Select a Team

Sky Bet Championship

The KC Stadium (ATT 18,595) 19th April 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: M Oliver

Hull City Hull City vs Bristol City Bristol C

ft

Sky Sports 1 HD

Championship: Hull City move a step closer to promotion despite drawing 0-0 with Bristol City

Last Updated: 22/04/13 3:49pm

  • Share:
David Meyler missed Hull's best chance right at the end

David Meyler missed Hull's best chance right at the end

Hull City moved a step closer to promotion to the Premier League despite being held to a 0-0 draw by already relegated Bristol City at the KC Stadium.

The point increased the Tigers' lead over Watford to seven points and a win for struggling Blackburn at Vicarage Road will see Steve Bruce's men promoted.

However, although Rovers have won their last two, it is likely the East Yorkshire club will need a positive result at Barnsley on Saturday week, or against leaders Cardiff on the final day of the season to see them secure a top-two place.

Hull have often been accused of failing to kill off teams in the npower Championship this season, but in truth relegated Bristol City were rarely threatened by what was a flat performance from Bruce's men.

Sean O'Driscoll's much-changed team sat deep and repelled Hull attacks although, much like the home side, struggled to create opportunities in the final third.

It took 24 minutes for the first meaningful shot on goal to be registered, as Robbie Brady made room 25 yards out, with his effort going just wide of Tom Heaton's near post.

Hull had an appeal for a penalty rightly turned down after 33 minutes when Fryatt and Gedo combined for the first time with the latter running through. In on goal the Egyptian went down under a challenge from Matthew Bates who seemingly outmuscled the striker.

It was a rare moment of excitement for the crowd, as Hull struggled to get going, with slow and inaccurate passing causing plenty of frustration in the stands.

After 38 minutes, Gedo combined with Stephen Quinn whose accurate cross found the head of the onrushing George Boyd who headed over from 12 yards, but that was as good as it got in a dull opening 45 minutes.

Six minutes into the second period and David Stockdale was tested for the first time by Steven Davies' low cross and although the on-loan Fulham man spilt the ball, no-one in red was on hand to tap home.

The visitors grew in confidence - no doubt buoyed by their ability to win the ball back with ease - and with men starting to break from midfield, looked more dangerous on the counter attack.

Sam Baldock had Stockdale scrambling with a low drive after 70 minutes, with the stopper thankful the effort ended up wide.

The home fans tried to spur their side on, but in truth the visiting back-line were more than a match and they deserved that bit of luck late on when Heaton kept out David Meyler's shot.

  • Share:

Matches

Table

Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Leicester City 42 90
2 Burnley 42 83
3 Derby County 42 75
4 Queens Park Rangers 42 73
5 Wigan Athletic 41 67
6 Reading 42 64
7 Brighton and Hove Albion 42 64
8 Ipswich Town 42 64
9 Bournemouth 42 62
10 Blackburn Rovers 42 60
11 Nottingham Forest 42 59
12 Middlesbrough 42 58
13 Watford 41 57
14 Bolton Wanderers 42 54
15 Sheffield Wednesday 42 50
16 Leeds United 42 50
17 Huddersfield Town 42 46
18 Birmingham City 41 43
19 Doncaster Rovers 42 43
20 Blackpool 42 42
21 Charlton Athletic 41 41
22 Millwall 42 40
23 Barnsley 42 39
24 Yeovil Town 42 36