Aug 5, 2017 at 5.30pm UK at ​Villa Park
Attendance: 31,241
Aston Villa
1-1
Hull City
Agbonlahor (7')
Lansbury (17'), Whelan (22')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Bowen (62')

Leonid Slutsky: 'Hull City deserved Aston Villa draw'

Slutsky: 'Hull deserved Villa draw'
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Hull City manager Leonid Slutsky claims that his side deserved their point from the 1-1 draw with Aston Villa on the opening weekend.

Hull City manager Leonid Slutsky has claimed that his side deserved their 1-1 draw with Aston Villa in their opening match of the Championship season this afternoon.

The relegated Tigers fell behind early on in their first game back in the second tier, but Jarrod Bowen's equaliser shortly past the hour mark rescued a point in Slutsky's first competitive match at the helm.

The Russian admitted that his team are still adapting to life in the Championship, and believes they were worthy of the draw despite Villa missing a host of chances to take all three points.

"It was a difficult time for me and my team, a lot of us are new to the Championship. There were a lot of firsts. Aston Villa is a big team, it was a full stadium and a very good atmosphere for them at home. It made it difficult for us," he told reporters.

"But we will adapt after more matches. We played very well and created some good chances and in the end I think we deserve this result."

Hull will host Burton Albion in their first home game of the season next weekend.

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