Camp­bell has big claim for Tigers’ start

STRIKER PROVES POINT AF­TER FIR­ING IN WIN­NER, BUT CITY AREN’T OUT OF TROU­BLE

Hull Daily Mail - - SPORT - Will Jack­son

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Clin­i­cal edge the dif­fer­ence

It’s been a crit­i­cism lev­elled at Hull City for some time un­der Nigel Ad­kins that they lack the nec­es­sary fire­power to suc­ceed in the Cham­pi­onship, none more so than in the last month.

The Tigers had gone six games with­out scor­ing a goal from open play, with City fans be­ing able to boast just two spot-kicks from top scorer Jar­rod Bowen as rea­son to cheer, be­fore Fraizer Camp­bell broke the dead­lock at the Univer­sity of Bolton Sta­dium. The striker’s ef­fort came in just the sev­enth minute of the fix­ture but it proved enough to seal all three points.

The home side weren’t shy to have an ef­fort on goal and in the first 45 min­utes alone fired off eight at­tempts at David Mar­shall’s goal, but tellingly none man­aged to test the Scot­land in­ter­na­tional

Bolton were a lit­tle more ac­cu­rate in the sec­ond half with Mar­shall be­ing forced to make three saves, but ul­ti­mately couldn’t find the break­through.

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Fraizer Camp­bell stakes a claim

Camp­bell could per­haps count him­self hard done by to find him­self sit­ting on the bench in­stead of Chris Martin in re­cent weeks, who had started six of the Tigers’ last seven and of­ten as a lone striker.

How­ever, af­ter go­ing eight games with­out find­ing the net, Martin was re­placed by Camp­bell at Bolton and he wasted no time in mak­ing his mark. On the end of Jar­rod Bowen’s low cross, the striker kept his cool and slot­ted the ball un­der Ben Al­nwick with a clever fin­ish from eight yards.

As ever, the striker worked dili­gently through­out and left the pitch with his spot in the side for next week­end against West Bromwich Al­bion all-but tied down. 3

Rob­bie Mcken­zie ac­quits him­self well

De­spite mak­ing just five se­nior ap­pear­ances be­fore this week­end, Mcken­zie slot­ted into the Tigers’ back line seam­lessly on his first league start for his home­town club.

With the guid­ing hand of Tommy El­ph­ick be­side him, Mcken­zie looked any­thing but out of place at the heart of de­fence and emerged un­scathed on a mem­o­rable af­ter­noon for the 20-year-old.

Bolton did ask ques­tions of the young­ster with the ex­pe­ri­enced Clay­ton Don­ald­son at­tempt­ing to pick on his naivety, but Mcken­zie, who was play­ing as a left-sided cen­tre-back rather than his usual po­si­tion on the right, had all the an­swers.

He will be hope to re­tain the role when the Tigers host West Brom next week­end.

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City aren’t out of trou­ble

Let’s not get car­ried away, there’s a long way to go and City are still star­ing

dan­ger straight in the face.

The dress­ing room will have been a hap­pier place on Satur­day af­ter­noon with what was just a third league win of the cam­paign likely to bol­ster morale within the Tigers’ ranks.

How­ever, it wasn’t enough to see City move out of the rel­e­ga­tion zone. In­stead the Tigers sit two points adrift of Rother­ham United in 21st, level on points with Read­ing.

Nev­er­the­less, Ad­kins will hope to see his side build on the win and ig­nite what has ul­ti­mately been a stut­ter­ing start to the cam­paign.

5 It doesn’t get eas­ier

A win may have relieved some of the pressure sur­round­ing the club, but un­for­tu­nately it doesn’t get any eas­ier for the Tigers, who will now at­tempt to build mo­men­tum in an­other tricky run.

Over the next five games, City will meet free-scor­ing West Brom, big spenders Not­ting­ham For­est and three of the most in-form sides in the di­vi­sion in Birm­ing­ham City, Nor­wich City and QPR to take them into the Christ­mas pe­riod.

All five find them­selves in and around the pro­mo­tion pic­ture at present with City at the other end and the Tigers will be con­sid­ered out­siders in ev­ery clash.

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