When City were third in the table, and on a run of four wins in five games, including back to back victories in North London, luck played no part in it.
We were there because we had the best Manager and some of the best players in the Premier League.
At least that was the idea….
Now we are slipping inexorably towards the trap door luck, in the fans eyes, is the main reason for our seemingly unstoppable slide down the table.
I admit to cursing the rub of the green a good few times yesterday but the real scenario is that we are woefully short of quality where it matters; in the centre of mid field and up front.
The first half and hour saw City secure the lions share of momentum going forward but we came no where near seriously working Reina in the Liverpool goal.
The visitors were no great shakes, extremely nervous and prone to mix ups in the back four, but Folan’s ponderous approach plus the other City players need to take the extra touch meant we failed to take advantage and score despite oodles of pressure.
Michael Turner was, once again absolutely top drawer and he kept Torres down to one chance in an amazing defensive display. He will no longer ply his trade here come next season even if we stay up as it is inevitable and deserved for him to have a crack with a big club.
Liverpool’s opener came from a free kick that never was, the second involved handball but if we had better quality players (Geo, Barmby, Boateng and Turner excepted) then luck would never be such a great factor.
Caleb Folan stupidly kicked Martin Skirtel and was red carded. There was an argument that we should have been awarded a penalty. It would have been harsh but we shouted for it non the less.
Folan walked, eventually. Brown ignored him and said this to the BBC;
“I have no excuses for the sending off. I feel it was justified and it will be dealt with in-house.”
Phil Brown deservedly has many critics within football and I cringe on a regular basis at his antics, but he is an honest football man and I feel that certain Managers in the upper echelons of the game could take a leaf from his book and not defend the indefensible on a regular basis.
Hull City: Myhill, Ricketts, Zayatte, Turner, Kilbane, Fagan (Mendy 62), Boateng (Manucho 79), Marney, Geovanni, Barmby (Cousin 62), Folan.
Subs Not Used: Duke, Hughes, Garcia, Halmosi.