Date:Saturday February 6 2010
A consolation goal from Adebayor was not enough to salvage anything at Hull`s KC stadium with goals from Altidore and Boateng ensuring Hull record a famous 2-1 victory over Manchester City.
Two teams with contrasting ambitions were hard to separate in Humberside. Manchester City lost ground on the chase for the coveted fourth spot whereas Hull move ever closer away from the drop zone.
A disappointing performance from the blues allowed Hull to capitalise. An unusually large home crowd expected a flourishing, pleasing and valiant display from the City which would leave them in awe. However, the less exciting but more rewarding determination, fight and spirit of the home side condemned Mancini to the same amount of defeats faced by Mark Hughes. Surely the sack won`t await him?
Hull have turned into a different beast over recent weeks, looking resurgent and confident the typical industrious character expected has heaped in great rewards. Every poor Manchester City touch was pounced on immediately, away players were jeered when placing incorrect pass and a hurried wide shot would have been met with great adulation. City have looked poor away from home, a quiet shadow of the side that graces the turf at Eastlands. The home fans attack, the players retreat to their shells. The most infuriating and unforgivable part of our play is our lack of bite and guile, until we face a losing battle. It took 59 minutes, 2 Hull chances and several passages of lacklustre play until City hit top gear.
A goal from Adebayor gave a chance of a pleasing comeback. The players were lifted and battled for every ball. Several chances fell at the feet of our strikers but nothing materialised. Hull looked to back off there more illustrious opponents as the pressure grew. The fight back or the players decision to show some character was unfortunately too little too late.
The match started brightly for both sets of fans with a fast tempo producing chances and last ditch tackling. Manchester City decided against hitting their highest gear possible and refrained from the usual admirable approach play, using calm passes and slow, uneasy build up play to press their opponents. This decision gave us very little chance of an away victory.
Neither side looked like pressing desperately for that goal as most of the football was seen in the middle of the park. The game was bordering the untenable and unwatchable until Altidore netted to give Hull the lead. Good build up play and stand off defending allowed Altidore to curl his shot into the bottom corner.
The match continued in this vein and the desperation of a fight back was not on the horizon. Instead Hull used City`s off day to capitalise and score a second of their own. George Boateng, struck superbly past a wall of players.
Something suddenly clicked. City were 2-0 down, out of the game, looking hopeless and finally something had altered. The intensity and fluidity of our play was drastically increasing. Adebayor gave the away fans a lifeline. After successive corners, the ball fell kindly for Adebayor who smashed his right footed shot home.
Hull now looked the nervier, clawing the ball away and diving in desperately to thwart any potential chances. The chances were now coming, the corner count and the shots on and off goal were rising. The match was nearing its climax and only a draw could possibly suffice from a poor display. The clock was ticking faster and the chances were continually being punched, parried and stabbed away.
The comeback was too late in coming. The decision to up our game was dramatic but brought no great result. The result was inexcusable and extremely harms our chances of taking control in the battle for fourth.
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Date:Saturday February 6 2010
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