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Croatian international striker Nikica Jelavic netted a double as Hull City took a major stride towards Premier League safety with a 4-0 win at fellow promoted side Cardiff City on Saturday.

The loss consigned Cardiff, managed by former Manchester United star Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, to second from bottom and the Welsh side face an uphill climb if they are to avoid returning to the Championship after just one season. Cardiff actually made the brighter start of the two, with Hull keeper Allan McGregor forced into two sharp saves in the space of a minute. 

Cardiff winger Wilfried Zaha shredded the Hull defenze with a mazy run but could not beat the Scottish keeper. But Steve Bruce's Hull took the lead against the run of play in the 17th minute as former Spurs midfielder Tom Huddlestone smashed a low shot past the outstretched hand of David Marshall in the Cardiff goal. Cardiff continued to press and squandered a golden opportunity to equalize towards the end of the first half as striker Kenwyne Jones contrived to put a header wide from a matter of yards when it seemed easier to score. 

The Welsh side's profligacy was immediately punished as Hull doubled their advantage within a minute with a classy move. Jelavic set Irish forward Shane Long breaking down the left, who then side footed a precision cross back to his provider who had continued his run. The Croat then slotted efficiently home. 

Solskjaer rang the changes at half time as his side were booed off by the home faithful, bringing on Mats Daehli for Zaha. But it was Hull who looked the better side at the start of the second half as an unmarked Jelavic put a gilt-edged chance over the bar from the middle of the box. The Croatian made amends on 56 minutes, drilling a powerful header into the bottom right corner and compounding the home side's misery. And just when Cardiff thought things couldn't get any worse, a mix-up in midfield allowed Hull to steal possession. Huddlestone broke swiftly down the right and Jake Livermore finished the move with a calm right-footed into the bottom right corner.

The two sides were promoted from the second tier last season but Hull have fared marginally better in the Premiership, going into the match 13th while Cardiff languished second from bottom. Cardiff took to the pitch on the back of a woeful run of form, winning only one of their last 10 while Hull had one victory from seven.

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The Hull City midfielder Tom Huddlestone celebrated breaking his goal drought in the most unusual manner during his side's 6-0 humiliation of Fulham. Huddlestone was well aware of his goal drought and had in fact decided to raise money for Cancer Research UK, promising not to have a haircut until he scored.

The former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder struck at home in the impressive victory and medical chief at the club Rob Price joined in the fun, producing a pair of surgical scissors and quickly cutting a clump of hair. The full haircut is due to take place before Hull City's next game on New Years Day.

Manager Steve Bruce praised Huddlestone, saying: "Tom Huddlestone has been waiting for that goal. I've seen some great individual performances but I've never witnessed something as outstanding as what he produced today. Everyone else fed off that and joined in. Once we scored it gave everyone belief and the floodgates opened and it will live long in the memory."

In a further twist to the story it was coincidentally something to add to the player's birthday celebrations, as Huddlestone turned 26 today. It's certainly a rarity but maybe there is the possibility that a trend has started at the KC Stadium today and we will see more of "The Haircut" celebrations. 

Hull ended a disappointing run of form in emphatic style on Saturday as they recorded their best-ever result in the Premier League with a 6-0 hammering of struggling Fulham. Hull, who had won just twice since September prior to the game, scored all their goals in the second-half to move seven points clear of the relegation places while the visitors remain third from bottom with their defense once again having let them down.

They have conceded 41 goals in 19 games, the worst in the Premier League, and must hope to get positive results at home to fellow relegation candidates West Ham and Sunderland early next year to ease their plight. Hull dominated the first-half without managing to beat David Stockdale, deputizing for first choice 'keeper Maarten Stekelenburg, who failed to recover from a calf injury.

Tom Huddlestone rattled the post with a fierce free-kick while Stockdale did brilliantly to deny George Boyd.

Egyptian international Ahmed Elmohamady also went close for the hosts but his long-range shot was saved easily by Stockdale as Hull ended the half having had seven shots to the visitors' two. Hull kept up the pressure on Fulham straight after the break, Huddlestone again going close with a fine effort that crept over the bar.

Stockdale then did brilliantly in denying first Yannick Sagbo and regathered himself to save from the rebound which fell to Slovenian Robert Koren -- but his efforts were to be in vain seconds later. Huddlestone's corner was only cleared as far as Elmohamady, who made no mistake from the edge of the box with a crisp effort.

From then on Fulham wilted and Hull rubbed in their all-round superiority with two goals in three minutes around the hour mark as first the impressive Koren got on the scoresheet, converting Sagbo's cross. Boyd grabbed Hull's third, although it was more about woeful defending than Boyd's ingenuity. Jake Livermore's long ball fell to Boyd but he was surrounded by four defenders and somehow managed to shrug them all off to beat Stockdale.

