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Disappointing Start For City

Posted on: Sat 06 Aug 2011

Hull City got the new season off to a disappointing start with a 1-0 home defeat to Blackpool.

The only goal of the game came nine minutes from time from Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

Nigel Pearson fielded six of his summer signings with Peter Gulacsi, Joe Dudgeon, Jack Hobbs, Paul McKenna, Robert Brady and Dele Adebola all in the starting eleven and after an impressive pre-season, Tom Cairney also earned a start.

Jack Hobbs captained the side.

City started brightly enough, a neat one-two between Adebola and Matty Fryatt almost cutting the Blackpool defence open, but the offside flag stopped the attack.


Adebola's side-step then almost had him through on goal, but Alex Baptiste stuck out a leg to prevent the striker going any further.

A heavy challenge on Robert Koren gave City a chance in the 12th minute. Cairney took it and from fully 30 yards, he saw his effort thunder against the bar.

Blackpool's first effort on goal came from Barry Ferguson in the 17th minute, but Gulacsi was equal to it.

City were still in control, though, and Brady fired a shot just wide on 24 minutes.

Good hold up play from Adebola allowed Fryatt to get a shot away in the 31st minute but it was easily saved by Matthew Gilks.

Blackpool were almost in front ten minutes before half time when Gulacsi failed to claim a cross and Elliott Grandin's header dropped just wide.

The first yellow card of the season went to Dudgeon following a late challenge on Taylor-Fletcher.

Blackpool came close to opening the scoring in the 43rd minute when Kevin Phillips saw his shot hit the outside of the post.

Ian Evatt was then booked for a challenge that left Adebola on the ground.

Half Time: Tigers 0-0 Blackpool

City had to make a change just over a minute into the second half as Adebola limped off to be replaced by Barmby.

Blackpool were inches away from taking the lead on 50 minutes when Gulacsi again failed to collect a high ball and Craig Cathcart's header went just wide.

Baptiste produced a fine challenge on Fryatt just as the City striker looked set to score after bursting through the middle and into the box.

Brady's burst down the right then almost produced the perfect ball in for Barmby, but it proved to be just beyond his reach.

City somehow failed to take the lead 20 minutes from time when Fryatt took the ball too close to Gilks before seeing his effort smothered by the goalkeeper and then Barmby fired the rebound over.

McKenna was shown a yellow card on 77 minutes for a challenge on Grandin.

Blackpool took the lead nine minutes from time as Taylor-Fletcher rifled a superb shot into the top corner from about 15 yards out.

In added time, substitute Jay Simpson fired a shot just wide of the far post.

Simpson had an even better chance moments later, but he lobbed over the bar when one-on-one with the keeper.

Tigers: Peter Gulacsi, Liam Rosenior, James Chester, Jack Hobbs, Joe Dudgeon, Robert Koren, Paul McKenna (Simpson 85), Tom Cairney, Robert Brady, Matty Fryatt, Dele Adebola (Barmby 47).

Subs: Adriano Basso, Andy Dawson, Corry Evans, Nick Barmby, Jay Simpson.

Blackpool: Matthew Gilks, Stephen Crainey, Keith Southern, Ian Evatt, Elliott Grandin (Basham 89), Kevin Phillips, Brett Ormerod (Clarke 67), Gary Taylor-Fletcher (Sutherland 87), Alex Baptiste, Barry Ferguson, Craig Cathcart.

Subs: Mark Halstead, Billy Clarke, Chris Basham, Matt Hill, Craig Sutherland.

Referee: Mr S. Mathieson.

Attendance: 18,907.

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