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Have Hull City turned the corner ?


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Many Hull City supporters will now be hoping that they have turned the corner following their superb victory at Deepdale against Preston North End.

It was obviously a much needed three points which came. The performance was a great away performance and the 0-2 score line perhaps flattered the home side more than The Tigers. Although Preston look a poor side who look like a relegation outfit at present, you can never under estimate the importance of three points away from home.

Hull City scored at the right time for both goals and it is probably a big relief for the everybody that strikers have now registered their first goals for the season. As a former striker myself I must admit that it is not always strikers who should be blamed for a lack of goals as they rely on the right service to produce the goods. Both Hull City goals proved this point as they were both put on a plate with good play in wide areas.

Hull City have taken much criticism so far this term, management and players, so Friday’s win will give everybody a lift. The decision to change goalkeepers was a strong one. It could easily have backfired if things hadn’t gone to plan but it appears to look like a masterstroke following Mannone’s  excellent display and clean sheet. Hull had to rely on him on a few occasion but the save from Iain Hume at 0-1 was superb. The fingertip save was a huge moment in the game. At 1-1, it could have easily proved to be a different outcome. In any match you are going to endure pressure so you will need your keeper to produce the goods at some stage in the game to secure the points.

Overall though I feel that Hull City controlled the match. They looked comfortable enough for long periods and the second goal gave them a lead that you felt that they would not surrender. The substitutions worked a treat so praise must go to Nigel Pearson for that. Nick Barmby has scored many a goal like that over the years and his experience is vital for the squad.

On paper the squad has more than enough to quickly climb the table. These three points could provide the confidence for those players to perform to that level more consistently. Although one win will not be enough to get carried away it does place City outside of the bottom three and with the run up to Christmas featuring many of the teams around them it could well be a decisive few weeks of the season. If they hit form now against these sides they could well be looking nearer to the play-off spots than the relegation ones.

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