As Garry Monk said, today’s performance was one which showed a very “jaded” blues team. The squad looked a shadow of their true selves. Every first contact, every second ball and every 50/50 seemed to go for the opposition. I am not for one moment excusing the performance, nor am I taking anything away from a bright Hull display; instead, I’m highlighting the fact that we were second best in every department.
It is important for us to move on from this disappointing showing at the KCOM. The blues team we’ve become so accustomed to seeing this season, simply didn’t turn up. We looked slow, devoid of any creativity and lacking in serious purpose when going forward. That being said, we need to be positive and keep backing the boys who have given us so much fight and passion this season. Also, this Blues team has shown us that it can respond from setbacks and hopefully we will see the biggest of responses in the second city derby.
Camp 6– He could do very little about Hull’s opening goal. Made a few good saves, but ultimately should’ve come off his line quicker to prevent the on-rushing Bowen, who went on to earn and convert a stonewall penalty.
Colin 6– A sound performance from Blues’ right-back. Hopefully the injury he suffered, isn’t as bad as it first appeared. He will be a big miss in the derby if he is in fact unavailable.
Dean 5- Looked slow and off the pace. Won as many headers as usual, but also missed a lot of tackles and gave away a few too many silly free kicks.
Morrison 5– He also looked off his game. Dealt with Martin’s physicality, but struggled more with the surging technicians from midfield. Was caught on his heels for the second goal.
Pedersen 6– Arguably Blues’ best defender on the day. For the majority of the game, he dealt with the tricky Bowen relatively well. He also covered for Morrison on a few occasions when runners came flooding through.
Mrabti 4– Firstly, I’ve been impressed by his short time at blues before the Hull game. However, in this particular encounter, he was extremely poor. Lacked purpose going forward, was sloppy in possession and appeared reluctant to take on Lichaj.
Davis 5– It was good to see Davis getting minutes under his belt and I can fully understand Monks decision to give him the green light in this game, ahead of the derby next week. Nevertheless, he unsurprisingly looked like a man coming back from a long-term injury- a bit off the pace.
G Gardner 6– He didn’t affect our attacking play as much as he normally does. Struggled to control the midfield, evidently missing his usual partner, Dutch Mike.
Mahoney 6– A real positive for blues, was Mahoney delivering another decent performance. We only ever looked like creating anything down his left-flank. He continued to show purpose driving forward and taking men on. He did lack a little bit of quality, in the moments where it was demanded most.
Adams 7*- He worked tirelessly and tried to do as much as he could, with relatively minimal service. If Blues were to have scored today, you’d have to assume that it would’ve came through him. Himself and Mahoney were the only individuals who you genuinely thought could make something happen. Probably the best performance, in what was a dismal blues display.
Jutkiewicz 6– Was his usual workhorse and won virtually everything in the air. Blues’ best chances fell to him and he should’ve done much better. He desperately looks like a man who hasn’t scored since November.
Harding 5- Replaced the injured Colin. Looked off the pace and sloppy in possession.
C Gardner 5– Didn’t really impact the game and misplaced a few passes. Monk has a difficult decision to make about how our midfield will line-up against Villa.
Maghoma 5- Didn’t really have much opportunity to stamp his mark, had one good attempt which was saved quite comfortably by Marshall.