Seri's late goal gives Hull victory over Bristol City

Seri’s late goal gives Hull victory over Bristol City

Hull City snatched the winner against Bristol City in injury time

Jean Michael Seri’s 93rd-minute goal saw Hull City come from behind to beat Bristol City on the opening matchday of the season.

Bristol City striker Andi Weimann put his side ahead after 29 minutes, scoring from close range from a free kick.

Ozan Tufan hit the post for Hull shortly after the break before pulling his side from the penalty spot, after Benjamin Tetteh was knocked down.

But former Fulham player Seri broke Robins hearts with three minutes left, firing the ball past goalkeeper Dan Bentley to give Hull the three points.

Hull and Bristol City both finished last season uninspiring near the bottom of the table, just points apart in 17th and 19th.

But the Tigers hadn’t beaten the Robins in the league since April 2016 – with a winless streak that stretched to eight matches.

This record showed in the first half as Bristol City got off to a better start. Matty James’ header forcing an early save from Matt Ingram in the Hull goal, while Chris Martin saw his own header miss the mark.

Weimann, who scored 20 goals last season as Bristol City’s top scorer, then picked up exactly where he left off after half an hour by putting his side in front again.

New signing Kal Naismith kicked in a decent free-kick which Zak Vyner returned into the net into the Austrian striker’s path, which didn’t miss.

Hull slowly returned after the break and Bristol City received a massive let-off when Tufan hit the woodwork. A shrewd dummy from Seri placed the number seven, but his curling shot hit the post.

But it wasn’t long before Tufan had his name on the scoresheet, when the referee pointed the spot after Naismith appeared to defeat Tetteh. It was a controversial call but the Turk – who signed from Fenerbahce in the summer – took the chance to equalize Hull.

Jay Dasilva nearly put Bristol City in front with four minutes of regulation time to play, beating their defender and goalkeeper, before his left-footed shot curled past the far post.

However, as happened so many times last season, Nigel Pearson’s side couldn’t shake off the curse of conceding a goal in injury time. With just three minutes of the extra six remaining, the ball fell on Seri on the edge of the box and his strike gave Hull the win and left Bristol City scratching their heads over how they had left with nothing.

Hull City manager Shota Arveladze told BBC Radio Humberside:

“Even though we lost 1-0, we had an equal game. They had their chances, we had our chances.

“We carried on because the fans helped us, gave us the extra energy that sometimes you want to find in the last half hour. Overall I think they helped the boys with the energy and the boys used that energy and finished the game.

“I believe that Benjamin [Tetteh] had time to really score a goal so I shouldn’t think why he would go down, they didn’t break his leg but they probably hit him enough to get that penalty. It was a meter, a meter and a half from the goal.

“I don’t want to say it’s 100 per cent, but it’s a penalty that was almost a goal so he wouldn’t go down, that’s what I want.”

Bristol City manager Nigel Pearson told BBC Radio Bristol:

“We played well, we don’t deserve to lose but I’m afraid there’s not much you can do about it when circumstances unfold the way they have.

“We feel really aggrieved by the equalizer they got and that we didn’t get a penalty almost immediately afterwards. Their winner is just one of those things that sometimes happens in games, a big deviation that gives you no chance.

“There is absolutely nothing [contact for the Hull penalty] and to be honest with you, their player should have been warned for falling afterwards. I find that really weird. But I don’t want to start complaining about the referees on day one, I actually spoke to Kevin Friend before the game.

“We did well for long stretches in the game, we didn’t quite pass the ball as well as we can in the second half, but we had chances. Tommy Conway had a chance when he continued, Jay had a knock We put them under pressure but it’s a disappointing end to a very promising performance.”

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Training 3-4-1-2

  • 1Ingram
  • 5Jones
  • 6Figueiredo
  • 4Leggings
  • 2Coyle
  • 24series
  • 27roofer
  • 9SayyadmaneshReplaced byCovilat 84′minutes
  • sevenTufanReplaced byDochertyat 73′minutes
  • 22Black-smithReplaced byElderat 73′minutes
  • 19EstupinanReplaced byTettehat 64′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Elder
  • 8Docherty
  • 14cannon
  • 17McLoughlin
  • 30Tetteh
  • 37Robson
  • 49Covil

City of Bristol

Training 3-4-1-2

  • 1Bentley
  • 26vineyard
  • 4Naismith
  • 5AtkinsonReplaced byCloseat 89′minutes
  • 17SykesReplaced byWilsonat 60′minutes
  • 8williams
  • 6james
  • 3Dasilva
  • sevenScottReplaced byConwayat 60′minutes
  • 14Weimann
  • 9Martin

Substitutes

  • 2Wilson
  • 1 2O’Leary
  • 15thConway
  • 19Tanner
  • 21Good
  • 25Close
  • 30Massengo

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