As friendlies go that was a good one, Hull City played some excellent football at times against Premier League Newcastle and came away with a credible draw.
Here’s what FanaticHull learned from last nights game.
- Evandro the star
Since joining the club in January 2017 Brazillian midfielder Evandro has made just 19 appearances for the club, largely through injury. Now fully fit and raring to go, thanks to staying in England during the off season to work on his fitness rather than returning to Brazil, Evandro showed exactly what he is capable off against Newcastle. He showed some touches of pure Brazillian class and had a hand in both City goals, providing the assist for the first and scoring the second with a brilliant first time finish. Keep this lad fit and he will be a mainstay of the City midfield this season.
2. Breathless Dicko needs support
Nouha Dicko ran his blood to water as he played the lone striker role. He caused the Newcastle defenders problems all night and could and probably should have bagged at least a brace. His hold up play was good at times but he is going to need support up top if he is to be effective this season. The return of Jarrod Bowen may help with this but it’s fair to say City need to bolster their forward ranks before the transfer window shuts.
3. Marshall hit and miss
With the departure of Allan McGregor, David Marshall will be looking to make the number one shirt his own this season. The Scottish keeper had a mixed night. He should have come out of his goal earlier to deny Joselu the chance to score the opening goal but he made up for that with some excellent saves. The two free kicks in the first half from Shelvey and Ritchie were both struck really well and Marshall did well to keep them out. He carried that on in the second half with some more fine saves but he could have done better with the equaliser.
4. Henriksen the leader
Markus Henriksen donned the Captain’s armband against Newcastle and despite a shaky start he bossed the midfield for long periods of the game. He was given a lot of stick when he first joined City and he took a while to get used to English football but he was arguably the clubs most improved player last season. If that was anything to go by this could be another good year for the midfield general who didn’t look out of place captaining the side. The Norwegian formed an effective partnership with youngster Dan Batty, and they were able to control things, especially in the second half, against the likes of Shelvey, Diame and Ritchie. Encouraging stuff.
5. North Stand Class
The Geordies really are a mental bunch aren’t they? Approximately 2000 of them turned up and made themselves known in the first half. Despite being outnumbered the fans in the North Stand, closely followed by the rest of the ground, gave as good as they got and really got behind City. The lads seemed to respond to that and Evandro saluted the North Stand when he put City in front. We hear so much doom and gloom amongst certain City fans and rightly so a lot of the time but it was great to see such a good, positive atmosphere at the KCOM. More of the same against Villa please. Silverware, we don’t care….
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