Hull City made it through to the second round of the League Cup thanks to a penalty shoot out win at Sheffield United.
Ticket prices were actually normal here, unlike the £39 rip off at Sheffield Wednesday that followed on from the opening night defeat to Villa. City are up and running at last, and off the field the owners son has actually called the fans relevant. Absolute scenes.
Here’s what FanaticHull have made of the season so far:
1.. Nigel, give us a wave
At the time Nigel Adkins was an underwhelming appointment. There’s no getting away from that. But he’s one of us now. Smiley Nige plays everything safe, and whilst his warm up comments will fail to inspire many, he’s doing a good job. Ehab being the bastard he is, has his hands tied. It’s a difficult situation for the Birkenhead-born manager, and his frustration is apparent, but he’s working with the tools he’s got and he’s starting to win some admirers. G’wan Nige.
2.. Academy in the spotlight
Five players from Hull City’s Academy, Adam Curry, Brandon Fleming, Robbie McKenzie, Max Sheaf and Jarrod Bowen, were all in the match-day line up. Curry, who looks like he’s been around a bit instead of a promising 21-year-old Geordie youngster, is so composed on the ball and had an outstanding debut. Well played Fleming and McKenzie too. Always great to see Hull-born lads take to the field.
3.. Let’s talk David Marshall
Marshall was thrown under a bus after the Villa game as it was his mistakes that cost City at least a point. It was frustrating to see City lose through a sequence of events all of their own making and the finger was pointed at Marshall. Since then he impressed at Wednesday and by all accounts did okay away at the Blunts. You can’t sugarcoat it but we’ve got to stick with the Scottish keeper as he builds up some much needed confidence.
4.. Being clinical
Fraizer Campbell has started the season as Adkins’ first choice striker and after a grafters like display against Villa, the former money chaser followed that up with a composed finish at Wednesday. Campbell has impressed, and that’s why Nouha Dicko finds himself on the bench for League games. Dicko works hard for the team and did so again in the Cup but when he gets chances to score he must take them. The same can be said for one of the Man Bun twins Will Keane. City have scored the opening goal in all three games so far this season but in 90 minutes at least have not won a game yet. At Wednesday there was chances to add to Campbell’s opener and it was the same on the cheaper, non rip off side of Sheffield. City have got to be more clinical.
5.. Burke injury
Fingers crossed the injury that forced Reece Burke off at Bramall Lane isn’t serious. The ex-Hammer is a promising young player that was conned into giving away a penalty at Wednesday. He’s already showed some quality at City and it’d be a shame to see him suffer a setback. And whilst we’re talking about quality, it’d be rude not to mention Evandro, who sacrificed a summer on some beach somewhere to stay in sunny Hull and work on his fitness. It’s worked out so far. Chap.
6.. Penalty success
Penalty shoot-outs are high pressure situations, yet all five of Hull City’s penalty takers were calm and collected. Shout out to Jon Toral, Will Keane, Kamil Grosicki, David Milinkovic and Kevin Stewart for hitting the back of the net. Great to see the Pole playing in Black and Amber again too, and of course to see Oliver Norwood blast his penalty effort over the bar. Ironic. Enjoy the Steel City, mate.
The North Stand’s support during the Villa game was superb, but the reality is many other passionate Hull City fans are absent from the KCOM Stadium. That’s through either a boycott to the Allam ownership or refusal to pay full price for their concessions. Whilst you can encourage everyone to support the team, there’s no getting away from the off-field politics. The membership scheme has been a disaster. Having kids paying adult prices is a disgrace, no matter how much you try to put a spin on that.
8.. It’s the little things
Finally. That twenty second job has at last been completed. Hull City’s Academy Twitter name now reads Hull City Academy. It’s amazing how it took so long, but the illegal Hull Tigers branding is finally being washed away. For all the scrutiny placed on Vicky Beercock’s shoulders, that’s a step in the right direction.
9.. We are relevant, apparently
Ehab Allam has stated that the Hull City fans are relevant after all. If that’s the case then, can we have concessions returned so kids can get in for kids prices? Can we scrap the rushed and clearly not thought out membership scheme and stop having tantrums when things don’t go your way? Can we stop stewards harassing our fanzine sellers on public land in West Park? Absolutely still 100% Allam Out.
10.. Cup Draw
Finally, the second round draw will take place live on Sky Sports on Thursday night. Here’s hoping for a Premier League team at home. Realistically anyone at home will do, but the visit of a lower top flight team would be a good test for City.
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