FULL TIME: Hull City 0-2 Manchester City

And that’s that! A fine performance by ten-man Manchester City, who move into second spot, six points behind the leaders Chelsea with two games in hand, though of course Jose Mourinho’s side play at Aston Villa later today. That’s a really powerful statement by Manuel Pellegrini’s men, whose form recently hasn’t been great, and had to battle for most of the match while a man down, after their captain Vincent Kompany suffered a rush of blood early doors. But battle they did, and that’s their first win in Hull since 1970. Over to Chelsea...

90 min +2: There will be three added minutes, by the way. And there’s two of them out of the road already.

90 min +1: What a last touch by Silva, then. He’s replaced by Kolarov.

GOAL!!! Hull City 0-2 Manchester City (Dzeko 90)

The Silva-Dzeko partnership works this time, though! Silva cuts in from the left, then slips a pass down the channel behind Chester for Dzeko to scamper after. Dzeko takes a touch and hammers a low shot into the bottom left. Game over, though it pretty much was anyway.

89 min: Jelavic fires low and hard into the Man City box from the right. Lescott batters it back into the stand. Davies swings a high ball into the area, but Hart claims with a yawn. It looks like Hull have blown themselves out. Man City aren’t under a whole load of pressure.

87 min: Silva, in acres down the left, hits a first-time pass into the centre for Dzeko, releasing the striker clear on goal. He should score, but McGregor spreads himself at Dzeko’s feet and smothers the attempt to chip into the net. That’s a dreadful miss.

85 min: Elmohamady curls a gorgeous ball into the Man City box from the right, trundling it along the corridor of uncertainty. Hart is in no-man’s land as he impotently watches Jelavic squirt a shot wide left of goal from six yards. That wasn’t easy - the striker was on the stretch - but a chance nonetheless.

83 min: Fryatt is quickly into the Hull rhythm. He’s caught offside. How many times have the home side fallen victim of Manchester City’s trap today? Many times, that’s the none-too-accurate answer to that.

81 min: And now Manchester City make a change: Nasri off, Jesus Navas on.

80 min: Long’s number came up on the sub board, and he was jogging off to be replaced by Fryatt, but Steve Bruce changed his mind at the last minute and sacrificed Rosenior instead.

79 min: Man City stroke the ball around in the middle of the park. It’s a patient approach designed to take a little of the sting out of this game, and run down the clock to boot. This will be a staunch win if they see it through, three points earned with some very hard work.

76 min: A free kick for Hull out on the right, just outside the area. Huddlestone curls it in, but Clichy heads clear with ease. That was a piss-poor free kick from a very dangerous position. Meanwhile, if these MBM words aren’t good enough, which let’s face it they’re probably not, why not take a better look at what’s been happening by opening this fancy gallery?

74 min: Boyd really has been a force of nature since coming on. First he’s shoved violently in the back when contesting a high ball in the Man City box by Clichy - you’ve seen penalties given for that, though it would have been soft - and then he’s slapping a header straight at Hart from 12 yards. Hull are knocking at the door all of a sudden, perhaps shocked into life by that Fernandinho chance.

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71 min: A ball looped into the Hull area from the right. The home defence should deal with it, but allow the ball to break to Fernandinho, who is clear on the penalty spot! He should score, but can’t dig the ball from under his feet, and squirts a pathetic effort wide right of the target. That should have been game, set and match. Or to be more accurate, while using the football scoring system rather than tennis vernacular, 2-0.

70 min: Lescott comes on to replace the very quiet Toure.

69 min: Rosenior is booked for a late clip on Zabaleta. This is heating up nicely. The pious will object, but I’d quite like to see a 21-man brawl. Or a 30-man one if it’s a bench-clearer.

68 min: Hart’s in the thick of it now, though! Boyd looks to round the keeper on the left. He runs the ball out of play, and so opts to flop over the keeper’s outstretched leg. It’s a clear dive, though the player claims a penalty. Hart reacts in the lemme-at-’im style, and isn’t far from belting the player in the mouth, but team-mates get in the way. Hart is booked for his Scrappy Doo stylings, though Boyd, who should also be cautioned, for simulation, isn’t. The crowd react in the pantomime style.

