Hull City versus Chelsea

It's been awhile since we've seen Dozy do this...will today be the day he scores?

PEEP PEEP TWEEEEEET. Game over, Hull 1 – Chelsea 1. Terry 2 – Altidore 2, though in the battle for whose a  better human, Altidore wins by a mile. Then again, Terry’s a dick.

Altidore played a great game as did the rest of the Hull City players. He worked hard and hurried the Chelsea back 4. He brought the ball down well, was a presence in the air and took on players with only his ball control failing him. If he could shore up his touches, he would have many more opportunities at scoring his first premiership goal.

92:00 – Joe Cole scampers down the wing and sends in a cross that Malouda, whose had a very quite game, volleys straight into Drogba’s back. That was goal bound.

90:00 – Zayatte comes on for the injured McShane. Can Hull City hang on. As i write this, Sturridge comes down with a ball and sends in a stinging volley that Myhill has to stretch to put around the post. Great shot, great save by Myhill.

89:00 – Drogba receives a yellow card for a swing/hard challenge on McShane who will probably have a nasty shiner to boast tomorrow.

85:00 – Altidore off Kilbane in. Jozy receives a large standing ovation for his efforts as the crowd cheers and claps his industrious and powerful play. Clearly a defensive move by Phil Brown who would be more than happy with the one point from today’s game.

84:00 – Hull continuing to play well and are doing so by maintaining their shape and charging hard for every loose ball. Chelsea still attack but their efforts are being well marshaled by the City defenders. Cole makes an impact by charging into the box and his cross comes off a Hull player and just loops over the bar. Nothing comes off the corner.

81:00 – Double change for Chelsea here as Zhirkov goes off for Ashley Cole and Sturridge replaces Le Sulk Anelka.

77:00 – Ivanovic sends in a great cross that Myhill reacts slowly too and Drogba bravely dives in for a header that goes right over the bar. Close call for the Tigers.

73:00 – Hull keep pressing and win themselves another corner which Hunt takes and Mouyokolo gets a head on again the header flashes just wide. If Altidore could just control the ball better and had a better second/third touch he would be a lot more dangerous. Chelsea defenders are now giving him a little more space as he is out muscling them to get the initial ball but then on his own doing loses it.

70:00 – Altidore playing very well now and his confidence has certainly increased this second half. He traps the ball, turns and passes. Chelsea’s turn to make a substitution as Ballack goes off and Joe Cole comes on.

67:00 – Immediately they develop an understanding as Jozy sends a lovely ball down the wing for Zaki to latch onto, who in turn sends a cross directed at Fagan, but Chelsea block well. Altidore gets the ball and goes at the Chelsea defense but he hits the ball a little too far and Cech gathers…good stuff from Hull and Altidore.

66:00 – Altidore’s industrious performance is paying off as Hull make a sub and Zaki comes on for JVofH who really didn’t do too much in the game. Lets see if the former Wigan striker can forge a scoring partnership with good ol Dozy.

64:00 – Zhirkov goes on a mazy run and wins Chelsea a corner. Nothing comes of the corner but Chelsea maintain possession and are becoming increasingly dangerous.

62:00 – Altidore wins another free kick, though to be fair he was looking for it rather than actually being fouled. The ball gets sent in and Cech comes out to claim it knocking over Drogba in the process.

59:00 – McShane gives up a free kick right outside the Hull box. They have to be careful as they’re becoming sloppy. Chelsea will pounce on mistakes like this…but not this time as Lampard sends a weak shot a few yards to the right of Myhills post

55:00 – Chelsea beginning to regroup. Hull must be careful and keep their shape. Altidore’s poor ball control works out in his favor as a mis-trap beats Carvalho but then he tumbles over. Jozy wants a free kick but the ref waves play on. Chelsea attack and win a corner. Setenta briefly goes crazy and we see most of the first half in extreme speed…odd.

52:00 – Hull playing really well and win a free kick outside the box off a Chelsea handball. Free kick hits the wall and Chelsea nervously clear but Hull come back at them with increased poised and confidence.

49:00 – Hull really pressing here. Terry wins the ball and  moves up field with it, but is dispossessed strongly by Dozy who passes the ball and gets it back but his ball control once again fails him. Altidore is clearly troubling the Chelsea defense.

TWEET – Chelsea kick off. Ball is kicked about and eventually a long pass is sent toward Altidore. Both him and Terry jump and Altidore wins the ball and is fouled be Terry who is immediately shown a yellow card. From the resulting free kick Altidore gets a head to it but it goes straight to Cech. Nice play all round from Dozy though. Terry 1 – Altidore 1…Jozy still way ahead in the battle for whose a better human.

47:00 – A long clearance from Hull lands at Altidores feet who traps it nicely, turns and is promptly fouled by Terry. City have a free kick in Geovanni range. Shame he is on the bench. Fagan sends a lovely ball in that Gardner gets a free header too, but sends it just over the bar. He should have done a lot better. And with that, Mark Clattenburg blows the whistle to end the half.

