January In Review
Potent was how Caville described January as Hull had another strong month in the league. Caville's men would need to give the supporters something to scream about as they continued their hard work for to secure a play of spots. Coming to the end of January there has been 30 league games played as the fina 16 games will bring an exiting finale to the final quarter of the season.
Leeds would be the first test for Hull this month and with some FA Cup Football to be played there is no reason why The Tigers can't go on another cup run. Lets see how Hull and Caville got on in January.
Leeds United 0 - 0 Hull City
Impressive at Elland Road as Hull managed to hold promotion hopefulls Leeds to a point in the 2nd meeting of the teams this season. Not a goal in sight but a thorough game of tactical possesion saw Hull take a valuable point as thir bid to catch up has remained stable.
Hull City 2 - 1 Cardiff City
The FA Cup 3rd Rnd will have had Cardiff City scratching their heads to how they didn't win this one. Callum Patterson opened the account for the Bluebirds on 13 minutes and they continued to domiante for the first half. Late drama saw Hull pull level with you gussed it, Rhian Brewster on the 80th minute. Cardiff saw two players see red in late controversie Patterson the goalscorer leaving the pitch in the 88th minute. Bowen took full advanatge of the man down and gave Hull a suprise victory just a minute later. With only a few seconds left center half Joe Bennet was shown red leaving Cardiff fans fuming at what had just happened at The KCOM Stadium.
Hull City 1 - 1 Millwall
Tigers and the Den shared a point a piece in a hard fought game between both teams. Hull took an early lesd from Kamil Grosicki just 3 minutes into the first interval. The game would be even for the better part of an hour but late pressure saw Hull lose concentration and Millwall capatalised on this when they made it even courtesy of Mahlon Romeo in the 80th minute. Another point for Hull but they remain unbeaten in the league in 14.
Derby County 2 - 4 Hull City
Special Brew! helped Hull to victory once more in a 6 goal thriller at Pride Park. It would be Derby to take the advantage when Florian Jozefzoon netted on 13. The game looked to be set in Derby's control as the half ended with the Rams better off. The second half would explode seeing Hull become equals when Grosicki sinked home from inside the box just 1 minute into the second half. Hull seemed to have found some fire from the half time talk and step up Rhian Brewster as he blasted on the scene 4 minutes later on the 50 minute mark. It would only take Brewster 12 minutes to grab his Brace as Hull looked to be running away with it. Derby had focus and took some control back over the game and gave hope when Kieran Dowell reduced the deficit to just one with 5 minute sleft of normal time. Brewster would have the last laugh sinking all hope for the Rams as he netted his hat-trick 3 minutes into stoppage time. A big 3 points for Caville and another leap in the right direction for Brewster.
Double Blow. Hull's winger Josh Bowler who is on loan from Everton sustained a broken foot in the game at Reading which will keep him out for 3 months. This is another big blow for The Tigers as Rhian Brewster and now Bowler who are undoubrfully creative and energetic are now sidelined for the Tigers. January can't come quick enough as Hull will need to invest in the club but tensions in the boardroom could jeopordise this.
Its a fact this uncertainty will only add to the list of concerns on the minds of supporters but they will be looking to Caville to provide hope on the pitch.
Hull City 0 - 2 Bristol City
15 games unbeaten and Hull would finally lose as they were brushed aside by a strong Bristol CIty side who dominated the entire game. Hull back down to earth would still find comfort in loss as they have been on an incredible run. Joe Worrel gave Bristol the lead 32 minutes in with a blinding run and finish. It would be Josh Brownhill just 40 minutes later to seal the deal as Hull would be left with sore thoughts for the first time in months.
Hull City 4 - 0 Rotherham
The FA Cup 4th Rnd and back to business as Hull City returned to goalscoring delight netting 4 past a happless Rotherham. Securing a 5th round tie against Derby or Chelsea when they play their replay tie. Hull took well to the first half but would ultimately come to the end of the first half without reward for their work. The second half would be filled with reward and no more deserving than Jackson Irvine who gave Hull the lead on 50. 10 minutes later Bowen would find himself on the scoresheet as Hull looked to be undoing Rotherham. Pressure would only mount on as Rhian Brewster got in on the act on 68 minutes and Jackson Irvine sealed his brace on 74. Potent and clinical was the best way to describe this affair and this could only help The Tigers confidence after their recent loss.
Preston North End 0 - 2 Hull City
Rise of Brew for Hull City as they ended the month under familiar circumstances. Securing winning ways again it was down to the partenership of Bowen and Brewster as they worked well together to provide a lethal threat that troubled preston for most of the game. Just 3 minutes was all it took Rhian Brewster to open the scoring and then to cap the nerves off just 4 minutes from time. Hull have to be happy with this month yet again as the season begins to come closer to its final conclusion
Window Round Up
A few movements in the window for Hull but everyone involved with the club will be relived as the speculation surrounding Jarrod Bowen amounted to nothing and he will remain a Hull player for the forseeable future. But there have been a few ins and outs at the club with 3 joining The Tigers and 2 leaving.
Tyrese Campbell joins The Tigers on loan to provide back up to on form striker Rhian Brewster. Having made only 7 appearances and scoring no goals this is a risk for Hull City however Campbell may find himself useful if given the chance on the pitch.
Chema Nunez is another player joining Hull on loan as he makes the switch to England from his current club Almeria. The winger is very creative and will likely see him battle Grosicki for a spot in the first 11. Nunez will be hopeing to secure sopme playing time to revive his carreer.
Ethan Erhahon is a promising young midfielder from St Mirren. Just 18 years old and time to develop Hull will be certainly looking to the future in what seems like the first step for Caville to produce his philosophy of youth engagement. Ethan arrived for a fee of £86,000. It has been noticed that the Allams are not willing to invest in the first team and thus the only permanent signing of the window for a small amount.
Leaving the club in January has seen Hull generate no money but allowing some players the freedom to get first team football. Young center half Reece Burke has left to Derby for the rest of the season which will allow him to gain strong experience from a great club. This helped free up some wage budget allowing Caville to loan in Campbell and Nunez.
The second player to leave was Hull City goalkeeper George Long with Caville preffering youth prospect Will Mannion as he has had an amazing first season in the first team. Long moved across the water to Lincoln to get game time and will be looking forward to helping Lincoln in their campaign.
Robbie McKenzie will miss a month of Football after suffering a groin strain, another of Caville's youth prospects he will be sorely missed and no doubt rarring to go when he is fighting fit. This could see a chance for Matthew Pennington to find his way back into the team with him already having a solid campaign so far.
In final news and we know you love to see it as Rhian Brewster picked up his third young player of the month this season as he returned to full fitness and full goal scoring capabilities. Bewster will hope he can continue his fine form this season and continue to turn the head of Liverpool gaffer Jurgen Klopp.
February will see Hull play 7 games in the league as they look to get involved in the final run in. Games against Sheffield Wednesday and Fulham will be ones to watch at each end of the month with some tough games ahead as we go into the month. Teh deficit only 8 points from the automatic promotion spots will be a key prize for Hull if they can continue on their current path and 12 points from 7th gives them some confidence when playing football. Its certainly shaping up to be a cracker of finale so stick with us as we like the fans are beggining to dream of Premier League football.