Let’s make the simple difficult. Let’s absolutely outclass a side for 44 minutes and then see Tim Krul do what he occasionally does, e.g. get closed down by a forward such as Fraizer Campbell and shank it to the edge of the box. One astute pass later and Marc Pugh hammers it home off the post.
Whatever your half-time preference might be, the enjoyment of your tea, coffee or beer was ruined by that moment. The atmosphere went from virtual euphoria to “Oh $hit”. We knew we’d have a battle on our hands in the second 45, and so it proved.
We’d had Marco Stiepermann impersonating Billy Elliott before slotting past David Marshall, quickly followed by Emi Buendia’s sharp reaction after good work from Onel Hernandez.
At times we were slick and verging on unplayable.
After the half time of anguish – at least in the Upper Barclay bar – an edgy first few minutes in the second half saw Hull finding their sea-legs. Up until a goal was scored that despite a lifetime of journalism I struggle to accurately describe.
I’m obviously on about that acrobatic flick from Buendia inside to Timmu Pukki, who appeared to tread on the ball but somehow got it out from under his own feet to lay it off. Emi nutmegs Marshall and it’s 3-1.
The natural order was restored.
And then, in about the 87th minute, the grey goose of Beccles gets in between Zimbo and Ben to head home from which was admittedly an excellent cross.
Cue the Daniel Farke tactic of the moment as in run the clock down, put on three very late subs and try to take the wind out of the Tigers’ sails. It worked, yet again. Just.
Farke said after the match that it should have been 7-1 and I do not disagree with him. We were vastly superior to Hull City, we really were.
There are now nine games to go and we need to win five of them. Can we do it? Yes of course we can.
In defence of Krul he is obviously told to play that way by Farke. It reminds me of the old phrase sweeper-keeper but only old ‘uns like me will remember the true meaning of it.
As for a few people on social media who want Krul dropped for Michael McGovern, I would simply say: no.
Do a job on Rotherham and get to 78 points before the international break and we’ll surely be fine.
It’s going to happen. I really believe it.
And as for the much-telegraphed but so secret announcement on Wednesday about Farke and team extending their contracts: what more could we want?
We’re literally into the final countdown.
Let’s continue as we are by making the difficult simple.