Saturday, February 26, 2011

Tigers tamed: Hull 0-2 City

City secured three important points at the KC Stadium this afternoon, overcoming a dogged Hull side featuring on loan City player Anthony Gerrard. Hull's loanee at the CCS, Seji Olifanjana didn't make the squad today carrying a niggling injury.

In a scrappy first half, neither side managed a breakthrough, although City arguably had the better chances including a decent shout for a penalty. Bothroyd managed to get the ball in the net, but was flagged for offside.

In the second half City stepped up a gear, and pressed looking for that elusive goal. Eventually it came on 65 minutes when Chopra headed in from McNaughton's sweeping cross. Shortly after, Craig Bellamy was booked for what seems like dissent, and Stephen McPhail followed him into the ref's book a few minutes later.

JET came on for Bellamy - looked like a tactical change as Hull were clearly targeting Bellamy with a view to him getting another yellow, and Burkey came on for Chops.

It looked like City were going to have to hang on for a tight 1-0 until well into the 4 minutes of added time, when JET, juggled the ball and then on the volley squeezed home from an acute angle to make it 2-0 and confirm the three points for the Bluebirds.

A great afternoon's work for City. Another clean sheet for Heaton and the back four, some great work in midfield from McPhail who was very impressive, and Ramsey who sadly looks like he's going back to Arsenal after this match, and importantly, goals from the front men.

A win was a huge result given the Jack's demolition of Leeds earlier, and with Forest drawing at Millwall, City sit third, one point behind fierce rivals Swansea, two in front of Norwich who won again, and 3 in front of Forest, who still have a game in hand (their match away at 'Boro on Tuesday) and have the same goal difference as us.

Blimey, this is going to be a tight run in.....

Next up for City, Ipswich a week today and a rare 5:20pm kick off.


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