Hull City 2 Blackpool 3: match report
Hull City have been beaten 3-2 by Blackpool at the KC Stadium this evening.
Nouha Dicko's stunning overhead kick completed a late Blackpool comeback after the Tigers had looked in the driving seat.
Goals from Sone Aluko and Stephen Quinn either side of half-time had given City a 2-1 lead after Matt Phillips' early opener.
But Blackpool boss Ian Holloway changed the game by bringing on Kevin Phillips and Dicko midway through the second-half.
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Phillips levelled after 70 minutes before Dicko consigned City to a third straight defeat.
Hull defender Paul McShane was handed his first start of the season in place of the injured James Chester in what was the only change for the Tigers.
After a cagey opening 10 minutes, Blackpool broke the deadlock with their first attack of the game as an unmarked Matt Phillips fired Nathan Delfouneso’s cross past the dive of Ben Amos from 10 yards.
Jay Simpson blazed wildly over for the Tigers, before Alex Bruce produced a terrific last-ditch tackle to deny Delfouneso as he bore down on goal.
A mistake from Ian Evatt presented a chance to Simpson, but his effort was saved by Matt Gilks.
The Tigers were piling on the pressure and there were big shouts for a penalty as Aluko went to ground under a challenge from Stephen Crainey, but referee Scott Mathieson only awarded a corner.
From the resulting set-piece, the ball into the box appeared to strike Tiago Gomes’ arm, but again the appeals fell on deaf ears.
Six minutes before the break, City were level. Aluko received the ball midway inside Blackpool’s half and looked around for support before letting fly with a brilliant effort from 25 yards that found the back of the net.
As the rain lashed down, a terrific ball from Aluko put Simpson in the clear, but he stumbled, lost control and the chance was gone.
City took the lead inside two minutes of the second-half through Quinn. A great ball from Aluko found the Irishman near the byline and from an acute angle he dispatched a clinical shot into the far corner.
Ahmed Elmohamady shot straight at Gilks, a Quinn effort was deflected for a corner by Isaiah Osbourne, and then Abdoulaye Faye headed over as Hull pressed for a third.
Despite all City’s pressure, Blackpool equalised after 70 minutes. Crainey swung over a free-kick, Gary Taylor-Fletcher prodded the ball across goal and Kevin Phillips bundled it home from a yard out.
Tangerines boss Ian Holloway introduced Dicko after 75 minutes and eight minutes later he fired the visitors ahead with a brilliant overhead kick.
Kevin Phillips chased a long ball over the top and as Amos went to close him down on the byline, the veteran striker chipped over a cross which was headed only as far as Dicko, who flung himself into the air to pile more misery on a Steve Bruce side that has now shipped nine goals in three games.
Tigers: Amos, Elmohamady, McShane, Faye, Bruce (Rosenior 45), Dudgeon (Mclean 86),Koren, Olofinjana, Quinn, Simpson, Aluko.