Writer: Mikey Delap
Date:Monday December 14 2009
KC Stadium, Hull
12th Dec 09
Attendance: 24,500 or so
Hull City and Blackburn Rovers were forced to share the spoils after they played out a goalless draw at the KC Stadium - Rovers third such result.
Rovers have certainly tightened up at the back, nobody could accuse them otherwise but that has seemingly sacrificed more opportunites at the attacking end of the field.
Rovers substitute Nikola Kalinic had the best chance of the game in the second half as he pounced on a loose ball inside the six-yard box and fired in a first-time shot, but the Croatia striker could only send ball agonisingly wide of the post.
Blackburn had a chance early on as a Richard Garcia foul on Junior Holliet allowed Benni McCarthy to try his luck from a close range free-kick, but his blasted right-footed effort flew well over the Hull crossbar.
Craig Fagan then had a great chance for the home side as he was found with a tight through ball by Boateng, but the striker was not in luck as keeper Paul Robinson cleverly turned away his low right-footed effort.
Vince Grella then came close for Blackburn but his first-time right-footed effort curled up and over the bar from 18 yards. But it was only a matter of time before Grella hobbled off as fears over his recent injury woes continued.
Hull were starting to get control for a short period and Geovanni tried his luck for Hull towards the end of the half but his arrowed right-footed volley was comfortably saved by Robinson.
That was more or less it in a very tame and pedestrianised first half.
Blackburn's Franco di Santo, turned up the heat in the 2nd half and had a chance early in the second half but his speculative half-volley was at great pace but sadly right down the throat of Hull keeper Myhill.
Boateng then found space for a shot at the other end of the pitch but his low left-footed drive was well saved by Robinson.
Garcia created a chance for himself on the hour mark as he cut inside the Blackburn defence, but he really should have done better, hitting a tame effort that allowed Robinson to make a comfortable save.
Shortly after coming on as a sub for Benni McCarthy, Kalinic was looking tricky and found himself with a great chance moments later but he could only fire his left-footed shot into the side netting from 12 yards.
An improved secodn half was then put on hold as Hull sub Altiodore tried to con the ref and was booked for a technical looking dive that involved no contact at all from Chris Samba - despite Hull's silly protests it was a dive of Gerrard proportions.
Kalinic then came within inches of putting the visitors in the lead with the best chance of the match but his first-time effort from six yards somehow rolled past the post when it seemed easier to score.
All in all, difficult to make a judgement call. If we had of really gone for it we could have won 2-0, but then we could have lost 2-0 with that approach to.
It seemed that Sam was happy with the clean sheet and point on offer despite the late chances.
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Date:Monday December 14 2009
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