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Goalkeeper Allan McGregor's mistake puts Hull in difficult position

Lokeren 1 - Hull City 0

Goalkeeper Allan McGregor gifted Lokeren the goal which saw them defeat Hull 1-0 in the first leg of their Europa League qualifying play-off tie last night.

Hans Vanaken was the lucky recipient of McGregor's blunder as he was in the right place at the right time as the former Rangers stopper passed the ball straight to him, allowing the 32-year-old to round the keeper and roll the ball into the net.

Defender James Chester came agonisingly close to making it 1-1 in the 89th minute but he missed the target with a free header from Sone Aluko's cross meaning the Belgian side will take the advantage into the return leg at the KC Stadium next Thursday.

Only goalkeeper McGregor and Chester kept their places from Hull's 1-0 Barclays Premier League win away to QPR at the weekend in a much-changed side.

Yannick Sagbo had the best chance of the first half for the visitors in the seventh minute and should have given Hull the lead, but he scuffed his shot allowing the Lokeren defence to clear.

The home side scored the winner when Vanaken netted from close range in the 58th minute.

McGregor took too much time on the ball and gifted possession to Vanaken, who rounded the Tigers' netminder and rolled the ball home.

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