66 min: Boyd causes a bit of bother down the left, winning a corner that comes to naught. Hull are playing well against the ten men of Manchester City, though the final ball has been lacking. Hart hasn’t had a whole lot to do.

64 min: Tom Huddlestone takes a ball straight in the mushki from close range, then gets up immediately. “That’s great to see,” purrs Michael Owen on the Post Office Sport Channel, without making it 100% clear whether he’s referring to Huddlestone’s brave and honest response, or the initial cartoon blooter. It’s an unfashionable position to take, but I quite like Owen as a co-commentator, he’s occasionally refreshingly bitchy with a habit for finding humour in the misfortune of others. We could do worse.

62 min: Free kick for Man City, in the heart of the Hull half. It’s pumped into the area by Nasri. Javi Garcia, to the right of goal, hooks backwards for Demichelis, of all people. The big defender tries to carve a volley into the top-left corner, but instead finds the top-right corner of the stand behind the goal. Oop!

60 min: A couple of corners in quick succession for Hull. Demichelis saves Manchester City with a brave clearing header, just as Chester was steaming in to nut home from close range. The away side are sitting back a bit too much, ten men or no. Still, as things stand, they’re closing in on leaders Chelsea, at least for a few hours.

59 min: Meyler is replaced by Boyd.

58 min: Livermore has the opportunity to slide Jelavic clear down the middle, but doesn’t spot the pass and slides the ball wide left instead. At the end of the move, Elmohamady fizzes a low shot just wide of the left-hand post. Decent enough, but Hull should have had a one-on-one there, and Jelavic reacts accordingly, throwing semaphore shapes which are usually only seen at adults-only airports.

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56 min: Meyler swings the resulting free kick, down the Hull left, into the Man City box. Davies isn’t too far from connecting with the old noggin, but can’t make it.

55 min: Zabaleta is booked for a ludicrous late lunge on Meyler. There’s not much contact, but that was clumsy enough to deserve a caution. Good old ref! Speaking of which, here’s Niall Mullen: “I’m tired of hearing complaints about referees too. I never tire of reading this though by the late great Swells.” Aye, now there was a writer and a half!

We should tool the refs up. Not with guns, obviously. That would be stupid. But certainly with tasers.

52 min: A free kick for Hull, swung in from the right. Not for the first time in this match, Jelavic is this close to sliding in and toe-poking home. But no.

51 min: Hull have four players caught offside, all of them at least two yards past the last sky-blue shirt. Bruce’s coupon is the first picture to paint two thousand words, at least 1,998 of them beginning with either F or C.

49 min: Hull have come out in a determined mood, though. Long has another go, hammering a riser straight at Hart from 20 yards. Not great, but at least he’s keeping the England keeper honest.

48 min: Elmohamady whips a cross into the Man City box from the right. Long attempts to guide a header into the top left from close range, but his effort is weak and wide, and in any case he’s run offside again. On the touchline, Bruce, who has presumably discussed Long and Jelavic’s habit of being caught too far upfield at half time, has a face on.

47 min: Kompany, so they’re saying on the Post Office Telecommunications Service, will only receive a one-match ban for the red card he’s picked up today. He’ll miss the upcoming game against Fulham, then - but not the looming Mancunian derby.

And we’re off again! Manchester City get the ball rolling against a Hull team that’s been shoogled about by Steve Bruce. With a man advantage, but a goal behind, Hull are going for it: Figueroa has been hooked so Aluko can be about his business.

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HALF TIME: Hull City 0-1 Manchester City

Well that was an eventful half! Kompany was deservedly sent off, Silva scored one of the goals of the season, and Hull have given as good as they’ve got. The second half promises to be quite the event. Don’t leave: you’ll miss out, and we’ll miss you awfully if you go.

44 min: Silva wasn’t far off kicking Meyler’s head clean off his shoulders there, so high was his boot. The referee considers it nothing more than horseplay, and no card is shown.

43 min: Elmohamady, making good down the inside right, sends a fierce daisycutter an inch or two wide of Man City’s left-hand post. That’s a wonderful shot, and I’m not sure Hart had it covered. Perhaps. So close, though.

