Welcome back as we begin life at Hull after our two years at Tranmere where we achieved back to back promotions. This is the first time that we have had a decent amount of money to spend on transfers and I feel we have brought in some good players. In this update we will go through the transfers then a quick look at how we got on in pre season before we kick off the first few games of the season. If you missed the previous blog where we look at the Hull team get up to date here or the final update of the season at Tranmere is here.
As expected we have brought in more players than what we have sold. The only notable players to be sold so far are Kelly (£2.2million) and Ulloa (£1.6million). We have also loaned out Mannion to Forest as I feel he would develop more playing week in week out rather than sitting on the bench and playing every now and then.
Edoardo Goldaniga – £1.7million
Afimico Pululu – £2million
Mats Seuntjens – 650k
Daniel Amartey – £2million
Marko Grujic – Season Loan
Ben Woodburn – Season Loan
Angus Gunn – Free Transfer
Tyrone Mings – Season Loan
Marco Terrazzino – 275k
Leighton Baines – Free Transfer
Jordan Ferri – £3million
Lewis Morgan – 500k
As usual the assistant will be taking charge of the friendlies and he also arranged a majority of them before I added a couple afterwords as for some reason I like to have about 6-8 games in pre season. We should have a relatively easy pre season as we are coming up against teams we should be beating but it is all about getting the teams fitness up and getting the new players settled in to the new team and formation.
We had a solid pre season and we were unbeaten which I thought we had a good chance of doing so and some of the games we won convincingly like the 7-0 against Doncaster. We did have a few players come in on trial over pre season but for now none of them earned themselves a contract but we may bring in one or two by the end of the window if we can’t get other transfers in.
The championship is a tough league to get out of and this season is no different with the likes of Everton coming down from the Premier League and are expected to go straight back up. I am still setting a personal target for the play offs but if we just miss out this season then I won’t be that disappointed. We are currently 7th favourite for winning the league and I feel our team is strong enough to be around there come the end of the season.
Millwall – Home – League – 13th V 16th
We kick off our time at Hull with a win against Millwall who are always difficult to play against. It took us until early in the second half before we scored and Hernandez was the man to open the scoring. The goal comes when Fredericks puts a ball in to the area from the right for Hernandez to control and fire in to the bottom corner taking a slight deflection on the way in. Millwall were soon back on level terms when Cole gets to the byline before pulling it back for Soriano to tap in. Hernandez gets his second of the game and our winner after he wins a penalty and converts it in to the top corner.
Hartlepool – Away – Carabao Cup 1st Round
A chance to progress in the cup against Hartlepool and we put out a slightly rotated side to try and get us the win. Tyrone Mings puts us in front on his debut when he plays a one two with Terrazzino and drills it past the keeper at his near post. Terrazzino then doubles the lead before half time when he volleys home a cross from Amartey. Hartlepool get in to the game in the second half when they pull one back after Rodney heads the ball in at the near post from a Norris cross. Straight from kick off Bowen runs down the right and puts an early ball in to the back post for Terrazzino to tap in. Terrazzino is involved again as he has a chance for a hat trick but fires the penalty straight over the bar and out of the ground.
Sheffield Wednesday – Away – League – 19th V 9th
An even and frustrating game as we had most of the chances in the first half to take the lead but it was Sheffield who take the lead from a penalty. They win a penalty late in the first half and Bannan scores after tucking it in to the bottom corner. We do manage to get an equaliser just after the hour mark when Adomah puts a low ball in to the area and Adelaide scores at the back post.
Derby – Home – League – 10th V 17th
We take an early lead inside the first couple of minutes when Terrazzino heads a ball back across the area for Adomah to side foot past Carson. Our lead doesn’t last long as Boli pulls the ball back to Martin to score from a yard out. Hernandez puts us back in front when he gets to the front post to flick a cross from Adomah past the keeper. Derby equalise again when we can’t clear the ball and it’s put back in to the area for Butterfield to head past Marshall. Derby then turn the game around and get the winner late on when Blackman beats the defender to the ball and slots it under the rushing Marshall.
QPR – Home – League – 13th V 19th
Adelaide gives us a deserved lead in the first half when his free kick takes a deflection off the wall and wrong foots the keeper. He doubles the lead a few minutes later when the ball finds him at the back post and he heads it back across the goal in to the far corner. We get a third and Adelaide is involved again as he goes on a solo run before squaring it to Adomah on the penalty spot to tuck in. Solanke pulls one back for QPR with a shot from the edge of the area that squeezes in to the bottom corner. QPR then get a second when a free kick is knocked down and Luongo fires past Marshall. Adelaide gets his hat trick when nods a corner in at the near post. We get a fifth of the game and again it comes from a corner as it’s whipped in it gets flicked on to Adomah to volley past Smithies.
Burton – Home – League – Carabao Cup 2nd Round
Another cup game and another chance to rotate the side to give others game time. We get off to the worse start as Burton take the lead after Palmer plays Sordell in on goal and fires it across Gunn in to the bottom corner. Their lead lasts about a minute as Bowen puts a low ball in to the area for Woodburn to tap in his first goal for the club. Woodburn turns provider as he whips a ball in to Adelaide at the back post to head in. Adelaide and Woodburn link up again for our third as Adelaide comes down the left before cutting inside and squaring for Woodburn to slot past the keeper. Sordell gets his second of the game when Amartey passes back to no one leaving Sordell in on goal to tuck past the keeper. We score a fourth before half time after we win a penalty and Baines steps up and fires it down the middle for a debut goal. Burton get a third and Sordell gets his hat trick when a cross is knocked down and he fires it in off the underside of the crossbar. Woodburn then gets a hat trick of his own as he robs the ball on the edge of the area before sliding under the keeper.
Everton – Away – League – 1st V 6th
We take an early lead against the league favourites as Adelaide’s header hits the bar and Adomah follows it up to tap in past Pickford. Everton soon equalise when Sigurdsson slides Onyekuru in one on one and slots it past Marshall. We go in front again when Seuntjens squares to Adomah on the edge of the area and fires it past Pickford at his near post. About a minute later and Everton are back on level terms as a corner bounces around the area and Lukaku reacts quickest to poke it in. Everton then take the lead before half time when Bakambu beats the defence for pace and cuts inside and fires it across the keeper and in to the far corner. Everton finally kill us off in injury time when a cross from Lukaku finds Bakambu in the area to nod past Marshall from a couple of yards out.
A good start from us considering we have played some good teams in our opening games. After five games we are 10th and three points off the play offs which is personal aim this season. Despite us taking the lead against Everton I’m not angry that we lost as their team is ridiculous and I wouldn’t be surprised if they went the season unbeaten. The new signings have settled in well and are all playing well and have made the squad look stronger than when we first joined. There is still a couple of days left till the window closes and I don’t think we will be making any more signings as I am happy with the players we have. With this formation we are conceding far to many goals so far so we may have to look in to changing that otherwise we will continue to drop points and go from winning games to losing them like we did against Derby. I am happy at Hull and feel this is the right move for the long run of my career as this gives us a better base to start from now we have better players and and a bit of money we have to attract better quality players.