For Hull City fans there’s without question a notable contrast in emotions when comparing the results of both Saturday afternoon and Tuesday night.
Come 5pm on Saturday the air around those who could be bothered to turn up at the KCOM was filled with optimism after a 4-1 win over Burton, but now with a first league defeat for Leonid Slutsky following a 3-2 home defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers, the mood is somewhat different.
That’s not 100% down to the result either, which again had its positives in another highly entertaining game, but more down to the fact that Abel Hernandez, the man who’s talents we so heavily rely on, being stretched off in the second half.
Slutsky called it “serious”. It’s an Achilles injury and that’s a big deal, as the Southern guy from Circle 87 will tell you. It doesn’t look good and the waiting game begins. Let’s pray it’s not too severe.
Hernandez’s performance on the night wasn’t as prolific as Saturday, a game where he scored a hat-trick, but he still posed a threat and did hit the post as City looked for a second half equaliser.
City threatened heavily after the break and had their moments. Frazier Campbell was full of running and those raised eyebrows from some quarters following his re-signing will keep on lowering as his fitness and sharpish improves. Again his effort was spot on and he put in a right shift for the team.
Surprisingly City under Slutsky look decent. They will keep on improving too but the reality is they need players to bolster their squad. The Russian is a good man, and he will get the best out of City as long as he’s not hung out to dry by the owners. Slutsky must get a helping hand from Ehab, who needs to dig deep and fade his interest in objects that move on water, and instead sign some players.
The Tigers need quality – not loan signings. That’s again down to the Egyptians, who must realise that the potential for a top six finish is there.
Wolves meanwhile were very good. They’ve started the season superbly and on this form look a genuine promotion candidate. The game, which was lively from the off, exhibited fully the difference between investing in a side and letting a squad dismantle over a summer. The Midlands side have spent money and it shows. They’ll be right up there all year.
City have work to do still. They could do nothing about the first goal though, which was an absolute screamer from Ruben Neves. Tekkers. The home side, playing in front of a 17,145 strong crowd, or so say the club, responded to that. Michael Dawson equalised soon after but Wolves struck again before the break – Diogo Jota finding the net.
City came out fighting in the second half and arguably deserved a goal. They had the chances. In all honesty Wolves were a bunch of pussies that spent the majority of the second 45 minutes rolling around and crying like a bunch of babies. Physically City had them, especially Michael Hector, who looks like a solid Championship centre half.
Hernandez hit the woodwork from a corner and that’s as close as City got, as Wolves got the two goal cushion they so desired through Nouha Dicko. Abel was then stretched off, with Diomande coming on.
Substitute David Meyler managed to pull one back from the penalty spot but not even nine minutes of injury time could find another equaliser, with Wolves deservedly taking home the three points.
City: McGregor, Aina, Hector, Dawson, Clark, Clucas, Henriksen, Bowen, Grosicki, Campbell, Hernandez. Subs: Mannion, Lenihan, Mazuch, Weir, Meyler (Hernandez 84), Larsson (Bowen 60), Diomonde (Campbell 70).
Photo Credit: Cover – Amber Nectar. Footer – Richard Oakes