Going into today’s game things were looking bleak for Marco Silva’s Hull City side. They sat in 18th place 3 points from safety and were hammered 4-0 at Everton before the international break. The importance of today’s game was obvious. A home game against an inconsistent West Ham side represented a chance to get the survival bid back on track. Anything other than a win today would have been a disappointment as results are so important at this stage of the season.
The importance of the game may have put pressure on the City players as they started the game slowly. The away side bossed the game for long periods of the first half and took the lead in the 18th minute. Curtis Davies made a mistake as he misjudged Aaron Cresswell’s cross to allow Andy Carroll to score from 8 yards. City went into the break behind on the scoreboard and second best on the pitch but they weren’t out of the game and the second goal in the game was going to be crucial.
Marco Silva changed his tactics at half time and utilised a flat back four in the second half rather than the favoured back three formation. Kamil Grosicki came off the bench and made an immediate impact as he was involved in the equaliser. Lazar Markovic started the move as he did really well in finding Grosicki who then passed the ball into the path of an advancing Andy Robertson who fired in his first Premier League goal.
The goal gave City a massive boost and they almost took the lead soon after. Alfred N’Diaye hit the post with a shot and if that had gone in it could have been curtains for West Ham. City were the better side in the second half and West Ham would have been the team keen to settle for a point. It looked like the game would be heading for a frustrating draw but Hull found a winner with 5 minutes to go. Grosicki was the architect again as his corner was headed home unchallenged by Andrea Ranocchia to give Marco Silva’s side the lead with not long left in the game.
Hull saw the game out to earn a vital 3 points in their bid for Premier League Survival. City’s form at the KCOM since Marco Silva took over has been quite incredible as they have taken 13 points from the last 15 on home soil. This form will go a long way towards keeping them up and they will be looking to continue this impressive form when they face Middlesbrough in a massive relegation 6 pointer on Wednesday night.