Whilst the Iron fell to a 2-0 reverse at the hands of the Tigers, there were definitely reasons to be optimistic ahead of the new season.
New signing Josh Morris looked bright, busy and comfortable on the ball and could be a shrewd piece of business as the Iron look to fill the void left by the ageing Gary McSheffrey who made the short trip up the M18 to Doncaster.
Fellow newcomer Duane Holmes showed some good touches when he entered the field, bamboozling the Tigers defence only for Jakupovic to deny him from close range and the returning Kevin van Veen was also unfortunate in front of goal, particularly with a header that Jakupovic tipped over after a delicious cross from Townsend picked him out at the far post.
The latter put in a really good shift up front and regularly chased the ball down, coming deep in humid conditions in almost uncharacteristic fashion in an attempt to impress Graham Alexander.
The Tigers found themselves 1-0 up at the break. Maloney got goal side of Jack King and poked past Luke Daniels.
Adelakun and Dyche both had good chances before van Veen went close again for United, but it was £10million striker Abel Hernandez who put the game to bed and City 2-0 up. He tapped in at the far post after some more sloppy defending.
The way in which the Iron conceded the two goals will be of slight concern to Alexander. Maloney’s run wasn’t tracked for the Tigers’ first goal and Hernandez was in acres of space for the second. That said, there are no alarm bells ringing just yet either with two more friendlies to iron out any problems ahead of the opener with Bristol Rovers in just under two weeks time.
The visitors, who were without a permanent manager following Steve Bruce’s decision to quit on Friday, were backed by 600 or so fans who made their views on the matter quite clear.
They held a protest against their club’s owners in the Railway end. Hull are quite clearly in disarray and Premier League survival looks out of the question unless there are serious changes in the next few weeks. “We want our Brucey back” was the cry from the angry contingent from North of the bridge. One bloke on Humberside had admitted previous to kick off he had welled up upon hearing the news. It was all nearly enough to make you feel sorry for them…
Whilst Hull’s squad has been ravaged with injuries this pre season, it was still a strong starting line up full of internationals. One time Iron target Sam Clucas and Mo Diame were the two stand outs in midfield and but for a string of saves by the Bosnian Jakupovic the Iron may have got a consolation at the very least.
Overall it was a good work out in testing conditions, but the Iron will need to learn how to put the ball in the net without Paddy Madden if they are to get off to a much needed good start. He is a doubt for the start of the season through an injury to his calf.