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Hull one game away from Premier League

SoccerNews in English Premier League 14 May 2008


Hull are 90 minutes away from playing in the top flight of English football for the first time in their 104-year history after beating Watford 4-1 on Wednesday in the Championship semi-final play-off.

Hull's win at their KC Stadium in the second leg of this tie gave them a 6-1 aggregate victory.

It means they will now face Bristol City at Wembley in the play-off final on May 24, a match billed as “the richest game in football,” with the winners receiving some 60 million pounds (120 million dollars) for gaining a place in the lucrative Premier League.

Goals from Hull-born former England international Nick Barmby, Caleb Folan, Richard Garcia and Nathan Doyle helped the north-east club build on their 2-0 first leg advantage after Watford's Darius Henderson cut the Tigers' overall lead to just a single goal.

It wasn't until two minutes before half-time that Barmby, who netted in the first leg together with fellow Hull-born forward Dean Windass, settled home nerves following Henderson's 12th minute opener.

Three goals inside the final 20 minutes from substitute Folan, Garcia and Doyle sealed a victory that set Hull on their way to Wembley.

Wednesday's win was particularly sweet for Hull manager Phil Brown, who took over in December 2006 and steered a club seemingly destined for relegation to second-tier survival.

Watford, who earlier in the season looked destined for one of the two automatic promotion places following their relegation from the Premier League last season, ultimately paid the price for a run of just one win in 16 games.

Neither Hull nor Bristol City have played in the Premier League although City did appear in the old First Division, most recently in 1981.



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