Dawson own goal brings more woe for Hull

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Wat­ford piled on the mis­ery for strug­gling Hull as Michael Dawson’s late own goal con­demned the visi­tors to a painful 1-0 loss yes­ter­day.

Hull man­ager Mike Phe­lan is yet to reg­is­ter a Pre­mier League win since tak­ing over on a per­ma­nent ba­sis on Oc­to­ber 13 and his luck was out again at Vicarage Road.

Just seven min­utes from steal­ing a point, Hull crashed to a sixth suc­ces­sive league de­feat when Tigers cap­tain Dawson de­flected Roberto Pereyra’s ef­fort into his own net seven min­utes from full-time.

Hull have gone with­out a league vic­tory since beat­ing Swansea on Au­gust 20 and they are lan­guish­ing in the bot­tom three with a long strug­gle ahead as they fight to avoid the rel­e­ga­tion.

Wat­ford’s spir­ited show­ing ex­tended their best ever Pre­mier League start and they have lost only one of their last seven top-flight matches.

Hull had en­joyed a rare bit of good news in mid­week when they ad­vanced to the League Cup quar­ter-fi­nals, but their first top-flight meet­ing with Wat­ford quickly took on a more fa­mil­iar down­beat tone.

Wal­ter Maz­zarri’s side were on top right from the start and threat­ened twice in quick suc­ces­sion when Younes Kaboul pow­ered his header against the cross­bar be­fore Pereyra’s curling ef­fort clipped a post and bounced to safety.

Troy Deeney was bid­ding to join Cliff Holton, Ross Jenk­ins, Tommy Bar­nett and Luther Blis­sett as the only play­ers with 100 goals for Wat­ford and the burly striker flashed a low shot wide mid­way through the half.

Wat­ford should have been in front be­fore the in­ter­val, but Se­bas­tian Prodl nod­ded wide from a Nordin Am­ra­bat cross and Deeney headed over from close range af­ter an­other Am­ra­bat de­liv­ery bounced into his path.

A rare Hull at­tack saw David Mar­shall’s goal kick headed on by Will Keane into the path of Abel Her­nan­dez, who raced clear only to see his tame shot saved by Heurelho Gomes.

Am­ra­bat re­mained a con­stant men­ace down the wings and the Wat­ford star pro­duced an­other fine cross that Odion Ighalo couldn’t keep on tar­get. Just as it seemed Hull might ride their luck and take a point, the Hor­nets won it in the 83rd minute when Daryl Jan­maat’s cross was flicked on by Pereyra and took a de­flec­tion off Dawson’s shoul­der en route to the back of the net. — AFP

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