Post Match Reaction: Hull City 2-0 Ipswich Town

Last updated : 29 December 2005 By Rick Skelton
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"A great team performance" (Photo © Corred)
A great team performance tonight. Probably the best overall performance of the season. Ipswich were a big disappointment, but still useful. Big at the back, experienced in midfield and with the very dangerous Currie, Williams and Westlake patrolling the wide areas. They put a few dangerous crosses across our box, but other then that, didn't get a chance to play.

We kept the ball really, really well. A lot of nice passing moves. Andrews was the catalyst - played sensible, crisp passes, always keeping the ball moving. Price had his best ever game for City, despite tripping over the ball, playing a back heel to no-one by our own corner flag and losing control when in on goal. He was always working, quick, crossed well and ran at defenders. France deserves a bagful of credit for the first goal - he burst out of defence, played the ball to Price, who crossed well, Barmby nodded down to France, who'd turned up in the six yard box and played a neat ball back to Barmby to finish well.

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Craig Fagan - "never stopped running" (Photo © Corred)
Fagan then missed a great chance, before tapping in from a great Price cross. Just rewards for another incredible performance. Never stopped running, took on defenders and made great runs. He linked up well with Paynter, who continues to look like a real rough diamond. Paynter forced 2 good saves and held the ball up well.

We were solid at the back, France and Dawson getting forward well, but a little weaker going backwards. Usual mean home performance from Leon and Samson. Delaney worked hard again and made good challenges. Barmby did OK, some good passes, nothing remarkable, but a very important contribution when it mattered. He also played 90 minutes today, and came off in stoppage time.

Ref wasn't good. He made 2 odd decisions early. Stopping a great attack for treatment for a not-very-injured player. Sportsmanship is optional, not a law, you pillock. Unless a head injury, play should have gone on. He then booked France for an honest 50/50.

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"Solid at the back" (Photo © Corred)
The manager seemed a bit petty, ignoring "Taylor, Taylor, give us a wave" chants until late on. Seemed to be sulking.

Ratings: Bo 6, France 7, Daws 8, Collins 8, Leon 7, Price 8 (Lynch), Barmby 7 (Elliott), Andrews 8, Delaney 7, Fagan 8, Paynter 7 (Woodhouse).

Onto the transfer window. Here's hoping for several top class signings towards our promotion push. Seriously, another striker, a replacement for Ash and a versatile defender would be good signings to settle into the side before next season.

Happy New Year to all. Here's to settling into the Championship by taking mediocre sides to the cleaners.