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Hull City will go down

By | 9th March 2010

That headline is hardly the most shocking of statements given their perilous position at the foot of the table, but after their performance at Goodison this weekend it’s more certain than ever that Hull will remain in the Premier League relegation zone.

Their second-half capitulation against David Moyes’ men carried all the hallmarks of a side in terminal freefall, with rock bottom confidence and grim resignation to their fate.

Without an away win all year and a defense which is shipping goals left, right, and center, their explosive start to Premier League life two years ago, when European football was briefly mentioned, now seems eons away. Granted they were up against a revitalized Mikel Arteta, who after a year out with a cruciate knee injury is keen to make up for lost time.

The Spaniard’s artistry was at the center of all Everton’s attacking play – he scored two and set up another. But in truth, any of Everton’s creative players could have filled Arteta’s boots at Goodison on Sunday, such was the inadequacy of Hull’s defending.

For a spell in the second half it looked like a training game of attack against defense, with the amber shirts of the Tigers cowering on the edge of their own penalty area, grimly awaiting the next blue wave.

Contrast that with the old gold shirts of their relegation rivals Wolves, and it’s no wonder many are tipping the Midlands side to stay up at the Tigers’ expense this season. Against champions Manchester United on Saturday they displayed all the battling qualities required to stay in the league.

They created a number of chances in the first half in particular, more than matching their illustrious opponents. They only succumbed to a late goal from Paul Scholes and left the field to a rich round of applause from their appreciative fans.

Neither Hull nor Wolves will have seen these fixtures as crucial in the final reckoning – anything gained against the likes of United is seen as a bonus. But the performance can give you indication as to how the sides will fare in their remaining fixtures.

If the massacre at Goodison Park is anything to go by, there is nothing but gloom ahead for Phil Brown’s men.

Meanwhile, England manager Fabio Capello will be hoping Wayne Rooney returns to full fitness as soon as possible in order to boost England’s 2010 World Cup chances.

The striker missed United’s game against Wolves, although he is expected to be fit for their Champions League game this week.

According to the Champions League betting, the Red Devils are favorites to win this year’s tournament.

Reader Comments

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  1. Joe Radford says:

    Extremley premature.

    In my opinion, we need to pick up more points in our last 10 games than Wolves do and we'll stay up. I think we'll do it.

  2. TigerPhil says:


    What a load of tosh.

    With 10 games to go there are 30 points up for grabs.

    Over the last 6 games we have had 5 points. Wolves have had 4 points and Burnley have had 3 and Sunderland have had 4.

    Although out last 6 home games have yielded 9 points- neither Wolves, Sunderland or Burnley can boast that.

    That is why we will stay up- our home form is far better than anything any of the others can produce- and with Sunderland AND Burnley both needing to visit the KC then we have a much better opportunity.

    I notice it is "staff writer" rather than a full on named person. Hull will stay up- Sunderland, Burnley and Wolves (along with Pompey) will be below us!!

  3. the owlfella says:

    Well said Lambrettaman, a lot can happen from now to the end of the season. As usual nobody gives Hull City a chance even at the beginning of the season before a ball was kicked. Look at Man Utd being beat by Fulham 3-0, who would have said that would happen. It's not over until the final has been blowed.

  4. Lambrettaman says:

    Not much point in us turning up for the last ten games then ?

    A few games ago, having beaten Man City and drawn with Chelsea, everyone was saying we had enough to stay up, now after a couple of losses, we're destined to fail.

    We lost 5-1 to Spurs and 6-1 to Liverpool earlier in the season, these things happen, it doesn't mean a team is doomed.

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