Hull City 2 Leicester City 1
Report by Colin Murrant
The first day of the new season is always full of hope and aspirations for supporters of all clubs, by final whistle a sense of realism has set in for many.
So Friday night I treated myself to a recording of SKY News rolling report of the celebrations at Vicky Park and let those tears flood my eyes just one more time. I went to bed with renewed anticipation.
What a way to start the new season. Going as Champions to Hull who managed to scrape through the play-offs having had a poor finish to the regular season. Furthermore, the Tigers were now manager less, had only 13 fit out-field players, no new signings, and a crowd that were baying for blood and wanting rid of their owner Assem Allam.
What happened overnight I do not know, but I woke slightly apprehensive about the fixture. It almost seemed too easy for a nailed on Leicester win but I knew nothing is certain in football, especially the Premier League.
The situation Hull were in being written off as relegation certainties was exactly what City had faced 18 months earlier. Was it going to create a siege mentality akin to that which saw our amazing relegation fight. On the journey up the negative feeling did not improve, so much so that I avoided offering my contribution to the predict the score competition: the others in the car of course offered City wins.
The City fans were in good voice as Hull kicked off and after 2 minutes the first real chance came when Demarai Gray went on a run down the left, cut inside and unleashed a shot that looped up off a defender and just cleared the crossbar. Perhaps my fears were unwarranted.
Hull then came more into the game and it was clear that Leicester were not at their best as tackles were missed and passes went astray. Danny Simpson was giving away free kicks and it seemed inevitable he would get a booking eventually but Christian Fuchs beat him to the yellow card for his first foul of the match on Robert Snodgrass who was becoming increasingly influential down the Hull right wing.
All the good chances were coming The Foxes way however and Jamie Vardy could have had a first half hat-trick but he is clearly not fully match fit or at his sharpest. The first chance he produced an air-shot following a good run and pull back from Musa. There then followed missed chances from set ups my Musa again and then Fuchs.