Peterborough United went to great lengths to get the match with Hull City last Saturday played, but did the fans get value for money at a very cold London Road?
The two sides may be at different levels in the Championship with Hull chasing promotion and Peterborough looking to escape the relegation battle, but in the end the pitch proved to be very much a leveller.
It’s fair to say that Hull dominated the first half playing some attractive passing football as they looked to unlock the Posh defence, yet in the end they only had a deflected goal from a corner by Robert Koren to show for their efforts. The scoreline did not truly reflect the away sides dominance and Hull would go on to rue their failure to turn their superiority into goals in the second half.
By the midway point of the game the sub-zero temperatures were starting to take their toll on the pitch and in the stands as copious amounts of hot drinks were being consumed. Players on both sides started to lose control of passes they would normally deal with comfortably. Through balls were over played and the quality of football dipped. It was the home side who seemed to take to the conditions better and their pressure told when a debateable penalty was awarded for a foul by Hull defender James Chester. Grant McCann converting the opportunity easily from the spot.
This did seem to jolt promotion chasing Hull into life and they finished the stronger but could not find a winner as they pounded the home goal in the final ten minutes.
The crowd of 6214 which contained over a thousand travelling fans had shivered their way through the 90 minutes, but many left the ground wondering if all the efforts to get the match on had been worth it. The game would have benefited from a better playing service and whether the fans got value for money is a moot point, it certainly felt like an endurance test weather wise and maybe a warmer March night might have been better in retrospect if a little less convenient.
From the Hull perspective the match showed the increasing need to find a striker. With Sone Aluko side-lined through injury it was left to summer signing Nick Proschwitz and Jay Simpson to lead the line. Neither found the net but the German Proschwitz impressed and went close on a couple of occasions.
Hull have bid for QPR'S DJ Campbell and have been linked with a number of other strikers, bringing the right one(s) to the KC Stadium could hold the key to promotion.
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