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Hull City ? outclassed.


This is getting to be unbelievable.

It was only a few weeks back and we were all worrying about our future as a League Club and now? well, if we don't make the play-offs on this form we shall be wondering how it all went wrong.

No, I'll change that.

If we don't make it to the very top of the League and gain automatic promotion we shall be wondering how it all went wrong.

Again we were totally awesome.

We made one of the favourites for promotion look like a team struggling for survival.

Our super fast strike force made the Hull defenders look like old men with zimmer frames. In fact that's just how they made the Rochdale defenders look four days earlier.

The only two minor points, and they are minor points, are Craig Hintons nightmare first half, his second half was much better.
And our off target shooting in the second half, but for that we could have scored six.

Straight from the kick-off it was one way traffic, it was a long wait for the first goal though.

The first chance for the rampant Reds came as early as the third minute when Larkin found the ball at his feet after the Hull keeper, Musselwhite, punched out ball.
He took it a few feet and seeing him still off his line tried to lob it but defender Mohan had rushed back to guard the empty net and save Musselwhite from an early embarrassment.

Richie Appleby went close minutes later but he couldn't get on the end of Colin Larkinís right wing cross.

Appleby then picked up a measured through ball from Dean Bennett and let go with a terrific edge of the area shot that Musselwhite did well to push out for a corner.

It was Larkins turn again when a superb ball from Abdou Sall was sent over the top of Hulls defence to fall at the feet of the in rushing on loan Wolves striker.

The chance was wasted though when he fired straight at the keeper.

I've noticed a change in tactics in the past few weeks. Although we still play the ball to feet we seem to be playing a lot of balls over the top for Larkin to run onto.

It may be a bit like watching Cheltenham but it seems effective for us and it is exciting to watch.

For a short period in the first half we started to get a bit of pressure from Hull and at times our defence panicked in an effort to clear the ball.

This coincided with Craigs dodgy spell but luckily Sall was there to clear up.

It was a shock to us and the rest of the team when he was taken off in the 22nd minute with a groin strain.

Broughton came on to replace him and Danny Williams dropped back into the centre half position as Deano went into Danny's place.

Luckily it didn't seem to upset the forward line too much because a few minutes later we had taken the lead.

Larkin again beat the defender to send over a powerful cross for the unmarked Bo Henriksen to easily send a neat header into the back of the net for his third goal in two games.

Just after the goal we had a close call when hands went up for a penalty as Alexander went flying but the ref didn't see it that way and booked him for diving.

After that it was back into action for Larkin and co as first Larks sent a 25yd shot just inches wide and then Drewe fired straight at Musselwhite when it would have been easier to score.

Larkin was inches away when he again lobbed the keeper after latching on to a brilliant through ball from Williams.

Hulls only effort in this half was a 25yd shot from the former Baggie, Richard Sneekes.

HT. 1-0

At the re-start the City manager, Brian Little, made some much needed changes when he took off Greaves and Whitmore for Dudfield and Matthews.
His tactics had now changed from coming for a draw to trying to go for a goal.

It didn't work though, within five minutes of the restart we had gone into a 2-0 lead.

Drewe Broughton sent Larkin away again and as he took the ball across the area it looked as if he had taken it too far.
He suddenly swivelled and shot. The ball went back in front of the keeper and into the left hand corner of the goal.

After more pressure from the Harriers came the miss of the game, in fact it was the miss of the season.

Larkin beat his man yet again to send over a perfect cross from the right. It fell just right for Drewe but he completely missed it and the ball ran to Bo waiting alongside.
From just two yards out he scooped it over an open goal.

By now Hull were totally out of it and looking second rate. Musselwhite was loosing concentration and his kicks were going everywhere, mainly out of the ground.

It wasn't long before the killer goal came and it was the seventh goal out of seven games for the on form Dean Bennett.

Henriksen sent him away down the right, he beat the unimpressive Ian Goodison (they were all unimpressive) and although his first shot was blocked he coolly collected the rebound and fired home through the packed area for our third.

After that we took our foot off the pedal and Jan swapped Larkin and Henriksen for Foster and Ducros to give them a bit of match practise.

This win takes us up to 9th place in the table and with the short trip to Nottinghamshire on New Years Day it looks like Mansfield are the next ones to be ticked off on our list of high flying scalps.

FT. 3-0



Harriers-Online Man of the Match is :

Colin Larkin

Swept past the Hull defenders with ease.
They might as well have gone home.

Once he improves his finishing he'll be unstoppable.


TEAMS:

Harriers.
Brock, Stamps, Hinton, Clarkson, D Williams, Bennett, Blake, Sall, Larkin, Appleby, Henriksen.
Subs;   Broughton, Danby, Foster, Ducros, Joy.

Hull City.
Musselwhite, Petty, Mohan, Goodison, Holt, Whitmore, Greaves, Sneekes, Johnsson, Berresford, Alexander.
Subs;  Glennon, R Williams, Dudfield, Rowe, Matthews.

CARDS;
Yellow. Harriers 2. Blake, Hinton.
Yellow. Hull City 2. Alexander, Greaves.

Red. Harriers 0.
Red. Hull City 0.

Referee;Mr W Jordan (Herts).


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