Despite many fans speculating that Hull City may struggle this season due to a lack of strength in depth, they continue to battle through, and gained a significant point on Saturday at Turf Moor against Burnley.
Phelan retains faith with United starting XI
The Tigers manager Mike Phelan decided not to start any of his summer signings, instead placing his trust into the same eleven that tragically lost to Manchester United at the KCOM stadium. That began as a wise decision after David Meyler hit the post with a low strike, again being assisted by the consistent Robert Snodgrass.
In spite of this encouraging start from Hull, an instinctive turn and long range strike by Burnley midfielder Steven Defour put the Clarets 1-0 up in magnificent fashion midway through the second half.
Snodgrass grabs deserved equaliser
A header in the 79th minute from Hull captain Curtis Davies that kissed the woodwork seemed to be the best part of a somewhat scrappy second half, as Burnley conceded eight fouls in the second half alone.
Into stoppage time it was simply one foul too many from Burnley as Ben Mee clipped Tom Huddlestone on the edge of the home sides box. Who else, other than the Scotsman, Robert Snodgrass steps up to take the perfectly positioned free-kick. Full of confidence after his hat-trick last Sunday for Scotland, he cooly and expertly curled the free kick round the wall and past Burley keeper Tom Heaton in the 95th minute.
Although Hull had the majority of the position during the game, 61%, but had less shots than Burnley overall, it is apparent that Hull need to be more clinical in the final third. After creating several chances throughout the game, Snodgrass is imperative in keeping Hull City’s fine form afloat.
Manager of the month, Mike Phelan says in his post-match interview that his “future may be secure” at the club after Hull’s impressive start to the season. The fans will definitely agree with Hull City currently sitting comfortably seventh in the table.