Written by HullCityJournals
The Yorkshire club made their 2nd trip to London in 4 days as they had their first game in the new Olympic stadium. A game of many chances for both West Ham and Hull city, the latter had the better opportunities, especially through their centre back, Maguire.
A quick fire start to the game allowed the ‘MOTM’ centre-back to head away a West ham ball and get Hull on the counter-attack, Clucas gathered the ball and gave it to Mbokani who managed to squirm around and gain some extra room for himself, but could only fire just wide of the target.
Another chance fell for the big striker coming back into the team, as he nearly took full advantage of Cresswell’s weak back pass to the keeper, 1-on-1 with the keeper but he could only watch his hard effort shot hit the post, he should have scored there!
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Robertson, who arguably had his best performance in a City shirt on Saturday, gave the ball to Huddlestone who in return earned the tigers a corner. Snodgrass whipped it in for Maguire to head a powerful shot from 12 yards out, it had to be a brilliant save by the Irish keeper.
Just before half time, the big lad once again intercepted a hammers ball, he switched it across for Robbo’ to run down the left flank and put in an early cross for only one tiger who was up there, the man who started it. However it was Obiang who nearly scored an own goal, a goal what Maguire would have thoroughly deserved this game.
Hull worked space down the left edge in the second half, Snodgrass sent the full-back down to the byline, who gave a low cross into the box for Noble to try and head it away from danger, but turned out the complete opposite as he caused even more panic! The ball bounced off his head and fizzed onto Randolph’s near post. The ball was later cleared.
Only one minute later, the away side found room on that left wing again and Robertson again had it, this time he cut inside and hit the ball across the face of the goal from the opposite corner of the box, which smashed off the post and swallowed the heart of every player on the pitch as a clattering sound rang around the stadium.
West ham had a corner, swung in and headed towards goal, but was cleared off the line by Robbo’, the ball was put back in and forced Marshall into a decent save, a counter attack sparked from the away side, Clucas about to pull the trigger and Kouyate with a perfectly timed tackle. The resulting corner was headed by an unmarked Maguire which was cleared off the line, this left the whole world wondering about West Hams ‘Christmas miracle’
A tremendous run from Antonio gave the home side a free-kick 35 yards out, Payet whipped it in only for it be parried away. Antonio got a hold of the ball, and then flimsily went to ground after the slightest of nudges on his leg, this could be seen as a ‘revenge penalty’ from Snodgrass’ dive against Palace last week. Anyway, the reliable set piece taker in Mark Noble tucked it home to the left hand side of Marshall.
West Ham 1-0 Hull. (Fulltime)
Maguire was most deserving of a goal in the whole game, a centre back who made most attempts on goal, and good attempts at that. Diomande should’ve started over Mbokani as he was in a better form due to scoring last weekend, a slight more worry for the North-East club, but positive signs are there.
Hull fans, did you deserve more? Let us know in the comments below!
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