City slipped to another Championship defeat today but it’s fair to say it came under different circumstances than many envisaged. An improved City side were dealt a cruel late blow by Frank Lampard’s Derby as the Rams came away from the KCOM with their second win in four days.
Tuesday felt like City hitting rock bottom, it couldn’t get any worse and sure enough with a much changed side taking to the field today City were much better from the off. Rather than rolling over and having their bellies tickled they took the game to Derby early on. When City defended the Rams first corner with ease and without looking like cardboard cutouts talking Chinese to each other we thought it was going to be a good day!
After City’s initial solid start, in typical style, it was Derby who took the lead. They had a penalty shout turned down when Markus Henriksen challenged Martyn Waghorn in the box and the referee probably still had their protests playing on his mind when he awarded the Rams a penalty a few minutes later. This time Jordy de Wijs made a clumsy looking challenge, where have we heard that before?, and the referee didn’t hesitate in pointing to the spot. Just as he did on Tuesday former City loanee Waghorn opened the scoring as he sent Marshall the wrong way.
Slightly controversially Fraizer Campbell has been one of the better players this season in our opinion and today he was even better. He caused Derby constant problems and in the minutes after the Derby goal he curled a shot just wide from 20 yards and had a shot blocked in the box, as did Captain Henriksen. City were definitely on the front foot.
What was I saying earlier about City defending corners well…. normal service was resumed just before half time when David Nugent flicked on the cross from the corner and the ball skimmed the crossbar, luckily for City it stayed out and they were only 1-0 down at the break.
HT Hull City 0-1 Derby County
City came out swinging in the second half, this was a million miles away from Tuesday night’s embarrassment with Nigel Adkins wringing every last bit of effort out of his side. Jarrod Bowen had a great chance early in the half when he got in behind the defence but his shot could only find the side netting.
As mentioned earlier Campbell was chasing everything up front and Evandro was showing his quality too to try and help him out. It was Evandro who provided a touch of class which enabled City to equalise. He found Todd Kane with a pass threaded through the middle of the Derby defence and Kane finished with aplomb to give City a deserved equaliser and the KCOM crowd something to cheer about. Who needs Harry?
City had their tails up now and Derby looked like rabbits caught in the headlights. The crowd were really getting behind the team and it made for a cracking game. Evandro and Campbell were causing constant problems and both had shots blocked in the box. Campbell almost put City in front a few minutes later when Todd Kane put in a cross that evaded him by inches. Surely City were going to score? When Markus Henriksen failed to finish off a great team move involving Bowen and Lichaj you just knew City would eventually be punished for their missed chances.
In the 88th minute City were hit with a hammer blow. Frank Lampard scored plenty of late goals in his career and this time it was his team that put a dagger through the hearts of the opposition. City failed to stop a looping cross that was eventually finished off scruffily by Florian Jozefzoon, another who was on the score sheet on Tuesday. Typical!
FT Hull City 1-2 Derby County
This was City’s best performance of the season without question. Derby are a quality side and City played them off the park for large periods but you have to look after both boxes in football. City failed to put enough chances away and couldn’t defend a late cross. That was ultimately the difference but they were much improved and they need to replicate that level of performance after the international break when they face crucial games against the likes of Ipswich and Reading.
The deadline day signings of Chris Martin and Tommy Elphick look like positive ones, Martin may well provide the goals City have been so badly missing and Elphick is a leader at the back which is another area City are lacking in. Nigel Adkins remains positive despite the constant strain of this job and fingers crossed with two weeks to work with the team over the International break results will pick up, with City already sitting 21st they need to start picking up points, fast.
We’d like to thank everyone who bought the September issue of the FanaticHull City fanzine today, don’t worry if you missed it we will be at the KCOM again at the Ipswich game or you can secure your copy online here.
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