First-class Meyl’s the de­liv­erer for Tigers

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! - By MICHAEL DEAN

DAVID MEYLER res­cued a point for Hull, with a late equaliser against his old club at the KCOM Sta­dium.

James Vaughan opened the scor­ing with his first goal for the Black Cats be­fore Meyler se­cured a share of the spoils with eight min­utes re­main­ing.

The re­sult saw Sun­der­land end a four-game los­ing streak, while Hull have now gone three with­out a win.

Sun­der­land boss Si­mon Grayson praised scorer Vaughan and said: “He was in bed Thurs­day night and all day Fri­day with sick­ness and di­ar­rhoea, so he was on his last legs but I’m re­ally pleased he got his re­ward.”

The Tigers be­gan brightly and Markus Hen­rik­sen’s low sev­enth-minute ef­fort was beaten away by Cats keeper Rob­bin Ruiter.

The visi­tors’ first at­tempt came when Di­dier Ndong tried a spec­u­la­tive 35-yard ef­fort in the 16th minute.

And mo­ments later they were ahead as Cal­lum McMana­man’s cross was nod­ded home by Vaughan at the back post.

And the for­mer Ever­ton man could have added a sec­ond when he forced a good save from Al­lan McGre­gor.

The best Hull could man­age for the re­main­der of the first half was a Se­bas­tian Lars­son free-kick which de­flected wide off one of his own team-mates.

Hull boss Leonid Slut­sky brought on Meyler and Jon To­ral for the sec­ond half and the tempo in­creased with the Tigers al­most equal­is­ing in the 53rd minute.

Ola Aina’s su­perb cross found Kamil Grosicki but his header was bril­liantly tipped wide by Ruiter.

Sun­der­land still posed a threat on the break, though, McMana­man’s weav­ing run end­ing with a left-footed shot beaten away by McGre­gor.

Hull sub­sti­tute Fraizer Camp­bell’s first ac­tion saw him curl a 25-yard ef­fort over the bar and he also headed over be­fore tee­ing-up Meyler for the equaliser.

Tigers man­ager Slut­sky said: “David Meyler missed four months and he’s not ready to play ev­ery few days.

“To­day he only played 45 min­utes and changed the game.”

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