Travel continues to trouble Hull, admits boss Marco Silva after Stoke defeat


Silva was not happy with the way Hull started the game.

Ending a winless run on their travels that dates back to the season's second weekend could have huge implications in the relegation fight.

Stoke had fallen four places in the table since late March, but started brightly and Marko Arnautovic beat two defenders and held off a third before blazing a powerful shot in off the underside of the crossbar in the sixth minute. "We need to pick up points away to stay in the Premier League". Michael dawson was then beaten easily by Arnautovic, who while holding off Harry Maguire, thumped a shot into the net off the underside of the bar.

The introductions of Walters and Crouch by manager Mark Hughes had swung the game back in Stoke's favour and 10 minutes from time the classy Shaqiri made it 3-1 when he cut onto his trusty left foot and bent the ball into the top corner from outside the area.

The boos which greeted the goal from the home support followed again when as part of a double substitution, Hughes replaced Berahino, though the men he brought on, Jonathan Walters and Crouch, nearly claimed a leveller. If they continue playing as enterprisingly as this they have a more than decent chance.

In the 10th minute Arnautovic could have completed his brace but he blazed over the bar from Shaqiri's pass once again.

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The Tigers eventually stirred but Oumar Niasse was hesitant to apply the finish to Lazar Markovic's cross, while the Serbian had a volley kept out by Lee Grant and Maguire ballooned over another opening from a corner. The switch almost paid immediate dividends as Walters brought a fine save from Jakupovic and Crouch was close to reaching the rebound, but Hull wasted an even better opportunity at the other end when Pieters was involved in a mix-up with his own goalkeeper and Niasse snatched at his shot.

Apprehension is something Potters boss Mark Hughes hopes he will not have to deal with now they are 11 points clear of trouble.

Nonetheless, the equaliser came after the break for the away team when from a corner Maguire fired home at the far post after the ball broke to him in the box in the 51st minute.

Hull were grateful for the reflexes of Eldin Jakupovic, who pulled off a wonderful diving save to keep out Walters' stooping header, for preserving parity with Crouch unable to convert on the rebound.

Shaqiri has been blighted by hamstring and calf issues this season, and made his first league appearance since January in last week's 2-1 defeat to Liverpool. Jakupovic had no chance.