HULL PLAY TORTOISE TO HOSTS’ HARE
HOURS after Mo Farah demonstrated to his rivals the dangers of going out too hard, Aston Villa failed to heed the warning.
Fluent and irresistible for half-an-hour, the title favourites created enough chances to stroll to victory. Thereafter, they were leggy and leaden, pegged back by the introduction of the classy Kamil Grosicki. And as bad as Hull were in a one-sided first half, it’s hard to be too harsh on Leonid Slutsky’s side. Villa were stacked with Championship talent, their youngest player almost 25. Hull’s fullbacks – youth product Max Clark and Chelsea loanee Ola Aina – were both playing their first Championship games and had an average age of just 20.
Nevertheless, it is hard to see how Slutsky can maintain a play-off push with a squad so threadbare and inexperienced. Likewise, when Villa’s battle-hardened campaigners build enough fitness to last 90 minutes, many of their rivals will find them hard to resist.