August In Review
August in review...
Its been a busy month in August for Caville and The Tigers but hard work pays off or so we are told, you judge for yourself but over here we believe that August has been a nice treat for the people of Hull, something to take into the cold and dreary winter if you're a pessimist. Performing above expectations have been the talk of the City with Caville raising a few eye brows with some hard-fought games but ultimately edging out tough opponents in what has been a tough month.
September is sure to offer more surprises and the question of consistency will certainly be on the minds of all involved with The Tigers but more of that later, let's get into the results. 8 games packed into August has provided Hull with plenty of opportunity to prove a point in what has been a crammed schedule. Lets take a look at how Hull City faired under new manager Keiran Caville.
It was far from a dream start for Hull who were outclassed in every department by a strong Millwall side. The Den is never an easy place to play Football and missing the quality of star player Jarrod Bowen certainly wasn't unnoticed. Hull hardly troubled Millwall all game managing 2 shots on target in the 90 minutes. Caville mentioned you always need to take the positives out of a loss which will allow the squad to reflect and return to the training ground to fix their mistakes.
Millwall 2 - 0 Hull City
Reflection completed and the return of Jarrod Bowen saw The Tigers battle for 3 points in a 5 goal thriller at the KCOM Stadium. Much more quality in the final third showed just how well Hull could battle for 90 minutes although a few tense moments saw Derby lose a game which may not of merited the fine performance they put it. Rhian Brewster introduced himself to Hull with a tidy finish in 23 minutes, the lead would be short-lived with Martyn Waghorn capitalizing on a poor defensive error just 3 minutes later. Kamil Grosicki showed his quality in the 39th minute giving the home side the hope for half time. Robert McKenzie scored a leaping header in the 46th minute to put Hull 3-1 up only for celebrations to be halted a minute later by Jamie Paterson in 47th minute giving the game a 3-2 scoreline at the break.
Hull City 3 - 2 Derby County
The second half would be dominated by Derby but Hull were determined and resilient securing their first 3 points of the season in a hard fought result.
The Carabao Cup First Round saw Hull City battle and look comfortable in their game at The Riverside Stadium. Boro who are no easy opponent looked to be lacking in their overall game and Caville's men took full advantage of that running out 3-1 winners. Robbie McKenzie scored a penalty on 28 minutes after Norbert Balogh was brought down. Middlesbrough would gather some hope just 10 minutes later with a finely worked goal from Ashley Fletcher but that would soon be in vain when Norbert Balogh scored on the stroke of half time. Dominant in the second half Jackson Irvine but the game to bed scoring the rebound from Balogh's shot securing a 2nd Round tie against Derby County at Pride Park.
Middlesbrough 1 - 3 Hull City
Form continued making the trip to Ashton Gate which saw a rocky start for The Tigers. Hull found their rhythm half an hour into the game and began to control possession and pose a threat to the Bristol goal. Rhian Brewster reminded fans what they where missing after sitting out the League Cup game and netted in the 41st minute sending Hull into the lead at the break. More of the same from Hull in the second half saw smooth passing and attacking prowess. Brewster scored his brace in the 68th minute allowing Hull to see out another valuable 3 points in the League.
Bristol City 0 - 2 Hull City
A cold Tuesday night at the KCOM would see Hull play 1 of 2 games at the KCOM Stadium this week against a Forest side aiming for the play-offs. In what was a tense game both teams eventually cancelled each other out. Brewster hit the net for the 3rd consecutive league game on 28 minutes only for concentration to be lost and conceding the equalizer some 30 seconds later courtesy of Sammy Ameobi. Chances came few and far between for both sides although a disallowed goal for Forest saw The Tigers escape with a point. Caville told the media he was happy with his sides performance and every point is crucial in such an unpredictable league
Hull City 1 - 1 Nottingham Forest
Lackluster would be the only way to describe the scenes at The KCOM Stadium as neither side could find the net. Fitness may have been an issue in a game which lacked energy and little to shout about for either side.Nonetheless Hull City will be happy with another point extending their unbeaten run to 4 in the league and 5 in all competitions.
Hull City 0 - 0 Preston North End
The Carabao Cup Second Round saw the anticipated rematch of a hard fought encounter just two weeks ago. Hull tarvelled to Pride Park with intentions to progress to the Third Round of the competition. Brewster would miss the game through a bruised foot with Balogh leading the line for The Tigers. On the half hour mark it would be a surprise goalscorer with Matthew Pennington lathering home the ball from the right corner of the box giving Hull the lead at the break. Josh Bowler picked up an injury 50 minutes in seeing him be on the sidelines for 7 weeks. Making way for Bowler would be David Milinkovic who would play a solid part in the attainment of Hull's lead. Perhaps the star man of the game would be Hull's budding youth goalkeeper Will Mannion who has started all games for Hull this season making 9 saves to see Hull into the Third Round. Hull will host League 1 Coventry City in the next round.
Derby County 0 - 1 Hull City
Sheffield Wednesday 1 - 1 Hull City
would be the only way to describe Hull's end to August with a trip away to Hillsborough to face 6th placed Wednesday. With only 2 days rest since the result at Pride Park Hull would need to see out what has been a promising month in the North East of Yorkshire. Young Brandon Fleming would miss the game picking up a pulled groin but good news for Hull to see Rhian Brewster back in the starting line up. George Honeyman and Kevin Stewart would see their first start of the season due to tired legs in the Hull camp. It would only take 3 minutes for the deadlock to be broken by Adam Reach scoring a header to give the home side the advantage. Hull managed to regain some control during the first half but trailed at the half time whistle with plenty of food for thought going into the second half. In what looked like a more comfortable half for Hull it took until 72 minutes for Rhian Brewster to score a well placed header from Bowen's corner levelling the field with just under 20 minutes to go but ultimately no side could find a winner and shared a point each to cap off a tantalising month of football for both clubs.
Overall Hull City performed above expectations and showed great character after losing on the opening day. Hull leave August unbeaten in 5 in the league and 7 in all competitions with Rhian Brewster scoring 5 in the league showing that Hull are a force to be reckoned with. Caville will certainly have expectations to build on after reinventing a Hull team that are predicted to finish just above the drop zone. 9 points in 6 games is a good building block for The Tigers who currently sit 8th in the league and sit 2 points of the play-offs. You can see the current table below. Stick around as we follow City into September bringing you all the news, goals and drama its going to be one hell of a season.