Hull had the bit between the teeth and while in the first-half nothing could beat Sotckdale, now everything they tried came off -- Huddlestone crowning a dynamic performance with a fine effort in the 67th minute to make it 4-0.

Huddlestone, who moved from Tottenhham for around £5million (6 million euros, $8.2 million), honored his word, too, as he had promised to have his hair cut once he ended what had become a two-year goal drought and he stopped by the dugout during his celebrations to have a lock of it cut by a member of the back room staff.

If Fulham hoped Hull's desire for goals was sated they were to be sorely disappointed as Matty Fryatt poked home the fifth after Huddlestone's extraordinary 40-yard free-kick had been tipped onto the bar by Stockdale. There was even time for Koren to add his second as the 33-year-old fired home from close range after Stockdale's reflex save from Danny Graham had fallen to him.


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Hull put a dent in Liverpool's Premier League title ambitions by beating the Merseysiders for the first time in their history courtesy of a shock 3-1 win on Sunday. Liverpool kicked-off in second place but this result dropped them to third on goal difference behind Chelsea ahead of the west London side's match at home to Southampton later Sunday. Both Chelsea and Liverpool were seven points adrift of leaders Arsenal.

Hull took a 20th minute lead when Jake Livermore, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur, scored his first Premier League goal with a 25-yard shot that deflected off Martin Skrtel and went over the head of Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

But visitors Liverpool were level seven minutes later at the KC Stadium when England captain Steven Gerrard swept in a 20-yard free-kick. However Hull -- who started the match 10 points adrift of Liverpool -- put the result beyond doubt with two goals inside the final 20 minutes.

David Meyler made it 2-1 in the 72nd minute after Kolo Toure failed to clear a ball into the Liverpool box and, three minutes from time, Tom Huddlestone's left-footed chip was turned into his own net by Skrtel.

"It is always nice to turn over Liverpool, but it was the response after the loss to Crystal Palace that pleased me," said Hull manager Steve Bruce.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers said his side had suffered from being without injured leading goalscorer Daniel Sturridge.

"I thought we had plenty of effort and commitment but there were too many mistakes and with the ball we didn't create enough," said Rodgers. "There is no doubt that we miss a player of Daniel Sturridge's quality and we do not have a squad that is big enough to cope with his absence."

The victory united, at least temporarily, Hull owner Assem Allam and those fans of the club unhappy at his intention to change its official name from Hull City AFC to Hull Tigers. This has prompted chants of "City till we die" at home games from some Hull fans. Egyptian businessman Allam, in a controversial interview published just hours before the Liverpool match, told the Independent on Sunday: "I don't mind 'City till we die'.

"They can die as soon as they want, as long as they leave the club for the majority who just want to watch good football."

But a rather more conciliatory Bruce said: "I think that because of what the owner said earlier in the day the atmosphere was terrific today, but I don't think that he did that deliberately!

"I think that this club would not be here without the owner. I am happy to speak to the owner and give him my opinion but as I said earlier, if he wants us to play in pink fairy dresses then he is entitled to that view."

Earlier, champions Manchester United needed two goals from Wayne Rooney to help them twice come from behind in a 2-2 draw away to Tottenham. Spurs went ahead through a Kyle Walker free-kick and then made it 2-1 thanks to a stunning strike from Sandro. 

But Rooney hit back on both occasions, although the draw left United nine points adrift of Arsenal.

"We're concerned that we're not as close as we'd like to be but it's a long season," said David Moyes, given the daunting task of succeeding Alex Ferguson as United manager following the Scot's retirement last season. "I think we've still got room to progress and get better, that's undoubtedly. Hopefully we'll be there or thereabouts."

Sunday's other Premier League match sees Manchester City at home to Swansea.

Aaron Lennon, Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore, are now officially known as Tottenham's drunk boys. A picture posted on Instagram of the three drunk Spurs during their summer vacation has hit the web running.

The infamous picture features Lennon and Livermore throwing their middle finger in the air, while Huddlestone suggests world peace instead. Although Huddlestone gets away with the fact that he decided not to participate in his teammates' insults, he doesn't get a pass from being a part of the drunk boys, as he too is seen with a cup in his hand.

But, like a comment to the right of the picture mentions, "Livermore is the star of this picture...that woman is a catch."
At first glance, Jake's "WAG" looks as if she's a good girl. However, if examined closely, one can see her painted red nail sneaking into the picture, obviously flipping the world off as well. 

If there is a winner, then there must be a loser, and that award goes to...drum-roll please...Aaron Lennon! It's clear that Lennon's teammates are dressed for the summer night, with a button-up that is light and casual. Lennon on the other hand, is loaded with layer after layer, topped off with a thick scarf.

Aaron is what one would call a "try-hard". Meaning exactly what it sounds like it means; he tries too hard for his own good. Maybe, just maybe, if he tried a little less and dressed for the occasion, he could be the one with a girl around his arm.