A last-gasp winner from Steve Mounie snatched all three points for Huddersfield Town at the KCOM Stadium last night. In this article John takes a look back at some of the main talking points to come from the game…
What Must Mounie Do?
Town’s opening goal last night came from the boot of top scorer Karlan Grant, however it was his first strike since Saturday 14th December after drawing blanks in all of his seven previous appearances.
It’s somewhat of an axiom amongst fans that asides from goal scoring, Karlan Grant offers very little else to the team. Yet despite that, he has assumed a starting role for much of the last six weeks whilst Steve Mounie has found himself largely on the bench.
The Benin forward once again came on as a substitute last night to score his fourth goal in seven appearances. Danny Cowley has spoken recently about how our current system doesn’t suit Steve Mounie or play to his strengths.
However, the statistics are starting to say otherwise, so surely it is time for big forward to reap the rewards of more regular starts? If Karlan Grant is only in the starting line-up for his goal scoring prowess, the same argument could and perhaps should be made for Steve Mounie now.
(Highlights from Town's 2-1 victory over Hull City featuring goals from Karlan Grant and Steve Mounie.)
Ticket Price Wars
An entire article and more could be dedicated to the ownership situation at Hull City in an attempt to try and explain the ticket prices for yesterday’s game. Unfortunately I am neither of the inclination or the will to delve too far into that, plus I’m not a Hull fan and this website isn’t called TigersBlog.
What I am willing to say however, is that £33 for a ticket to watch second division football in England is an absolute disgrace. Especially when you consider that Town fans had to pay £3 more to visit the KCOM last night than they had to visit Anfield, Old Trafford or The Emirates last season.
The standard of football in the Championship is, on the whole bang average, which should be reflected in ticket prices. I understand that clubs have to make money somehow but £33 for a ticket is too much and it should be called out.
In the case of last night’s game, it wasn’t just away fans who were been ripped off, it was the home support as well. Hopefully the Hull hierarchy will see a correlation between their pricing structure and the paltry attendance of 10,474…
That’s All It Takes
As I alluded to in the previous section, the quality of play on show in the Championship is not exactly of the highest standard. Yes, there are a handful of teams at the top of the division capable of playing with class and quality, but below that, the rest are much of a muchness.
Whilst Hull City carried a threat from wide positions last night, their overall play was nothing spectacular, which is not to say that ours was either by the way.
Town’s victory last night was based on a defensive solidity that provided the platform to attack in a slightly more clinical way than the hosts.
That isn’t to take away from the performance and the result, rather it is a reminder that despite our current league position, things are not as bad as they appear. Before the January transfer window our depleted squad looked incapable of reaching consistent levels of performance to compete in this league.
With new additions we now look capable of performing on a more consistent basis in a hectic Championship schedule. Whilst it’s impossible to completely rule out relegation, on the basis of last night’s performance and our recent business, I think we’ll be fine come May.
Anyway that’s all from me today, apologies about the length of the blog, I would have loved to write more than three conclusions, but unfortunately work commitments haven’t enabled me to do that.
I’ll no doubt be back after the Fulham game to prophesise doom and completely contradict everything I’ve said in today’s blog. Until then, UTT.