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half-hour when he seized on a mis­take by de­fender Michael Hec­tor in­side the penalty area, but this time McGre­gor came to Hull’s res­cue as he blocked the ef­fort with his legs.

At the other end Sun­der­land keeper Rob­bin Ruiter was not re­ally tested in the first pe­riod, and even when he did make a very good block from Ola Aina mid­way through the half, the off­side flag had been raised against the Hull man in any case.

Hull made a dou­ble change at half­time and changed to a flat back four, as they searched for a way back into the game.

They put Sun­der­land un­der heavy pres­sure at the start of the sec­ond pe­riod, and Ruiter made two ex­cel­lent saves from Kamil Grosicki – the first from a shot on the turn from just out­side the left-hand cor­ner of the penalty area, and the sec­ond an even bet­ter save to turn a header from the Poland in­ter­na­tional round the post.

But shortly af­ter hour, Sun­der­land came close to ex­tend­ing their lead.

McMana­man twisted and turned in­side the area be­fore hit­ting a low shot which McGre­gor pushed away, and when Vaughan col­lected the loose ball his shot on the turn was blocked.

Sun­der­land be­gan to de­fend deeper and deeper as Hull threw ev­ery­thing for­ward in search of an equaliser, with the Black Cats’ de­fend­ing be­com­ing in­creas­ingly des­per­ate.

And the Tigers fi­nally found a way through eight min­utes from time.

Sub Camp­bell teed up Meyler in­side the area and his shot de­flected off Kone, which di­verted it be­tween Ruiter and the right-hand post. Jonny Wil­liams rues a missed op­por­tu­nity


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