Hull 1 Arsenal 2.. (Arsenal win on away goals).
It’s getting to the stage where we can scrap the team coach and hire a mini bus to take our fit players to away games. We are savaged with injuries, which as usual the media choose to forget.
A lot of the pundits are knocking Bendtner, even after the infamous Porto “hat trick” and 6 goals in the last 5 starts and in his favoured position at last.
He, and watch my lips is not our main striker, he is behind RvP in the pecking order, that’s like knocking Michael Owen for Man U. or N.Gog for the Dippers, he is far, far better than them and his all round play and work rate is superb and he is improving every game.
Onto the game, we started as we usually do, passed a bit, misplaced passed a bit, then settled in and scored at the fifteen minute mark with a opportunity from our Russian secret weapon. He just runs at players and plays the percentages that a break will come his way and it did. 1-0..
Then as usual, the game starts to come easy, we create, we think we are in a training session and we piss ourselves laughing as yet another chance goes over the bar. But the reality is we are always one balls up from a equaliser. The balls up initially came from the linesman, although standing in line missed the Hesselinkson bloke beyond our back four.
So he had the head start on Sol and as Sol plays catch up he clatters into the back of the bloke with the long name, (clatters is by far too strong a word) . Should Sol see red? . No (a) because two wrongs don’t make a right (well a bit) and (b) the attacker has to be in a goal scoring position. How can you score a goal when the ball is two feet behind your head would be some feat)?
Anyway. Bullard penalty 1-1..
The game re-starts and soon becomes ill tempered and for some reason a handbags session breaks out on the half way line that involved Nikki getting tugged, poked in the face and whacked.. and he got a yellow for that along with the perpetrator. Boetang
Just before half time Boetang decides to tattoo Sagna’s knee with his studs and he walks with just two yellows, which in reality is better for us than a straight red as we don’t see any benefit from a three match ban.
HT, Hull down to ten men. We should piss this, but I still never felt good about it.
The main talking point for the 40 minutes of the second half was a tackle by Sol in which he won the ball, luckily the ref must have had regrets about his first half penalty decision and Sol just gave a free kick away, much to the disgust of the KC mob.
The crowd became boisterous, the tension started to build and we never looked like scoring. Eboue was replaced with Theo and we started to dominate as the game went on and our passing game wore Hull 10 men down, but with no real chances. but Hull started to be forced back.
Out of the blue the fourth official stuck up a six minute of injury time on his board and that was the belief we needed to win the game, that must be an omen, we never get that sort of gift. Sure enough three minutes in Bendtner is the first to react from a ? Denilson? Shot and we score in +3 mins Phew!!..
At this point of writing I turned on MOTD and I expect a anti Arsenal reaction but, hold up, Shearer and Hansen are backtracking and are saying similar to what I have already wrote “offside” “Not a red for Sol” “well timed tackle” I am stunned, perhaps the League is our destiny and they are giving in. The force is with us..
Almunia.. 7.. Hardly saw him, no Manuel moments whatsoever.
Sagna.. 7.. Perhaps we could have rested him yesterday and played Eboue at right back and we would have had more attacking options, he did okay..
Campbell..7.. He looked a little cumbersome and tired at times, I don’t understand why he should have been sent off, or the problem with his tackle. (apart from he is Arsenal)
Vermaelen 7.5.. Roma’s new centre half for next season had his usual good game, usual tenacity and desire to win.
Clichy. 7.. Back to normal, fast, and wants to win. He seems to have settled next to Vermaelen a lot better now.
Denilson.. 5 .. yep he was there.
(in fairness he made the winner, after his shot was poorly saved by the Hull keeper)
Diaby 6.5.. Frustrating that he cannot show up every week, he should be running rings around this lot. But he never played badly.
Nasri.6.5.. He was trying his best, but he just ain’t Cesc..
Arshavin.. 7.25 Brilliant, Frustrating, Clinical, wasteful, whatever the mix, bloody exciting, I love the fella.
Eboue.7. Okay performance, perhaps he was struggling after a midweek game in Europe more than most as he isn’t used to them.
Bendtner.. 8 My MOTM, never gave up, looks clumsy sometimes but manages to use the ball really well, First to react for the winner, cheers Nikki.
Theo.7... Did really well, good crosses, just needs to know that the players running in are not mind readers..
Eduardo? Difficult to give a mark to, as he wasn’t on for long, but showed well and needs a good run out next to Nikki, but can you leave the AA man out?
We will get these sort of games if we are to win the Premiership, it’s never plain sailing. But 3 points are 3 points.