Last-gasp win earns boss Phil a stay of execution

A LAST-MINUTE winner from Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink earned Hull only a third Premier League victory in 33 matches &ndash; and probably saved his manager&rsquo;s job.<br /><br />Reports suggested boss Phil Brown would have been showed the door by new chairman Adam Pearson had the Tigers failed to beat Tony Pulis&rsquo; Stoke.<br /><br />Matthew Etherington must have sent shivers down his spine after netting a 29th minute opener for Stoke, but Seyi Olofinjana eased the nerves with an equaliser on 62 minutes.<br /><br />Stoke had Abdoulaye Faye sent off late on before Vennegoor of Hesselink raised the roof with the winner.<br /><br />Brown opted not to front the media afterwards leaving assistant Brian Horton to excuse him by saying: &ldquo;He&rsquo;s having a Guinness, he deserves one.&rdquo;<br /><br />Meanwhile, the lowest Premier League crowd of the season of 16,172 saw Wigan and Fulham fight out a 1-1 draw at DW Stadium.<br /><br />Emmerson Boyce gave the Latics the lead from close range on 14 minutes before Clint Dempsey equalised from the penalty spot on 39 minutes after Hugo Rodallega fouled John Pantsil.<br />