Burnley 1-1 Hull City: Snodgrass steals a point with 95th minute equaliser

The Scotsman's goal cancelled out a sensational Steven Defour opener.

Burnley 1-1 Hull City: Snodgrass steals a point with 95th minute equaliser
There was nothing to separate the two sides in a cagey encounter (photo: Twitter / Hull City)
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Hull City
Burnley: Heatonl Lowton, Mee, Keane, Ward; Gudmundsson (Arfield 76'), Defour (Hendrick 75'), Marney, Boyd; Gray (Bamford 80'), Vokes.
Hull City: Jakupovic; Elmohamady, Davies, Livermore, Robertson; Clucas (Maloney 83'), Huddlestone, Meyler (Mason 73'); Diomande (Keane 70'), Hernandez, Snodgrass.
SCORE: 1-0, Defour 72'. 1-1, Snodgrass 90+5'.
REFEREE: Paul Tierney. Booked: Mee (27'), Arfield (82').

A last gasp free-kick by Robert Snodgrass earned Hull a thrilling draw after Steven Defour's wonder strike looked to have earned all three points for the hosts.

Nothing to choose between the two promoted sides in the opening 45 minutes

Since a deflating injury crisis hit the KCOM stadium during pre-season, Hull City fans have been acquainting themselves with a very youthful looking squad. Yet six new signings in the last 36 hours of the transfer window bolstered the talent and experience available and five of those new names took their place on the Hull bench.

The Premier League's August Manager of the Month Mike Phelan kept faith with the squad that had earned six points in the first three games of the season, as they looked to defeat Burnley in the top flight for the first time in their five attempts.

The visitors began the game looking the most dangerous as Abel Hernandez, a slight doubt before the match, used his strength to shake off Ben Mee before forcing Tom Heaton, the league's top shot-stopper, to palm his effort away. Burnley responded with some pressure of their own, but Hull held firm with a typical "backs to the wall" defensive outlook that is becoming synonymous with their return to the Premier League. Johann Gudmundsson saw a volley blocked before Stephen Ward fired the rebound over.

As a lacklustre and cagey first half drew to a close, Hull almost grabbed a much needed opening goal to spark the game into life. Tom Huddlestone picked out David Meyler inside the Burnley penalty area, before the midfielder unleashed an effort that beat Heaton but rebounded off the foot of the far post

Meyler strikes the post at the end of the first half (photo : Twitter/Hull City)
Meyler strikes the post at the end of the first half (photo: Twitter/Hull City)

Defour's magic breaks the deadlock, but Snodgrass strikes back

Both sides came out with more fire in the second half as Andre Gray saw a shot deflected wide, before Dean Marney fired the rebound from the resulting corner over. Hull had an even better opportunity when Meyler found Adama Diomande at the far post but he could only divert his effort wide from eight yards. Huddlestone also fired off target from range as space was hard to come by in and around both penalty areas.

The hosts began to work their way back into the game on the hour mark, but Hull are always ready to throw bodies on the line with Curtis Davies on hand to extend his Premier League leading number of blocks to deny Marney. Set-piece specialist Steven Defour then found centre-back Mee with a corner but he could only head over the crossbar, moments before George Boyd fired a shot from distance straight at Eldin Jakupovic and Sam Vokes sent an effort from range past the post.

With pressure mounting, Hull needed an outlet and Robert Snodgrass almost provided that and more when he saw his volley tipped over from an Andrew Robertson diagonal pass. That was very nearly the moment of magic the game was crying out for, but Steven Defour was on hand to set the fireworks alight. An excellent first touch in his own half allowed him to break clear of the Hull midfield, before powering forward and firing a wonderful 30 yard strike into the bottom corner as Davies stood off him.

With Defour replaced by Burnley's record signing Jeff Hendrick straight after his spectacular strike, Hull almost responded immediately as Davies nodded against the post from a Snodgrass corner. Hull's record acquisition Ryan Mason was introduced and he was seemingly brought down by Heaton in the area but penalty appeals were waved away.

The game looked to be filtering Burnley's way until Huddlestone earned a late free-kick that Snodgrass expertly dispatched with virtually the last kick of the game, stealing a valuable and deserved point for the visitors.