This result proves what a poor Division the Championship really is this season, as City eased past a team that has been around the top six positions throughout the campaign.
The first half was fairly lacklustre and after a frantic opening three or so minutes, the game settled into a pedestrian pattern and, Frazier Campbell aside there was a distinct lack of quality on show.
Livermore was finally preferred in the centre of midfield to the inconsistent Dean Marney who offers absolutely nothing when the team is under pressure, and only seems galvanised when matters run in our favour.
The proof was on show today, as Ashbee always knew help was on hand, and the simple ball was always on. The midfield pair summed up the Tiger’s performance today. Solid.
The only negative surrounds the position of Bryan Hughes who is clearly uncomfortable in an unfamiliar role wide on the left. He keeps being sucked infield thus choking off a ball to the wing to unclog the central area. In addition his left foot is designed only for standing on, which means if he does receive the ball in a wide area momentum is often lost, as he has to switch feet.
Garcia, who to be fair had a much better game than of late broke the deadlock as he powered home from a pin point Andy Dawson centre. Since his return from a long spell on the bench, the left back has been a revelation.
Solid defending and much improved offensive play has seen his form kick on but I would still reckon on signing a left sided defender when the window opens, as I don’t believe Dawson has what it takes to perform on a consistent basis at this level.
Frazier Campbell and Folan are a pacy and powerful front two, blending into a formidable partnership and Phil Brown is rightly desperate to secure the Manchester United youngster on a season long deal. He capped a Man of the Match performance with a poacher’s goal, snapping up the ‘keeper’s parry of a close range Ashbee header.
Hull City: Myhill, Ricketts, Turner, Brown, Dawson, Garcia, Ashbee (Marney 84), Livermore, Hughes, Folan (Windass 90), Campbell (Barmby 79).