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Hull City 2-0 Bristol Rovers: Match Report

6 March 2021

Gavin Whyte scored twice as Hull City made it three successive wins with a 2-0 victory over Bristol Rovers at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday.

Whyte scored in each half to earn all three points, while at the other end of the field the Tigers kept a third clean sheet in a row.

Grant McCann made just one change to his side following the midweek win against Rochdale as Josh Magennis returned to the attack following injury. Keane Lewis-Potter made way as he dropped down to the bench where he was joined by young defender Andy Smith.

Magennis was just off target with a near-post header from Lewie Coyle's cross early on, while a Greg Docherty cross almost fell perfectly for Whyte but a touch from a defender just took it away from the man on loan from Cardiff.

Some good approach play brought a shooting opportunity for Alfie Jones on the edge of the box but his effort was blocked, before the Tigers took the lead in the 33rd minute. With Bristol Rovers temporarily down to ten men as they waited to replace the injured Josh Grant, the home side spread the play wide to the right where Mallik Wilks did superbly well to beat his man before crossing for Whyte to volley into the bottom corner of the net.

Wilks dragged a low shot wide as McCann's men looked for a second goal before the break, but it was just the single-goal lead they took back to the changing room.

Matt Ingram made his first save of the afternoon early in the second half when he blocked Brandon Hanlan's near-post effort, and it proved important as the Tigers went on to double their lead on the hour. George Honeyman was played into acres of space down the right and, after advancing into the box, he was unselfish in squaring for Whyte to net his second of the afternoon.

Honeyman and Rovers' Luke Leahy were both booked for an altercation on the touchline before a triple change from the home side saw Lewis-Potter, Tom Eaves and Dan Crowley replace Whyte, Magennis and Honeyman.

Jacob Greaves also picked up a caution for a shirt pull, while Regan Slater came on for Jones in the final ten minutes.

Ingram preserved the clean sheet when he kept out a powerful strike from Jonah Ayunga as a good afternoon's work was completed.

Hull City: Matt Ingram; Lewie Coyle (C), Reece Burke, Jacob Greaves, Callum Elder; Alfie Jones (Regan Slater 83), Greg Docherty, George Honeyman (Daniel Crowley 73); Mallik Wilks, Josh Magennis (Tom Eaves 73), Gavin Whyte (Keane Lewis-Potter 73).

Subs Not Used: George Long, Josh Emmanuel, Andy Smith.

Bristol Rovers: Joe Day, Luke Leahy, Josh Grant (Ed Upson 33), Max Ehmer (Jonah Ayunga 46), Zain Westbrooke, Brandon Hanlan (James Daly 69), Sam Nicholson (Zain Walker 69), Alfie Kilgour, Cian Harries (Jack Baldwin 69), Alex Rodman, George Williams.

Subs Not Used: Jordi van Stappershoef, Pablo Martinez.

Referee: Mr S. Purkiss.

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