Hull City became fan favourites as they were able to score a goal only five minutes into the game, netting them another win for the team as they competed against the struggling Swindon Town. The Tigers offered a sleek and fast-paced game that saw them truly on form as they made the right move at every turn. This comes just before their next loss while playing at Accrington, although they responded in great style, nonetheless.
Greg Docherty was the man of the match as he catapulted his team to the winning position, and it was seemingly only a matter of time before he would be snatching up a second goal, somewhat similar to the reverse fixture that they played at the County Ground last year in October. Despite the hope that they may have seen another goal on their hands, the single strike that they did managed proved enough for the team to return to the roster of League One, a feat that they’ve been able to accomplish for a total of 15 times over their career.
How Team Performed
According to Joe Kitching, Hull City offered an encouraging first half, moving the ball in an orderly fashion and offering just enough aggression that the defence line held back for the second half, but it was fairly apparent that the players were suffering with nerves, which eventually saw them missing a number of opportunities as the match continued on.
George Honeyman and Callum Elder were playing at their peak and seemed to be ready to put up a good fight, while Dan Cowley brought his usual class to the team similarly to March Pugh: already working hard to ensure that the ball was moving toward the spot it needed to be. Perhaps one of the biggest concerns of the game was a lack of a proper striker who could have brought the team even further, offering a stronger performance overall, and something that the head coach may want to address as they push into the next batch of matches that they need to participate in.
How They Might Proceed
A win is good for the team, and it’s important that they were able to get back to the top of the league once again, but many feel that it wasn’t as comfortable a win as they were expecting from a club that’s been working extremely hard in the last few weeks. It proved to be something of a normal performance for the Tigers in most regards: there were many chances that were formed over the course of the game, but not many of them were taken, despite the fact that they were able to grab three points.
A clearance from Jacob Greaves during the first half was enough to keep the team afloat, and without his quick thinking, it could have been another loss for them at a time when a win was more important than ever. Combined with a solid save from George Long while the second half was taking place, there was enough talent on the field to keep them on pace.