Ahhhh, that’s better. I’ve missed that winning feeling!
A Fraizer Campbell goal sandwiched in between two Jackson Irvine goals saw Hull City edge past Rotherham in a really entertaining five goal thriller. City came into Tuesday night’s game without a win in their opening three matches, only gaining one point. After a fairly decent performance away from home against Sheffield Wednesday, hopes were high last Saturday as we took on newly promoted Blackburn Rovers – but after such a disaster I think that gave City a bit of a wake up call. After all that, that made the trip to Rotherham a must win already. I have always said and I will always say it, if you beat the teams around you, you will be fine.
Rotherham came into last night’s game in high spirits after putting in a good performance against table-topping and already promoted to the Premier League, L**ds United, knowing that they can return to this division with no fear. At the end of the day, what’s to fear about City at the moment. Nothing.
Nigel Adkins made two changes to his side who were humiliated against Blackburn, with Reece Burke and Dan Batty returning to replace Stephen Kingsley and Angus MacDonald. It was City who had the upper hand in the early moments in the game, with skipper Marcus Henriksen hitting a right thunderbastard of a strike, only to be tipped over by Rodak in the Rotherham goal.
From that resulting corner, the midfield revelation Dan Batty had another effort blocked/saved (not sure which one it was) before Reece Burke fired over. A settled start.
The first goal of the game came for the hosts, totally against the run of play. A poor touch from Reece Burke forced a corner, where Rotherham captain Richard Wood rose highest to nod past Marshall totally unmarked. A really poor goal to concede. Hapless defending again. It wasnt long until City were level, and what a beautiful goal it was. Jarrod Bowen picked up the ball and played it wide to Evandro, who produced an absolute peach of a cross to Jackson Irvine, who calmly slotted past Rodak. The next thing to hear – “Jaaaaaaackson Irvine, du du du, long hair never looked so good..” The topknotted Aussie had a fantastic game overall, causing the Rotherham defence all sorts of problems. It was a masterstroke by Adkins to play him on the left wing. As one minute of added time was announced by the fourth official, Fraizer Campbell put City ahead for the first time with a lovely deft finish in the bottom corner from an Eric Lichaj cross.
Half Time – Rotherham United 1-2 Hull City
City began the second half where they left off, Jarrod Bowen skinning his winger to unselfishly play in the long haired God, to score his second of the game. Surely game over? Think again. City continued to look shaky at the back, conceding needless corners, and giving the ball away really too cheaply. This frailty proved costly in the end as Jamie Proctor headed in from yet another set piece to bring the game back to 3-2 and bring Rotherham right back in it. Then it was backs to the wall time. Rotherham continued to miss sitter after sitter and then eventually, the referee blew for full time. Get in. First win on the board – doesn’t matter how you get it, as long as you get it.
Full Time – Rotherham United 2-3 Hull City.
Don’t get me wrong – we’re not perfect by a country mile. We lose possession far too easily and we can’t defend set pieces AT ALL. One real positive however is that going forward, we look really dangerous. Irvine and Bowen caused trouble all evening, and the central midfielders were coming into the game a lot more.
Finally I would like to commend the 1,225 City fans who travelled to the New York Stadium last night. You, including us, sang your hearts out for the full 90 minutes, and after Nigel Adkins got us going with 10 minutes left, we really brought the team home – the noise was deafening. Fantastic effort from the best supporters. Bring on Stoke.