Tigers win away at last
Koren and Cairney score inside final 10 minutes
Last Updated: 25/09/10 5:14pm
Cairney: Excellent free-kick
Hull City scored twice in the final 10 minutes at Norwich City to secure a first away win in 18 months.
The Tigers went through all last season without picking up three points on the road in the Premier League, but ended that run with a battling display at Carrow Road.
Summer signing Robert Koren broke the deadlock with seven minutes remaining and Tom Cairney's excellent free-kick two minutes from time made certain of the win.
Norwich were unchanged from their 1-0 win at Preston although there was a place on the bench for Steve Smith, who was in the matchday squad for the first time since his summer switch from Rangers having recovered from an ankle injury.
Captain Ian Ashbee returned to the Hull line-up in place of John Bostock to make his 250th appearance for the club. Jimmy Bullard (back) and Craig Fagan (groin) were passed fit to start.
The visitors, who had scored just once in three away league games this season, had the ball in the net in the seventh minute only to be ruled out for offside.
Cairney unleashed an excellent shot from 25 yards which was parried by goalkeeper John Ruddy but Jay Simpson's delight at tucking home the rebound was cut short by the linesman's flag.
Norwich squandered a good opportunity to take the lead seven minutes later. Good play from Wes Hoolahan, Korey Smith and Russell Martin forced a corner and from Simon Lappin's cross the ball fell to Leon Barnett, who missed his kick with the goal at his mercy.
Canaries captain Grant Holt, who netted the winner at Preston last Saturday, could not get a proper connection to Lappin's corner and the ball went tamely over the crossbar before Bullard fired well over from 25 yards at the other end.
Ruddy made a comfortable save from Fagan on the half-hour before Barnett headed over from another Lappin corner and Holt's curling effort from 12 yards was easily gathered by Tigers goalkeeper Matt Duke.
Both sides had openings inside the first 10 minutes of the second half with Hoolahan's weak shot from 25 yards going wide and Holt headed over Smith's cross from 12 yards.
For the Tigers, Koren failed to find the target from 25 yards before Bullard's free-kick from range was dealt with by Ruddy.
The best chance of the game came in the 58th minute and it fell to Norwich. Lappin cut the ball back for Hoolahan but his shot from 12 yards was superbly saved by Duke.
Norwich were gradually getting on top and from another surge forward Martin drilled a 25-yard shot wide.
Duke came to Hull's rescue again with 13 minutes left when he denied Chris Martin from 18 yards after he had been put clean through by Hoolahan.
Duke then kept out Barnett's header from a Hoolahan cross before the visitors took the lead with seven minutes left when Koren headed home after Andy Dawson's shot had deflected off Elliott Ward.
The Tigers sealed victory with a second late goal through Cairney's free-kick and there was no way back for the Canaries.
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