Hull City stepped up their pre-season preparations on Tuesday night as the played out an entertaining 2-2 draw with Premier League side Newcastle United.
As the game started the home areas of the KCOM looked sparse while the away corner was packed to the rafters with noisy Geordies but it was probably the City fans who went home happier after the game.
Newcastle started the game brightly and City struggled to get a foot on the ball early on. Jonjo Shelvey is an absolute baller and he was running the show in midfield in the opening 20 minutes. He was spraying balls left right and centre, usually to Joselu and that eventually led to the opening goal. A long ball from Shelvey was brought down well by the Spanish striker. David Marshall hesitated slightly and Joselu pounced on that, he slotted the ball home at the near post to the delight of the travelling fans.
The goal seemed to spark City into life and Nouha Dicko had the first chance for the home side. He did well to hold off a Newcastle defender but just as he pulled the trigger Jaamal Lascelles did brilliantly to deflect his shot wide. At the other end Marshall made up for his earlier hesitation as he made two brilliant free kick saves from Shelvey and Matt Ritchie. The rebound from the second of those free kicks fell to Jacob Murphy who stabbed it towards goal and Stephen Kingsley did brilliantly to clear it off the line.
Towards the end of the half City really stepped it up and that was mainly due to Brazillian midfielder Evandro. Minutes before half time he set up the equaliser when he got to the by line and crossed for Todd Kane who bundled the ball home from close range.
HT Hull City 1-1 Newcastle United
City started the second half as they finished the first and could have gone ahead through Dicko, another player who impressed on the night. He was through one on one but took slightly too long and the Newcastle goalkeeper was able to smother his shot. Evandro was running the show in midfield with some touches a certain Brazillian from City’s past would have been proud of.
Mid way through the half he gave City the lead. He latched onto a long ball with a perfect first touch and looked to set up Dicko. Lascelles got across to block the cross but he could only divert it straight back to Evandro who smashed a first time shot into the bottom corner. Scenes.
Considering this was only a friendly the KCOM was buzzing now. The North Stand were giving it as good as they got from the travelling Geordies and it made for a thoroughly entertaining pre-season game.
Unfortunately, as was the case so often last season, City succumbed to a late goal. A corner from the left wasn’t dealt with and Ayoze Perez pounced at the back post to hit a shot into the roof of the net to give the visitors a draw.
Despite the slightly disappointing ending this was a quality pre-season game and should give City fans plenty of optimism ahead of the season opener against Aston Villa. Adkins’ side are far from the finished article but I for one didn’t expect a performance as good as that against Premier League opposition.
FT Hull City 2-2 Newcastle United
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