Post Match Reaction: Hull City 2-0 Cardiff City

Last updated : 26 December 2005 By Rick Skelton
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Sam Collins keeping out Cameron Jerome (Photo © Corred)
A tale of two halves. The first, quiet intriguing, but on the whole, pretty poor fare. We controlled the ball pretty well without troubling them. Second half, we showed a lot of passion, defended well and caused them problems. Darren Purse was sent off for two rotten tackles on Craig Fagan and we slid up a gear and scored two great goals.

There was an article on the radio, pre-match, about Cardiff fans turning down Leeds tickets in protest at being treated like hooligans. Well, if the cap fits. Worst behaviour of any visiting fans we've seen. Only the fear of a riot stopped the police taking the correct action, which would have been to whack them and cuff them. Scumbags.

Matt Duke did well in goal, rarely troubled, but produced 2 good saves either side of half time. Lynch was average, same as usual. Dawson gave us a good shape, generally delivered set pieces well and stopped anything dangerous coming in. Welcome back. Leon and Samson were mighty at the back. Ricketts and Jerome are very dangerous and they got nothing out of our two, they won almost every header and tackle, only distribution let them down.

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Leon Cort - on top (Photo © Corred)
The midfield had a good shape, but didn't achieve anything going forward until the anonymous Barmby was replaced by Elliott who looked desperate to impress. Welsh played well, dependable and used the ball well. Still needs pushing forward, he needs to have some confidence in his ability, because he's got plenty of that. Delaney had a good game. A few folk on the radio seemed to be going over the top, but he did play well. He won a lot of ball in the middle and got forward on occasion. Again, only a lack of ability on the ball hampered him. Elliott's pass for the second goal was magnificent.

Billy 'The Artist' Paynter had a good game, particularly in the first half. He held the ball up very well, picked out passes and never gave anything away. In the second half, when everyone went up a gear, he wasn't as good, a bit sloppier on the ball. However, he did what good forward do and poached a cracking goal from 5 yards (and a tight angle) after Craig Fagan tricked his way past 2 on the right wing and put in a great cross. Fagan then finished neatly from Elliott's pass to cap a fine performance. He'd worked incredibly hard, made good runs, produced neat flicks and looked a threat. Keith Andrews came on for last 2 mins, glad to see him back, here's hoping he's as good as PT tells us.

A fine performance, 3 important points, 2 in 3 from our new striker, Yorkshire derby at home next week, 3rd Round cup draw tomorrow, new addition of City magazine is another cracker and I backed 2-0 City at 7-1.

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