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Vs hull city 
Birdie causes "riot" after penalty.

The Harriers came close to securing a point in this controversial game at a sun drenched Boothferry Park but were denied when City grabbed a goal in the last minute.

As usual lately the Harriers started the game nervously giving Hull three chances to take the lead in the first ten minutes.
Dudfield, Goodison and Beresford all tested Stuart Brock with long range efforts and it was obvious that we were going to have our work cut out in trying to contain them.

It didn't help when soon after Lee Ayres had to retire from the game when he accidently had his foot trodden on by Beresford.
Jan then had to arrange a quick re-shuffle and bring on Ian Foster, putting Tony Bird at right back because all our spare defenders were sat watching in the stand.

Soon after we had a free kick and Birdie, with an exact replica of his free kick against Torquay the other day, cannoned the ball off the crossbar and down onto the line from where it was cleared to safety.

We came close to scoring again when the ball ricocheted around the City goalmouth after Sam Shilton and Dean Bennett three attempts to bury the ball but it was eventually cleared to safety.

For the rest of the half Hull continually tried to expose our weakness at right back with some stunning wingplay from Beresford (if only we had a winger as fast as him, Skovbjerg?)
In the end Birdie managed to contain him and we went off all square.

HT. 0-0

At the restart we still looked nervous but Brockie was still looking solid in goal but he could do nothing about Hulls' opening goal when Alexander met Dudfields cross to plant a bullet past him.

The crowd erupted, it's quite an experience to hear all four sides of a ground containing almost 9000 minus 100 people singing. Deafening!
If only we could get the same kind of atmosphere at Aggborough with crowds of 2000.

We were on the rack after that until a stroke of good fortune bought us back into it.

A mistake from Citys' Justin Whittle let in Stewart Hadley, who had replaced Broughton earlier.
He had tried to head the ball back for his keeper but hadn't realised he was stood on the halfway line!!

Hadders picked it up and for once in his life started to run, Whittle gave chase and caught up with him just inside the area. He curled his foot round and bought him crashing to the ground.

Penalty, no mistake.

Three minutes after the Hull players had finished arguing about it, and the ref had booked Alexander and sent off Whittle, up stepped Birdie to score from our second successive penalty.

According to reports Birdie then ran over to the City fans and tried to "incite them to riot".
So the prats did and started to throw glass bottles and other objects at him.

The ref had a word with him and he was continually jeered after that.

For the next five minutes it was all Harriers but to be honest we never looked like adding to it.
I think we would have settled for the draw.

But Brian Little, Hulls' manager didn't think so.
Two minutes from the end he sent on Rowe for Dudfield and with his first touch of the ball he sent in a cross for Alexander to latch onto and fire the ball into the net for all three points.

A disappointing end result but it exposed the differences between the two sides in one word.

Quality, they've got it, we haven't.

FT. 2-1

Harriers-Online Man of the Match is

Stuart Brock

Again he couldn't be faulted.
It was close decision though, it could have been Tony Bird for coping so well when out of position.


Brock, Stamps, Hinton, Smith, Williams, Bennett, Broughton, Shilton, Ayres, Bird, Blake.
Subs;  Murphy, Ducros, Davies, Hadley, Foster.

Hull City.
Glennon, Edwards, Whittle, Mohan, Goodison, Whitmore, Greaves, Johnsson, Beresford, Dudfield, Alexander.
Subs;  Musselwhite, Matthews, Lee, Petty, Rowe.

Yellow. Harriers 3. Broughton, Bird, Williams.
Yellow. Hull City 2. Alexander, Greaves.

Red. Harriers 0.
Red. Hull City 1. Whittle

Referee;S Matthieson (Stockport).

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