By William Wood | In Match Reports - Home Games
Manchester City had to settle with a seventh successive Premier League draw as their clash with Hull City finished 1-1 at the City of Manchester stadium, a game that saw Micah restored to the starting-eleven.
For the first time since August, Robinho and Emmanuel Adebayor were also named in the starting line-up, and the former made an immediate impression as he helped City gain the upper-hand in the opening exchanges.
Brazil international Robinho was having joy down the left though his number of crosses were dealt with by the Hull defence, while Carlos Tevez’s free-kick after 13 minutes rebounded off the wall.
Micah’s charging run down the right and subsequent cross saw Stephen Ireland volley inches over, while Robinho himself curled an effort wide of the post after working space on the edge of the box.
Shaun Wright-Phillips then picked out Micah with an inch-perfect cross which the 21-year old headed over, before the youngster took a clattering which almost forced him off ten minutes before the interval.
He struggled on and saw City take the lead in injury tie as Wright-Phillips’ deflected shot hit the back of the net, bringing to life an otherwise subdued crowd at Eastlands, much to the relief of Hughes.
The teams returned and Hull were almost level immediately, Richard Garcia collecting a pass and beating Given only for Joleon Lescott to clear off the line.
City then had a penalty appeal turned down as Wright-Phillips dribbled his way into Hull’s box only to be brought down, while at the other end Jimmy Bullard forced his way forward and struck a venomous shot high and wide.
The hosts were pleasing on the eye but lacking in killer instinct as they struggled to go close to extending their lead, while Robinho again went close with a right-footed effort.
Nerves were twitching as the clock ticked away and Hull grew in influence, and rightly so as they won a penalty on 81 minutes.
There were to incidents in the lead up to the spot-kick, with the ball going close to striking Lescott’s arm and Kolo Toure pressuring Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, but either way Bullard was not to be denied as he blasted beyond Given.
Man City: Given, Richards, Toure, Lescott, Bridge, De Jong, Ireland, Wright-Phillips, Tevez, Robinho, Adebayor. Subs: Taylor, Onuoha, Johnson, Santa Cruz, Kompany, Bellamy, Weiss.
Hull City: Duke, McShane, Gardner, Zayatte, Dawson, Bullard, Marney, Garcia, Geovanni, Hunt, Altidore. Subs: Myhill, Barmby, Kilbane, Mouyokolo, Boateng, Ghilas, Vennegoor of Hesselink.
Manchester City: Wright-Phillips (45’)
Hull City: Bullard (82’)