So, up and running then – well kind of. Hull City got off the mark in the 2018/19 Championship season with a 1-1 draw at Hillsborough on Saturday afternoon. Fraizer Campbell gave City a deserved first half lead before Fernando Forestieri levelled from the spot in the second period.
Despite a concerning 3-1 defeat at home to Aston Villa last Monday night all of their own making, Nigel Adkins went with an unchanged side, although with as much deadline day transfer activity as Spurs had, perhaps that wasn’t surprising. Well done Ehab.
Clearly fired up to right some wrongs City came out of the blocks firing. They should have been 2-0 up inside the opening five minutes with Jarrod Bowen and Evandro both missing clear cut chances to open the scoring. In true City style despite dominating from the off they very nearly found themselves 1-0 down. Steven Fletcher found himself through on goal but he was denied by a fantastic save *brace yourselves* from David Marshall. That was just the start for Marshall who made up for the shocker of a performance he had against Villa. Hopefully some restored confidence for the Scottish keeper.
After surviving that scare City took the lead midway through the first half. Bowen smashed a low shot against the post, the rebound fell to Evandro who was denied by the keeper. Third time lucky then. The ball eventually fell to Campbell who made no mistake and fired home from close range to give Adkins’ side a deserved lead. Campbell continued his decent start to the season and his fine goal-scoring record against the Owls. It could have got even better for City before half time but Markus Henriksen saw a shot saved from close range. Carnival scenes then for the 750 brave souls who actually forked out the best part of forty quid for a ticket. Robbin’ gits.
Frustratingly the second half was totally different to the first. Just as City dominated the first half the home side dominated the second. City gifted them an equaliser just six minutes into the half when Reece Burke clumsily brought down Fernando Forestieri in the box, Forestieri picked himself up to slot home the penalty and restore parity for the Owls at 1-1.
That gave Wednesday the boost they needed and they began to dominate proceedings. Fletcher missed another great chance, how he still gets a gig in the Championship we will never know, before Marshall was on hand again to make another great save this time from goalscorer Forestieri. At the other end Henriksen and De Wijs couldn’t make the most of a couple of half chances presented to them and both sides had to settle for a point in the end.
Where does this leave City? Well after the pretty worrying opening night defeat to Villa, there were plenty of signs for optimism at Hillsborough. City were excellent in the first half but frustratingly they didn’t kill Wednesday off and they were made to pay for it in the end. Any point away from home is a valuable one and it’s good to see City off the mark. They kept the ball well at times but need to be more incisive and clinical to finish teams off.
David Marshall will no doubt be in a much better place mentally after a much better performance. Jordy De Wijs was also much improved while youngster Dan Batty ran the show in midfield with our man at Hillsborough (the coffee maker) giving him his Man of the Match award. Next up for City is a second trip to the Steel City in four days when they travel to Bramall Lane to face Sheffield United in the Carabao Cup before welcoming newly promoted Blackburn Rovers to the KCOM next Saturday.
Meanwhile North Ferriby United completed their pre-season with a 1-0 defeat to Tadcaster Albion. After a largely positive set of friendlies this was the low point of pre-season for Ferriby who have a lot of work to do ahead of their season opener away at Marine next week.
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