Vic­tory is rea­son for op­ti­mism


Hull Daily Mail - - SPORT -

When you’re in trou­ble like Hull City are at the bot­tom of the table, you look for mo­ments in games and re­sults to of­fer hope of a turn­ing point in your sea­son.

Whether the 1-0 win at Bolton Wan­der­ers turns out to be a turn­ing point only time will tell, but I left the match feel­ing City had given them­selves a real plat­form to build from.

The per­for­mances against Bris­tol City and Pre­ston North End had mo­ments in them to of­fer some hope, but against Bolton the much-needed win as well as a clean sheet will give the side a lot of con­fi­dence mov­ing for­ward.

City de­served the three points. They were the bet­ter team and it was just re­ward for Nigel Ad­kins. The con­sis­tency of per­for­mance has been there over the last cou­ple of weeks and with con­sis­tency comes re­sults, which is why I’m feel­ing a lit­tle more con­fi­dent about City climb­ing out of the bot­tom three and fur­ther up the table.

Ad­kins brought back Fraizer Camp­bell and his cap­tain Markus Hen­rik­sen into the start­ing line-up and both re­paid him mas­sively. We’ve seen in re­cent weeks Chris Martin be un­able to con­vert a se­ries of half-chances, and a cou­ple of very good ones too, and that’s ex­actly what Camp­bell did.

Camp­bell is a fin­isher, that’s never been in ques­tion. If City can cre­ate chances, some­thing they’ve done of late, you’d back Camp­bell to get at least one goal as he did at Bolton.

The striker should have been re­called ear­lier, but af­ter that per­for­mance he surely has to keep his place in the side.

With Kamil Grosicki and Jar­rod Bowen play­ing ei­ther side of Camp­bell City have a real po­tent strike­force and I’d be sur­prised if the three of them can­not cre­ate enough op­por­tu­ni­ties for the Tigers to get some­thing out of games.

Hen­rik­sen also did very well on his re­turn. We’ve not seen much in terms of lead­er­ship from Hen­rik­sen this sea­son but we did at Bolton, with the mid­fielder bark­ing out the or­ders, show­ing his frus­tra­tion with some play­ers and en­cour­age­ment with oth­ers. It was an en­cour­ag­ing per­for­mance as a cap­tain and one which is needed.

The thing for Hen­rik­sen is we need to see it on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. The cap­tain needs to be a seven or an eight each week in terms of his per­for­mance and too of­ten he dips be­low that, so this has to be a per­for­mance for him to also build from and use as a plat­form.

City are still in a tough spot as the table shows and there’s some dif­fi­cult matches com­ing up against teams in form.

But it is much eas­ier to ap­proach those games when play­ing with some con­fi­dence and in a lit­tle bit of form.

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