NEWS IN: In-form Hull City and ten-man Leeds United both had to settle for a point at a sold-out MKM Stadium

In-form Hull City and ten-man Leeds United both had to settle for a point at the sold-out MKM Stadium.

Goalkeeper Ryan Allsop made three crucial first-half saves on his Tigers debut, first denying Georginio Rutter one-on-one and then saving two attempts from Crysencio Summerville.

Attempts from Dan James and Summerville were pushed away early in the second half before Leeds centre-back Joe Rodon was sent off for a second bookable offense on the hour mark.

AdamaTraore should have won the game for Hull with a minute to go, but his shot crashed against the right post after Aaron Connolly got behind the outside defense and released the ball for the midfielder.

Hull remain sixth in the table after extending their unbeaten run to six games, while Daniel Farke’s Leeds are now five unbeaten and two points off the play-offs in ninth.

The hosts started well but Liam Rosenior’s Tigers struggled to test Whites goalkeeper Illan Meslier, and Leeds suffered an early setback when striker Wilfried Gnonto was forced off for an ankle injury in the 21st minute.

Summer ville replaced the Italy international and immediately provided an attacking spark, threading a pass to Rutter which the Frenchman was expected to convert.

However, Allsop remained on his feet before denying Rutter with his legs, and the Hull keeper then made a good save to deny Summerville’s shot at his near post, before attracting a ferocious half-volley from the Dutch three minutes before halftime go full length break.

Thegame seemed to settle into the same pattern after the break, but Rodon’s dismissal allowed the Tigers to grow into the game.

Already booked for a first-half foul on Jaden Philogene, the Leeds centre-back was given his marching orders by referee Stephen Martin for a late challenge on Connolly in Hull’s half. Connolly was inches away from a threatening low cross from Liam Delap, then put the ball on a plate for Traore to score the winner.

Butwith just one left to beat Meslier, the Malian international hit the woodwork with his right-footed shot, much to the dismay of Rosenior and the home crowd.

Hullhead coach Liam Rosenior told BBC Radio Humberside:

“No fault lies with Adama. We take advantage of this opportunity and everyone goes home happy with three good points against a very good team.

“He knows he has to score and he’s devastated – but I don’t want a culture of blame at this club.

” “We had to be good tactically because Leeds were excellent in the first half.

I thought we were the better team in the second half, even before the sending off.

“The statistics say there are no shots on target, but I don’t think that says everything about the chances we’ve created.

We’re in a good position, with twelve points in seven games against very, very good teams.

“Leeds boss Daniel Farke told BBC Radio Leeds:

“I’m a bit divided because after a good start we were dominant and we created many good opportunities if I think about the first half.

“There was Georginio Rutter with a one-on-one and Summerville with the best shooting positions and two great saves from the goalkeeper.

“Unfortunately we got the red card and then the opponent gets a little more confidence and you have to sit a little deeper.

After 89 minutes they had a monster chance and normally it’s a goal.

“”In these circumstances it’s definitely a good point.

I’m happy with the clean sheet and the performance, but we should be a little more cynical with our chances.”

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