Well Saturday was depressing wasn’t it? I don’t know why I’m surprised because if ever a result summed up Hull City’s season then the 2-3 defeat to Bristol City did just that.
Most fans would be enjoying themselves with their team 2-0 up and cruising at home but not us, we can’t afford that luxury. Sure enough as they have done so often this season City found a way to let the opposition back into the game and then folded under the pressure. Make no mistake, we are bang in trouble.
Midway through the second half and everything was going well. Fraizer Campbell was on the scoresheet as was the ever reliable young star Jarrod Bowen.
We have only beaten teams beginning with “B” so far this season so at 2-0 I was allowing myself to get a little bit optimistic of a home win over one of the form teams in the division. That all changed in the 68th minute when Aden Flint scored for Bristol. The visitors had exposed our defensive frailties and after that there was only ever going to be one winner.
After playing some good stuff early on City went into their shells and their total lack of confidence was there for all to see. Bobby Reid scored an easy equaliser after we botched a clearance from a free kick and suddenly we had to try and see out what seemed like a very long last ten minutes.
Leonid Slutsky has appeared to be more and more out of his depth recently and he clearly hasn’t been able to make the necessary changes to the defence or the shape of the team. There is no backbone to the squad and they crumbled under the first hint of pressure from Bristol. Josh Brownhill’s 89th minute winner was well taken but predictable as the away side bossed the last twenty minutes. Once again we had gone from being full of hope to walking away from the KCOM freezing and pissed off at another defeat.
City have now dropped 15 points from winning positions this season. We would be in the play-offs now if we had held onto those points. We are also leaking far too many goals late in games. All of that points to a team lacking quality, experience and nerve and a manager who hasn’t really got a clue. Yes the squad is not as good as it should be thanks to another summer of non-investment from the owners but any player with an ounce of experience should be able to clear a free kick or corner.
Slutsky is clinging onto his job by his fingernails and many were surprised he wasn’t given his P45 before Final Score finished on Saturday but his reign continues for now.
Defeat at Hillsborough will surely spell the end for the Russian and City will be looking for their fifth manager in under two years. Something has to change and quickly because despite Bolton and Burton being absolutely dire the other clubs at the bottom are starting to wake up and we seem to be getting closer and closer to the relegation trapdoor every week.
If we take the lead at Hillsborough I’d recommend Slutsky drives the team bus onto the pitch and parks it himself, although the way this seasons going he’d park it at the wrong end.