Jake Livermore scores first goal after drugs ban

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Hull City's Jake Livermore has scored his first goal for the club since returning from a six-month absence after failing a random drugs test.

The 26-year-old scored a dramatic late winner in Hull's midweek clash with Reading as the Tigers came from behind to win the tie 2-1 at the KC Stadium. Captain on the night Livermore smashed home from close range after the away side failed to clear their lines.

Reading took the lead via an eye-catching goal from Nick Blackman, his 11th of the season, in a move which involved two back heels. However, Hull fans were not left disappointed as a goal from Abel Hernandez and then Livermore, won the game.


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The Royals will be bitterly disappointed with their defending as both goals were gifted to Hull after woeful defending.

Enfield-born Livermore will be delighted with his winning goal, not only as it saw his side take all three points and move two points behind Championship leaders Middlesbrough, but also as it was his first goal since returning from a six-month absence.

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After Hull's 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace in the Premier League last April, Livermore tested positive for cocaine and was suspended by both the FA and his club the following month. Manager Steve Bruce described it as one of the most difficult episodes in his managerial career and was left angry and disappointed.

"We're in a state of shock and disappointment, then you get angry because of his actions. We've never experienced it before so it's difficult," Bruce told BBC Sport last May.

However, Tottenham Academy graduate Livermore was allowed to return to football in September as his ban was lifted after Bruce revealed the midfielder's drug abuse was due to the loss of his baby daughter.

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Bruce was singing Livermore's praises after his side's crucial victory:" In the second half he drove the team forward and was excellent. It was good to see.

"Jake has had his issues but since he's been back in the team we've been better for it."

Livermore has played in every tier of the Football League and was sorely missed in Hull's battle to remain and eventual relegation from the Premiership last season.

With Livermore among a number of quality players returning to the squad, such as former Norwich midfielder Robert Snodgrass, Hull are hot favourites to return to the Premier League next season.

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