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Hull City 3-2 Fleetwood Town: Match Report

12 January 2021

Hull City produced a sensational late comeback as they came from 2-0 down to beat Fleetwood Town 3-2 at the KCOM Stadium and book their place in the next round of the Papa John's Trophy.

The Tigers found themselves two goals down heading into the final 12 minutes of the game, but substitutes Mallik Wilks and Keane Lewis-Potter brought them level before Lewie Coyle won the tie with a 30-yard stunner in added time.

19-year-old defender Andy Smith made his senior debut as Grant McCann rang the changes to his line-up, with Alfie Jones the only survivor from the eleven that started against Sunderland at the weekend. Josh Magennis, who came on from the bench during the first half at the Stadium of Light, got the chance to gain further minutes following his recovery from Coronavirus and he was joined in the attack by James Scott and Thomas Mayer.

Matt Ingram made an early save to push a low Wes Burns shot past the far post and, after a couple of set-pieces, James Hill headed a decent chance wide for the visitors.

Fleetwood were on the front foot and they took an eighth-minute lead. Burns pulled the ball back from the right and Paddy Madden placed a low shot into the far corner of the net.

Good work from James Scott on the left produced a near-post cross that Magennis got on the end of but his header was blocked, while Regan Slater couldn’t keep a shot down from the edge of the area as the home side offered a response to falling behind.

Ingram made a smart save to keep out a Shayden Morris shot, while at the other end Scott got his feet in a tangle six yards out after being picked out by Slater.
McCann made a triple change at half time as George Honeyman, Wilks and Lewis-Potter replaced Daniel Batty, Thomas Mayer and Scott.
However, Fleetwood doubled their lead eight minutes after the break when a Burns shot took a deflection on its way past Ingram.
Lewie Coyle's cross-shot was pushed away by Joe Hilton in the Fleetwood goal, while Magennis was somehow denied at the near post following Callum Elder's low ball in from the left.
Hilton then made a good save to deny Lewis-Potter before a fourth change for the Tigers saw Salam replace Magennis.
Coyle saw a low drive pushed wide before the home side pulled a goal back 12 minutes from time when Wilks headed in from close range.
Two minutes later, the Tigers were level. Alfie Jones was unlucky to see his header from Honeyman's corner come back off the woodwork, but Lewis-Potter was in the right place to turn the rebound over the line.
And a stunning turnaround was completed four minutes into added time with a simply sensational winner from Coyle. Honeyman's corner was cleared out to the former Fleetwood man who sent an unstoppable 30-yard strike past Hilton and into the net.
Hull City: Matt Ingram; Lewie Coyle ©, Andy Smith, Sean McLoughlin, Callum Elder; Alfie Jones, Daniel Batty (George Honeyman 46), Regan Slater; Thomas Mayer (Mallik Wilks 46), James Scott (Keane Lewis-Potter 46), Josh Magennis (Ahmed Salam 65).

Subs Not Used: George Long, Jacob Greaves, Jake Leake.

Fleetwood Town: Joe Hilton, Callum Connolly, Glenn Whelan (Mark Duffy 61), Wes Burns (Harvey Saunders 71), Callum Camps, Josh Morris, Paul Coutts, Paddy Madden, James Hill, Ryan Rydel, Shayden Morris (Jay Matete 75).

Subs Not Used: Johnathon Borwick, Barry Baggley, Dylan Boyle, Billy Batch.

Referee: Mr R. Joyce.

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