Hull City reserves 2 Walsall 1: match report
HULL City extended their winning run to four with a 2-1 win over Walsall at Rapid Solicitors Stadium.
But they had to do it the hard way.
Two goals in the final 15 minutes secured the points after enduring a difficult and frustrating first half.
The Tigers were on the wrong end of two first-half decisions by referee Adam Burgess that swung the game Walsall's way.
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Burgess allowed play to continue when William Aimson was blatantly pushed out of the way by Kieran Morris who fired past Eldin Jakupovic for the opening goal, the first goal City have conceded in four games.
In the 33rd minute Jonathon Margetts was denied a penalty when he was fouled on the edge of the box by Aris Christophorou.
Instead of going in at the interval a goal to the good, they were left chasing the game.
To their credit, City didn't panic and with Danny Emerton establishing himself more after the break, Tigers got what they deserved.
City were denied a second penalty six minutes into the second half when Margetts was again bundled off the ball inside the box.
If Burgess thought they weren't penalties, the fact he didn't book Margetts either time suggested Margetts was hard done by.
City grew in stature as the game went on.
Lewis Clarkson fired wide as Walsall began to sit back on their slender 1-0 lead.
Francis McCaffrey forced a corner with a fine shot as the Tigers turned the heat up on their opponents.
Margetts' luck finally changed in the 72nd minute.
Substitute Sam Topliss provided the perfect cross from the right for Margetts to slot past David Grof to level matters at 1-1.
Four minutes later City had secured the points with Margetts again on target.
Emerton was the architect with a superb run through the middle to the left before whipping in a cross for Margetts to smash past Grof.
The closest Walsall came to sneaking a point was when Aaron Williams' free-kick in the final minute was comfortably saved by Jakupovic who wasn't really troubled all night.
Tigers: Eldin Jakupovic, Richard Brindley, Conor Townsend, Matthew Dixon, William Aimson, Liam Cooper, Daniel Emerton, Michael Stewart, Lewis Clarkson (Topliss 61), Jonathon Margetts, Francis McCaffrey (Barlow 88)
• The reserves' next match is at Chesterfield on October 17 (7pm).