Sunderland sent Hull packing - Hull 0-1 Sunderland

Saturday, April 24, 2010

  • Darren Bent Condemns Tigers To Relegation

By Michael Landon

Hull's battle for Premier League survival is over after they were defeated 1-0 by Sunderland at the KC Stadium in a result that condemns them to relegation from the Top Flight.

Darren Bent's goal in the first half would prove to be the heart-breaker for the Tigers in a match where Jozy Altidore and Alan Hutton were sent off.

A more offensive starting line-up from Hull saw them opt for two up-front with Altidore and Caleb Folan. Anthony Gardner and Bernard Mendy were restored after injury while Geovanni and Nick Barmby also started.

Steve Bruce made one change from last weekend's victory over Burnley, with Matt Kilgallon replacing John Mensah.

An eventful opening half started where Hull could have been two goals down within the first three minutes.

The first chance for the visitors arrived after some slack defending allowed Steed Malbranque to charge down the left flank and square the ball across the face of goal.  Henderson charged onto the ball with the intention of burying it but his effort was blocked by Gardner and Hull were let off the hook.

They didn't heed the warning though and a minute later a similar move saw another dangerous ball played into the center of the box from the right and this time Malbranque blasted what looked like a gilt-edged chance over the bar.

Hull were all over the place at the back and a goal was coming. No surprises then that it was the Tigers who would finally pay for such a poor start to the game.

On the seventh minute Steve Bruce's side opened up the opposing defense again by a cross into the six-yard box and this time there was to be no mistake in front of goal by the visitors. Kenwyne Jones headed the ball to the back post where Darren Bent applied the finish with his outstretched boot.

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