Written by Henry Clark
A 1-1 draw was probably a fair reflection of the clash between Hull City and West Brom at the KCOM stadium. In a game of two halves where the away side could’ve been out of sight by half-time, the Tigers fought back in the second-half and could’ve easily won the game themselves. Here are my player ratings and thoughts of the clash.
David Marshall – 7
A man subject to much criticism since his arrival on Humberside, the Scotsman gradually seems to look like he is adapting to life back in the Premier League. No doubt he was at fault for some of the goals in previous games but he was blameless for the Baggies’ goal. Generally, a good performance with an outstanding save to deny the visitors all three points from a Nacer Chadli free-kick late on.
Josh Tymon – 8
Another exceptional performance by the 17-year-old. More than matched the tricky Matt Phillips down the left and whilst he wasn’t as potent going forward as his fellow full-back he made some crucial tackles. A proud moment for everyone at the club on his home debut.
Curtis Davies – 6
At fault for the goal as he lost McAuley in the box to give him a free header. However, a solid performance on the ball and with very little to do for the majority of the second-half perhaps a 6 is a little harsh.
Michael Dawson – 7
Handled the difficult Salomon Rondon very well all afternoon but looked shaky on the ball and gave it away a few too many times. Good instinctive finish in the box to get the Tigers level.
Ahmed Elmohamady – 6
One of the most frustrating displays of the afternoon, ‘Elmo’ doesn’t seem to be the player he was a few seasons ago. He can beat most full-backs in the league and has one of the best crosses but far too often he played a hospital ball to Snodgrass down the right or went back to the centre-halves. Had little impact on the game.
Sam Clucas – 8
Another good performance from a man that seems to relish his new-found role in the centre of midfield. His passing range has improved greatly in last 6 months and he showed that he’s not afraid to stick his foot in. First name on the team sheet for me.
Ryan Mason – 5
City fans are beginning to lose patience with their record signing. He fails to impose himself on games and dictate play like he should do. His struggles in the first-half epitomised the Tigers display in the first 45 minutes as he failed to get close to the Baggies midfield. Taken off due to illness at half-time, his place in the side could be in jeopardy.
Jake Livermore – 7
Not his best performance in a City shirt but nonetheless Livermore was involved in city’s second-half upturn. Spurned a good chance to equalise earlier in the half but stepped-in well as West Brom struggled to get the ball forward in the second period.
Robert Snodgrass – 7
Again, not his best display in black and amber but was at the heart of most good attacking moves. His wonderful dead-ball work salvaged a point for the Tigers as his free-kick was eventually turned in by Dawson. Was nullified well by West Brom’s man of the match Allan Nyom.
Markus Henriksen – 6
Many City fans are starting to get annoyed by Henriksen’s inclusion in the side. Although he has struggled to adjust to Premier League football I feel that Phelan isn’t utilising him where he should and I feel his defensive duties that he’s given diminish his attacking box-to-box threat. Again, was another that benefited from a better second-half performance.
Dieurmerci Mbokani – 6
I’ve been a big supporter of Mbokani and whilst he hasn’t managed to get his name on the score sheet he offers something different in the final third that we haven’t had for years. I was frustrated at his positioning for much of the game; far too often he found himself wandering wide leaving no-one to aim for in the box. He’s no use when he’s the one putting balls into the box and I feel his desire to influence the game is restricting the Tigers attack.
Adama Diomande – 8
Seeing this man come on at half-time to ‘shake-up’ the game probably didn’t fill most fans with hope. But he kick-started the attacking threat the home side had in the second period and the Norwegian’s direct running caused problems to West Brom after captain Darren Fletcher’s departure due to injury. Good to see his willingness to impress after his 3-game suspension for violent conduct.
David Meyler and Andy Robertson – 3
With little time to make an impact at least they didn’t lose it for us.
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