44:00 – That was a shame cause Hull were playing some great football. It was a shambolic wall though as the ball sails between two of City’s defenders. Meanwhile Chelsea pick up form where they off before the goal and maintain pressure in their opponents half. Hull really need to compose themselves and get to halftime.

42:00 – GOAL – DROGBA. Drogba makes his return by sending a bouncing free kick that goes past the outstretched arm of Myhill and into the left corner. 1-1

41:00 – A further bit of investigating on my part says he’s an American born Welsh international. I guess if you’re a keeper you would probably have a better chance to play for Wales than the US, who turn out worlds class keepers in the same man the Terry’s turn out horrendous examples of human beings. Meanwhile in the game, Hull give up a free kick right outside the box. Dangerous this.

35:00 – Deco’s turn as the little Portuguese player sends in a shot that takes an awkward bounce, but Myhill handles it perfectly. Good keeper Myhill and he’s American, who knew. This is the first i’ve heard of this. He was born in Modesto California which is also the birthplace of Boones Farm wine coolers/malt beverage…and you might say you don’t learn anything from this site!

33:00 – Chelsea immediately apply the pressure and Anelka takes a good shot, but Myhill is more than up for the task and dives softly to his left to easily save.

30:00 GOAL – HULL CITY – MOUYOKOLO. A simple header from a well placed Hunt corner. The big defender just runs into the 6 yard box and heads into the net. Altidore didn’t really have much say in this aside from his industrious play earned the free kick. This will be noted by Brown. Hull City 1 – Chelsea 0

29:00 – Nice control and touch by Altidore on the right wing as he runs at the defender and is fouled. Ivanovic earns himself a yellow card. From the free kick, Carvallo under pressure from Gardner and Altidore, gives up a corner.

25:00 – Close one for Hull as Ballack heads straight at Myhill. He should have done better but the Hull defense needs to watch out. In the first match up between Terry and Altidore, Terry easily wins the first challenge. As far as who the better human is, Jozy wins every time.

23:00 – An impediment foul on Fagan gives Chelsea a free kick, which is poorly taken. Altidore leads the counter but his ball control fails him and loses possession to possibly the smallest player on the pitch, Deco. He needs to do better than that.

16:00 – Hull City seem to be up for this game and are winning most of the midfield battles. Boateng seems to be controlling things well. A VERY underrated player the Dutchman. Jozy, too is making himself a nuisance to Chelsea defense. His strength and power is unsettling Carvalho. Hull win another free kick but Hunt wastes it by sending a looping ball directly to Cech

11:00 – Back to Cech’s little helmet (no euphemism here). I was told this weekend that one of the reasons he still wears it, is that he is part of a triplet and therefore his skull is thinner than the average human. Clearly his skin is thicker than most peoples, as he does look ridiculous. Personally i think its become a bit of a hindrance for him, in that every time he puts it on, he must be reminded of the horrible challenge Hunt put on him…Game has slowed down a bit as both teams are feeling each other out

9:00 – Lampard lets a shot fly from way outside the box which brings out a great save from Myhill (first name Boaz…AWESOME) and lands right at Anelka’s feet who scuffs it. Lucky for Hull.

7:00 – Cech takes a long free kick. I imagine the sight of Stephen Hunt is going to make him a little nervous. The combo of his little helmet and lime green socks does make for an odd site.

1:00 – Speedy midfielder Fagan wins Hull an early corner. He should trouble the Chelsea back 4. Off the corner Hull win another one. There is a small game of head tennis in the box and Hull win a free kick…Good early pressure from the Tigers but nothing comes from the free kick.

PEEP PEEP: They’re off

In the typical exchange of children, Chelsea have only brought up one child from London where as each Hull player has their own child to exchange. Noticeably, they try their best to keep the children away from John Terry. I really have no idea what to say about that whole situation expect its pretty despicable…Personally i think it would be best for him, England and Chelsea if he gave up the captains armband. Lamps can do the job for Chelsea and Gerrard, Rooney or Lamps again can do it for England

Good Afternoon,

Chelsea welcome back Drogba back from the ANC, though one can hardly say they missed him scoring 12 goals in the last 3 games, albeit against lowly opposition but then again, Hull are no different (having not won a game since November). That said, they are showing their intent to stay in the premiership by acquiring Egyptian striker Zaki who is on the bench; which means Good ol Dozy is leading the front line with Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink who will be referred to in the rest of this post as JVH. Altidore is starting to become more of an impact for Hull which is good news for the USMNT.

44 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Bob on 2010/02/02 at 1:07 PM

    Is this on tv anywhere?


  2. Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/02/02 at 1:12 PM

    Its on Setenta


  3. Posted by Bob on 2010/02/02 at 1:13 PM

    Boo. Didn’t FSC obtain Setenta rights? Ill see if its on the web somewhere.


  4. Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/02/02 at 1:15 PM

    I believe they did but that does take effect until March i believe.


