Hopes of Premier League survival took a great hit today against relegation rivals Leicester.
After taking the early lead through Sam Clucas, Hull looked to be escaping the relegation zone for the first time in quite a while. Kamil Grosicki’s excellent cross was scrambled in by Clucas to claim his first Premier League goal. Though the fact may have gone to the player’s head later in the game, his football after the goal showed a little over-confidence, as chances and better options were squandered by the player as the game progressed.
Jamie Vardy’s pace consistently threatened the Hull defence and was rewarded on the 27th minute with a pass picking out Christian Fuchs who slotted past Jakupovic.
As Hull seemed to calm the play down, Mahrez’s hard work and determination to regain the form he had through the whole of the previous season was rewarded with a goal that Jakupovic will look back on and consider that he could have done a little better.
The home side’s win was confirmed with a deflected shot that came off Tom Huddlestone, who was having a decent game, and beat Jakupovic for the third and final time of the night.
Marco Silva will have a lot to think about after certain player’s performances in this game. First and foremost was Markovic who was probably our weakest link today. He seemed unable to complete passes to his usual standards and was rightly substituted for Diomande on the 78th minute, though by this time there was little hope of an equaliser.
Surprisingly the second player that will have to do some serious work to regain their position will be Ahmed Elmohamady. He appeared distracted through the entirety of the match and miscontrolled several passes made to him in threatening positions. Though it has to be said that right-back is not his best position, it does question Silva’s faith in his recent acquisition Omar Elabdellaoui, who could only manage a position on the bench this week.
If Hull are to avoid the drop this season, which I still have faith they will, they are going to have to remain focused on the game and begin to show attacking threat. Our main attacking came from Grosicki’s excellent pace, which tested the Leicester defence several times. What is for sure is that we need goals. Niasse did all that could have been asked of him on the day, but it wasn’t enough without good quality service to him in an attacking position.