The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

IF Car­los Car­val­hal is jus­ti­fied in feel­ing ag­grieved, so are Wed­nes­day’s fans. For 45 min­utes they were served up gruel, a dis­play so wretched jeers cas­caded from the ter­races.

Yes, the home side im­proved af­ter a sec­ond­half switch to 4-3-3. But that be­ing the case, why didn’t Car­val­hal de­ploy a more at­tack­ing sys­tem from the off?

He can hardly claim – as he did against Bris­tol City and Read­ing – that his op­po­nents needed con­tain­ing. Hull have won one away game in the whole cal­en­dar year.

Wed­nes­day fans are sick of stodgy, neg­a­tive football and this Jeck­yll and Hyde dis­play will have done noth­ing to quell their frus­tra­tion. If any­thing, the sec­ond half only proved their point.

Hull were lucky in the sense that Mazuch’s hand­ball went un­pun­ished, but their com­posed first-half dis­play de­served more than de­feat.

That the Tigers lack depth and qual­ity is un­de­ni­able, yet it is cer­tain the play­ers are be­hind their man­ager.

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