Written by HullCityJournals
Yet another trip down to the Emirates stadium for Hull city, and their rotten luck continued as they lost 2-0 to Arsenal with some very controversial decisions from Mark Clattenburg, consistency is key. The tigers, however, put on an impressive display and why wouldn’t they? Markovic (who was illegible against his parent club last week v Liverpool) was arguably Hull’s Man Of The Match as he caused problems for their left-side defence all game.
At the start of the game there was worrying times for both sides, Arsenal pressed hard on the Hull goal. There was various amounts of pressure put on the back-line of the tigers and caused a few moments of havoc. Huddlestone nearly sent Chilean Alexis Sanchez through on goal after a lazy pass to Ranocchia. Robertson almost reiterated this when he squared it back to Sanchez again who was in a good goal position. However, Hull stayed resilient, for so long anyway…
The away side did have a few sniffs at goal, Markovic stole possession from Iwobi at the half-way line and continued his run forward, he got closer to Koscielny and pushed the ball past him, latching onto his own punt, he drilled a ball across the face of goal, Niasse could only watch with despair as it rolled past him. This was chance to put the tigers ahead, and was the best possible chance for them all game. Another close call was when N’diaye sent a ball to Grosicki. The Polish winger controlled it perfectly before spewing an outside the foot cross into Niasse where Cech managed to save the header.
The home side finally took their chance. The men in red and white built up on the left edge, Coquelin played a 1-2 with Iwobi and got toward the by-line. Tom Huddlestone cleared as far as Gibbs who was patiently waiting, the full-back lined a shot up and powered it to the far past, where opposite number Robertson stood waiting on the goal line. The Scot failed to control the ball as it bounced up his body, Sanchez raced to get a touch, Jakupovic saved! The ball bounced back up into the path of the attacker. It was controversial as it bounced up onto his hand and into the goal. Of course it wasn’t the goalscorers fault, however, I feel it shouldn’t have counted as if the ball had not have touched his hand, then he wouldn’t have scored. (Mark Clattenburg apologised at half time as he said he shouldn’t have allowed it.)
Arsenal 1-0 Hull.
In the second half, Robertson cleared the ball up field, Niasse helped the ball on, Markovic used his explosive pace to get to it, until Gibbs bombarded the loanee as a last man with no intention to get the ball, he was only let off with a yellow.
In the 90th minute, the home side got a swift counter-attack and leapt forward like a herd of gazelles. The earlier goal-scorer got sent away to goal, while the “super” Jak made a silly mistake to come flying miles out of goal. The Arsenal striker rounded the keeper, he crossed the ball to the back-post where substitute Lucas sent a header towards the goal. Sam Clucas jumped to reach the goal-line and used his upper arm to stop the ball going into the goal. There was a red card and penalty awarded. Sanchez tucked home the penalty with a hard low strike.
Arsenal 2-0 Hull.
Hull fans, what did you make of the game? Let us know in the comments below!
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