We should have walked it.
On a blustery Saturday afternoon
what could be better than a game of football to blow the cobwebs away. The visit of Burnley gave us a chance to say hello again to two favourites from the past in the form of George Boyd and Robbie Brady. After a scrappy first ten minutes, it looked like Burnley were going to be hard to beat. It was Shaun Maloney, who was the stand out player of the first half. Possession with neat holding play is not enough and City simply failed to put away the few chances to score. Hull City had been set up by Marco Silva to play in every area of the pitch and they moved the ball in fluid well prepared patterns. Burnley looked for the interception and the quick break.
Half time saw a demonstration game of walking football, featuring our very own David Osgerby, perhaps he should have stayed on to help us have a few more shots at goal.
The twin brother of our own Will Keane, Michael will remember this game, giving away a penalty for handball and then just over 5 minutes later scoring an equaliser from a Brady corner that cancelled out Tom Huddlestones goal. This was not a great game to remember, just a classic battle between two evenly matched teams, who were playing a strong but very technical game to a plan. Maguire deserved to be the man of the match, making some great interventions at the near post. He looked to have sustained a worrying injury at one point, but in true Harry style he ran it off.
Shaun Dyche will not be happy with the red card that his player Barnes received in extra time, but in reality He was lucky to have George Boyd on the pitch after a dangerous tackle on Maguire.
Marco Silva wants us to play the ball quickly from the back, with a build up in midfield that generally ends in a cross from one of the wings. Great to watch but it needs a shot at goal the end of it. We have confident forwards, willing to try, but just not delivering the end result we need. Our midfield was capable of delivering some great passes, but sadly lacked pace at times