Written by HullCityJournals
I finally got to see my favourite team play my 2nd team at home in the Premier League. The latter clearly started the better of the 2, until Marco Silva’s men showed terrific character and turned the early deficit to a comfortable win in the end.
The away side started well, taking advantage of Dawson’s pace (lack of it) and giving it to their striker Afobe who forced Dawson into a difficult challenge in the air. His fellow centre-half managed to clear only as far as Fraser who played it into Wilshere and ran it to the by-line before giving a cheeky back heel to the winger in return. The young lad ran into the box and away from Maguire, leaving the ‘city’ number 4 to plunge a leg in within the first 2 minutes and give away the 10th all season. It was a controversial decision as it was very soft however he didn’t touch the ball. Juinor Stanislas scored a penalty against the tigers when they visited the Vitality stadium in a 6-1 loss, the set-piece taker made no mistake this time either. It was powerfully dispatched past Jakupovic to the right hand side of the ‘keeper. Another 6-1?
Hull 0-1 Bournemouth
The travelling side had a few more close goes as Arter cracked a shot from outside the area which nearly paid off, very close to an embarrassing second goal in the first quarter of an hour. Another mistake came from the tigers when the ball was cleared and Afobe chased, the ex-England international, Dawson, allowed the ball to bounce (big mistake for defenders) and for the Bournemouth striker almost took full advantage. The skipper tried to prod the ball out but only for the away sides number 9 to get in the way and try to tap it past Jakupovic, the ‘keeper did well to spread himself and stop it from being a terrible defensive display.
Half an hour later the Swiss ‘keeper distributed a quick ball to Maguire on half way. A ball into centre-field for English team-mate Huddlestone to sweep a first time ball down the left wing for Robertson who had time to make up his mind where he wanted to put the ball, and he did so splendidly. He fired it in with such whip on it that it got away from the cherries goalie’ and Hernandez got up highest in the box above Mings to head home. Wonderful team goal!
Hull 1-1 Bournemouth
The home side started the second half the brighter of the 2. Hull’s main man Robert Snodgrass gave a through ball to the recent scorer Abel to run down the wing and turn into the box where a few dummies left and right confused the out of place centre back (Mings). The Uruguayan took a powerful low drive and it ended up in the left hand side of Boruc’s goal. Very similar to his goal against Burnley at home last season.
Hull 2-1 Bournemouth
The black and ambers often flew down the right flank using Diomande who sometimes caused danger, however it did scare the away side quite often. Ryan Mason relished his new role in the central midfield where he looked much more comfortable. Time and decision making allowed him to improve his recently performances, one key event winning a free kick for the tigers close to the box after being brought down. Snodgrass put the ball in but only for it to be headed away, but back to Hull to gain possession once again, Huddlestone, who in recent weeks has much improved, waited to pick a shot across the goal, but his shot only hit the unlucky Mings and eluded the cherries ‘keeper.
Hull 3-1 Bournemouth
Events were at a rarity after this, Josh King, who spent a season on loan at the KCOM stadium came on as a substitute, he raced past several players before placing it to Wilshere who took a tumble and then other substitute Pugh shot with a fantastic acrobatic save. The Bournemouth players went ballistic about not getting a penalty, they must have forgot that if you shoot it takes the advantage away.
New players Evandro and Niasse came on for Snodgrass and Hernandez respectively. Evandro looks like a hard strong tackler while Niasse didn’t seem to have much impact, both were on for about 10 minutes.
Fulltime: Hull 3-1 Bournemouth
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