Report: Bowen On Target As Tigers Finish With A Draw - Hull City

Report: Bowen On Target As Tigers Finish With A Draw

The Tigers ended the season as they started it as they drew 1-1 away from home, this time coming from behind to take a point at Brentford.

And continuing the symmetry, Jarrod Bowen was the man to bag the equalising goal, just as he did against Aston Villa on the season’s opening weekend, as he netted from close range to take his total for the season to 15.

20-year-old midfielder Dan Batty made his league debut for the Tigers as Nigel Adkins made eight changes to the side that started against Cardiff eight days earlier.

David Marshall, Seb Larsson and leading scorer Bowen were amongst those also coming in, with Larsson captaining the side, while Evandro appeared in the squad for the first time since February.

The Tigers enjoyed some decent possession in the opening moments but it was Brentford who looked the more lively in attack and they really should have taken a seventh-minute lead when Emiliano Marcondes found himself free inside the box. However, he could only poke a shot wide when faced by Marshall.

Ondrej Mazuch was an early injury victim when he pulled up and was replaced by Ola Aina eight minutes in, leading to a reshuffle at the back as Fikayo Tomori moved into a central defensive role.

Brentford took the lead on 12 minutes with a scrappy goal. A cross from the right was deflected up into the air and when the aerial duel was won by the home side, the nod down was directed into the net by Sergi Canos.

Bowen was left needing treatment after a heavy collision with Brentford goalkeeper Luke Daniels as he looked to latch onto Larsson’s through ball before Wilson fired the Tigers’ first shot of the afternoon over the bar.

Marshall was forced to turn a long range effort from Lewis Macleod over the bar and Alan Judge fired into the side-netting, before Tomori was across to cut out Marcondes’ effort as the home side threatened to double their lead late in the half.

However, it was the Tigers who grabbed a goal ahead of the interval as they levelled in added time. Aina’s cross-field ball was controlled beautifully by Wilson and after exchanging passes with Larsson, the Welsh winger floated a delightful cross to the far post. Jon Toral was there to nod it back for Bowen to knock the ball past Daniels from eight yards for 1-1.

Bowen departed the action early in the second half as he was replaced by Evandro before a final change saw Kevin Stewart come on for Larsson as the captain’s armband passed to Fraizer Campbell.

Kamohelo Mokotjo missed a great chance to put Brentford back in front when he fired over from six yards out while Toral saw a promising effort blocked at the other end.

Some poor defensive play from the home side then gifted the Tigers a chance to go in front as they were awarded a penalty. Campbell was brought down by goalkeeper Daniels, leaving the referee with no option but to point to the spot, but Daniels made up for it as he kept out Wilson’s penalty.

Marshall pushed a Marcondes free kick wide as play returned to the other end of the field before the Tigers went close through Campbell but Daniels grasped the ball at the last moment.

There was no sense of playing the game out as both sides were happy to play in search of a winner, Mokotjo coming the closest as he forced a near-post save out of Marshall late on.

 

Brentford: Luke Daniels, Lewis Macleod (Ryan Woods 61), Nico Yennaris, Josh McEachran (Chiedozie Ogbene 78), Kamohelo Mokotjo, John Egan, Emiliano Marcondes, Alan Judge, Josh Clarke, Yoann Barbet, Sergi Canos (Ollie Watkins 61).

Subs Not Used: Daniel Bentley, Neal Maupay, Tom Field, Mads Bech Sorensen.

Hull City: David Marshall, Fikayo Tomori, Michael Hector, Ondrej Mazuch (Ola Aina 8), Stephen Kingsley, Sebastian Larsson (Kevin Stewart 52), Daniel Batty, Jarrod Bowen (Evandro 50), Jon Toral, Harry Wilson, Fraizer Campbell.

Subs Not Used: Callum Burton, Nouha Dicko, Will Keane, Markus Henriksen.

Referee: Mr J. Linington.

Attendance: 11,475 (1,400 Visiting Supporters approx).