Written by HullCityJournals
Pep Guardiola’s first visit to Hull was certainly a pleasing trip by the end of the game. A game where both teams had an undeserving result on Boxing Day.
The home sides first ever game at the KC(OM) stadium took place 14 years ago on Boxing Day. A 2-0 win over Hartlepool was very different as The tigers were now in the ‘big boys’ league.
Hull city started the better of the 2, Bravo was put under pressure every time he got the ball, silly mistakes, passes went wide and even out of play from his clearances. Mbokani terrorised John Stones in defence. The striker rued the decision when Stones was taken off. Long balls over the top left the centre-back vulnerable the majority of the time.
The away side had to defend well given the intensity of Hull’s attacks. Huddlestone ran the show, perfect long and short balls, hard tackling, he didn’t put a foot wrong, which later shows a wrong tactical change from Phelan to take him off. Manchester City rarely got many chances to get a shot away thanks to resilient defending from Hull. People were biting their nails when the blue boys flew down the pitch, but every time (for 70 minutes at least) they were unable to capitalise.
The lads had a deserved round of applause as the half-time whistle sounded at 0-0.
Since the second half started, Man City upped their game, they pushed deeper and attacks looked much more dangerous. This was until Hull again turned on full pressure. Fast, sharp passing towards the goal, a corner came their way which was swung in by Snodgrass and Bravo punched away only as far as the home sides captain. Dawson who’s had a fair share of goals recently could have had another but was cleared off the goal line by the blues defender, Sagna. A change for Huddlestone made way for Mason to come on, a very big mistake.
This could have been the difference in the result, the tigers deserved the goal. However it just wasn’t their day yet again. Guardiola’s side went deep down the right, The ‘fairy’ Sterling finally made a mark on the game as he cut inside the box, Scottish full-back, Robertson, took out the England international which meant only one man would take their penalty, yes, Yaya Toure stepped up and sent Marshall the wrong way. Penalties are the death of us, 9 penalties have been given away since the start of the season.
Hull 0-1 Man City.
Not so long afterwards Man City doubled their lead from the youngster Iheanacho. De Bruyne let Silva run to the by-line to whip a low ball across the goal line for the easiest of all shots for the young Nigerian to tap home.
Hull city 0-2 Man City.
If there was anything undeserved then it was another away goal. Raheem Sterling got the ball on halfway from a corner clearance. He ran down the left wing, before taking on Elmohamady and ghosted past Dawson. The winger then powered a cross in which just smashed off Curtis Davies and into the back of his own net, unlucky!
Hull city 0-3 Man City.
Hull fans, what did you make of the performance? Let us know all of you thoughts in the comments below!