The Carling Cup gave Hull City the perfect opportunity to end an away winless run lasting over 15 months.
League One side Brentford provided the second round opposition but, despite taking an early lead, the Tigers once again succumbed to defeat on their travels.
A strong team should have made light work of The Bees and after taking a sixth minute lead through Mark Cullen it looked plain sailing for City. But we should have of course have known better, the home side scoring twice to send City crashing out of a competition they stated they were keen to progress in.
The elusive away win is starting to hang heavily on City; this tie was the perfect opportunity to end the run of away defeats. A strong City side should really have done much better, but found themselves under the cosh for large periods of the tie.
With a midfield containing the skills of Robert Koren and Tom Cairney , the Tigers just could not find the rhythm to exert pressure on Brentford and that is something of a worry with another two away trips on the horizon at Doncaster and then Cardiff.
City's financial situation demanded a better result and a run in the Carling Cup, and a team was duly selected to do the job, hence it is a worrying sign that it failed to deliver.
Once again Nigel Pearson will have learned more about the deficiencies in his side than the positives and the forthcoming international break will give him time to work on dealing with the tendency to self -destruct away from home.
A short time remains in the transfer window and adding another striker to the squad looks a necessity. Rumours of a bid for Matty Fryatt may well hinge on the clubs ability to offload Jimmy Bullard in the next week.
With injuries to Paul Mcshane and Kamil Zayatte, City may also need to bring in a defender as the options look somewhat thin in their absence.
All in all the next seven days may yet define City's season.
An away win at Doncaster and a couple of new faces would make the loyal fans - who once again turned out in large numbers in London to follow their team - much happier .
*Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.
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