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Arsenal v Hull quarter final report

By Eye Of The Tiger
March 19 2009

Hull City's FA Cup dreams came to an end with a controversial 2-1 defeat against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night.The Tigers had come close to upsetting the odds once again in London after Nick Barmby gave them an early lead,  but two goals in the last 16 minutes from the home side, including a winner from William Gallas who was clearly stood in an offside position, saw them crash out of the competition.

City made five changes to the starting line-up.

Boaz Myhill replaced Matt Duke in goal while Andy Dawson came in for the cup-tied Kevin Kilbane. Meanwhile, Nick Barmby, Peter Halmosi and Manucho were all given the chance to impress with Michael Turner, Bernard Mendy and Daniel Cousin making way.

Arsenal handed starts to William Gallas, Robin Van Persie, Theo Walcott and Andrey Arshavin, while their bench was packed with talent and included the likes of Kolo Toure, Samir Nasri and Emmanuel Eboue.

City made a bright start, although Manucho declined an early invitation to shoot, opting to pass instead in a move that eventually broke down.

The Tigers made the most of their early possession, taking the lead on 13 minutes. Dawson's hopeful ball over the top found Barmby in behind the Arsenal defence. He shot at goal and the ball took a huge deflection off Johan Djourou before looping over Lukasz Fabianski and dropping into the far corner of the net.

Geovanni had visions of repeating his September wonder strike five minutes later, but he blasted way over the bar from 25 yards.

A strong run from Halmosi ended with him being brought down by Gallas to give City a free kick 25 yards out in the 23rd minute. Gallas was booked for the foul. Geovanni took it and brought a fantastic save out of Fabianski, who tipped the ball over the bar. From the resulting corner, City worked a training ground routine with Dawson being picked out on the edge of the box. He drove the ball low towards the far post where Barmby applied the finish, only to be flagged offside.

Arsenal went close for the first time on 31 minutes when Arshavin cut inside and fired a shot which Anthony Gardner had to deflect wide.

City went close again in the 35th minute when Kamil Zayatte met Dawson's free kick, but he could only head over when under pressure.

The home side almost levelled in added time when the ball dropped perfectly for Arshavin, but his volley swerved just wide of the far post.

Half Time: Tigers 1-0 Arsenal

City were forced into a change at the break with Bryan Hughes replacing Ian Ashbee. Barmby took over as captain.

Halmosi was booked within seconds of the restart after failing to retreat the full ten yards at an Arsenal free kick. Van Persie curled the set-piece into the box, but the ball evaded everybody and drifted out for a goal kick.

Arsenal went close from their next set-piece, in the 55th minute, but Abou Diaby headed wide from close range.

City were coming under more and more pressure. Zayatte blocked superbly from Arshavin before Dawson cleared off the line after Van Persie met the resulting corner. Alex Song then fired the loose ball wide.

The home fans had been showing frustration with City's apparent time-wasting at dead balls and Myhill was booked just after the hour for taking too long over the taking of a free kick.

Arsenal then made a double change with Nasri and Nicklas Bendtner replacing Song and Vela.

Referee Mike Riley booked Dawson for a foul on Walcott before Mendy replaced Halmosi.

Arsenal were awarded a free kick 25 yards out on 71 minutes, but Myhill did well to push Van Persie's shot wide.

Van Persie went even closer moments later, heading a corner against the bar and over.

Arsenal finally levelled with 16 minutes to go. Bendtner's persistence saw him cross low for Arshavin and when he played the ball back, Van Persie fired home past Myhill.

City's final change saw Ryan France replace Barmby before Geovanni almost restored the lead with a shot that found the side-netting.

Myhill then dropped a right wing cross at Van Persie's feet, but a combination of the goalkeeper and Sam Ricketts blocked the Dutchman's shot.

Arsenal were creating chance after chance and Myhill had to save low down from Kieran Gibbs.

City fell behind with six minutes remaining in controvercial style. A free kick was delivered into City's box and flicked on to Gallas, who was clearly stood offside. With Myhill out of the game, the Arsenal defender headed into an empty net. The goal stood and Geovanni was booked for confronting Mike Riley.

Five minutes of time were added, during which Eboue found the outside of Myhill's net. Nasri was booked for a foul on France, but City couldn't create the chance they needed and went out to the fury of Brown and his coaching staff.

Tigers: Boaz Myhill, Sam Ricketts, Kamil Zayatte, Anthony Gardner, Andy Dawson, Craig Fagan, Nick Barmby (France 76), Ian Ashbee, Peter Halmosi (Mendy 69), Geovanni, Manucho.

Subs: Matt Duke, Bernard Mendy, Ryan France, Bryan Hughes, Richard Garcia, Nicky Featherstone, Caleb Folan.

Arsenal: Lukasz Fabianski, Abou Diaby, Bacary Sagna, William Gallas, Robin Van Persie, Carlos Vela (Nasri 65), Theo Walcott (Eboue 82), Alex Song (Bendtner 65), Johan Djourou, Andrey Arshavin, Kieran Gibbs.

Subs: Vito Mannone, Kolo Toure, Samir Nasri, Denilson, Mikael Silvestre, Nicklas Bendtner, Emmanuel Eboue.

Referee: Mr M. Riley.

Attendance: 55,641.

Report taken from official club site,,10338~1594047,00.html

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