Ian Ashbee smashed a header in with five minutes to go and automatic promotion, or even the Title are still within range given the twists and turns of this crazy Division and the seemingly unstoppable momentum generated by the this team and it’s amazing supporters.
The break whilst Barnsley contested the FA Cup Semi Final seemed to put the breaks on things, dropped points at home to QPR and a bad defeat at Sheffield United although partially assuaged by a victory in front of the Sky cameras at Oakwell, may appear to have severely dented our chances but I always said that if we took maximum points in the final two games we would go up automatically.
Job half done, and even if the table remains the same, we will go into the play offs as the form side, and the one no manager will fancy playing.
Despite the victory, this curmudgeon was disappointed by a reversion to 4-3-3 and it produced a patchy performance meaning that we never really got hold of the game until the final quarter when chance after chance meant that the maximum points were fully deserved.
Frazier Campbell once again produced a moment of inspiration with a drag back and shot to open the scoring after a pretty disjointed City start, only a Windass set piece which smashed the bar saw a clear opportunity to score registered, and indeed Palace looked the more menacing when going forward.
4-3-3 equals no width. If I can see it what can’t the coaching staff? It leaves Hughes in no man’s land as he has to tuck in to protect Marney and Ashbee when not in possession meaning he is unavailable to take the ball when we do have it.
Brown produced a rare error by not clearing the ball for a Palace equaliser, but unfortunate injuries to Windass and Pedersen actually improved the balance of the team and for me Nathan Doyle with his bullocking runs and crunching tackles was a better bet at left back than Dawson’s Danish replacement, game though Pedersen typically is.
Win at Portman Road and let Stoke worry about beating a desperate Leicester City, and hope that Southampton can do us a favour against West Brom tomorrow.
Hull City: Myhill, Ricketts, Turner, Brown, Pedersen (Doyle 32), Folan, Marney, Ashbee, Hughes (Barmby 68), Campbell, Windass (Fagan 24).
Subs Not Used: Duke, Walton.