October’s Loan Watch: Robbie Brady at Hull City

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By James Martin (Hull City supporter)

Hull City 2 Cardiff City 1

The Tigers continued their fine form with a home win over Cardiff. Brady performed well and looked solid both going forward and defensively. Brady could have given the Tigers the lead, but his curling shot from the edge of the area was tipped over by the Cardiff keeper. Former Manchester United midfielder Corry Evans volleyed over from the resulting corner. City took the lead just before half time with Matty Fryatt slotting home. The Tigers started the second half brightly pressing Cardiff, but were unable to add to their one goal advantage, and just after the hour mark the blue birds levelled things up. City nearly regained the lead almost instantly with a Brady cracker that narrowly went wide. On 71 minutes The Tigers found the breakthrough when Brady from the right played a low ball across the box for veteran Nick Barmby to tap in. City managed to hold on to secure a good win.

Brighton 0 Hull City 0

The Tigers claimed a useful point from Brighton and continued their seven game unbeaten run in the process. The Tigers were rarely an attacking threat and Brady was fairly quiet, although he had a fine effort brilliantly saved by former Leeds Keeper Kasper Ankergren. The attempt was the main highlight for Brady; however he illustrated a high level of short passing and the occasional nice touch allowing both him and the team to escape tricky defensive situations.

Hull 3 Watford 2

Another impressive win for City, but unfortunately another fairly quiet game for Brady, who in recent weeks has been moved from the left to the right wing. Midway during the first half Brady was involved in a touchline bust up with Carl Dickinson. Nothing serious came of the incident with the referee awarding both players yellow cards. The bust-up displayed a slightly more worrying edge to the United man, who consequently became feisty and he endured a physical battle with Dickinson until he was replaced. Brady enjoyed a couple of threatening runs, but these largely lead to nothing, as the Watford back line were quick to double up on the young midfielder. Brady was subbed in the 65th minute to make way for another striker as City searched for the winner.

Nottingham Forest 0 Hull City 1

City continued their impressive run with a well earned point over former European Champions Nottingham Forest. Brady was again largely quiet on the right wing. Given that Forest had a centre back filling in at left back it would seem that Brady would be better employed on the right, but Pearson was understandably reluctant to alter winning tactics. Brady was again subbed for a striker as City pushed for a winner.

Summary

It would appear opposition teams are wising to Brady’s threat and managers are placing two defenders on him. He’s had a quiet month, but still looks a threat, however against Watford he was quite frustrating as he had a number of runs but over elaborated, resulting in him being crowded out and losing possession. He has played his part in an unbeaten month that has also seen former Man United player Joe Dudgeon earn his first real opportunity. He looks fairly solid, but sometimes his positioning is a little suspect. Unlike James Chester who is progressing very well and is fast becoming a quality centre back barely putting a foot wrong all month.

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