Hull City overcame an early setback, before goals from Ahmed Elmohamady and Sone Aluko put the Tigers one round away from the group stages of the Europa League.

Manager Steve Bruce made three changes from the side that drew 0-0 in Slovakia in the first legwith David Meyler, Sone Aluko and Liam Rosenior losing their places in favour of Robert Snodgrass, Robbie Brady and Yannick Sagbo.

Hull City: McGregor – Bruce – Chester – Davies – Elmohamady – Brady – Huddlestone – Snodgrass – Livermore – Sagbo – Long

Subs: Harper – Rosenior – McShane – Meyler – Quinn – Ince – Aluko

AS Trencin: Volesak, Ramon, Klescik, Cogley, Hajrandinovic, Misak, Holubek, Lobotka, Simon, Kubik, Malec

Subs: Semrinec, Mondek, Rundic, Skovajsa, Baris, Opatovsky

Hull, playing in a historic first home game in Europe, couldn’t have begun in a worse fashion after Malec side-footed a low cross from the right past Allan McGregor inside two minutes to send the small contingent of away fans into raptures.

With Trencin securing an away goal it meant the home side had to score twice to prevail, Shane Long shrugged off the advances of a defender but his lobbed attempt in the 15th minute was saved by Volesak.

Yannick Sagbo raced clear down the left flank before cutting the ball back to the advancing Snodgrass, who miscued a shot to Long at the back post but the striker was twice denied a goal from close range.

In what was looking like one of them nights for the Tigers they restored parity when Robbie Brady escaped his marker by the touchline to deliver a pinpoint cross to Elmohamady at the back post to head home.

Volesak kept the away side in the fixture when he somehow denied Long, what looked like a certain goal, but his close range header was saved.

The goal had settled some Hull nerves but the match still had a pre-season feel to the game in terms of quality with passes going astray all over the pitch, and, whilst the away side showed plenty of endeavour they lacked the quality to overcome the Premier League side.

Trencin did have their moments in the second half, goalscorer Malec laid the ball back to Hajradinovic but his deflected effort fizzed just wide of the post with McGregor left helpless.

Snodgrass, who was starting on his full home debut, failed to beat Volesak with a 30-yard free-kick before Steve Bruce introduced Tom Ince, Liam Rosenior and Sone Aluko.

With time ticking away the Hull fans were beginning to wonder if their European adventure was almost over at the first hurdle when up stepped Sone Aluko. Elmohamady beat his man on the right before launching a deep cross which was flicked back infield by Sagbo with Aluko keeping his cool to volley home from six yards.

The draw for the play-off round of the Europa League takes place tomorrow at 12:00 (UK time) with Hull being a seeded team.

Published on August 07 2014 for KingFut.


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