Spot-kick puz­zle as Hull claim ‘big win’

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -


BOTH man­agers were mys­ti­fied by ref­eree Tim Robin­son’s de­ci­sion to award a fourth penalty at the KCOM Sta­dium as Hull City won a pul­sat­ing en­counter.

Robin­son had al­ready given Nor­wich two spot-kicks – both con­verted by James Mad­di­son as part of a first-half hat-trick –and one to Hull con­verted by Abel Her­nan­dez when Jar­rod Bowen was pushed by Ja­mal Lewis.

Hull, who had gone ahead through Jack­son Irvine, were handed a sec­ond when Se­bas­tian Lars­son’s 52nd-minute free-kick was headed clear, with play­ers, spec­ta­tors and man­agers un­clear as to the in­fringe­ment in­volved.

Uruguay for­ward Her­nan­dez, start­ing his first game since Au­gust fol­low­ing in­jury, smashed the sub­se­quent spot-kick into the roof of the net to equalise and the im­pres­sive Harry Wil­son net­ted a win­ner as Hull boosted their sur­vival hopes.

“I don’t want to com­ment on the third goal for Hull be­cause I think it’s quite ob­vi­ous, ev­ery­one in the sta­dium sees what hap­pened there,” said Nor­wich man­ager Daniel Farke. “I think in this sit­u­a­tion some­one waited for an op­por­tu­nity to give this penalty. It was not even close to a penalty. You have to ac­cept it though.”

Hull man­ager Nigel Ad­kins ad­mit­ted he “had no idea” why Hull’s sec­ond spot-kick was given.

He added: “I thought the play­ers were mag­nif­i­cent. We’ve gone be­hind, but we’ve re­sponded, we’ve kept our com­po­sure. Great credit to the play­ers.

“It’s a fan­tas­tic per­for­mance in my eyes, the char­ac­ter shown by the play­ers hav­ing gone 3-1 down. It’s a big three points.”

Hull City: Mar­shall, Aina, Daw­son, Mazuch, Clark, Lars­son, Hen­rik­sen, Bowen (To­ral 88), Irvine, Wil­son (Hec­tor 90), Her­nan­dez (Camp­bell 61). Un­used sub­sti­tutes: Grosicki, Dicko, To­mori, Bur­ton.

Nor­wich City: Gunn, Reed (Hoola­han 79), Han­ley, Klose, Lewis, Tettey, Leit­ner (Ivo Pinto 29), Watkins, Mad­di­son, Her­nan­dez (Mur­phy 79), Oliveira. Un­used sub­sti­tutes: Hus­band, Vran­cic, Sr­beny, McGovern.

Ref­eree: T Robin­son (West Sus­sex).

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