Sunday, January 04, 2009

Toothless against Tigers

Hull City 0 - 0 Newcastle Utd

Shay Given once again succeeded in putting himself in the shop window, as his heroics against a second string Hull team kept our name in the FA Cup hat for at least a week and a half and ensured we left the KC Stadium with a draw on Saturday.

With injuries limiting JFK's options, he handed Andy Carroll a rare start up front and welcomed Sebastien Bassong back into our defence after his recent suspension. Going forward we created a couple of decent chances, only for Michael Owen to have a rare off day, with our number 10 suffering with an apparent inability to hit a bovine behind with a stringed instrument, either firing wide or hitting the woodwork.

At the other end, Given produced a couple of fine saves to ensure he received what must be a rare clean sheet bonus. The most controversial moment of the match came when Damien Duff's clearance appeared to drift behind the line before Given claimed the ball. However, it was inconclusive and we for once had the benefit of some officiating.

What this means is that we get to do it all again on Wednesday week, by which time the eternal optimist in me is hoping we'll have bolstered our squad with some new additions (although possibly not Barry Ferguson), and not shipped out any important first-team players, with the prospect of an eminently winnable Fourth Round home tie against either Crewe or Millwall the prize which awaits the winners.

Other reports: BBC, Observer


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