Brentford 0-2 Hull City: Robertson and Clucas put Tigers top of Championship
Andy Robertson fires Hull ahead. (Credit: Focus Images Ltd)

Goals from Andy Robertson and Sam Clucas sent Hull City to the top of the Championship with a win at Brentford.

After a cagey first half, with the home side arguably on top, the Tigers took the lead with 20 minutes to go, as Clucas delivered a cross into the area, which Robertson reacted quickest to and beat 'keeper David Button at the near post.

Clucas got his reward for a solid game when Button spilled Harry Maguire's shot and the winger was on hand to tuck the ball home and secure the three points.

Brentford caretaker boss Lee Carsley made one change to the team which beat QPR at the weekend, as Alan Judge made way for Lasse Vibe. Steve Bruce however named the same unchanged side which defeated MK Dons at the weekend, with Moses Odubajo returning to his former club.

It took a mere five minutes for the game to spark into life. Clucas found himself free on the wing and delivered a cross into the area. Abel Hernandez was the intended target but his outstretched leg couldn't quite make contact with the ball and the chance went begging.

Brentford On Top

It was the home side who were on top in the first half, while Hull still made chances and were in the game contstantly, Brentford edged the opening 45 minutes. Marco Djuricin was a thorn in the Tigers' defence throughout.

Hull 'keeper Allan McGregor was tested by Djuricin 17 minutes in, as the Brentford man got a shot on goal which was saved by the Scot's feet. Not the first effort on goal Djuricin had though, with an earlier chance being parried by McGregor and out for a corner.

Brentford then had a penalty appeal turned down midway through the first half. Vibe went down in the area and appealed but referee Gavin Ward turned down his requests and waved play on.

The visitors were next to challenge as Jake Livermore pulled the ball back to David Meyler, who from 18 yards out took a shot which was deflected out for a corner, but Hull were threatening. Brentford had the better of a goalless first half, with Hull looking sluggish.

Djuricin On Form

Djuricin was yet again causing all sorts of issues in the second half. He managed to get past Robertson and made his way into the area but his shot went ito the side netting.

Ten minutes into the second half Robertson crossed in with Hernandez the designated target, but as he did in the first half,  he was unable to get a good shot on goal. The Scottish winger delivered another cross which caught Clucas off guard, and his effort went over the bar.

Tigers Take Lead

However it was Robertson himself who gave the visitors the lead as Clucas was on the wing this time, he crossed it in and Robertson was on hand to beat David Button at the near post. Brentford nearly responded straight away as substitute Konstantin Kerschbaumer struck the post with a great shot.

However Brentford couldn't find a way back into the game and their game was over with five minutes to go when Maguire took a shot which Button parried right into the path of Clucas, who tapped the ball in to send the away fans into delirium.

With the result they needed, Hull are currently top of the league, due to Brighton's goalless draw with Sheffield Wednesday.

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