Hull City 2-2 Ipswich Town: Poor defending costs the Tigers three points once again

Once again for City fans the main source of emotion post-match was frustration.

After going behind in only the 6th minute thanks to a David McGoldrick goal and coming back to lead 2-1 thanks to goals from Jarrod Bowen and Nouha Dicko, City conceded a late goal for the eighth time in the last nine matches. Put simply, that is woeful. What could it be down to? Is it fitness? Is it poor game management? Is it just a lack of concentration? I suppose the only people who know the answer are Leonid Slutsky and his players.

We must also add however that the draw could’ve easily turned into a loss had David McGoldrick’s penalty not been saved by Allan McGregor, the result could’ve been a whole lot worse. We say about the amount of late goals city give away, this is the second penalty given away in three home league games – its ironic that the majority of these penalties given away are towards the end of the game, so fitness really screams to mind.

Slutsky made four changes from the loss against Sheffield United before the international break, with Hector, Henriksen, Stewart and Dicko in for Clark, Meyler, Irvine and Campbell, with Evandro making is return to the bench after a long injury lay off.

Unsurprisingly Ipswich remained unchanged after their 3-0 defeat of Preston before the international break. It was the Tractor Boys who struck first after six minutes, after David McGoldrick pounced on some dreary defending from City to poke past McGregor to give city the worst possible start.

The opening 20 minutes was really poor, with not much being created – a normal start to a game for City. Totally against the run of play, Jarrod Bowen did what he does best – he was in the right place at the right time to fire in his ninth goal of the season – what a talent this young lad is. The goal was what it took for city to kick into gear, and consequently really increased the tempo of the game. However, the half-time whistle came at the completely wrong time, but they will have gone into the dressing rooms pretty pleased.

Half Time: Hull City 1-1 Ipswich Town

City began the second half in the way in which the first ended, with the lads continuing to play some good stuff. The one downside though was Sebastian Larsson picking up his fifth yellow card of the season, which means that he will miss Tuesday night’s trip to Millwall.

City then took the lead in the 51st minute, with Nouha Dicko capitalising on a Luke Chambers error to give City the lead for the first time. Then came some controversy. Ipswich’s Joe Garner picked up a yellow card for a foul on Michael Hector, and then moments later was spared a second after he pulled Hector to the ground in a fashion which would not be frowned upon in the WWE, but not at the KCOM.

The game changing moment though came in the 74th minute, when Kevin Stewart (who had opportunities to foul his man before he ran into the box) tripped up ex-Tiger Martyn Waghorn just inside the area. However, David McGoldrick’s penalty was shocking and brought a decent save from Allan McGregor, who hadn’t really had that much to do all game.

This had the City thanks thinking that surely this was going to be their day but the usual happened. City switched off in the 86th minute and Jordan Spence was given room to just squeeze the ball past Allan McGregor to give the Tractor Boys a point. City could’ve won it though, with Adama Diomande missing an absolute sitter in the 90th minute, but it was honours even.

Full Time: Hull City 2-2 Ipswich Town

There we go then. City’s lack of concentration has cost them even more points, and are now only 4 points above the relegation zone. You really start to feel like Tuesday night’s game at Millwall has just got a whole lot bigger, yet you can really see it as one of those games City just won’t win.

Featured Image Photo: East Anglian Daily Times

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