Player Ratings: Hull City vs Wolves

A draw against Hull away is not too bad. To come back twice from being one goal down is not too bad. But I am not totally pleased with the way Wolves played today.

The team started well and was the best team at the pitch until the unfortunate goal in the back after eleven minutes. From that until just before the end of the first half Hull was the best team. Wolves was second on most of the balls and their passing was terrible.

But after the fortunate equaliser and during the second half Wolves were the better team. We actually stepped up after their goal and it was not more than fair that Wolves got the second equaliser. And maybe we should have taken three points as well, with Mujangis’s shot in the last minute.

Let’s go to the ratings for the individuals who started this match. Nobody else played long enough to be rated.

Hahnemann – 7 – Did nothing wrong. Had no chance on the first goal – nor on the penalty. Did go out to stop attacks a couple of times and looked very confident on set pieces.

Zubar – 5 – Defending is number one for a right back and Zubar makes too many mistakes in defence. He made the penalty with the same carelessness as Stearman in the same position before him. When will they ever learn?

Craddock – 5 – The main perpetrator for the first goal. Looked at the ball instead of marking his man. Does not have the speed to chase forwards in full speed and without luck we could have had another goal in the back. No luck today going forward either. But he is heavy marked on set pieces now. The team should have alternative free kick variants and other players to aim at.

Berra – 5 – Not one of his best days either. Have not been coming back to the old form after his neck injury. Looks whining and sulky. When both the central defenders are having a bad day the defence gets shaky. But the Hull forwards were tricky with their shirt holding and ‘falling sickness’.

Ward – 7 – One of the best and most energetic players on the pitch. But he had a hard time defending now and then. But at going forward and linking up with Jarvis he was fantastic.

Mancienne – 6 – Wolves were very lucky -( or it was of course Mick’s choice of formation) – that they had him covering for the back four – or mostly the centre-backs. But he did not run back quick enough to help before the second goal. He was not at all as impressing as against Liverpool.

Foley – 7 – One of the best in Wolves today. Had three scoring attempts and created attempts for his mates. But he haven’t got the ‘strikers instinct’ in front of goal. But some strikers lack that as well. Was involved in both Wolves goals, though.

Henry – 5 – Much of the play came from the wings – from both Wolves and Hull – so he was very invisible today. But he is still too negative in his play and choses to pass back or to the side instead of finding ways to pass forward. The youngster debuting in the middle at Hull was better than Henry.

Jones – 5 – I had hopes that he would shoot more but he didn’t seem to get many chances. Just one on target attempt. Probably better than Milijas in defence, but Milijas is more creative and finds passes forwards in the deep and is better at set pieces.

Jarvis – 8 – An extra point for the goal, but he was good at defending as well as going forward today and together with Ward he was a continuous threat to Hull all match long.
It was no coincidence that he was the one to score Wolves second goal. As I’ve said before; Matt Jarvis have been and still is the best player of Wolves this season and he is Paddytheflea’s Man Of The Match.

Doyle – 7 – As usual very hard working and gets through the opponents defence on several times. But he seem all too often wind up in a bad angle or being snatched off the ball in the last second too often. Many matches without scoring now, but if he continues to fight and goes around his player on the inside instead of the outside more often he will get a result sooner rather than later.

Mick McCarthy did the right thing in playing 4-1-4-1 one more time. He gets an eight from me for his managing and coaching of the team.

Some say that he should have let Vokes in after an hour, but I’m not at all sure about that. It could have weakened us enough to open up for Hull to score a winner. It was right to guard the point we had in the first.


Matthew Jarvis – The Equaliser 😆


~ by paddytheflea on January 30, 2010.

4 Responses to “Player Ratings: Hull City vs Wolves”

  1. What a load of rubbish. We should’ve gone 4-4-2 straight after we equalised for the second time, but MM was too afraid of losing instead of going for the win. Hull, and especially their defence, were there for the taking.
    8 out of 10? You are definitely having a laugh.
    Oh, and sort your grammar out if you’re going to continue to write a blog.

    • I’m still learning, Paulwolf. English is not my first language.

      I still think McCarthy did the right thing.

  2. Okay, my apologies.

    If we play 4-5-1 at Birmingham we will lose. There’s no way Doyle on his own will break down the Blues defence.

    This is where we went wrong yesterday. Hull’s centre back Gardner was a donkey and with an extra forward on we could’ve put more pressure on him.

  3. If we play 4-4-2 against Birmingham away I think we will be crushed, Paulwolf. The system with Mancienne covering for the back four has worked miracles for our defence.

    I agree that we do seem to have small chances to score, but we have that with 4-4-2 as well. And Birmingham has problems scoring as well, but an iron tight defence.

    You may be right about letting another forward in at the end of matches. But the main thing I believe would do all sorts of good to Wolves, would be to get Kightly back on the right wing. Then we will be flying again. And he’s in training again soon, so it may be just a couple of weeks away.

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