Written by HullCityJournals
Hull city failed to capitalise on their comeback win against Southampton two weeks ago as they put in a dreadful hour performance against Sunderland.
Josh Tymon, a star seventeen year old, made his premier league debut, and I think he deserves more appearances in the league. What do we have to lose? Mbokani and Snodgrass also started.
In the early stages, Hull started the better of the 2 relegation-battling teams. Mbokani held off defenders from the edge of the box, ran wide and hit the ball low and powerful, only for Pickford to palm it away. Not so long afterwards, at the other end, Sunderland lofted the ball upfront, Anichebe put a speculative ball in for Watmore to chase, however Elmohamady got the better of him, until leaving it for Marshall to collect. Marshall then got all the man and no ball whatsoever. In my opinion (and thousands of others) a definite penalty.
Sunderland, despite how bad they were in the first half, broke the deadlock in the 34th minute. A ball hoofed up to Watmore, who then flicked on for Defoe. He ran at the defence (if you could even call it that) which consisted of ‘Elmo’ and Davies. Both of them which backed of him as Defoe skipped through them, shifted it wide and hammered home into the left hand corner of the goal for his 150th premier league goal. Well deserved for him, great player!
Sunderland 1-0 Hull.
Just after the hour mark, the black cats built up on the left, a neat one-two let Van Aanholt run across the box and pass to Anichebe, who then pushed it a little to the left and struck a venomous shot into the near post. Straight through Marshall’s hands. Bad ‘keeping.
Sunderland 2-0 Hull.
The tigers, however bad they were in the second half, should have been awarded a penalty for a trip on Clucas in the box. Although it was only fair they didn’t receive a penalty given the wrong decision for Sunderland in the first half. Also to show that the boys from the KCOM stadium were not going to score, they had 3 shots cleared of the line in a respective 4 seconds. Davies, Mbokani and Bowen all had a bite at the cherry, but couldn’t finish it. The black and amber boys were now bereft of ideas.
Sunderland finished the game off in the 84th minute. Similar to the second goal. Defoe this time got an assist, as he pushed it wide to the scorer of the second goal. Anichebe took a bouncing touch and ran onto it and smashed it into the roof of the net, from 6 yards. Surprisingly the ball didn’t rip through it.
Sunderland 3-0 Hull
Djilobodji did get a red card late on, a yellow in the first half for sweeping Mbokani and another yellow for an appalling tackle on youngster Jarrod Bowen.
I think Tymon needs to replace the deteriorating Elmohamady at full-back. Given that the Egyptian was at fault for a penalty what should have been given, and for letting Defoe into the box.
Marshall also has one more game to prove he is worth something, other wise I think its end of season for him.
Hull fans, what did Phelan get wrong? What are the main problems that need to change? Let us know in the comments below!
featured image by Ben Sutherland