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TIGERS GO DOWN WITHOUT A FIGHT

That’s it for this season.

Hull City are relegated after a pitifully poor performance at Selhurst Park, losing four nil to Crystal Palace . I now have to write the review I hoped I wouldn’t have to write. City got what they deserved. Nothing. Whatever City’s plans were, they were blown out of the water in three minutes. A poor header from Dawson, an air shot by Ranocchia, and Zaha fired home with embarrassing ease. It was almost two on ten minutes, as City’s shambolic zonal defence left Tompkins a sitter, but he headed wide. City were totally lacking in attacking guile, and seldom caused the home team any trouble. Another corner, and another free header, this time from Benteke.Why does Silva persevere with zonal defence, when City clearly have no aptitude for it? Two nil. Season over. A blast over from N’Diaye and a half hearted penalty appeal were all City had to show for a woeful first half.
Too late, Silva changed things, bringing on Bowen(!) and Maloney, and taking off Ranocchia and Robertson (!) Huddlestone and M’Bokani were left warming the bench. Things went from bad to worse when Bowen missed a sitter on the hour mark. It was City’s last chance. There was no sense of urgency about City’s play, no commitment, but above all, no passion. Palace scored a third  from the penalty spot, as Dawson brought down Benteke, and City just fell apart. The scoring was completed in the eighty ninth minute, as Van Aanholt scored a fourth, and that, my friends, was that.
The season petered out in a pitifully poor show from City. Our away record this season is the worst in Premier league history, and that is the root cause of relegation.In recent week’s Silva’s adherence to zonal defence has shown an alarming tendency to stick with a system that doesn’t work, and bringing Bowen on instead of M’Bokani is just mystifying. I had hoped that if we went down, we’d go down fighting, but we didn’t . No fight at all. Embarrassing. On a positive note- no, sorry, I can’t think of one. Disappointing. Embarrassing. Humiliating.
By David osgerby

 

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