Date:Friday March 7 2008
It Riley is Becoming a Farce
Hull 2-0 Burnley
To start with we should not let Riley`s performance disguise what was a pitiful display from us. We were outfought and outplayed by a good Hull side who really wanted the win.
Now on to the performance of Mike Riley who brandished no less than 4 red cards in a 7 minute period in the second half after which the game resembled a training match.
Our 2 reds were 2nd yellows and Hull`s were straight reds. The match was far from the dirty encounter the red card count would suggest. Firstly Hull`s Folan was sent off and it was at the other side of the pitch to where I was sat, but I was astounded when the red card came out I didn`t even see anything worthy of a talking to. Then it was the turn of Steven Caldwell to get his marching orders for a foul on the half way line. Riley produced a second yellow and Caldwell was off: this decision was correct. Next up was Jay Jay Okocha. I didn`t see this one but it was obvious from Gudjonsson lying on the floor that he had done something to him or Gudjonsson had dived. Then to top it off he yellow carded Gudjonsson and with it being his second of the game sent him off. Mass chants of "You don`t know what you`re doing" came from both home and away fans and one Hull fan was thrown out for trying to get on to the pitch.
It is getting out of hand now the amount of red cards referees are dishing out throughout the leagues. It is time it was looked at and something done about it.
From the outset it was obvious it was going to be one of those days as we spent roughly 3 minutes from kick off penned inside our own half. It culminated in Jay Jay Okocha shooting wide when he really should have scored.
That was followed by Fraizer Campbell missing the target from close range for Hull and a ball right across the goalmouth that no-one managed to tap in.
When Hull finally did take the lead it was from a shocker by Brian Jensen, very similar to the one at Plymouth. He somehow managed to let a nothing shot straight at him from Campbell squirm through him and despite the best efforts of a backtracking Burnley defender cross the line.
Hull continued to dominate and a wonder strike for Richard Garcia doubled their lead in the 28th minute. After getting free of Carlisle and getting into space he unleashed a thunderbolt from 35 yards which found the top corner.
Caleb Folan had a chance to make it 3 after roughly half an hour, but Jensen dived in and made a good save to prevent a third goal.
This ineptness saw Chris McCann replaced by Joey Gudjonsson.
There was to be one more decent chance before half time and it fell to Hull when a through ball found Fraizer Campbell bearing down on goal a superb save at Campbell`s feet from Jensen was enough to stop the attack. This was followed by theatrics from Campbell trying to earn a penalty.
Half time and we were lucky not to be 6-0 down. In all honesty we certainly deserved to be.
We should have pulled on back in a goal mouth scramble right at the start of the second half which saw Lafferty and Akinbiyi somehow fail to convert before James O`Connor converted Rugby style over the bar.
Minutes later Kyle Lafferty was replaced by the birthday boy Robbie Blake who was celebrating 32 years of age and Burnley had marginally the better of the play throughout the half until Mike Riley remembered a birthday means cards and swiftly produced 4 reds with Folan, Caldwell, Okocha and Gudjonsson all heading down the tunnel in quick succession.
Just prior to the second set of red cards a poor header Cole found himself right in front of goal with a free header just the keeper to beat. It was tipped on to the crossbar and out for a corner. There`s not really an excuse for him not scoring it was a poor effort this was immediately followed by the Okocha and Gudjonsson dismissals.
The rest of the game resembled a beach match and was a true farce. Many popular referee songs were sung in union by the home and away supporters.
The match slowly ebbed away and finished 2-0 to Hull. They deserved the victory, we didn`t. They wanted it more than us. All in all another poor trip to the KC Stadium. Let`s hope this isn`t going to become a real bogey ground over years to come because we`ve had nothing to cheer in our 3 visits there so far.
Man of the Match: No-0ne
Horrendous display from all concerned.
Thanks again EET, and still the matches continue with the main talking point being the ineptitude of the officials although as you point out we were the architects of our own downfall in this one!
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