Young Spurs ace has got the eye of a Tiger

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Making my way to the KC Stadium I was struck by two things, one was the queue for the new home shirt that my daughter wanted in the club shop and the 20 minute wait, the other was the decision by manager Nigel Pearson to start with Richard Garcia as a lone striker in a 5-4-1 formation.

Now don't get me wrong, having met Garcia I know he's a friendly, committed player who always gives total effort to the cause. However a main striker he is not and the Australian international has found goals hard to come by since an opportunist header at Blackburn two years ago. So why was he leading the City attack on Saturday?

According to his manager it was down to the system he was playing to prevent the opponents, Swansea, from playing the ball out from defence. Garcia it seems was not there to find the net primarily, but to ensure the Swans defenders were rattled and closed down at every opportunity.

To Garcia's credit he did just that and when he gave way towards the end of the game the City fans showed their appreciation for his efforts loudly, something Garcia has not always found forthcoming from the City faithful.

The efforts of Garcia allowed City new boy John Bostock, on a season’s loan from Tottenham,to really shine on his debut.

Oozing class, the midfielder played just behind Garcia and was able to find plenty of space to operate in and quickly became a target for Swansea who used all means to try and stop him from playing.

Bostock looked assured on the ball and his link-up play was excellent, culminating in an early contender for goal of the season when he fired home from 30 yards to give City the lead.

City though do desperately need to add a striker to the squad, with Folan and Fagan injured and Cousin seemingly out of favour, only young Mark Cullen offered an alternative to Garcia.

Captain Ian Ashbee made a solid return to the team, even getting on the score sheet which is something of a rarity.

Overall encouraging signs for City fans, Hull will face far greater tests than the one Swansea provided on Saturday but early impressions are positive and I for one will have to learn to trust the plans that Nigel is putting in place.

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