Pit­man’s dis­puted late equaliser leaves Tigers chief fuming

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - Football sport -

HULL City man­ager Nigel Pear­son was un­happy with Brett Pit­man’s late equaliser as he took the Tigers into the top six for the first time un­der his charge.

Pear­son claimed mid­fielder Tom Cair­ney had been fouled in the build-up and said: “My play­ers are fu­ri­ous that we were not awarded a free kick.

“As a man­ager, all I am look­ing for is con­sis­tency from ref­er­ees and their as­sis­tants. We didn’t get that and it cost us dear.

“We have de­fended bril­liantly through­out the game, as has been the case in re­cent matches, and looked like hold­ing on for an­other ex­cel­lent vic­tory. In­stead, we are go­ing home bit­terly dis­ap­pointed at not tak­ing all three points, hav­ing scored a very good goal.”

Sub­sti­tute Pit­man headed Cole Skuse’s chip for­ward over Adri­ano Basso 12 min­utes from time just as Ash­ton Gate fans were start­ing to get rest­less.

Robert Koren had fired Hull in front with a low right-footed drive af­ter ex­chang­ing passes with Aaron Mclean on 56 min­utes.

When Keith Millen re­sponded by tak­ing off strik­ers Jon Stead and Nicky May­nard fol­low­ing four home matches with­out a goal he was roundly booed. How­ever, it proved the right move as re­place­ment Pit­man and Ryan Tay­lor at last started to stretch a pre­vi­ously un­trou­bled Hull de­fence.

Basso was given a tremen­dous re­cep­tion by home fans on his re­turn to Ash­ton Gate, hav­ing spent five years as a Robins player.

He had to make the best first-half save palm­ing over a 10th-minute shot from Marvin El­liott, who also sent a header just over. In the sec­ond half, Basso also saved well from Neil Kilkenny.

At the other end, former Eng­land goal­keeper David James spilled Mar­tyn Waghorn’s shot from 25 yards and a weak ef­fort from McLean. Bris­tol City: James, Skuse, Wilson, Ny­atanga, Mc­Givern, Adomah (Bolasie 90), Kilkenny, El­liott, Camp­bell-Ryce, Stead (Tay­lor 62), May­nard (Pit­man 62). Unused sub­sti­tutes: Gerken,Carey. Hull City: Basso, Rose­nior, Ch­ester, Hobbs, Dud­geon, Brady, Cair­ney, McKenna, Koren (Evans 71), Mclean (Fry­att 63), Waghorn. Unused sub­sti­tutes: Gu­lacsi, Barmby, Ade­bola. Ref­eree: D Shel­drake (Sur­rey). Man of the match: James Ch­ester.

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