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Hull 0-0 Burnley

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April 15 2006

The Longside brings you the match report from our game at the KC Stadium. The 0-0 draw means we have now stretched our unbeaten run to five games, but it is a game we really could have won.

 Hull City 0-0 Burnley


The KC Stadium



The Clarets stretched their unbeaten run to five games in a poor game at the KC Stadium. Chances were few and far between, but Burnley can count themselves unlucky not to have come away from the game having taken all three points.


The only change to the starting eleven was youngster Kyle Lafferty coming in for Michael Ricketts, who didn't even make the sub's bench. The game got underway in front of a healthy crowd of 19,926, with an equally impressive following having travelled over the Pennines from Burnley. It certainly made for a good atmosphere, with the Hull and Burnley fans trying to outsing one another.


We started quite brightly, having a lot of possession, and it was indeed the Clarets who had the game's first real chance. Having beaten his marker, Graham Branch flashed a volley just wide of goal from a difficult angle. In a similar fashion to the game at Hillsborough a fortnight ago, we were having a lot of possession but our final ball would again let us down.


Phil Bardsley was forced off with an ankle injury on 35 minutes and was replaced by John McGreal. Frank Sinclair was the man to the fill the right-back void, with McGreal now partnering Duff in the centre of the defence.


The second half continued in much the same fashion, with Burnley almost camped in Hull's half in some spells, although again, we lacked the killer pass and a bit of imagination in front of goal. One particular pass from James O'Connor did get through though, and gave us the best opportunity of the game.


Kyle Lafferty was the man who found himself in the clear in front of the travelling Clarets. He took another touch to steady himself, but then failed to beat the keeper when he really should have scored. Cries of disbelief came from the away end, and despite having quite a good game, Kyle will know he should have done better.


That was the best chance of the game and apart from a few long range shots from both sides, there was little more to it. The general concensus after the game was that we were the better side, and we were. If we are aiming to reach the play-offs next season though we really need to be beating sides like Hull. They were there for the taking and hardly threatened us. With a little more invention we could have beaten them no problem. Still, it's another point and sees our unbeaten run stretch now to five games.


A final note should go to the travelling Burnley fans, who were great again today. We were at Hull in healthy numbers, and I don' think any of us would have guessed that we would take quite that many there. Steve Cotterill was also full of praise for the fans. Cotterill said:


"They were great today. They made themselves heard, and I am delighted with them, and I am delighted we got a result for them."



A healthy Burnley following at Hull


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