By James Martin (Hull City supporter)
Well, a new season, and a new loanee from Manchester United for Hull City, this time in the shape of promising young goalkeeper Ben Amos. In the 2011-12 season, The Tigers struggled for a consistent number one, so new Hull manager Steve Bruce will be hoping Amos can cement a place in the starting XI and add to an already strong defence.
Amos’ first league game came against Brighton & Hove Albion. He produced a solid performance and kept a clean sheet in a 1-0 victory. The young keeper had a quiet afternoon, though he demonstrated an eagerness to be quick off his line to deny a goal scoring opportunity for Craig MacKail Smith. He also looked composed and comfortable when dealing with crosses and corners.
City and Amos tasted their first defeat at the hands of recently relegated Blackburn Rovers. The United man was again solid, producing a fine low save to deny Kazim-Richards. He did make one rash decision when he rushed a long way out of his area in an attempt to clear the ball, but failed and consequently Blackburn came close to opening the scoring. He could do nothing about the winning goal 15 minutes from time.
Amos’ best game in a Hull shirt came in a goalless draw away at Charlton Athletic. He made several fine saves including an excellent diving stop to keep out a Yann Kermorgant volley. He had a number of corners to deal with and each time he looked calm and assured.
Hull’s 3-1 win over Bolton Wanderers saw Amos continue his fine start for City. He could do little about Bolton’s only a goal – a Chris Eagles deflected free kick. Other than a few simple saves Amos was largely quiet thanks to solid defending and Bolton’s inability to hit the target.
Overall Amos has made a good start for The Tigers. He hasn’t made any glaring errors and has looked surprisingly composed and confident for a young keeper.
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