Sheffield Wednesday 0 Hull City 1: Super-sub Aaron Mclean earns derby win
AARON Mclean needed just two minutes to make his mark as a late substitute when he fired Hull City to a 1-0 win at Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday this afternoon.
Mclean emerged off the bench and scored with his first touch 13 minutes from time as the Tigers snatched all three points in a hard-fought derby at Hillsborough.
The valuable victory ended City's run of three consecutive defeats and gave Steve Bruce a fifth victory of the campaign ahead of the international break.
The Tigers have performed far better this season without returns but a first clean-sheet since August 25 will be cherished by Bruce.
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With both sides burdened by winless streaks in the Championship, it was cautious opening half at Hillsborough.
City, who reverted to a 4-4-2 shape, were relatively comfortable in defence and managed to keep their hosts to limited openings.
Michail Antonio twice came close with wayward efforts from the edge of the box, while Miguel Llera's header was denied by Ahmed Elmohamady's clearance off the line.
The Tigers best effort came from the recalled Paul McKenna, who fizzed a well-struck volley inches past the upright from a half-cleared corner, but it was largely a timid performance from City's attack until after the break.
Stephen Quinn served notice of a more adventurous approach in the second half when firing a low shot across goal that narrowly evaded the sliding Jay Simpson, before Sone Aluko spurned a golden opportunity when drilling wide from inside the box following Paul McKenna's pass.
The game finally swung in City's favour in the 77th minute. Mclean, who had been on the pitch for less than two minutes, latched on to an Aluko flick and dispatched a superb low finish past Chris Kirkland in front of the 2,500 travelling fans.
Tigers: Amos, Rosenior, McShane, Faye, Dawson, Elmohamady, McKenna, Olofinjana, Quinn, Simpson (Mclean, 75), Aluko (Proschwitz, 85)