Bruce’s boys fail to find fin­ish

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Nick Sellers

STEVE Bruce was left lament­ing his side’s in­abil­ity to take their chances af­ter they had to set­tle for a point against Sh­effield Wed­nes­day.

The best of Hull’s chances fell to Sam Clu­cas, who was de­nied by the post, while Cur­tis Davies nod­ded wide with the goal at his mercy.

There was lit­tle threat at the other end from the Owls, who saw Fer­nando Forestieri harshly sent off at the death, ad­judged to have dived by ref­eree Tim Robin­son.

Bruce ap­pears to be tak­ing the pres­sure of a pro­mo­tion bat­tle worth tens of mil­lions of pounds in his stride and tried, though not al­ways suc­cess­fully, to take the pos­i­tives from the draw.

“We’ve taken a point from this and it could be the point that takes us to where we want to be,” said the Hull man­ager.

“In the se­cond half I thought we played very well.

“I felt we needed to take one of the chances, we’ve cre­ated enough, but did not get that vi­tal goal.

“If there was any team that was go­ing to win it, I thought it was go­ing to be us.

“That’s what was frus­trat­ing.We played well enough, cre­ated some good chances, but it just wasn’t our night in front of goal.”

Hull seemed in­tent on beat­ing them­selves in the first 20 min­utes. First for­mer Tot­ten­ham de­fender Michael Daw­son’s at­tempt at clear­ing a cross went back to­wards his own goal, but keeper Al­lan McGre­gor was well-placed and saved his blushes.

Then Davies was next to test his Scot­tish stop­per. A Barry Ban­nan strike looked to be head­ing off tar­get but Davies’ block steered it back goal­wards, forc­ing McGre­gor to save with an out­stretched leg.

At the other end Robert Sn­od­grass saw an ef­fort from a tight an­gle stopped by Keiren West­wood.

And on the stroke of half-time Forestieri, in the thick of the ac­tion, saw a spec­u­la­tive 30-yard ef­fort cannon back off the cross­bar.

It was all Hull in the se­cond half, though. Mo Di­ame blazed just wide and Clu­cas latched onto Andy Robert­son’s pass but his fin­ish was off tar­get

Abel Her­nan­dez, plough­ing a lone fur­row up front, then stung the palms of West­wood with a 20-yard ef­fort.

The Tigers were pil­ing on the pres­sure and mid­way through the se­cond half Clu­cas ex­changed passes with Jake Liver­more on the edge of the box and his chipped fin­ish, when per­haps he should have gone for power, came back off the upright.

Davies, Liver­more and Nick Pow­ell also tried, and ul­ti­mately failed, to find a way past West­wood be­fore, in added time, Forestieri was ad­judged to have gone down too eas­ily af­ter a chal­lenge from Daw­son, earn­ing his se­cond red card in as many ap­pear­ances.

And Owls boss Car­los Car­val­hal was dis­mayed at the con­tro­ver­sial de­ci­sion.

“If you saw the im­age on TV you will see the re­ac­tion of the de­fender – he apol­o­gises to the ref­eree and to Fer­nando,” said Car­val­hal.

“It was an un­be­liev­able sit­u­a­tion, now we lose Fer­nando for two games.

“If Fer­nando did not jump in that sit­u­a­tion, he would break his leg.”

Car­val­hal ac­knowl­edged, though, a draw was the most his team de­served.

“Our de­fence was fan­tas­tic in the game,” he added.

“In the first half I think we were more dan­ger­ous than Hull. In the se­cond half Hull City were bet­ter than us.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

SO CLOSE: Hull City’s Sam Clu­cas hits the post and, in­set, Sh­effield Wed­nes­day’s Fer­nando Forestieri is stunned to re­ceive a se­cond yel­low card

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