Hull 1-0 Liverpool: Tigers creep towards safety while lifeless Reds blow top four hopes

first_img1 Hull captain Michael Dawson celebrates his winning goal against Liverpool Liverpool saw their slim Champions League hopes reduced to a flicker as Michael Dawson’s first half header handed relegation threatened Hull City a crucial 1-0 victory at the KC Stadium.With top four rivals Manchester United beaten by Everton on Sunday, a win would have seen the Reds move to within four points of their rivals.But they failed to take advantage of United’s slip, as the more determined Tigers managed to hold on to a slim win to take a big step closer to top flight survival.Brendan Rodgers’ side had a host of chances to score in the first half but none really troubled Steve Harper in the Hull net, with Philippe Coutinho, Jordan Henderson and Mario Balotelli all firing straight at the veteran goalkeeper.The hosts proved a threat on the break and they took full advantage of Liverpool’s apparent lack of fire and concentration when a rapid surge up field resulted in a well taken goal from former Tottenham captain Dawson, the former Tottenham captain sending a thumping header past Simon Mignolet to leaves the Tigers four points clear of the drop zone.Liverpool, meanwhile, remain in fifth and look set for Europa League football next season.Build up to the game was dominated by reports of a mass boycott from Liverpool fans over inflated ticket prices, and the supporters who stayed at home will be glad they did, with their side looking directionless at times.The visitors were on the back foot from the start, with Hull unlucky not to take an early lead when in-form striker Dame N’Doye sent a free header straight at Mignolet after clever wing play from the lively Sone Aluko.Coutinho was again the Merseysiders’ most lively attacking outlet and the Brazilian was first to test Harper, smashing a volley straight at the shot-stopper after Jordon Ibe cleverly dummied Henderson’s corner.Having little luck through a packed midfield, most of the Reds’ best chances came from out wide where they put the pace of Raheem Sterling and Ibe to good use.Balotelli, who started for the second successive game, was quiet on the whole but did go close with an audacious backheel shot which took Harper by surprise but failed to beat the former Newcastle man.But the three-man defence of Liverpool were vulnerable on the counter and Hull went close with two chances in quick succession which forced Mignolet into a fine double save, first parrying Jake Livermore’s header before he and Glen Johnson combined to clear Sone Aluko’s follow up off the line.It was brilliant play from the Belgian, but he was soon picking the ball out of his net when Dawson took a step off his marker, the daydreaming Martin Skrtel, before heading Ahmed Elmohamady’s cross into the top corner to send the KC Stadium into raptures.Goalscoring opportunities dried up after the break until Liverpool suddenly sparked to life with 30 minutes to play.Coutinho was again the instigator as he threaded a lovely pass through to Henderson, who chested the ball down but saw his volleyed effort saved, with skipper going close moments later but again his  thumping shot was well gathered by Harper.Liverpool once again suffered without the injured Daniel Sturridge and the ineffective Balotelli made way for Rickie Lambert on 65 minutes, though the former Southampton man didn’t fare much better.Hull mustered a handful of half chances in the closing stages, with Robbie Brady going close from a corner and Tom Huddlestone firing just wide, but the hosts remained fairly untroubled until the referee finally blew the final whistle.last_img read more

Kinect 2 image leaks

first_imgIf a Microsoft job posting can be believed we are set to get a new Xbox on store shelves by March 2014 at the latest. Regardless of when it does eventually arrive (my money is on November 2013), it will bring with it a new version of the Kinect motion sensor [%displayPrice% at %seller%].Xbox 720 development kits, codenamed Durango, are thought to already be in the hands of key developers. Along with the base hardware, those kits also include Kinect 2 prototype units, allowing Kinect functionality to be worked with and included in launch titles.It seems an image claiming to be output from the Kinect 2 has leaked on to the web. You can see that image above.It comes courtesy of Twitter users DaE whose profile says he’s a system admin, nothing more. There’s been no additional information from him since, either. However, The Verge has checked with others and confirmed this is a test image from the Kinect 2 hardware.What is clear to see is the added detail and depth the new motion sensor has. We all expected Kinect 2 to be much more accurate, to the point where it can read lips and gauge moods, and now we have evidence to show that it is. It even looks like individual fingers can be detected very accurately by the sensor, which could make for some interesting new game interactions.Increased accuracy should translate into better control and avoid problems like that experienced in Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor. However, most gamers will be more concerned about what the console hardware can achieve in terms of performance and visual output, and how good the physical Xbox 720 controller turns out to be.via DaE’s Twitter account and The Vergelast_img read more