Wednesday, 21 April 2010
Hull 0 Aston Villa 2 - How We Miss Collins!
He isn't Bobby Moore by any stretch of the imagination, but Collins has a lot of the Alvin Martin about him. He was a giant at the back against Hull. Every cross into the box seemed to find Ginge's head and his tackling, closing and blocking were all impeccable tonight. Remember that victory at Sunderland last season when cross after cross into our box thudded against Collins' head? Remember those full blooded blocks as players lined up a shot on the edge of our box? That was Collins again tonight.
What he gives is 100% commitment, and there's a heck of a lot of defensive nounce in him too. The block he made in the first half, on the goal line, with an unmarked Kilbane shooting from the edge of the six yard box, was truly awesome - one of the best goal line clearances I have ever seen. How Zola stood by and allowed Duxbury to sell Collins has always been beyond me. After our showing at Liverpool and Ginge's performance tonight, I am convinced that our perilous position is as much down to that decision to part with Collins as to any of the other dreadful mistakes we have made since the dismissal of Pardew. Collins was a defensive general tonight, a real leader at the back, and that is exactly what we have been missing all season. He was a key figure in the Great Escape and was at the heart of our defence in all our epic defensive performances since; but the clowns running our club decided to sell him. Madness!
Hull fought well tonight, far better than we did against Liverpool, but were undone by Villa's superior skill and a disciplined showing from the boys in Claret and Blue. If only we had shown the same level of commitment against Liverpool! Hull fans will go home disappointed at losing but can have no complaints about the team's spirit and desire to win. Could we say the same after the Anfield debacle? Dowie isn't going to be called Jose anytime soon, but he motivated and organised Hull better than Zola managed two nights ago!
So, we stay afloat! If Hull contrive to lose against Sunderland and we avoid defeat against Wigan, we will be as good as safe. If Hull draw and we draw, we will still be as good as safe. If we draw and Hull win, Hull will still need to beat Wigan to send us down. If, if, if but the ifs are in our favour for now - thanks to James Collins!
Posted by Hammersfan at 21:47