Hull City 2 Hartlepool United 0

Last updated : 05 November 2007 By Footymad Previewer

Over 22,000 crammed in to the ground, and the bottom division's largest league attendance for years was not disappointed as the end to end contest ended up in Hull's favour, thanks to goals from Dean Keates, and Stuart Green.

The Tigers took the lead after 21 minutes when Gary Alexander played in Keates who turned sharply but couldn't believe his luck when his mis-hit shot from 10 yards looped in to the net.

The goal ended a five and a hour goal drought for Peter Taylor's team, and minutes later Alexander nearly scored a second but his brilliant volley was superbly tipped over by Anthony Williams.

Mike Newall's half time subsitution, of Tommy Widdrington for Paul Smith gave the visitors an added impetus, although Stuart Elliott hit the post from a tight angle with in seconds of the restart.

At the other end Eifion Williams' stinging shot form 25 yards was smartly gathered by Paul Musselwhite, and 15 minutes from time Hull made sure of the points.

Green, who has signed a three year contract with Hull, celebrated joining the Tigers in perfect style as he latched on to a Keates throughball to lob home the second.

Moments later Phil Jevons saw his shot saved by Anthony Williams, and Widdrington came close to reducing the deficit but his low drive form 30 yards clipped the outside of the post.