Aluko Out As Diame Fires Hull Back To Premier League

Nigerian pair Sone Aluko and Chuba Akpom were left out on Saturday as Hull City defeated Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 at Wembley Stadium to earn a place back in the Premier League after a one-year absence.

 

Aluko was not in the matchday squad while Akpom was an unused substitute.

 

Mohammed Diame powered in the only late in the second half after Hull had missed a hatful of chances to take the lead in the Championship play-off final.

 

Nigerian-born right-back Moses Odubajo was one of Hull's standout performers, defending resolutely and providing cutting edge in the attack.

 

The Tigers, relegated from the top flight on the final weekend of last season, created the better chances across the 90 minutes but struggled to put the ball in the end.

 

Diame, much like Dean Windass in 2008, proved the hero for City in the end when sending a bullet shot past star man Kieran Westwood to win the contest for Steve Bruce's side.

 

Just six minutes had transpired before the first shot of the match arrived, as Tom Huddlestone was allowed to put his foot through the ball 20 yards from goal only to send his shot right down the throat of Westwood.

 

The opening stages of the match remained balanced, but Wednesday were arguably the quicker of the two sides to settle and managed to fire in two shots on goal through Fernando Forestieri and Ross Wallace.

 

Both attempts came from difficult shooting positions, with Wednesday taking a shoot-on-sight policy up against stand-in City stopper Eldin Jakupovic, who once more had to deputise for the injured Allan McGregor.

 

Hull well and truly took control of the second quarter of the contest, however, coming close on a number of occasions as their tag of pre-match favourites began to show all over the field.

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