City Till We Die

Rochdale 2 Hull City 1

Rochdale 2 Hull City 1
City threw away the points before half-time as boss Taylor languished in a M62 traffic jam.  Some minor improvement in the second half but still another meek defeat.  Mark Gretton summarises.
Cautious pessimism will remain the order of the day for me after last night. If Peter Taylor did miss the first half, then he was damn lucky. We got ripped up by a team that hadn’t won since the Gracie Fields was wowing the troops, defended appallingly and were decidely lucky only to concede two, a fine finish on the drop (under no defensive pressure at al) from their excellent Lee McEvilly and then an horrendous Anderson blunder letting the ball squirt to another of theirs who finished easily. In addition they missed two one on ones and Fets made some fine saves. We never got the ball and Fatty Flitcroft completely bossed the midfield. Second half we were better, we could hardly have been worse, and we really got going once Melton went off, Elliott joined Walters and Burgess upfront, Delaney came into midfield with Burton at left back and we eventually scored with a Burgess header. We huffed and puffed thereafter but didn’t often threaten to bring home the bacon. On balance we probably deserved to lose as they created the best chances over the game, although in terms of domination it was their first half and our second. Melton is a disgrace, Regan and Otsemobor both contribute going forwards but don’t make a defensive right back between them and we frequently gave them the whole of our right flank to play in, Burgess did well all night as did Fettis who kept us in it, Justin did a number of last ditch block and tackles, Delaney was tidy, no-one else really deserves much of a mention. All in all a great example of how far the team has got to go before it can be trusted to beat teams that it should. Infuriatingly inconsistent we remain, despite out undoubted ability, as we have been over the last two seasons, which is why we have had two consecutive mid-table finishes.
HULL CITY: Fettis, Otsemobor, Anderson, Whittle, Delaney, Regan, Melton, Keates, Elliott, Walters, Burgess.  Subs: Reeves (for Regan, 55), Burton (for Melton, 59), Webb (for Burgess, 84), Peat, Musselwhite. Goals: Burgess 65 Booked: Melton, Reeves Sent Off: None   ROCHDALE: Gilks, Evans, Griffiths, Grand, Hockenhull, Flitcroft, Beech, Hill, Platt, McEvilly, Connor.  Subs: Patterson (for Platt, 61), Melaugh (for Beech, 82), Doughty, Jobson, Bennett. Goals: McEvilly 6, Hockenhull 18 Booked: Evans, Griffiths, Hockenhull Sent Off: None   ATTENDANCE: 2,225
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