A game that will live long in the memory for Boaz Myhill’s stupendous performance in keeping out a tasty Spurs side who put five past us at a canter earlier this season at The Circle.
Particularly noteworthy were the one-on-one with Jermaine Defoe, a late Ian Ormondroyd* header and two double saves featuring lightning quick recoveries. The phrase ‘world class’ has been used to death but was totally fitting today.
But despite Myhill’s heroism, and the fact he’s played over 250 times for Hull City, and over 40 in the Premier League, BBC commentator John Motson couldn’t be bothered to find out how to pronounce his name, instead calling him Boz on Match of the Day.
Worse, the BBC’s post-match video interviewer asked Myhill if he was going to give England boss Fabio Capello a call – ignoring the fact he’s Wales’ goalkeeper already. Watch and weep at the end of this clip here.
Otherwise there was lots of tricky play for Spurs in places, but they looked pretty desperate as the game wore on and the breakthrough hadn’t come, falling back on the hoof to Ormondroyd* into the box and increasingly hopeful penalty appeals.
In the first half, their fans booed as two City players were treated for head injuries within a few minutes of each other, perceiving this as time wasting. The referee was swayed by this, within a few minutes booking Nick Barmby for not taking a throw-in himself but lobbing it to a team-mate to take. Poor decision from an otherwise good performance from the ref.
At the Spurs end there was less traffic, as Phil Brown has finally dispensed with the idea of playing strikers and instead selects multitudes of attacking midfielders – Craig Fagan, Barmby, Geovanni, Richard Garcia, Stephen Hunt – leaving seasoned international strikers Kamel Ghilas and Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink on the bench. However, Barmby should have done better with a close-range shot into the side netting and Garcia put a free header well wide.
Other points that are in my mind: Spurs weren’t selling alcohol to Hull City fans in the concourse; from several seats in the away end you can’t see the far left corner of the pitch; singing ‘you’re getting taxed in the morning to red-faced Harry Redknapp was a joy.
Click here to watch highlights of the game with foreign commentary – though this bloke can probably pronounce Boaz correctly.
* Yes, I know it was Peter Crouch, not Ian Ormondroyd, but have you ever seen them in the same room together? Exactly.