Hull City 2 Burnley 3: Barmby left stunned by Burnley fightback

Hull City tossed away a two-goal lead to crash 3-2 to Burnley in the Championship, writes Robert Gledhill.

Nick Barmby made just one enforced change for his first home game in charge of Hull City With Aaron Mclean banned, Robbie Brady played in a three-man strike force, spearheaded by Matty Fryatt with Cameron Stewart on the other flank.

Burnley switched to a 4-5-1 formation, bringing in left-back Ben Mee and flank player Junior Stanislas with Brian Easton and striker Sam Vokes dropped to the bench.

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The Clarets had been conceding late goals on their four-match losing run but this time they were behind in the 12th minute when Stewart sped past right-back Kieran Trippier, the former Barnsley player, and squared for Fryatt to tap home from inside the six-yard area.

There were few other chances created in the first period with Tigers goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi virtually unemployed.

The Tigers had an early let-off after the break when Rodriguez swivelled and struck the bar but Fryatt made it 2-0 when he smashed the ball past a startled Lee Grant from Robert Koren’s through ball.

Burnley grabbed a 78th-minute lifeline when central defender David Edgar headed home from Ross Wallace’s cross following a free-kick from near halfway.

And it was all-square in the 82nd minute when Trippier’s throw from the right was flicked on and Edgar struck from close range.

The in stoppage time, Burnley completed their comeback when Rodriguez beat the offside trap and drilled the ball post Gulacsi for the winner.

Barmby, who celebrated a 2-0 win at Derby in his first match in charge last Saturday, admitted: “We lost our composure completely after their first goal.

“I wouldn’t say we were at our best today but at 2-0 we were comfortable. Then we lost our shape in the last 15 minutes and were wide open.

“It is a young squad, but whether you’re young or not you know you need to remain tight and concentrate after you concede a goal, and we didn’t today.”

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