Written by HullCityJournals
Hull City’s injury-riddled season got worse this week as full-back Andy Robertson faces up to at least 6 weeks out and Moses Odubajo has aggravated his injury and will be expected to return April 2017. Also because this weekend they lost 2-0 to a Stoke side that took full advantage over the poor home side.
Stoke started from the off, an early free-kick was won, a good-looking ball was put into the danger area which wasn’t defended well at all, luckily the ball fizzed out wide. The ‘potters’ continued to do the same thing, lobbing long balls over the top for the forwards to run onto, most usually their star man Shaqiri, who was once in on goal but was rushed too much and hit a harmless ball well wide. The warning signs were there.
However Hull may have been unlucky in the first half to not have had a penalty. Snodgrass swung in a corner at the near post which fell into the path of lone striker Will Keane, who took on the shot but only to have seen Ryan Shawcross’ hand in the process. Several Hull players surrounded the referee and were asking questions, as were the home fans.
Shaqiri got the first of his brace midway through the first half, a corner was put in by the scorer himself which was pushed away by Marshall, the men in red and white shifted it back to Shaqiri who instead of putting in a second attempt decided to cut inside and unleashed a venomous, unstoppable strike which flew perfectly into the near post. Even I applauded that one! Marshall got nowhere near it.
HULL 0-1 STOKE.
The second half started with a bang, Stoke were hanging around the tigers area and Hull managed to get it away, only just, Mason and Davies got caught up in possession by one another, the ball spilled out to Shaqiri, who was to drive forth but Davies came charging in and thus giving away a free kick. The player who was fouled took it to get his brace. A cutely lifted ball over the wall and down into the goal, Marshall should have done better seeing as the ball didn’t finish so close to the corner. Silly mistake.
HULL 0-2 STOKE.
After the full-time whistle a stupid childish reaction from Joe Allen appearing to push Clucas did ruin his chance for MAN OF THE MATCH.
Reaction: both Hull fans on twitter (Dean and Matt) expressed their disappointment through the tactics, formation and lineup. “how can you play at home with one man upfront?” Was the question on everyone’s lips.
Hull fans, what was wrong with the performance? Are you now seriously worried? Let us know in the comments below!
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