Hull City fell to their first home defeat of the season this evening against Blackburn Rovers, losing 1-0. City were good in spells but left to rue missed chances and a saved penalty. Blackburn seemingly got lucky with their goal but The Tigers weren’t good enough at times.
Ten minutes into the match City were given a penalty. A Daniel Batty shot was blocked and the ball came out to Jackson Irvine who was clattered into by Blackburn midfielder Bradley Johnson. He got away with nothing and was very lucky after going to ground inside the area. Jarrod Bowen took the resulting penalty but made it obvious and Christian Walton was able to save the ball down to his left at a nice height.
A few minutes before the half hour mark Irvine had a chance of his own. Kamil Grosicki, who looked lively down his left wing, took the ball forward before passing to Irvine but his shot from the edge of the area went agonisingly wide.
Ten minutes later and it was Grosicki’s turn to almost score. Blackburn were caught in possession and the ball ended up at Grosicki’s feet but he lashed his effort from just inside the area against the post before managing a rebound, which went just wide of the post.
An hour in and Dan Batty could have put The Tigers 1-0 up but just like his teammates he was unable to find the back of the net. He had an effort on the turn from the edge of the box but saw his shot go inches wide of the post.
Just a few minutes later and City were punished for the missed chances. Stephen Kingsley cheaply gave away a freekick near the byline. Stewart Downing whipped in a ball and onto the head of Derrick Williams to score his first goal in almost two years. The goal will cause some controversy though as Adam Armstrong was all over goalkeeper George Long and obstructed any attempt at saving the ball whilst in an offside position after Williams’ header.
Four minutes into extra time of the 90 and City should’ve had another penalty. The ball came to substitute Josh Bowler who neatly flicked the ball over Greg Cunningham, who in return stepped in front of Bowler with his arm across him, sending him to the ground. The referee, who has a lot to answer for after his poor performance, waved away the protests to give Blackburn a 1-0 win.
Just like every game so far this season, Grant McCann’s side were brilliant in spells but weren’t able to sustain the energy levels for a full 90 minutes. Another massive talking point is some of the refereeing decisions made by Jeremy Simpson. Had he made the right calls then the scoreline could have been very different.
MOTM: Kevin Stewart - City’s best player so far this season. He has changed the minds of many fans with his combative performances, putting in tackles all over the pitch.
Robbie McKenzie - Leonardo da Silva Lopes (73’)
Jordy de Wijs
Daniel Batty - Josh Bowler (67’)
Jackson Irvine (C)
Tom Eaves - Josh Magennis (67’)
Elliot Bennett (C)
Sam Gallagher - Danny Graham (64’)
Bradley Dack - Joe Rothwell (73’)
Adam Armstrong - John Buckley (90’)
Written by: Alex Green