternoon.
Marney, who was part of City's promotion winning side in 2008, pounced late in the first half to provide the game's defining moment with a sweet finish.
It was Burnley's seventh consecutive win over the Tigers in a deflating sequence that dates back to 2009.
City could have few complaints, though, as served up their worst performance this season at the KC Stadium to lose ground in the Championship promotion race.
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The Tigers fell well short of their high standards set at the KC Stadium this season in an inexplicably flat first half.
Although Seyi Olofinjana struck a low shot wide of the target and Ben Mee blocked a back post chance for Ahmed Elmohamady in the opening stages, it was Burnley who made all the running.
Ross Wallace, in particular, was a thorn in City's side. An eye for goal saw the winger work debutant David Stockdale low down before another audacious attempt forced the Tigers' goalkeeper to tip on to his crossbar.
Burnley continued to knock on the door and got their rewards five minutes before the break.
A sweeping move was started by Charlie Austin on the halfway line and when Wallace unselfishly played in the overlapping Marney, the ex-Tiger fired clinically past Stockdale. A delightful goal but Marney's exuberant celebrations in front of the East Stand were entirely needless.
City improved after the break when introducing Robbie Brady and David Meyler into a conventional 4-4-2 shape and almost grabbed an equaliser five minutes into the second half. Robert Koren's cross was poor but a deflection off Paterson on to the post in a stroke of good fortune for the visitors.
Burnley, forsaking all attacking intent, dug trenches for the final half hour as City went for broke.
Elmohamady's cross set up a golden chance for Stephen Quinn to head horribly wide, while substitute Nick Proschwitz fired over a half chance from eight yards out. A fluffed three on one break, when Koren's pass found Jay Simpson offside, perhaps best illustrated a frustrating afternoon.
City persisted with Aluko twice shooting wide but Burnley became the first side to leave the KC Stadium with a clean-sheet with a stubborn resistance.