Fuller Flavour: A draw was decent, but Hull were there for the taking
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A point at Hull City should not be seen as anything other than a good result ordinarily and the fact that we gained that point with a late equaliser certainly felt better than a loss. But were they not there for the taking on the day?
Don’t get me wrong, I would usually take a point all day long at a side that were playing Premier League football the season before, especially when you take parachute money into account.
But taking Hull’s lowly league position into account along with numerous players missing through injury and suspension, it is a shame that we could not capitalise on taking an early lead to go on to take all three points.
But using the law of averages theory, having lost their last two home games to Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough, it was on the cards that they were not meant to lose for a third home game in a row and as we all know, we are the team to help bring bad runs for others to an end.
That said, I am far happier of course taking a point than none at all as it looked to be the case at one stage. Going behind and missing a penalty usually indicates that it is just not meant to be your day. So credit the lads for still clasping a draw from the jaws of defeat.
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Amazingly, it still keeps us in good touch with the top six and even more amazingly, it’s our first draw of the season and our first since April 1, against Birmingham City.
Our recent record away at Hull has not made for great reading either. That’s now seven games in Humberside without a win so anything we do get is a bonus.
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Saturday was the second 2-2 draw in that sequence as two Grant Leadbitter goals rescued a point when we were 2-0 down in March 2012.
It was a shame not to see Emyr Huws involved in the matchday squad as it was suggested he might well be, as I really do believe that he will make a difference to our midfield once he returns.
The Hull game was the first of a difficult run of eight matches leading up to Christmas and the first of five in 15 days. It’s difficult to know what points total to be satisfied with from these games.
In isolation, a draw from each would not be bad but would we really accept eight points from a possible 24? I’ll put my head on the block now and say that I’d settle for 12 points from these games.
Sheffield Wednesday next up on….Wednesday. I’m not really sure what to expect from this one. They were a good side when they won here at the end of last season.
Their fans were excellent too although I rather feel that their singing of ’Leeds are falling apart, again’ came back to haunt them somewhat.
They’re having a fairly similar season to us and are still a dangerous outfit. Plus being live on Sky, we know how these matches usually pan out don’t we?
A win will set us up nicely for the trip to Aston Villa on Saturday and who knows, a return with a winning goal for the second season in a row from Huws?
Finally this week, there’s been much talk about Kieffer Moore’s performances whilst on loan at Rotherham United so far this season.
Thirteen goals to date sees him as League One’s top scorer. Mick has suggested that Moore will return to the club in January. I don’t believe that he would get into our current side with the strikers that we have but injuries and suspension will come and then Moore will have to take his chance.
He will certainly add something different to what we currently have and will no doubt suit our style of play.