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31/03/2018 at 20:29


SUMMARY: Hull City 0-0 Aston Villa

In the grand scheme of matters, a point was probably about right for both teams - and ultimately will typically serve both teams well come the final shake-up. Yet, from the 1-1 opening day encounter that couldn't split the sides, a similar picture played out in the corresponding fixture. 

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Stalemate again...

In truth, this was a game of two halves. Aston Villa definitely had the lion's share of the first 45 minutes, yet failed to truly test McGregor in the home goal. Indeed, it was Hernandez who thought he'd broken the deadlock for the hosts, when appearing to slip the offside trap and rifle into the top corner, but the linesman didn't agree and parity remained. Villa had pushed hard, but City held on to end a scoreless first half.

The tables turned dramatically in the second period as Hull City made all the running to find the one goal that would likely win this match. McDonald saw a close range effort palmed away, while the Tigers saw a penalty appeal waved away for handball. Toral then attempted to turn the ball in from inside the box, but the ball just wouldn't sit down. Ultimately, despite not being the preferred result for either side, City inch 5 points clear of relegation trouble, while Villa consolidate their current play-off berth. 

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