In the first home match of 2021, Lee Johnson’s men played out a 1-1 draw, a result that we have become all too familiar with. Here’s how the lads performed.
Lee Burge (5/10): Terribly misjudged the cross for Hull’s opener, leading to a shaky game that showed a massive lack of confidence. Perhaps should have been subbed off earlier due to an eye injury, despite pulling off a few saves before half time.
Conor McLaughlin (5/10): Struggled to deal with Wilks’ directness and pace, before coming off at half time.
Bailey Wright (6/10): Did the basics correctly without being tested too much defensively.
Dion Sanderson (5/10): Kept losing Tom Eaves in the box, so Sanderson is fortunate the big man came off in the first half. The youngster was sloppy in possession and caught ball watching too often. Improved in the second half, stepping out of defence with more composure.
Callum McFadzean (5/10): Tried to get forward a lot, but that left us exposed at the back when Wilks and Honeyman counter attacked. McFadzean is certainly better suited at wingback rather than an out and out fullback.
Grant Leadbitter (7/10): Swept up time and time again in midfield, covering the shaky defence. Recycled possession well as usual, with the composure expected of a player with Leadbitter’s experience.
Josh Scowen (7/10): Pressed really well and intensely, helping the team win the ball back high up the pitch.
Max Power (6/10): Offered plenty of energy and enthusiasm in the first half, but clearly isn’t a right back. In the second half, Power was poor positionally and caught out several times. That being said, the makeshift fullback was arguably our brightest attacking threat in the latter stages.
Jack Diamond (7/10): Diamond worked hard throughout and was rewarded with an assist. The young winger was direct, quick and effective, producing lots of impressive crosses.
Charlie Wyke (4/10): Cut an isolated figure up front, particularly in the first half. Wyke grew into the game but was too slow too often and failed to hold up the ball when we needed an outlet up front.
Aiden McGeady (6/10): Guided his header into the bottom corner well, but often found himself dribbling without a purpose. His selfishness and lack of end product regularly gave away possession needlessly.
Remi Matthews (6/10): Relatively untested but stayed sharp, doing the simple stuff quickly and efficiently.
Lynden Gooch (6/10): Harried and pressed the Hull defence well, but never looked like making an impact on the ball.
Chris Maguire (6/10): Linked up well with Power as we pushed for a winner. One of the few attackers in the match who seemed to play with intelligence and a little bit of quality at times.
Danny Graham (5/10): Like Wyke, Graham was too slow and never really got involved in play.
Elliot Embleton (5/10): Didn’t have an impact in open play, and Embleton’s set pieces were below par in a time where we needed them to be a threat.