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The opposition view: Hull City

Filed: Monday, 19th January 2015
By: Staff Writer

With up to 35million-worth of players missing from their team yesterday, Tigers fans were far from surprised at seeing their team go down 3-0...

"In the first half it was remarked that Carroll coming back from injury was probably the worse thing that could have happened to West Ham; gone was the nice football played in the 2-2 draw earlier in the season, and back with the hoof ball up to the big man. City were by far the better side in the first half. Still can't fathom whether City got worse or West Ham better, I think it was probably more of the former than the latter. Throwing Maguire upfront when you have a striker on the bench smacks of desperation. Fine, Sagbo is a sack of shit, and Aluko not much better, but Bruce must have lost some cred in the dressing room with that."
- TigerBob

"I didn't think they got appreciably better as a team, more that we stopped pressing them so much and Song and Downing started to take advantage of the extra space. That, combined with bursts of witless defending scuppered us. Although it made no difference to the end result, that was one of the most one-sided refereeing performances in a long time. It seemed like Atkinson wanted at least a death certificate as evidence before he'd give us a free kick. His performance was summed up by him halting the game for a minor head injury to Collins that needed no treatment, then ignoring Bruce laid out in our penalty area while they continued bunging crosses in. Fucking useless fucker for fuck's sake."
- Pressburger

"It must be demoralising enough for City's players to go into a game like today with no recognised striker on the pitch, but to see an inexperienced central defender asked to play up front in 'the best league in the world'? It's farcical and Bruce should be held to account for that. I felt for the players today. They all put in a shift, but as soon as McGregor spooned the ball to Carroll it was game over. Watching Quinn and Aluko trying to win headers or even hold the ball up against Collins etc. was like watching Charlie Magri trying to fight Mike Tyson."
- Tiger Cola

"We completely outplayed a top seven team in the first half, great football. Obviously no excuse for folding second half and Maguire up top? I've no words for that. I'm looking forward to a great battle for survival and sending Villa down on the last day, along with QPR and Leicester."
- Dangle

"Today was like watching a 3rd Round FA Cup tie, with West Ham the Premier League team against a team without any real names. The minnows excelled in the first half, should have been in front and 'an upset' was potentially on the cards - until a comical error opened the gates for a relatively easy victory for the home side. Listening to the post match reports, Steve Bruce in particular seems a shadow of him former self and seemingly not knowing what to try next. What we have is a Championship side full of Championship players - that's the harsh truth. Today was really a freebie because of the sides around us losing, but we could and should have had three points which would have taken us up to 14th!"
- TigersCave

"This is beyond a joke now. Our injury list consists of Rosenior, Bruce, Chester, Robertson, Snodgrass, Diame, Ramirez, Hernandez and Jelavic. When you consider our full squad might be worth around 60million, our injury list is worth around 35million of that. Ask yourselves, if Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City or Manchester United had lost nine of their most important players, where would they be? Any team from 7th place down would be in our position."
- Fatpipe

"Elmo on the left worked quite well - it stopped Downing having any real influence on the game, and if he had stuck his easy chance away it would have looked like tactical genius. Unfortunately, Chester getting crocked knackered that game plan. After that, and McGregor's howler, we just fell apart. West Ham got stuck in and we ended up with the slowest centre-half partnership I have seen since Nicky Mohan donned the black and amber. Individual errors and injuries are the story of the season so far - just about every game we have failed to win over the past two months has been because of embarrassing, simple, individual errors."
- Hovetiger

"Brilliant first half performance but we didn't convert the chances into goals. (Which was a real shame cos we were the better team.) I thought the psychology was wrong for the second half - and that's down to Brucie I'm afraid. It wasn't the right approach, knowing they were going to come out all guns blazing. We should have still pressurised them, high up the field, and continued to take the game to them. Brucie's half-time team talk wasn't correct - and this is what is to blame for the defeat. We could have beaten them today - or at least got a draw. One of Brucies managerial mistakes unfortunately."
- TenfootTiger

* Comments originally posted at hullcityindependent.net, Hull City Mad, Amber Nectar and Twitter.

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