Villa’s Quickfire Double Sinks The Tigers
By Melvyn Utley
Supporters writing for supporters Hull City vs Aston Villa Match Report
A quick double from Aston Villa, including a goal from ex-Tiger Ahmed Elmohamady meant City fell to their first defeat of the season, even more disappointing considering some of the football Adkins’ men played on the pitch on what was a warm Monday evening at the KCOM Stadium.
It took just six minutes for City to break the deadlock after a freekick from wide was cleared by Villa, only for it to fall to Evandro on the edge of the area. He hooked the ball back in and it looped over everyone to drop into the net. It seemed destined to be as the stadium was already stood up, clapping in remembrance of young Tigers fan Stanley Metcalf who sadly passed away recently.
But within five minutes Villa levelled. A Jack Grealish corner was met by Tommy Elphick who headed in from six yards. City will have been disappointed to concede such a poor goal, as Elphick had nobody within five yards of him.
Bowen had possibly the best chance of the half after being sent through by Fraizer Campbell, but Jed Steer stood up well and made a good save, with Bowen’s shot being diverted onto the post.
The rest of the half was very end to end as the two teams attacked but stayed compact, with nobody taking any big risks.
Villa’s quickfire double came within five minutes of each other starting on the 70th minute. David Marshall’s kick landed straight at Elmohamady’s feet, he played a quick one-two and struck the ball past Marshall into the bottom left corner of his goal.
More disappointing defending lead to Villa’s third as right back Alan Hutton picked the ball up from around 35 yards out before dribbling through three City defenders. He dispatched his well struck shot into the bottom left of the goal, much like Elmohamady’s goal five minutes prior.
The Tigers started attacking more, with another great opportunity when the ball fell to Milinkovic in the box 15 minutes from time. But he spent too much time on the ball and the chance came to nothing.
A very disappointing start for City as they looked to be the better side, but lapses in concentration in the defence lead to three seemingly undeserved goals for Aston Villa. Adkins will have things to build on though, City played some good football and put in a lot of effort. Onto the next game away at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday. Come on City!
Man of the Match: Evandro – Not only did he score City’s goal, the Brazilian played well in the number 10 role, linking midfield and attack well, holding up the ball and creating space for chances.
Hull City: Marshall, Lichaj, Kingsley, Burke, de Wijs, Henriksen, Batty, Kane (Milinković 67), Bowen, Evandro (Keane 86), Campbell (Dicko 67).
Subs Not Used: Long, MacDonald, Stewart, Irvine.
Aston Villa: Steer, Chester, Elphick, Hutton, Elmohamady, Whelan, Hourihane, Taylor, Grealish (Bjarnason 82), Adomah (Green 67), Kodjia (Hepburn-Murphy 77).
Subs Not Used: Bunn, Lansbury, Bree, Gardner.
Written by: Alex Green