Victory is reason for optimism
CITY GET JUST REWARDS BY TURNING PROMISE INTO POINTS
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.