It is full time at Eastlands as Phil Brown returns to the scene of the debacle that presaged the Tiger’s spectacular plummet down the Premier League table meaning we had to rely on a Damien Duff own goal on the last day to survive.
This alarming decline from the heady days of late Summer 2008 showed no sign of abating, and thrashings at the hands of Sunderland (4 goals against) Spurs (5) and Liverpool (6) plus turmoil behind the scenes saw Phil Brown clinging on by his fingernails as the fans and the press turned against him.
Enter Adam Pearson and an aura of almost Zen like calm has descended around the Club.
The idiotic, pink sweatered show off has disappeared and Phil Brown, the professional, well-organised and above all calm football manager has returned.
And yet the team now seems to be a mirror image of its Boss, as the free flowing and confident football come back to the Club, and the draw achieved at the City of Manchester Stadium (watched on Portuguese Eurosport via t’internet) was no more than we deserved based on the balance of the game in its entirety.
Bullard’s goal celebration having netted a late penalty to secure a point was absolutely priceless as he re enacted Brown’s worst moment as City Boss, as the players sat down to a pretend finger wagging berating.
Wednesday saw us three up at home to Everton by half time having played the best 45 minutes since our elevation to the Big Time.
Despite conceding twice we held out and there were many positive aspects from this game.
Dean Marney finally stepped up to the plate and in the absence of Bullard, took full responsibility for running the midfield, Matt Duke sealed his place as City’s Number One ‘Keeper and Altidore proved to be a more than able leader of the line, sheer brute strength allied to vision to bring others into the game mean he has a big future at City, and on the International stage with America.
Who would have thought we’d be talking like this after the dross served up at home to Birmingham and Portsmouth, plus the abysmal performance on the road at Fulham?
I stated when calling for Brown’s head in October, that he had failed to learn from his mistakes. Pearson has pointed them out and Brown has responded by it now being all about the team rather than him, and generating a more collegiate approach. Fair play.
That’s Tiger life for you. Would we have it any other way? Absolutely not.
Hull City: Matt Duke, Andy Dawson, Anthony Gardner, Paul McShane, Kamil Zayatte, Deiberson Geovanni (Kevin Kilbane, 87), Stephen Hunt, Richard Garcia (Nicky Barmby, 78), George Boateng, Dean Marney, Jozy Altidore (Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, 75)