Player Ratings: Hull City 0-2 Stoke City
Sam Ricketts (6) - Apparently, he was the man supposed to be marking the scorer of the first goal, but was blocked off from doing so. Didn't support Fagan enough. Still doesn't look as good on the right as on the left.
Andy Dawson (5) - Looked well short of match practice and sharpness. Wasn't fit enough to get up the line. Struggled when up against Stoke's big players, and in general.
Michael Turner (6) - Backed off too much.
Danny Coles (6) - Looked tougher in the battle against Stoke's big forwards than Turner but was still part of a struggling back line. Poor distribution.
Craig Fagan (7) - Caused Andy Griffin lots of problems and would have got him sent off if the Stoke boss hadn't substituted him. Crosses were poor, and he put over his only half-chance on goal.
Stuart Elliott (8) - Looked most like scoring, closest being his free kick that was tipped over. He would have been in on goal with a chance if Forster had played him in but he didn't. Can only imagine he wasn't fit enough to finish the 90 minutes for Parkinson to take him off.
Dean Marney (6) - Went on one good run through the middle only to be chopped down.
Jason Jarrett (6) - Got involved in a couple of niggley fouls. At one point, was stood in space on the left wing with his arms in the air for a whole minute, only to do nothing with the ball when he finally got it. Doesn't seem to contribute much going forwards.
Damien Delaney (6) - Got in a good position to hit a knock-down from Turner on the edge of the box, only to give it a centre back's finish as he shot off target. Wouldn't be surprised to see him start next week's game at left back, with Ashbee coming in.
Nicky Forster (6) - Was given terrible service. When he wanted to run long, the ball was played short to him. The one good chance with the ball at his feet he failed to release it to play Elliott in, and was instead tackled.
Nick Barmby, Michael Bridges, Mark Yeates - All looked short of match practice - why haven't they been playing in the reserves to keep them sharp, fit and in form? They were positive substitutions but not when they're in that shape.