Irvine Shines As City Secure First Win

In an exciting game for a neutral but an exhausting game for a fan, it was the Tigers that came out on top to earn their first three points of the season at the New York Stadium.

Despite going a goal down in the opening stages after Rotherham skipper Richard Wood capitalised on a poorly defended corner, we spent long periods of the first half in the ascendancy.

Contrary to Saturday, we looked to be the team forcing the issue, pressing forward in numbers, keeping the ball well in the final third as we started to exploit the gaps, consequently, there was a sense of inevitability when our first real opportunity arose on the half-hour mark.

Not an easy chance by any means, but ruthlessly dispatched by Jackson Irvine after some beautifully worked build-up play.

Adkins’ men gradually grew into the game following the equaliser as the hosts were finding it difficult to get into their stride and find any sort of momentum.

Heading into the break, Fraizer Campbell latched onto Eric Lichaj’s dangerous cross to slot the Tigers into a well-deserved lead.

Sooner than the half-time pints were necked and the half-time adjustments were put into effect, Semi Ajayi’s error set Campbell free on the wing, his pass found Jarrod Bowen who put it on a plate for Irvine to score his second and Hull’s third, leaving Rotherham with it all to do.

The drama did not stop there, however, the Tigers soon began to sit back and invite pressure from the Millers as David Marshall’s penalty area came under constant bombardment from all angles.

Rotherham pulled one back 15 minutes from time when substitute Jamie Proctor headed home just two minutes after coming on to set up a tense finish.

Proctor then turned provider as his cross to the back post was headed back into the centre where Ajayi was waiting, six-yards-out with the goal at his mercy. Completely fluffed his lines.

Heartbreak for the Millers but a hard-fought win for the Tigers in an impressive turnaround from the dismay of the Blackburn performance just three days prior.

Man of the Match: Jarrod Bowen. Caused problems all night long for the Rotherham defence and did not give Joe Mattock a minute’s breathing space. Deserved a goal for his efforts but a fantastic performance nonetheless.

Photo Credit: Hull City

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