Take a week off blogging due to work and few other things such as Tiscali, or is it Talk Talk now, f*cking up your broadband connection and what happens? Well nothing much except daily “drip” articles about Rafa and the club finances. Are we any different from the majority clubs? Everyone seems to be saying the same thing. “we’ll sit down after this season and have a chat about the future and where we go from here… blah blah blah” However, I guess some talks are more important than others?
Now isn’t really the time to discuss any of this in great depth but looking at this week its difficult not to draw a comparison between Rafa and Gordon Brown. Both, many will say, are/were living on borrowed time. For Brown, after this week, the clock has nearly wound down surely it is only a matter of a week or so before he can think about cancelling the milk at Number 10? Can the same be said of Rafa now this game, and therefore our wretched season, has finally come to a close?
This game was always going to be an effort to summon any enthusiasm about. What was on offer? A chance for Hull to say goodbye the Premiership with a good performance and for us the dubious honour of sixth place! Be still my beating heart. As it happened neither was achieved, seventh being our worst finish since 1999. The score and occasion summed up both clubs seasons?
Rafa, in his 350th game in charge, didn’t make too many changes Maxi and Yossi were injured so in came El Zhar and Babel. The game kicked off to the Hull fans singing the ”Champions League, you’re having a laugh” chant. Clearly no one had told them that we hadn’t qualified and that any over ambition in this area on our part for this season had gone! It was also slightly ironic given that they will be “having a laugh” in the Championship next season? However perhaps like with our Champions League status they had forgotten about this, it had been on the cards for some time?
The first chance of note fell to El Zhar who let fly from the outside the box. The shot was heading for the top corner only for Duke to turn it over. Shortly after Boateng cleared Kuyt’s header off the line. Aquilani then rattled the cross bar but Agger completely messed up the rebound. However, against a team that has one of the worst defensive records in the Premiership this season it was not a good performance, no goals, few chances and very little signs of the team getting into a decent rhythm and really making Hull sweat.
In the second half Jan “very long name” and Mendy went close. However the game petered out into a series a fee kicks penalty claims, one for each side. Rafa gave youth a chance bringing on Pacheco and sixteen year old Jack Robinson who doesn’t look sixteen at all? Gerrard nearly saw us go out with a win via a good run and shot that ended up hitting the base of the post.
Out of boredom the Hull fans started an end of season “congo of defiance” in the stands. What would we give to see the side waltzing through the opposition like they used to. Hell at the moment I’d even settle for a small spring in our step. Thank God it’s all over!
Hull: Duke, Dawson, Gardner, Mendy, Mouyokolo, Kilbane (Geovanni 76), Boateng, Atkinson, Cairney, Cullen, Vennegoor of Hesselink (Fagan 84), Substitutes: Myhill, McShane, Cooper, Barmby, Geovanni, Olofinjana, Fagan
Liverpool: Reina, Agger, Kyrgiakos, Carragher, Aquilani (Pacheco 73), Gerrard, Mascherano, Lucas, Kuyt, Babel (Robinson 87), El Zhar (Ngog 62), Substitutes: Cavalieri, Degen, Skrtel, Ayala, Robinson, Ngog, Pacheco