A long throw from Marco Stiepermann, a flick-on from Cameron Jerome and what looked like a backheel from Nelson Oliveira and we nicked a well-deserved point in the over-run of injury time.
The Lambert days are apparently back in a slightly different guise.
Shades of Simeon Jackson and Derby. Because – this collection of players do not and will not give up. Fantastic. I guess you could call it a route one equaliser if you wished. But…
We had no Alex Tettey, no Josh Murphy and the long-termers are still on the treatment tables, so this was a point gained, not one lost.
As soon as David Meyler got his marching orders – he’d been snapping at James Maddison throughout the match – Hull abandoned any ambition and permanently retreated into two banks of four. Not easy to break down of course and although we had that fine shot from Maddison and the chance that Yanic Wildschut should have buried in the first period we didn’t create too much in the second half until our favourite native of Switzerland popped up and so nearly did the business.
Hull City were a decent side and frustrated us for ages. Fair play to them, even when they deservedly went down to ten men they looked good value for the points as they attempted to cling on to their lead.
But there was still (somehow) time for Nelson to achieve the deserved outcome.
Archant’s Paddy Davitt was spot on when he described “injury time” as “chaotic”. It was.
Angus Gunn for once copied his father by venturing into the opposition box – I think Bryan was an early pioneer of that last-gasp tactic.
I thought Keith Stroud was the best referee I’ve seen in a long time, but also believe he let the match run a little too long. Am I complaining? No, but I would be if I were a Hull supporter. Never mind.
The sight of Daniel Farke on the pitch and everyone around me going double apesh*t when we scored reinforced my realisation that we really could be going somewhere with Stuart Webber and this coaching team.
Sure, we looked as blunt as an old, cast-off butter knife for long periods of the game, but we stuck at it.
The substitutions were timely and ultimately effective. Full marks to Farke as certain previous managers would not have made those calls.
As for the folks who left before the end, oh well, you missed something special
And of course, we all know what’s coming next. Yes, you’ve guessed it, it’s the Binners. And they’re on a bit of a downturn just now. I’ll be in Micawbers, the Arena or somewhere of a similar ilk.
We retreived a point with basically half a team via route one; many other sides might think “Norwich don’t do things like that”.
Yes, we do. It’s called Farkelife.
Post script: Darren Huckerby you are a legend. Always welcome at NCFC and appreciated by all of us. Sorry it didn’t work out for you this time around but your display of casual dignity is immense. Top geezer.