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02/01/2017 at 15:57

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SUMMARY: West Bromwich Albion 3-1 Hull City

Two halves of starkly contrasting fortunes told the tale of this match, as Hull City began 2017 with a wretched defeat at The Hawthornes. And yet, the match went from the sublime to the ridiculous for the Tigers, as an outstanding first half, was not capitalised upon, as the visitors folded badly in the second half. 

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Snoddy on the score sheet again



City started brilliantly with some crisp, flowing football as the hosts looked very sluggish. Dawson flashed a shot wide from a corner in the first real chance after a long period of pressure, but minutes later, Snodgrass tucked in an Elmohamady cross on 21 minutes to give the Tigers a deserved lead. West Brom struggled, but matched City going 3-5-2 when Evans went off injured. Diomande had two further chances to increase City's lead but failed, as the visitors utterly dominated, while the home team mustered just one shot on target.

The excellent half of work completed by the Tigers was undone just minutes into the second half, as Brunt headed in unmarked from a corner. On the hour another corner - and goal line technology - undid City as McAuley's header crossed the line, because Clucas mystifyingly was stood behind the line. Insult to injury was added as Morrison's mis-hit shot sneaked inside the post on 73 minutes, while the Tigers saw a penalty for handball on the line ignored, following Dawson's header from a corner. 

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