After a win at woeful Rotherham on Tuesday, City were brought back down to earth today as Stoke strolled to their own pressure relieving win.
We came away from the New York Stadium cautiously optimistic. City had finally won a game this season and played some good stuff too. Their defending of set plays and crosses in general coupled with the fact that Rotherham are just as bad if not worse than City left us feeling that we could be brought back down to earth with a bump at Stoke and that’s exactly what happened.
On Tuesday long hair never looked so good, today sat in the stands it looked awful. As soon as we saw Jackson Irvine wasn’t on the team sheet we feared the worst and inside the first ten minutes the small band of City fans knew it was going to be a long day.
Once again City failed to properly defend a corner when Marshall only half punched the cross away and James McClean drilled the rebound into the corner from the edge of the box. As soon as the ball hit the net there was only going to be one winner. City tried to press Stoke, Liverpool style, let’s just say their execution was more Tranmere Rovers than Liverpool.
The game lacked quality, Stoke have had a poor start to the season too and looked nervous but City did little to exploit that. The one bright spark in the first half was Fraizer Campbell. After starring at Rotherham and scoring the second goal on the night Campbell looked keen to build on that and he almost equalised with a header from a corner but it was tipped away by Jack Butland. Butland in the Championship? That is either some serious loyalty on his part or he has a crap agent, should be in the Premier League without a doubt.
HT Stoke City 1-0 Hull City
The second half continued where the first half had left off, the game was poor, really poor but if anything it was Stoke who looked like they could score again. They duly did thanks to a mistake from Jordy de Wijs, where have we heard that before? Mame Diouf collected a through ball and rather than trying to challenge him de Wijs let him come at him before Diouf unleashed a shot that deflected off de Wijs and past Marshall. Poor.
After showing signs of real promise in pre-season Evandro has looked off the pace so far in the Championship. He has shown flashes of brilliance but those have been few and far between and he let himself down today as he was sent off for two bookings. His second yellow ended the game as a contest but created a great training exercise for David Marshall.
Marshall takes a lot of stick but he can be a great shot stopper on his day and it was basically him against Stoke for the final twenty minutes. He prevented it becoming a cricket score so fair play, just learn to deal with corners Dave!. Despite not adding any more goals Stoke strolled to a win they badly needed leaving Nigel Adkins to ponder over his mis-firing, paper thin squad once again. Kevin Stewart epitomised that, given his chance from the bench he offered absolutely nothing and that is worrying, their is no plan B and how can their be with so little for Adkins to play with.
August will soon be over and the loan window will slam shut, it could be a long and painful run to January and the next chance to bring players in if performances carry on like this. Reality bites and today it took a massive chomp on Hull City.
FT Stoke City 2-0 Hull City
Cover Pic: @HCAFCKarl
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