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Hull City 2-0 Rochdale: Match Report

2 March 2021

Hull City claimed three points against Rochdale with a 2-0 victory at the KCOM Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Mallik Wilks set the Tigers on their way with his 19th goal of the season midway through the first half before the points were sewn up courtesy of an own goal from Rochdale's Gabriel Osho after the break.

Grant McCann made just one change to his starting eleven following the weekend win at AFC Wimbledon as Gavin Whyte replaced the injured Josh Magennis. James Scott came into the squad on the bench.

It was a quiet opening to the game as the home side pressed high up the field against a Rochdale side, which featured a former Hull City promotion winner in Paul McShane, keen to play out from the back.

Keane Lewis-Potter had the first shot of the evening as he rounded off a quick attack with a curling shot that was well held by Dale goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu diving to his left.

The second shot of the night resulted in the opening goal as the Tigers took a 24th-minute lead. Wilks picked up possession on the right and cut in field before seeing his low 20-yard shot evaded Bazunu's grasp and settled in the bottom corner of the net.

Appeals for a penalty were turned down a couple of moments later when Whyte appeared to be taken down as he looked to get on the end of a cross into the six-yard box, with home side going on to dominate the remainder of the first half. The closest Dale would come to levelling before the break was through a 20-yard shot that was deflected wide.

Lewie Coyle made an important block to prevent Conor Grant's shot from testing Matt Ingram after the interval, and Coyle then popped up at the other end of the field to send a 30-yard shot wide.

A first change for the home side saw Tom Eaves replace Whyte, and their lead was soon doubled when Coyle's cross from the right was diverted into his own net by the unfortunate Osho in the 69th minute.

McShane picked up a booking for a foul on Wilks, while a superb ball in from the left by Lewis-Potter just evaded Wilks at the far post.

Rochdale were reduced to ten men 13 minutes from time when Conor Shaughnessy was shown a straight red for a challenge on Alfie Jones, before a double change from the Tigers saw Regan Slater and James Scott replace Jones and Lewis-Potter.

Slater soon picked up a booking after barging into the back of Grant, while Wilks was denied by a fine save from Bazunu in the closing stages.

Hull City: Matt Ingram; Lewie Coyle ©, Reece Burke, Jacob Greaves, Callum Elder; Alfie Jones (Regan Slater 81), Greg Docherty (Daniel Crowley 86), George Honeyman; Gavin Whyte (Tom Eaves 67), Mallik Wilks, Keane Lewis-Potter (James Scott 81).

Subs Not Used: George Long, Josh Emmanuel, Sean McLoughlin.

Rochdale: Gavin Bazunu, Ryan McLaughlin, Gabriel Osho, Paul McShane (Kwadwo Baah 75), Eoghan O’Connell, Aaron Morley, Stephen Humphrys, Alex Newby (Jim McNulty 81), Jimmy Keohane (Matt Done 88), Conor Grant, Conor Shaughnessy.

Subs Not Used: Jay Lynch, Haydon Roberts, Harrison Hopper, Abraham Odoh.

Referee: Mr J. Bell.

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