Estupinan’s brace sees Hull beat winless Norwich

Estupinan's brace sees Hull beat winless Norwich

Colombia international Oscar Estupinan (left) joined Hull on a two-year deal in July

Oscar Estupinan’s early goals for Hull City set the hosts on their way to a second win in three unbeaten Championship games and left winless Norwich City with just one point from a woeful start to the second category.

The Colombian finished from close range late in the first half to put the Tigers ahead when a Max Aarons clearance fell kindly after hitting team-mate Andrew Omobamidele.

And Estupinan made it 2-0 to the increasingly confident home side just after the hour mark, happily scoring his second goal in English football from a goalmouth scramble after a corner Ozan Tufan caused chaos.

Norwich, who dominated possession and had 10 attempts on goal in the first 25 minutes, struggled to create chances after falling behind until a frantic final 20 minutes that saw Marcelino Nunez crash home a wonderful free-kick 30 yards to make it 2-1. and Aston Villa loanee Aaron Ramsey misses a superb chance to grab a point.

Ramsey somehow fired over from four yards after an Aarons cross and then had an effort cleared off the line.

But all the late dominance could not prevent Dean Smith’s side continuing a miserable run that has seen them win just once in 19 league games dating back to last season.

A first Championship win of the season had looked on the cards after a spirited start against a Hull side who sit second in the table despite trailing for most of the opening period.

The visitors were nimble in their passing and quick in their pressure, with new recruit Nunez and Teemu Pukki forcing excellent saves from goalkeeper Matt Ingram, with Pukki seeing an effort deflected just wide.

But the Tigers eliminated the Carabao Cup by Bradford in League Two in midweek, he regrouped and sensed a second win in three league games when Estupinan summer signing reacted strongly to pounce on Aarons’ error and slot the ball home from his first attempt at goal.

Grant Hanley went close with a header for the Canaries after the break, but Estupinan’s second looked good enough to seal the points.

The visitors, now without a win in six League visits to Hull since a 2-1 win in April 2007, rediscovered their form from the first half and could and should have grabbed an equaliser.

Chile midfielder Núñez’s sumptuous save gave hope with just over 15 minutes remaining and Ramsey will rue the two chances he missed, meaning Norwich have just one point from nine so far and are bottom of the table by goal difference.

alignments

Helmet

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Ingram
  • 2Coyle
  • 6Figueiredo
  • 4fats
  • 3great
  • 5Jones
  • 27Slater
  • 9SayyadmaneshBooked 90 minutes
  • 7TufanReplaced byWilliamsat 80′minutes
  • 30TettehReplaced bycannonat 63′minutes
  • 19StupiñánReplaced bylairat 77′minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Baxter
  • 14cannon
  • 17McLoughlin
  • 20Wilks
  • 23Williams
  • 28Jones
  • 49lair

Norwich

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Krul
  • 2Aarons
  • 4OmobamidelaBooked in 23 minutes
  • 5Hanley
  • 19SørensenReplaced byGibbsat 57′minutes
  • 10DowellReplaced byHernandezat 67′minutes
  • 23McLean
  • 26Núñez
  • 7RashikaReplaced bysergeantat 58′minutes
  • 22Pukki
  • 14CantwellReplaced byA Ramseyat 67′minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Gibson
  • 20A Ramsey
  • 21sinani
  • 24sergeant
  • 25Hernandez
  • 28Gunn
  • 46Gibbs

Referee:
James Linington

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