Relegation threatened Hull City took a shock lead over UEFA Champions League hopefuls Liverpool at the KC Stadium through Michael Dawson, who took advantage of terrible marking to score beyond Simon Mignolet.
It was to be the only goal of the game, resulting in a crucial three points for Hull in their bid to avoid the drop, and putting a severe dent in the Reds’ top four chase.
Ghosting runs are not typically associated with a brutish centre back such as Dawson, but the Liverpool defence were as still as statues as the Englishman timed his run to perfection, meeting Ahmed Elmohamady’s cross and planting a firm header home.
Brendan Rodgers will have been making plenty of notes, for this is the type of goal that ought to be prevented on the training ground pitch. Liverpool’s woeful offside trap was desperately inadequate at this level, and Hull City took full advantage.
Liverpool had a host of chances, and dominated the match statistically, leading Hull in possession, shots, and successful dribbles – but the Tigers’ defence held firm.
In the end, it was only one statistic that mattered – goals – and Hull will be happy with the scoreline.