I genuinely feel sorry for Leonid Slutsky. A manager at a club with the stature of Hull City should not be forced to play his U23 side in a League Cup fixture. But, due to the injury crisis City have and the lack of action in the transfer window so far, this was unfortunately the case. In the 23s defence, they put up a very good fight against the league 1 outfits but in the end their inexperience was their downfall.
When your starting line up has the average age of 20, you know you’re going to be in for a tough night. City started the game well, defending 2 corners resolutely, which will have given the defence a lot of confidence. The last thing you want is to concede an early goal. City then started to take a hold on the game, with Tyler Hamilton and Brian Lenihan having good opportunities. Greg Olley’s cross/shot was then tipped onto the bar by Doncaster goalkeeper Marko Marosi. Olley then had a penalty shout turned down by the referee, before Will Mannion saved City at the other end. Donny then had their best chance of the half, when prolific striker John Marquis struck Mannion’s right hand post.
Half Time: Doncaster Rovers 0-0 Hull City
The second half started with a flurry of Doncaster pressure, which saw them take the lead through Alfie May, who has had a brilliant start to the season. After a valiant effort from Mannion to keep his shot out, his effort was to no avail. Almost immediately after, City found themselves 2-0 down and out of the game after Tommy Rowe drilled low past Mannion. The young City goalkeeper then made an absolutely world class stop to keep out a free kick from Ben Whiteman. I have seen a video of it on twitter, so go and look for it, I urge you. City to their credit continued to create chances, with Greg Luer narrowly missing the goal after brilliant build up play from the impressive Greg Olley.
Full Time: Doncaster Rovers 2-0 Hull City
The bigger point from Tuesday was in fact made off the pitch. Within the 2,179 City fans, protests against the Allams stepped up a level. The chant “shoes off if you hate Allam” has gone viral all over the internet, and some fans even spilled onto the pitch to make their points known. It will be interesting to see if the protests will step up another level on Friday night as City host Bolton.