By William Wood | In Match Reports - Away Games
Manchester City ended their three game losing run but a Geovanni equaliser put paid to the Blues returning from the K.C. Stadium with maximum points.
Daniel Cousin put Hull in front, capitalising on Tal Ben-Haim’s poor back-pass to flick the ball past Joe Hart, who later went off injured.
Stephen Ireland levelled after a heavy touch from Kamil Zayatte gifted him an open goal and he then put his side ahead with a curling shot from the edge of the box.
But Geovanni denied his former club with a deflected free-kick.
Before Kick Off, Hughes surprisingly gave Robinho the skipper’s armband in the absence of the suspended Richard Dunne – and he got the opportunity to repay his managers faith in the opening minutes with a free-kick but his effort lack both power and accuracy.
The home side then went ahead on 14 minutes through another City defensive error which has become a hallmark of their play in recent weeks. When Micah Richards squared the ball across the penalty area to Ben-Haim there seemed little danger but the Israel international dallied and his misplaced back-pass was intercepted by Cousin who nipped in to deftly prod the ball past the advancing Hart.
To make matters worse, Hart was injured in the incident and was replaced by Kasper Schmeichel for his first Premier League appearance since Mark Hughes has taken charge.
As City battled to win back the initiative they at last received some of the fortune that has been missing in recent weeks when they took advantage of a defensive error by the Tigers. Zayatte’s control let him down as he attempted to run with the ball near his own goal and a heavy touch, allowed Ireland to capitalise and slip the ball into an empty net.
Ireland then deservedly put City ahead with a sublime finish. Collecting a superb pass from defender Javier Garrido, the Republic of Ireland midfielder controlled the ball with his first touch and then bent it inside the post from 18 yards.
After the break Geovanni showed true samba style with an aerial volley that flew narrowly over the crossbar and then pulled Hull level on the hour mark when his free-kick found the net after a deflection off Vincent Kompany.
Not for the first time this season the Blues were aggrieved at a refereeing decision with Phil Dowd’s decision to penalise Richards for a foul compounded by the deflection.
With both teams seeking a winner the Blues should have regained the advantage when a cross-cum-shot fell invitingly to Vassell, but the former England somehow striker missed the ball.
Geovanni then had three attempts at a free-kick, with two City players booked for encroaching from the wall. In the end his third effort struck the wall before Vassell wasted the final chance of the match with a shot which was too close to Myhill.
Hull: Myhill, McShane, Turner, Zayatte, Ricketts, Boateng (Halmosi 85), Ashbee, Marney, Geovanni, Cousin (Barmby 76), King.
Subs Not Used: Duke, Doyle, Garcia, Folan, Giannakopoulos.
Booked: McShane, Marney.
Goals: Cousin 14, Geovanni 60.
Man City: Hart (Schmeichel 19), Zabaleta, Richards, Ben-Haim, Garrido, Wright-Phillips, Kompany, Ireland, Mwaruwari (Jo 76), Robinho, Vassell.
Subs Not Used: Onuoha, Michael Ball, Hamann, Elano, Evans.
Booked: Ben-Haim, Wright-Phillips, Ireland.
Goals: Ireland 37, 45.
Ref: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire).