Hull City fan Henry Clark looks back on the performance of those in Black and Amber in their pre-season game versus Bristol Rovers…
Allan McGregor – 6
Another solid display City fans have become accustomed to throughout the Scotsman’s time at the club. Vocal as ever, he was never really tested in truth. Perhaps went to ground too easily for the Rovers goal which allowed Gaffney to score.
Brian Lenihan – 5
Caught out a number of times down the right hand side after drifting too far forward. A performance that highlighted how huge a hole Moses Odubajo’s long-term injury leaves in the team – not that City fans need reminding. Right-back should be on Slutsky’s shopping list.
Michael Dawson – 7
Wouldn’t expect anything else from the captain. Led a youthful backline well and dominated in the air. Nothing he could do for the Rovers goal after a poor pass from young Batty.
Max Clark – 7
A very impressive display by the youngster and one that has shown I believe he is good enough to start alongside Dawson in the Championhsip. Switched to left-back at half-time to accommodate Josh Clackstone and wasn’t as influential. Comfortable with the ball at his feet and dominant in the air; like a young Michael Dawson!
Ola Aina – 7
Good showing from the versatile Chelsea loanee who was willing to get forward as much as possible. An athletic and strong full-back who I’m very excited to see playing for the Tigers this season.
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Sam Clucas – 6
Unusually quiet from one of the star performer’s of last-term. Attempted to try and dictate play from the middle of the park with his impressive passing range but he lacked sharpness and drifted in and out of the game.
Kamil Grosicki – 3
One word – disinterested. Clearly doesn’t want to be at the club so if there were any more departures I’d imagine he’d be the one – and I wouldn’t mind!
Evandro – N/A
Forced off the field after just 12 minutes – a tidy player hampered by injuries.
Markus Henriksen – 6
Couldn’t fault his work rate throughout as he completed his second 90 minutes in just 3 days. Lacked quality in the final third but grew into the game with the team. Could be a big player this season.
Jarrod Bowen – 7 (Man of the Match)
After a quiet first-half the youngster looked a different player in the second-half. Ran tirelessly all game and kick-started City’s attacking impetus in the second period. Capped off an impressive display with a fantastic finish after cutting in from the right. A good chance of being a first-team player this campaign.
Abel Hernandez – 7
Supporters groan over Hernndez’s seemingly lack of effort but much of the striker’s work goes unnoticed. A well-taken goal and battled well against the towering Rovers defence. Hold-up play looks much improved from previous years.
James Weir – 4
Largely ineffective and visibly. Struggling with confidence after a tough season last year. His inability to nail down a position looks to be his downfall.
Josh Clackstone – 5
A quiet yet tidy display from the young man – valuable playing time with a man of Dawson’s experience.
Dan Batty – 5
Gifted Rovers their goal with a sloppy back-pass. Moved the ball sharply in the final third but very rarely forward.
Greg Luer and Greg Olley – N/A
Brought on by Slutsky in the final 10 minutes to protect the first-team regulars.
Leonid Slutsky – 6
A much improved second-half display by his men but the need for new recruits is visible with anther 7 players completing a full 90 minutes. Clearly wants the ball to be moved quickly from attack to defence and along the floor but until we know for certain what the starting 11 looks like it’ll be hard to see a clear philosophy in his side.
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