40 min: Two deep crosses into the Man City box, first from the left, then from the right. Both times, Long is caught offside with the away defence backtracking in terror. Not brilliant. But in the wider sense, that’s promising for Hull, who are at least giving Man City something to think about. Here’s Gary Naylor: “If Manchester City win this, we’ll hear, ‘Vincent gave the referee a decision to make and he has seen it as a red card. We’ll appeal it, but we’re not hopeful.’ If City lose, we’ll hear, ‘We’ve been let down by the referee again. You have to wonder why we get so many bad decisions.’ Or words to that effect. The first newspaper to refuse to report any comments on the referees will have my clicks - it’s the most tedious aspect of football.” Preach on, brother. If you’re up for bundling all player and manager interviews into a blanket ban, so we never report a word any of them say ever again, you’ve got my support. Do you fancy starting an email campaign? I’ll do a banner. And use it to demonstrate in front of the office when I get sacked.

36 min: Hull have the ball in the net, but it’s ruled out for offside. A ball’s lumped into the area from the right. Man City make a hash of clearing, and the ball flies to Meyler, 12 yards out, level with the left-hand post. He takes the ball down and creams an unstoppable drive into the right-hand side of the goal. A stunning finish! Unfortunately he, along with two other tiger-striped shirts, was a mile offside when the initial cross came in from the right. Ah well. Shame, because that was a picture.

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34 min: Elmohamady is booked for sticking his studs onto Silva’s shin. That should be a red card, because if Silva was standing on that leg, he’d have been departing on a stretcher right about now. A terrible challenge from a talented player who should know better.

31 min: Zabaleta nearly Le Tissiers one into the top-right corner from 25 yards, taking a touch down the inside-right channel which flicks the ball up, then lashing a screeching, arcing volley towards goal. The ball hits the underside of the crossbar and bangs down onto the line. About 80% of the ball was over, but that’s not enough. The goalline technology says no, makes the sound Mr Babbage used to on Family Fortunes, etc.

29 min: A fascinating match, this, given the way it’s delicately poised. Man City haven’t done much since the goal, but suddenly they nearly prise Hull apart, Silva hesitating on the edge of the D before sliding a ball out right into space for the rampaging Zabaleta. The resulting cross, aimed for Dzeko, is hopeless, but Hull were worried there for a second.

28 min: Still all Hull. A few balls thrown into the area from hither and yon, but Hart is always eager to come off his line to claim.

25 min: Hull are enjoying the tiger’s share of possession at the moment, though they’re doing little with it. “City (the Manchester flavour) may well win here but the wheels have really started to wobble haven’t they?” notes Niall Mullen, who hasn’t had to squint too hard before coming up with his thesis. “Are they paying the price for increasing squad depth but not necessarily quality last summer?” Well, their defence isn’t the greatest. Mind you, they’ve been linked in recent years with both Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel, so with the crowd-pleasing nature of Liverpool’s back line in mind, perhaps inaction hasn’t been the total disaster it appears at first.

22 min: Manchester City aren’t quite clicking in the way you’d expect from a title-chasing side, though. Nasri and Dzeko attempt a little tiki-taka down the right, but after exchanging a couple of passes, the ball’s sent fizzing out of play. Hull zip up the other end through Meyler down the left. His low cross is bundled out of play in the ‘Clumsy’ style by Jelavic, who had got the jump on Demichelis at the near post.

19 min: A bit of space for Elmonamady down the inside right. He loops a cross into the area for the busy Jelavic, who sticks a leg out on the edge of the six-yard box but can’t connect. Manchester City were in a wee bit of trouble if he was a couple of inches taller.

17 min: Hull had started very brightly, even before the red card gave them a boost, but that goal’s shocked them back into their shells a wee bit. The crowd are still giving it plenty, though, both sets of fans in fine voice. I assume everyone started drinking at 6am, and why not, it’s the weekend after all.

GOAL!!! Hull City 0-1 Manchester City (Silva 14)

And what a response this is by the visitors! Silva picks the ball up down the inside-right channel, takes a touch to the left, and curls a belter into the top-left corner from 25 yards! That’s as clean a strike as there’s been all season, it was in all the way from the second it left Silva’s graceful boot! Marvellous goal!

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13 min: Kompany appeared to be claiming that he had been fouled by Jelavic prior to the striker making off with the ball, tittering, like one of the Three Bears from the Beano running down the road with a freshly purloined plate of bangers and mash. But he was fairly robbed, fair and simple.

