Things looking up for Tigers – on and off the field

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At long last, the deal for the sale of Hull City seems to have been completed according to the local press with East Yorkshire-based businessmen Assam & Ehab Allam taking control of the club.

City's financial difficulties have been well publicised, but hopefully there will be a major cash investment for the playing squad once the deal is fully completed.

The exact details of the takeover will no doubt take time to emerge but it does sound very positive for the club and the continuity hopefully of Adam Pearson the current Director of Football remaining in that position in the new set up can only be beneficial.

On the pitch, it's been a very difficult time for the fans, the home defeat to Scunthorpe did perhaps flatter the visitors as City contrived to miss three excellent scoring opportunities during the game.

Manager Nigel Pearson has found his striking options limited through injury and lack of available funds to replace loanee Rowan Vine who has returned to QPR and those who have played in attack have failed to find the net with any regularity.

Indeed Slovenia captain Robert Koren has looked the most likely scorer until he too joined the injury list.
This week I travelled to Elland Road with some trepidation.

Two thousand others also kept the faith and gave their team fantastic backing. A sensational strike from John Bostock gave the Tigers a great start.

Bostock has not been able to hold down a regular place in the starting line up but undoubtedly possesses huge talent as his strike demonstrated, he did though blot an otherwise excellent display by getting two yellow cards; the first of which was very harsh it seemed.

I was delighted to see captain Ian Ashbee restored to the midfield just behind a trio of James Harper, Kevin Kilbane & Bostock with Kamil Zayatte given licence to roam and support lone striker Richard Garcia.

Garcia has taken some criticism from a section of the home fans but he gave a gritty, determined performance. The Leeds equaliser took an unfortunate deflection off the back of defender Daniel Ayala before O'Brien was left free to head home what looked to be the winner.

Leeds will no doubt regret not looking to add a third as they went back to show-boating days of the seventies playing keep ball only to pay the price when Bradley Johnson sliced home an own goal from Cairney's corner.

For City it was most definitely a game of two halves, in the first they showed composure and confidence to create chances but in the second dropped deeper and deeper until the inevitable goal was conceded.

The situation at the foot of the Championship is a worrying one for City with a huge match at Preston looming on Friday night. Ex-Tiger Jon Parkin lies in wait for City and the ever impressive Daniel Ayala and Anthony Gerrard at the heart of the City defence will be in for a difficult night.

Hopefully Koren and Nick Barmby may be fit to return and there are some City fans calling for a return to the side for the forgotten man of Hull City, Peter Halmosi, the Hungarian international left winger has yet to figure this season but if he were to re-discover the form he showed at Plymouth previously would be an asset to any Championship side.

All in all, the next few weeks will be crucial for the team and the club. The fans will be waiting for the new owners to show their hand in the loan market and identify the plans for the future whilst Nigel Pearson must build on the point gained at Leeds.

We need to gain more from the games with Preston, Ipswich and Middlesbrough before promotion contenders QPR come to the KC in just over two weeks time. Exciting times are ahead - hopefully on and off the pitch.

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