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Hull City 1 - Arsenal 3

Premier League

Kingston Comms Stadium

17/1/2009 17:40

Attendance: 24,924

Referee: Alan Wiley

Hull City
1 - 3
Arsenal
Cousin 65
 
Adebayor 30, Nasri 82, Bendtner 86
 
Venue: Kingston Comms Stadium
 
Attendance: 24,924
The Teams
Myhill
 
 
 
Almunia
 
 
Doyle
 
 
 
Sagna
 
 
Turner
 
 
 
Toure
 
 
Ricketts
 
 
 
Djourou
 
 
Kilbane
 
 
 
Clichy
 
 
Mendy
 
 
 
Eboue
 
 
69
France
 
 
83
 
Denilson
 
 
Ashbee
 
 
 
Diaby
 
 
Halmosi
 
 
53
 
Nasri
 
 
Geovanni
 
 
87
 
van Persie
 
 
Cousin
 
 
 
Adebayor
 
 
87
Substitutes
Duke
 
 
 
Fabianski
 
 
Dawson
 
 
 
Song
 
 
87
Garcia
 
 
87
 
Gibbs
 
 
Giannakopoulos
 
 
 
Vela
 
 
Fagan
 
 
83
 
Ramsey
 
 
Manucho
 
 
53
 
Merida
 
 
Folan
 
 
 
Bendtner
 
 
69
Game Statistics
7
Goal Attempts
14
2
On Target
7
4
Corners
4
5
Offside
2
11
Fouls
19
1
Yellow Cards
1
0
Red Cards
0
38.2
%
61.8
Comments...
This was a game we bossed but at a pace that didn't ever make it appear that way. A comfortable win in the end but one which couldn't ever feel comfortable because of this season failures. It's almost as though we expect to mess up. Yet none of the other big teams had comfortable wins either. Nevertheless we do make things harder than they should be. If any keeper were to show the same propensity for errors of judgement that Clichy is, at times, capable of some fans would be baying for blood. As it is Clichy's stock is good enough to overcome such potentially costly errors but I trust he is learning something from them. At times Eboue is capable of putting in a good shift on the right side of midfield - sadly this wasn't one of those times. In fact the whole midfield played at a pedestrian rate with Diaby and Denilson making fewer passes between them than Denilson managed on his own against Bolton last week. Denilson played virtually 80% of the game in midfield or defense. Diaby virtually 70%. Eboue played 53% of the time in the attacking third and Nasri 57%. Nasri made better use of his time in the offensive areas than Eboue, who managed to misplace 50% of his passes, could. We needed both flanks to perform if Diaby and Denilson were going to be as static as they were. Bendtner playing on the right brought a real improvement and offered a greater attacking threat. He deserved his goal and could have had two with any luck. In fact nobody managed more goal attempts, in the 20 or so minutes the Dane was on the pitch, with his 3 matching RvP's tally. RvP had the satisfaction of picking up assists for all 3 goals even though one was clearly off side. He kept up his recent record by hitting the woodwork for the 14th time this season. I wonder what the individual record is? Those seeing Diaby as purely an attacking midfielder might note that nobody, on either side, made more ball winning tackles (5) than he did.




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Writer: Amos Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 17 2009

Time: 8:48PM

Your Comments

Interesting stats Amos. It doesnt sound like Diaby & Denilson had particularly good games - they had a decent 1st half, from what I saw, although their creative input needs to improve significantly.
prits
Denilson and Diaby were crap, Eboue, it pains me to say this, was our best player for the first 45 min. Diaby should never have started, he's crap.
Armory
Revenge is sweet !
Tiny T
What revenge?
Armory
A very good result from what was an indifferent performance. RVP was again excellent and showed what a class player he can be when he puts his mind to it. Another defensive howler from Gael 'gifted' Hull their goal. I love Gael but he really must rid himself of his current propensity for making expensive mistakes.
norfolk dumpling
Revenge is indeed Sweet! I wonder what the record is for hitting the post in a season is?
hackneyval
Sometimes I think Gael gets caught out, like he did yesterday. But He's still a very player in my book.
hackneyval
 

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