Hulled and Sunk!
6th November 2007 @ 7:45pm
This article is really for the purists and just records the match details for those with an interest in stats. Events have overtaken any interest in this match to be honest and its a pity this woeful performance will be Steve Cotterill's swansong in a week where the result led to his final demise with the former gaffer leaving the club yesterday by mutual consent.
Nothing much can be said about this dreadful performance to be honest. My thoughts as soon as the whistle went were quite simply 'I dont think Steve Cotterill will survive this result' and so it proved.Hull's Michael Turner managed to get the winner in injury-time after the Clarets had been reduced to 10 men when David Unsworth was sent off for a professional foul in the 85th minute.
It was almost inevitable the last five minutes would put the Clarets under pressure and the late Hull substitutions in the last ten minutes with veterans, Windass and Okacha coming on seemed to do the trick for the Tigers.
To be honest though the Clarets seemed clueless how to break down the defence all through the match. Blake also seemed off form and we appeared to then lose any influence after he was substituted by Mahon in the 46th minute.
Andy Gray came close early on and Chris McCann had Burnley's best chance but his glacing header hit the bar.
That was about it, a woeful match thats best forgotten and I already have! The match will be remembered for one thing and one thing only. The game that finally killed off the Championship's longest serving manager. Steve Cotterill 2004-2007. Good luck and thanks for all the effort you have put in.
Steve's final match comments for the Clarets were as follows:
'My verdict is that we didn't deserve to win the game.
'All in all it's a real disappointing night. If we'd shown the same commitment and endeavour tonight that we showed on Saturday during a 0-0 draw at Sheffield United we would have won the game.
'But we didn't do it and we didn't have enough players tonight. There is becoming a pattern that we are not doing so well at home so something is not quite right.'
The Clarets now need to pick up the pieces at Leicester away this Saturday with Steve Davis temporarily in charge and in the break afterwards see what develops on the managerial front. Its not a total disaster, we are currently 15th on 18 points, five points now behind 6th placed club Wolves with a game in hand. Two or three back-to-back wins and all will be sweetness and light again
Burnley: Kiraly, Alexander, Carlisle, Unsworth, Jordan, Elliott (Akinbiyi 72), Spicer (Jones 82), McCann, Lafferty, Gray, Blake (Mahon 46).
Subs Not Used: Jensen, Harley.
Sent Off: Unsworth (85).
Hull: Myhill, Ricketts, Turner, Brown, Delaney, Garcia, Ashbee, Marney, Hughes (Windass 81), Campbell (Okocha 90), McPhee.
Subs Not Used: Duke, Dawson, Livermore.
Goals: Turner 90.
Ref: Chris Foy (Merseyside).