David Meyler’s 82nd minute goal saved City’s blushes yesterday. They out played Sunderland for the majority of the game but only managed a 1-1 draw.
The day didn’t start off too well with extra security checks forcing fans to queue up in the rain before they could enter the stadium. Sunderland had lost 4 games in the bounce so would be desperate to end their losing streak. While City fielded a number of former Wearside players in Meyler, Campbell and Larson who would be keen to get one over on their former employer. The early exchanges from both sides flowed and fans expected an entertaining afternoon.
James Vaughan opened the scoring on 17 minutes with a powerful header. Callum McManaman was causing problems with his pace down the right hand side, and managed to whip a cross in which found Vaughan a mere six yards out. The downward header gave Allan McGregor little chance.
Vaughan could easily have extended the Black Cats lead on 30 minutes when he pounced on a mistake by Hector, but McGregor closed and blocked the shot with his legs.
This near miss seemed to reinforce the belief that City had to do something different in the second period. City boss, Leonid Slutsky made the bold move of a double substitution at half time bringing on Toral and Meyler for Henrikson and Hector.
City put Sunderland under sustained pressure at the start of the second period. Ruiter in the Wearsider’s goal made two excellent saves from Kamil Grosicki, the first from a shot on the turn from just outside the penalty area, and the second managed to turn a header around the post.
The introduction of Fraser Campbell at 70 minutes gave City further impetus and the hard work paid off 12 minutes later. Following some good build up work, Campbell found Meyler inside the area. The snap shot deflected off Kone and slipped between Robbin Ruiter and the right-hand post to level the game.
If the game’s stats are anything to go by City should have won easily. With possession 60-40 in the Tiger’s favour and shots 20-9, corners 11-2 a win should have followed.
Slutsky said after the game that the first half was a failure, and the second was a massive improvement. I believe that any watching City fan, will be hoping that the team who finished the game, starts the next one.
HULL CITY: McGregor, Tomori, Dawson, Hector (Meyler 46), Aina, Larsson, Henriksen (Toral 46), Kingsley, Bowen, Dicko (Campbell 70), Grosicki.
SUNDERLAND: Ruiter, Matthews, Kone, Wilson, Oviedo, McManaman (Jones 80), Cattermole, Ndong, Honeyman, Williams (Rodwell 76), Vaughan (Gooch 89).