With twelve minutes to go there was only one winner of this game, and it wasn’t Sunderland. But once again this cocked eyed, incompetent arse of a referee denied Hull City the courtesy of competing on a level playing field.
The main problem was his persecution of Marlon King.
Every single time our centre forward received the ball with his back to goal he was either flattened by the visitors centre back, or he was penalised erroneously for backing in, or holding. It was a pathetic joke.
King was neutered meaning we had no outlet and the midfield became clogged up.
Selection issues resulted a lack of width and after the sending off of Ricketts (the second card was a farce) Halmosi was pressed into service at left back and we rather fell apart after Richardson fluked a second for the Black Cats.
Mildly concerned rather than worried sum up my emotions going into the Christmas programme.
My concerns are; we lack vim when we come off a great result away from home, as if we expect to roll teams over and urgency is absent until we go a goal behind, secondly Ashbee is beginning to be exposed at this level when we are under pressure exhibited by a heavy first touch and poor passing, and finally I would like to see the following selection which although not much different, would give us width without losing defensive qualities when we don’t have the ball.
Myhill; Doyle, Zayette, Turner, Dawson; Mendy, Marney, Boateng, Giovanni; Folan, King.
This wasn’t a real 4-1 thrashing, but we lost the plot a bit in the last few minutes and it was a pretty undisciplined end to a game we should have put to bed once Barmby equalised, and in the wake of this there was chaos on a regular basis in their back four.
The Premier League is aptly named, there is quality in all of the teams and we learned this the hard way today. Sunderland have the likes of Malbranque, Cisse and Richardson who are international class, so be where we are in this division is a triumph.
Hull City: Myhill, Mendy, Turner, Zayatte, Ricketts, Garcia (Cousin 57), Ashbee, Boateng (Halmosi 81), Geovanni, Barmby (Giannakopoulos 68), King.
Subs Not Used: Duke, Doyle, Windass, and Marney.