Well our unbeaten run has finally come to an end. We all knew it would come to and end sooner or later, and it took a very good second half from Derby, and a few mistakes as well, to bring our run to a close. The first half was full of optimism; after an early Juktiewicz goal and the fact an unusually lacklustre Derby were misplacing pass after pass.
However, this soon changed after Lampard motivated his side during half-time. Instead after the break, we became the careless side, and after a short counter attack, we conceded a very easy goal. Two minutes later, we conceded again, Camp again was beaten at his near post from a free-kick from a tight angle, but all the blame cannot be cast on him, as it did take an unlucky deflection from Lukas Juktiewicz. But only Lee Camp can be blamed for the third and final goal. It was once again a near post shot, which should never have gone in. And this proved to be the turning point in the game. We then lost all attacking threat which is largely uncharacteristic of our Blues side at this moment of time. The only real positive that could be taken from the game, is the support of the 3000 travelling blues fans who, for the most part, drowned out the 25000 strong Derby support.
Now we must turn our attention to the next game, Hull at home. The last time we played them was a very snowy March afternoon, and I’m still unsure how that game was not abandoned or postponed. We won a 3-0, and very convincingly, in Garry Monk’s third game in charge. We are unbeaten in 13 home games, and this game was the start of that. Unfortunately for Hull, their luck hasn’t changed much since. They sit 23rd in the Championship table and have lost nine games this season. Despite this, they have won their past two games, against Bolton and West Brom, which both were won 1-0. Jarrod Bowen and Frazier Campbell are their joint top scorers with 4 goals each and they will be a threat for them. Former blues loanee, Jon Toral, is struggling for game-time, and I am sure most blues fans would have him back right now. Kamil Grosicki and Jackson Irvine are their most notable names, and are both dangerous players on their day. However, I would argue that Hull’s manager, Nigel Adkins, is not the right manager to get the most out of these attacking players.
From what I’ve seen of Hull, they like to exploit space down the left and right channels, through players such as Grosicki. They either cut inside and take a shot, or then try to pass it centrally, and force themselves through the centre-halves. Their definite weak point is their defence, it seems easily penetrable. The pace and strength of Adams should be enough to break through their defensive line, and Juktiewicz will be looking to score in his 5th home game in a row. Jota, who is already on 5 assist this season will be looking to add to his personal tally himself.
Hopefully, we will use the game against Hull to avenge the defeat against Derby and restore our winning ways. It is looking likely that it will be another 20000+ crowd against Hull, which now seems to be the norm under Garry Monk. I hope to see you all down there, and don’t forget to keep right on.