Written by Mark Bradley
With an surprisingly excellent start to the season, Hull City recently have been performing to what was expected of them at the start of the season in August. Hull gained 7 points from their opening four games of the season with just 13 fit professional players, however since then their performances have been of a low standard.
After the Burnley game, where they managed to salvage a point in the dying seconds, the Tigers had to face an awful run of fixtures against teams such as Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea respectively. They were beaten in all three games, conceding 11 goals during that period (1-4 against Arsenal, 5-1 against Liverpool, 0-2 against Chelsea).
However, Hull are expected to be beaten by the bigger clubs so it was a shock that in their next few fixtures – which were said to be winnable games, playing teams like Bournemouth, Stoke and Watford – Hull’s depressing winless streak continued. They were battered against Bournemouth 6-1 (which is their joint worst Premier League defeat), 0-2 against Stoke and 1-0 against Watford. Arguably, the Watford game was significantly better – Hull lost the game due to a Michael Dawson own goal.
A major talking point within Hull City supporter’s conversations was whether starting Will Keane and leaving £10 million striker Abel Hernandez on the bench was the right option – even when the goals started to dry up.
Mike Phelan has no excuses for the poor run of form and Hull fans will be hoping the squad can turn this awful situation around. Phelan was appointed as permanent Head Coach before the Bournemouth game and will be disappointed with his side’s inferior performances. They will be keen to put the last six games behind them.
Hull fans, what are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below!
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