11 min: Kompany is beside himself with rage, and drop kicks the wall of the tunnel as he departs the scene. A really nice shape to that drop kick, showcasing good core strength, shades of Eric Cantona at Selhurst back in the day. Hull’s resulting free kick is a nonsense, by the way.

10 min: KOMPANY SENT OFF!!! He can have no complaints whatsoever. The last man, he stood on the ball in the slapstick style. Struggling to get up, Jelavic stole the ball from under his skittering legs, and made off towards the area. Kompany dragged him down. Other City defenders were closing in on the brouhaha, but not quickly enough to be considered cover.

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7 min: Jelavic looks to break clear down the inside-left channel, but he’s correctly flagged offside. Manchester City are planning to turn up in about ten minutes, we hear.

4 min: Figueroa lumps a ball down the left. There’s not a lot of wit in it, but it beats the wandering Kompany nevertheless, and Jelavic is making off towards the area with great intent! He reaches the byline and pulls a ball into the centre. Luckily for snoozing Man City, Demichelis - who had a great game against Barcelona on account of not playing and not being Joleon Lescott - continues his great week by hacking clear from his six-yard box. If Long had kept up with Jelavic there, we could all have had ourselves an opening goal.

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3 min: Silva, Fernandinho and Dzeko attempt to get something going for Man City down the right, but can’t triangulate to any great purpose. “Something to look forward to here,” coos Paul Ruffley. “The legendary axis of solidity that is Demechelis and Garcia, excellent.” I don’t think he means it, readers, satire can sometimes look flat on the page.

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1 min: Huddlestone whips a fine free kick through the corridor of uncertainty, but several of his team-mates have foolishly wandered into offside positions. Man City didn’t look particularly awake there, it has to be said. Fortunate that the attackers were so witless.

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And we’re off! Hull get the ball rolling, with a rare old atmosphere ringing around the KC. They win themselves an early free kick, Kompany bundling Long to the floor down the left. This’ll be a free kick in a dangerous position!

The teams are out! Hull have got this colour scheme going on ...

... while City are in the blue shirts they should have worn at Camp Nou during the week, but didn’t. We’ll be off in a minute!

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Hull City: McGregor, Chester, Davies, Figueroa, Elmohamady, Livermore, Huddlestone, Meyler, Rosenior, Long, Jelavic.
Subs: Bruce, Koren, Fryatt, Boyd, Sagbo, Harper, Aluko.

Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy, Javi Garcia, Fernandinho, Silva, Toure, Nasri, Dzeko.
Subs: Lescott, Milner, Negredo, Kolarov, Jesus Navas, Rodwell, Pantilimon.

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

Here’s Neil Young breaking Hull’s hearts of gold in 1970:

Manchester City, having taken some time off the Premier League to win a cup and get knocked out of a couple of others, begin their pursuit of Chelsea with a game at Hull City they’re odds-on to win. Given the status of both clubs - Manchester City were the champions of England in 2012, have gazillions in the bank, and a squad full of world-class talent, while Hull have only just come up from the Championship, albeit to consistently, and rather gloriously, punch above their weight - there’s only likely to be one result today. Away win.

And yet, and yet. For a start, the excellent and weirdly under-rated Steve Bruce - you have to wonder if Manchester United missed a trick by not considering him for their vacant job last summer - has assembled a tidy very side by the Humber. Hull gave Manchester City a proper workout at the Etihad earlier in the season. And City haven’t exactly been pulling up trees recently: it’s four losses in eight games for Manuel Pellegrini’s side, although admittedly two of those were against Barcelona.

Additionally - and history does sometimes weigh heavy on the shoulders, however illogical it may seem - Manchester City have a terrible record in Hull. They’ve lost three of the last four: 2-1 in 2010, 1-0 in 1989 and 3-1 in 1987, with only a 2-2 draw in 2009 easing the pain. Their last win in Hull came back in 1970, an uncertain third-round FA Cup victory, 1-0 at Boothferry Park, Neil Young picking up where he’d left off at Wembley the season before, scoring the only goal. So that’s 44 years and counting. Pressure much?

We’ll soon find out, when a stellar weekend of football starts here at: 12.45pm.