Hull City 1-1 Bristol City: Nahki Wells earns the Robins a point with second-half equaliser to cancel out Ozan Tufan’s opener
- Nahki Wells’ second-half equaliser earned Bristol City a point againt Hull City
- Ozan Tufan had given the Tigers the lead early in the first half
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Nigel Pearson was in no mood to allow his star pupil gain the upper hand as Bristol City fought back for a deserved point.
Nahki Wells’ second-half leveller halted Hull in their tracks as the Tigers spurned a chance to briefly top the Championship.
Pearson coached Liam Rosenior at club and England Under-21 level and in their first meeting as managers the 38-year-old gave as good as he got against his mentor, but failed to carve out what would have been a third straight win.
An early opener from Ozan Tufan was cancelled out by Wells in the second-half and it was the least the Robins merited.
A two-goal winning margin of victory would have taken Hull to the summit, and they enjoyed an ideal start thanks to Tufan’s fourth in two home games this season.
Nakhi Wells equalised for Bristol City in the second half at the KCOM Stadium
Wells’ first league goal of the new season earned the Robins a point
Nigel Pearson avoided defeat against his former player Liam Rosenior
It owed much to on loan Manchester City forward Liam Delap, who delivered an inviting cross from wide on the right which an unmarked Tufan swept home from a dozen yards after 17 minutes.
Alfie Jones came close to adding a second when the defender’s far post header from a Scott Twine free-kick was diverted onto an upright before being hacked to safety.
The visitors wasted two clear openings mid-way through the first-half with Mark Sykes and Matty James unable to keep close-range shots down, before Jones cleared a George Tanner effort off the line after a goalmouth scramble.
Ozan Tufan gave Hull the lead in the first half
Rosenior’s side missed the chance to move top of the Championship table
Wells had the ball in the net in stoppage-time, but the effort was ruled out for offside.
There was no such escape for Hull when just after the hour, the forward had the simple task of slotting Sykes’ low cross into an empty net.
Both sides had chances to win it defender Zachary Vyner had an overhead kick from a corner smothered on the line by Hull keeper Matt Ingram.
Hull substitute Aaron Connolly should have done better when shooting at Max O’Leary after being put through, before the Bristol keeper tipped a long-range free-kick from Twine over the bar.
Hull City: Ingram, Coyle (Christie 89′), Jones, McLoughlin, Greaves, Slater, Seri, Traore (Vaughan 76′), Tufan (Estupinan 61), Twine, Delap (Connolly 61)
Goals: Tufan (17′)
Coach: Liam Rosenior
Bristol City: O’Leary, Tanner (Gardner-Hickman 77), Vyner, Naismith, Pring, Williams, James, Knight, Sykes (Mehmeti 90), Wells (Cornick 76), Bell (Weimann 77 (Roberts 80))
Goals: Wells (62′)
Bookings: Gardner-Hickman, Wells
Coach: Nigel Pearson
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