Writer: Cider spurs.
Date:Thursday October 31 2013
Well, you wanted entertainment...
The fans were noisy at times, the tempo was quicker at times. We even managed nice little passages of link up play around the edge of the box.
Right, first half for all the high tempo and running did only see us really carve out one half chance. A Kaboul header at the back post from a corner. I'm not calling Siggys a half chance...that bit of genius was all his own making. Absolute quality. On the note of corners, we beat the first man most times tonight, but yet again our defending of them is well below the standard required. Walker kept the width well and spent vast parts of the first half camped in the oppos half. His unpunished challenge, come kung fu kick attempt was described rash at best. How did he stay on?.
We started really brightly, and as expected I thought the fans would back the team and rise to the challenge of AVBs comments. As the half progressed Hull came into the match more and had a good 10 minute spell applying pressure in our half. Kaboul was quality, I sincerely hope he is able to overcome his injury issues and form a partnership with Verts. All in all, a goodish 1st half, but if it were not for a wonder strike, how many chances can we count?.
The second half saw Hull City score two goals, the first being an own goal from Brad. Why play such a strong team, many of whom I'd imagine will feature at Goodison Park at the weekend, and play a goalie in decline?. No disrespect to Brad, but it makes no sense, did we not see this last season in Europa?.
The second goal was conceded from a corner ( No honestly ). Brad was about a yard off his goal line and the scorer was about two yards into the 6 yard box. A maximum of 9 feet for Brad to punch the ball and divert the threat. Nope, i'll wait and see what pans out. Sheit they scored. Gomes or a new No.2 please. Good servant, but if we are to compete, then let's do it. Kane slotted home an equaliser to show the fighting spirit we now possess. Good goal, well done young man.
Lamela grew into the game and had some nice touches. He moved the ball quickly and after his initial safe passing start, he did try and take a few players on. i thought his passing was very good, clean and quick. Tempo, do you feel that we might not have afforded Hull so many near chances or time camped in our half if we were not playing a higher tempo?. Do you even think they would have scored? Is this the downside of higher tempo, that we are not so assured on the ball?.
Paulinho could have got booked, although momentum took him into the player, he did stud willy and his mates. OUCH!!. Chiriches is still good going forward, a bit wobbly defending. Basics first please Vlad. Naughton and Chadli injured...Get better soon. Has anyone any news on Ade..I'd say he must have played his last game for us. From bench a week ago to nowhere near getting a splinter in his arse, let alone a start, suggests another relationship breakdown or injury. I suggest the former. we'll see.
All in all, signs of improvement in areas we wanted. There was more movement around the edge of the box, Walker kept some width, Lamela showed glimpses of what might be. Defending corners need working on, the extra half hour might not have helped come the weekend match. Still just scraping through, but at least there was a bit of fire in the belly for this one. We won on penalties, we could, should enjoy the moment. The Cider glass is half full.
Written by Cider spurs
Date:Thursday October 31 2013
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