Hull City may still not be playing particularly well as a 2-0 win over Ipswich Town showed, but there are some positive signs.
The first is defensive and it’s the assuring presence of loan signing Tommy Elphick. He made his debut for the Tigers at the weekend and breezed through the game. His display helped City land their first clean sheet of the season.
He made everything solid at the back by just doing the simple things. He didn’t do anything wrong with his headers.
It’s just good for City knowing they have someone there who is solid and won’t make many mistakes. He helped Jordy De Wijs as well and the Tigers looked strong defensively all game.
Sticking with Elphick and the defence and it would make sense for head coach Nigel Adkins to stay with his selections from the weekend.
Those eleven players went across the white line and got the result. It would make sense to keep it the same against Wigan and try and build a platform and get another win.
If it’s not right tomorrow, Adkins can change it up again and shuffle things around. A clean sheet and three points is all a head coach can ask for.
The second of the positive signs for City is on the attacking front and another first for the side – this time forward Jarrod Bowen’s breaking of his goal-scoring drought. You still wouldn’t put it past him being the club’s top scorer again this season and I spoke a couple of weeks ago about the player and how he needed to come up with another trick or two.
Defenders were reading him coming inside on his left like clockwork but now he’s started going back out on his right and hitting the target.
In the game against Ipswich on Saturday three or four times he went on his right side and even scored with his right foot.
It wasn’t the best finish but it doesn’t matter. He scored with his right foot and had some other attempts as well. The keeper had to pull some great saves off and his willingness to go on his right is promising.
It’s great to see him mix it up because the defenders didn’t know which way to turn with him and which way to show him. It’s clearly something he has worked on with the coaching staff and it will stand him and City in great stead moving forward.
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