Welcome back and get ready for some good results and a couple of shit ones! The squad have gelled perfectly with the new signings and that has helped with us fighting for a play off spot from the get go. Hernandez has probably been one of our best players this season and you will see a reason why in this update. We do have a good bunch of players here and IF we did get promoted then I could see us surviving the first year in the Premier League but there is a long long way to go as were only about at the half way point of the season. It is still early days with our time at Hull but the Leicester job became available and I was soooo tempted to apply for it and dominate the world with them… but I didn’t bother for now and may apply for it in the future..
Aston Villa – Away – Championship – 6th V 5th
Hernandez puts us in front early in the game when a lose ball in the area finds him at the back post to side foot past the keeper. We get a second in a dominant first half as Hernandez squares the ball to Woodburn in the area and fires past the keeper at his near post. We have a chance for a third in the final few minutes when we win a penalty but Hernandez smashes it against the bar and it goes behind. Aston Villa pull one back late in injury time when Douglas whips a low ball in to Davis at the near post to tuck past Marshall.
Cardiff – Home – Championship – 4th V 17th
Nothing much to say about this game as it was boring from start to finish with very little highlights. It was a tough game against a struggling Cardiff side who went down to ten men in the second half when Richards was shown a second yellow for a late tackle. Cardiff also had the best chance to win the game when they missed an open goal when two v one in the area.
Portsmouth – Away – Championship – 15th V 4th
A really frustrating and awful performance from us against Portsmouth. Portsmouth take an unexpected lead when Kennedy pulls the ball back from the byline to Morrison on the edge of the 6 yard box to fire in to the top corner. They double their lead before half time when Morrison on the right whips a ball in to Kamara at the near post to tap in. Morrison is involved again as Portsmouth get a third when he slides Kamara in on goal and tucks the ball under Marshall.
Reading – Away – Championship – 4th V 6th
We take a deserved lead against Reading when Bowen cuts in from the left and rolls the ball to Hernandez to fire past the keeper. Hernandez gets his and our second of the game and again Bowen sets him up when he squares the ball to him and Hernandez cooly side foots the ball past the keeper. All the action was in the first half as Reading win a penalty in injury time which Swift steps up and puts in to the top right corner.
Huddersfield – Home – Championship – 7th V 12th
Another fairly boring game where not a lot happened but we did manage to win this game by the one goal. Adomah gets our winner and the only goal of the game when he gets on the end of a cross at the back post and pokes it past the keeper. We did have a worry on our hands when Grujic had to be taken off injured and will be out for 4 weeks.
Bristol City – Home – Championship – 4th V 17th
Bristol take a deserved lead after we couldn’t get going in the first half. The goal comes when a corner is only cleared to Clarke who drills it back in to the area and Bailey stretches his foot out and pokes it past Marshall. We get a point from the game when Kalas floats a ball to the back post and Terrazzino is free to head past the keeper.
Birmingham – Away – Championship – 13th V 4th
Birmingham take the lead when they are awarded a soft penalty and Adorjan rolls it down the middle. We are back on level terms before half time when Seuntjens puts a low ball across the face of the goal for Hernandez to tap in. We take the lead just before the hour when Bowen whips a free kick across the area to Westwood to volley in at the back post. The lead doesn’t last long as Birmingham get a second when Calvert-Lewin robs the ball before playing Vassell in on goal to curl round Marshall. We thought we had got the winner in the final few minutes after Hernandez counters and his shot deflects to Bowen to tap in to an open goal. Birmingham get a share of the points in the final minute of injury time as Vassell squares the ball to Calvert-Lewin on the penalty spot to stroke the ball in to the corner.
Barnsley – Away – Championship – 3rd V 4th
Another awful performance as we play Barnsley who are a place above us in the plays offs. Hammill puts Barnsley in front in the early minutes when a cross from Bradshaw finds him at the back post to tap in. Barnsley get a second and Bradshaw again sets it up as he puts a ball to the near post and Thiam is there to dink the ball over the keeper. Thiam gets his second of the game when he picks the ball up on the edge of the area and rifles it in to the top corner.
Preston – Home – Championship – 5th V 21st
Hernandez gives us the lead against struggling Preston when the ball bounces around the area and he reacts quickest to poke it in to the bottom corner. We win a penalty in the second half when Adomah is tackled from behind and Hernandez calmly slots it in tot the corner for his second of the game. Preston get a consolation goal in injury time when Sallai is unmarked in the area to head past Marshall.
Brighton – Away – Championship – 10th V 5th
A good win against a solid Brighton side who not long come down from the Premier League. Seuntjens puts us in front in the 20th minute when we counter and a shot hits Benalouane and falls to Seuntjens on the 6 yard line and tucks it past the keeper. We double our lead minutes in to the second half when Seuntjens lays the ball off to Bowen who takes a touch and curls it past the keeper from the edge of the area. Adomah makes it 3-0 when a corner knocked down and he fires it in to the bottom corner. We did finish the game with 9 men as two of our players went off injured after we made our subs but they were back in a couple of days.
Millwall – Away – Championship – 15th V 5th
We made a great start against Millwall as we were 2-0 up inside the opening 10 minutes. Hernandez gets our first goal against the run of play after Morgan skips past two defenders before pulling it back to Hernandez to slot the ball past the keeper. We get a second straight from the kick off as Seuntjens robs the ball and switches it out wide to Bowen who whips the ball back in for Hernandez to score with a bullet header. Hernandez gets his hat trick inside 20 minutes when Bowen poaches the ball off a defender and is in one v one but his shot is saved and Hernandez follows up to tap it in. Millwall go down to ten men in injury time of the first half when Saville is shown a straight red for a two footed tackle. Morgan gets our fourth goal as we play it across midfield and he fires it across the keeper and in to the far corner from the edge of the area.
We seem to be slowly picking our form back up again after we have won our last three games. We are still in the play offs and currently sit 4th but it is so so tight with these teams around us that anyone could drop out. The January transfer window is opening in the next couple of days so we may do some business as we are looking at a couple of players and a couple of our players have already agreed transfers with clubs to go in January. We have some very tough games coming up as we play the teams around us as well as an FA Cup game at home to West Brom which could be interesting depending on which Hull team turns up. As I said at the start I was tempted to apply for the Leicester job and we will probably manage them in the future so be prepared!