Hemed’s early goal sends Brighton four points clear

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turn it in at the back post. Hull’s latest shirt spon­sor is Flamingo Land and in the open­ing min­utes it seemed that the theme park’s epony­mous oc­cu­pants had lined up in City’s de­fence in­stead of Clu­cas, Daw­son and Curtis Davies.

Hemed had a glo­ri­ous chance to dou­ble the lead two min­utes later when un­marked, but made poor con­tact with Rose­nior’s passed cross.

Rose­nior and Bruno com­bined again in­side the first ten min­utes, but a dan­ger­ous back-post cross was bun­dled wide.

Slowly, how­ever, the hosepipe’s flow slowed and Hull be­came a more equal par­tic­i­pant in the game, es­pe­cially once Tom Hud­dle­stone re­placed David Meyler on 31 min­utes and Di­ame stayed wider af­ter half-time.

In the sec­ond half Hull en­joyed greater pos­ses­sion, but never threat­ened to be­come the first away side to score at Brighton this sea­son with Gor­don Greer and Uwe Hune­meier peer­less in cen­tral de­fence.

Bruce said: “We dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion in the sec­ond half, but we need to cre­ate a chance or a cou­ple of chances.We huffed and puffed.

“It took us at least half an hour to get go­ing and Brighton could have maybe scored again. I thought they were ex­cel­lent. Af­ter that they de­fended well and we found it very, very dif­fi­cult.

“We’re go­ing to come up against teams that have some­thing to de­fend. The longer the game went on the bet­ter we adapted to it, but we couldn’t cre­ate that chance.

“We’ve been a lit­tle bit too up and down away from home so far. We shouldn’t have lost at Charl­ton or here, but that’s this league and we have to get used to it. At home we’ve been im­pres­sive, but away we’ve got a bit to do.”

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