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Hull City 2-1 Fleetwood Town: Match Report

17 April 2021

Hull City came from behind to make it four successive wins as they beat Fleetwood Town 2-1 at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday.

After falling behind midway through the first half, the Tigers recovered to turn things around after the break with goals from Josh Magennis and Keane Lewis-Potter. The win means that Grant McCann's men remain three points clear of second-place Peterborough and eleven points clear of third-place Sunderland in the race for automatic promotion, although both still have a game in hand.

McCann made just one change to his starting eleven as George Honeyman missed out. Daniel Crowley came in to replace him, with Richie Smallwood returning from injury to take a place on the bench. Former Tiger Daniel Batty started for Fleetwood.

There was an early yellow card for Fleetwood's Janoi Donacien after he went through the back of Mallik Wilks, while Crowley saw a seventh-minute shot deflect wide after he showed quick feet on the edge of the box.

Wilks saw an effort go just wide after Magennis had nodded a Regan Slater free kick down for the home side's leading scorer, while Fleetwood's first opportunity came through Barrie McKay in the 17th minute but Matt Ingram was equal to the midfielder's shot.

It was the visitors that took the lead in the 22nd minute. Wes Burns got away down the right before pulling a low cross back to the far post where Kyle Vassell was waiting to apply the finish.

Ingram plucked a McKay shot out of the air and Burns hit the side-netting as Fleetwood continued to look lively, with the home side struggling to create any clear-cut opportunities to draw level ahead of the half time interval.

Fleetwood had a goal ruled out early in the second half when Batty's shot was touched into the net by a visiting player in an offside position, before Lewis-Potter showed his pace at the other end of the field before seeing a shot deflect over the bar.

Lewis-Potter had the ball in the net on the hour but an offside flag against Magennis saw celebrations cut short, but a minute later the Tigers were level. Greg Docherty's pass split the Fleetwood defence and Magennis was through on goal to finish into the bottom corner.

It wouldn't be long before the Tigers hit the front. Crowley delivered a peach of a cross from the right and the diving head of Lewis-Potter just about beat the boot of Wilks at the near post to thump the ball into the net.

That assist proved to be Crowley's final contribution as he left the field to be replaced by Gavin Whyte before the home side threatened to add a third when Docherty's driving run set up Lewis-Potter but his shot was deflected behind.

Magennis had the chance to wrap things up as the game moved into added time but, after being set up by Whyte's long, driving run and cool pass, his low shot was blocked on the line.

Smallwood replaced Wilks during added time and helped his side to see the job through to full time.

Hull City: Matt Ingram; Lewie Coyle (C), Alfie Jones, Jacob Greaves, Callum Elder; Regan Slater, Greg Docherty; Mallik Wilks (Richie Smallwood 90+2), Daniel Crowley (Gavin Whyte 72), Keane Lewis-Potter; Josh Magennis.

Subs Not Used: George Long, Tom Eaves, James Scott, Josh Emmanuel, Sean McLoughlin.

Fleetwood Town: Alex Cairns, Danny Andrew, Callum Connolly, Wes Burns (Harrison Biggins 86), Callum Camps (Mark Duffy 86), Jordan Rossiter (Sam Finley 75), Kyle Vassell (Harvey Saunders 75), Barrie McKay (Ged Garner 75), Janoi Donacien, Daniel Batty, James Hill.

Subs Not Used: Joel Coleman, Harrison Holgate.

Referee: Mr O. Yates.

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