September’s Loan Watch: Robbie Brady at Hull City

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By James Martin (Hull City supporter)

Peterborough 0 Hull City 1

For Hull and Brady the first game in September was against Peterborough and a chance for Hull Manager Nigel Pearson to test himself against Sir Alex’s son Darren Ferguson. It was a game that was going to be a tricky fixture, but promised to be a good footballing game. Brady was steady and his passing set up some useful attacks. Brady who primarily plays on the left has in recent games being switching wings with Robert Koren, which certainly has given opposition defenders something to think about.  City took the lead when Aaron Mclean scored against his former club just after half time. They could have doubled their lead nearer the end when Jack Hobbs headed wide from a Brady Corner.  It was a quiet game for Brady who was rarely given the chance to show what he could do, however when called upon he was solid enough.

Hull City 1 Portsmouth 0

City notched up a third straight win when Robbie Koren’s long range strike earned the tigers maximum points. It could have been much better for City and for Brady who had an ongoing battle with Portsmouth keeper Jamie Ashdown. The Manchester United man could have netted The Tigers second midway through the first half when he rose highest to a Tom Cairney corner, but his header crept over the bar. Brady came close again when he drifted in a cross that nearly found the top corner. Moments before halftime Brady had a further opportunity to open his account following a swift counter, but his effort was deflected wide. After the restart Pompey looked a lot livelier, but City and Brady continued to threaten. Ashdown was forced into another fine save after Brady fired a shot towards the top corner and after a goal mouth scramble the ball fell to the Irishman who drilled a shot low and hard towards the bottom corner, but Ashdown was equal to the effort pulling off a magnificent reaction save. This game really could have produced a big win for City and Brady was instrumental in the performance. Going forward he always looks a handful and full of tricks and he is certainly not afraid to shoot, though on occasions he tries to do too much and sometimes loses possession when a pass would be the easier option. However, he is still learning and is improving game by game.

Bristol City 1 Hull City 1 & Doncaster Rovers 1 Hull City 1

Well these two games followed a similar pattern for both City and Brady. The Tigers played well, took the lead then sat back and allowed the opponents to draw level. Brady was fairly quiet in these two games.  I was expecting more from him against Bristol as he was playing against a makeshift left back, but he struggled to make an impression apart from a few decent crosses. He was never really allowed the space to make things happen.

Against Doncaster Brady was again quiet. In the first half he did take his man on a couple of times, but unfortunately too little avail. Again he needlessly lost possession after trying to over-complicate. In fairness to Brady the team’s tactics don’t really help his direct style of play. It’s a shame Brady and Hull were unable to show their potential against two clubs struggling in the league.

The month has still been a positive one for Brady whose performance against Portsmouth earned him a lot of plaudits.

Former United

It’s also worth noting the success of former United man James Chester who is fast becoming a real fans favourite. Many believe him to be the best young centre back outside of the Premier League and it wouldn’t surprise me if he isn’t playing top flight football before long. He’s not the biggest defender but he has a good head and is very calm on the ball.

Joe Dudgeon has also looked very solid in his opening few months, though he does look very green at times and is clearly still learning his trade, but no major errors yet.

Corry Evans has struggled for form and was subsequently dropped early in the campaign after failing to impress but has had a couple of appearances since. He is always up for a battle and works very hard.

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