Yes, yes, yes! Hull City Football Club finally record a win after eight matches in waiting. Indeed, not since the 0-2 away success at Norwich City way back in September have the Tigers tasted the sweetness of victory. But with the television cameras in attendance, all Hull City Football Club fans can take immense delight on a most welcome and deserved victory for Nigel Pearson’s men away at Preston North End.
Two away games in three days, provides four points. But critically, we have one big happy bunch of Hull City Football Club supporters after watching our team record a vital victory, in a highly pressured match over Roses rivals Preston North End. Forgive us for forgetting how sweet away victories taste. They have been all too infrequent for far too long. This one however, came about as follows…
City lined up with the welcome news of Robert Koren making up the midfield numbers to add a creative spark to our team following injury – and John Bostock’s untimely suspension. The other change was the debut of Vito Mannone between the sticks (finally) after arriving from Arsenal. Sporting a 4-5-1 formation with Garcia leading the line, these were the only two changes from the side that secured a 2-2 draw away at Leeds three days earlier.
In the first half, Richard Garcia peeled away from the static Preston defence – clearly caught out and with the Slovenian Robert Koren’s precise placing of the cross – to present the chance to his team mate on a platter. The Aussie stooped low at the back post to power his diving header into the gaping goal and Hull City Football Club were deservedly a goal to the good.
Then, in the second period, Koren’s far post cross just evaded Garcia, but the industrious forward out-muscled opposite marker Sean St Ledger to retrieve the ball and calmly pick out the razor-sharp Nick Barmby. The wily schemer deftly swept the ball into the far corner of the net with consummate ease to place Hull City Football Club into an unassailable 0-2 lead and send the travelling support into raptures.
Garcia was outstanding, while at the back Gerrard and Ayala dominated a decent opposition strike pairing of Parkin and Hume. And of course, Mannone looked excellent in goal and will surely have justified his place between the sticks. Throw into the mix the creative genius of Koren – something Hull City Football Club have sorely missed – and it really is encouraging to see an all round superb team effort prevail.