EPL: Hull make heavy weather of beating nine-man Sunderland

Updated: 02 November 2013 23:59 IST

A first-half own goal by Carlos Cuellar was all Hull had to show for a two man advantage but manager Steve Bruce will not complain as victory sees them in 10th spot on 14 points, six above the relegation zone.

EPL: Hull make heavy weather of beating nine-man Sunderland
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Hull maintained their unbeaten home record on Saturday with a dire 1-0 win over a Sunderland side that played the whole of the second-half with nine men.

A first-half own goal by Carlos Cuellar was all Hull had to show for a two man advantage but manager Steve Bruce will not complain as victory sees them in 10th spot on 14 points, six above the relegation zone.

Bruce's former club Sunderland, though, remain mired in the bottom three with just four points after 10 matches.

Hull may have been unbeaten at home this season but goals have been scarce with just three in their previous four matches, and their fourth didn't come from one of their own players but one of the visitors.

The offender was Cuellar as the Spanish defender headed into his own net under pressure from Yannick Sagbo in the 25th minute.

Sunderland suffered another blow later in the first-half as goalkeeper Kieren Westwood had to go off after suffering a neck injury and was replaced by former Arsenal 'keeper Vito Mannone.

A dreadful first-half for the visitors was rounded off in spectacular style with two red cards.

First hardman central midfielder Lee Cattermole was sent off by referee Andre Marriner for a dreadful foul on former team-mate Ahmed Elmohamady.

He was almost immediately followed by Andrea Dossena, whose foul on another former Sunderland man David Meyler was if anything even worse than Cattermole's foul.

Hull, though, were incapable of taking advantage of Sunderland's woes with Elmohamady, George Boyd and former Spurs player Jake Livermore all having chances to add to the lead.

Their inability to finish off the Black Cats almost cost them dearly and had 'keeper Steve Harper to thank for a blinding save from Adam Johnson.

This appeared to inject some life into the hosts as they went down the other end and Livermore unleashed a terrific shot only for it to come back off the bar.

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