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06/08/2018 at 20:31

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SUMMARY: Hull City 1-3 Aston Villa

Hull City got off to a perfect start in this season's Championship and looked good value to give Villa a game up until the break, before a wilting second half display left the Tigers well short come the end of this fixture - and fearing what looks increasingly like a long campaign ahead. 

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A bright and breezy opening to the match saw City quickly take an early lead. A free kick was poorly dealt with by the VIlla defence and the ball dropped to Evandro on the edge of the box to loop in a 7th minute opener for the hosts. But, the advantage was cut short in the 14th minute when a visiting corner was met by Elphick's thumping header. The match was reasonably open and the hosts almost added a second after some great one-touch passing saw Bowen's shot smothered. Yet, parity remained at the break.

The hosts had shown some neat approach play throughout this match, but in truth, lacked a killer instinct to finish off some promising play. The visitors sensed City's struggles in the final third and duly punished the Tigers for their profligacy. First Elmohamady netted against his old club on 70 minutes when rolling in at the far post, before five minutes later, Hutton sealed the match for Villa when waltzing through a static City back line to fire in a third for Steve Bruce's side.

There is much food for thought as far as City are concerned... 

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