Hull 1 City 2 – Boxing Day 2006
What a refreshing change! When I was asked by The Observer the other week for my view of the Barnsley game, I said that City appeared to have no passion or urgency about them, and this has been true for so many games.
However, the game against Hull was probably the best one I’ve seen this season. They started as if they really wanted to win and only some stout defending by Hull stopped them scoring on several occasions.
In the first five minutes Hammond was hacked down and the defender wasn’t even booked, although he was sent off in the second half. Even when Hull scored against the run of play, on the stroke of half-time, I didn’t think – as I have done so often this season – that that was the end of the story. I expected them to turn it around, at least to get a point, and they did not disappoint. I can’t remember the last time I was so enthusiastic about a City side.
Stephen Hughes was a vast improvement on Low (although how could he be anything else?!) and Williams is improving with every game. Porter was his usual busy self and even Hammond – whom I often accuse of being lazy and not appearing to be involved in the game at all – was a constant threat….