  5. Posted by Bob on 2010/02/02 at 1:37 PM

    5 shots on goal v. 1 … man that is brutal. Hull will lose if they don’t get more shots. How is Jozy doing?


  6. Posted by Dylan on 2010/02/02 at 1:48 PM

    I’d like to see Jozy get a little more aggressive in this next half. Also, Hunt is pitbull, that man has heart!


  7. Posted by Matt B on 2010/02/02 at 1:56 PM

    Jozy looks a lot more aggressive to start the second half


  8. Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/02/02 at 2:00 PM

    Jozy is playing very well as a second striker/set up man. He’s hurrying the defense and making them make mistakes. His only failure so far is his ball control has let him down. Especially in front of the box


    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/02/02 at 2:33 PM

      For a premiership / international professional footballer, his first touch is criminal.


      • Agreed. I think “bustling” = he has no idea where the ball might go when he puts his foot to it.

        Still, Jozy’s basically just an overgrown kid who didn’t get the benefit of proper academy training in his teenage years. Here’s hoping he’ll come good.


  9. Seems like Altidore is causing one or two problems. Sky Sports offers up a back-handed compliment: “Bit of a bustling frontman is the American but he certainly is effective.”

    Wait until June 12, when Terry will be partnered with comedy legend Rio Ferdinand.


  10. Posted by Dylan on 2010/02/02 at 2:34 PM

    I know Jozy didn’t score, but I really feel like he had a great game, alot of Hull’s possesion and chances came from some Jozy touches. He really blew that chance from the top of the box though.


  11. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/02/02 at 2:37 PM

    We will be waiting, Tuesday!


  12. “If Altidore could just control the ball better and had a better second/third touch he would be a lot more dangerous.” You could have said pretty much the exact same of Drogba when he came to Chelsea – he’d create a chance using his physical gifts, take a leaden-footed touch and it would all be for naught. However, he still had quite a nose for goal and much further in his development in terms of finishing ability.


    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/02/02 at 3:02 PM

      Tuesday, you don’t spend 20-odd million pounds on a player you just described. He might have taken a little time to settle in England, as the game is a little more physical and faster than it is in France, but he has always had great touch and two good feet. Do you not remember him at Marseilles in the CL? It was then when a lot of clubs took notice. Wenger wanted him first, but couldn’t pony up the cash – and Wenger is no mug in the transfer market – and certainly wouldn’t buy an unpolished gem for that price tag.


      • You do when the player has the physical gifts, a nose for goal and a proven scoring record. Drogba was 25 years old when he signed for Chelsea, having only started scoring regularly two seasons before in France, the season he was aged 23-24. He was still not the finished product at this point, by any means – as you said “an unpolished gem” – but clearly a player with world class potential.

        This is what makes Drogba the best Chelsea signing of that era (besides maybe Maka) but he definitely took a couple years to justify the $20M pricetag with Abramovich splurging quite a lot more than that on some Russian guy who played for Milan. As I said Drogba had quite a nose for goal and despite sometimes frustrating contributions to the build-up play still had a decent goalscoring record in his first few years for Chelsea, but mostly against lower to middling teams. He was not the complete player he is now.

        My point is that we should realize that Jozy is still early in his development and has lots of opportunity to improve and continue playing at a high level, not to disparage Drogba.


        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/02/02 at 4:07 PM

          But that is sort of my point – he was 25 years old when Chelsea bought him. His first touch was very good, not crap as you’re suggesting. Of course he has improved but I think where he has improved the most is the tactical side of his game.

          I am going to digress a little. The coaches at European clubs don’t have a magic wand when it comes to (American) players. Especially ball control and skill. That sort of stuff is taught at a much earlier age (7-11 and 11-16), through specific trained coaches, not the average Saturday CPA Dad. Even England is lagging behind their continental neighbours – it’s no coincidence that the likes of France, Spain, Italy, Portugal etc are all very technically gifted, and even their defenders can play the ball and are comfortable, the English bulldog spirit only takes you so far, but if you cannot keep hold of the ball at international level, then you’re in trouble (as we have found out). The next time you watch any football, just see if the defenders hoof it up the field. And this sort of skill needs to be taught early – not at 21.


        • George, I completely agree that American Coaches at the youth levels, mostly rec league but some club coaches as well, are not getting the job done when it comes to teaching the basic techniques and skills before moving onto the one-touch passing, tactics, and more advanced training sessions.

          Case in point – I took over a 12 year old team of boys and I had to make a rule that they weren’t allowed to one-touch the ball since they couldn’t master a simple 10 yard square pass.

          I digress, the skills do need to be taught earlier in our players’ development cycles, but I don’t think all is lost on a 20-year old, not that you said it was. Unfortunately we won’t know about Jozy until a few more years have passed, but maybe he’s going to be coming into his own in the next 6 months to a year as he and his game continues to mature. Also, touch is one of the skills that can be learned and perfected at any age. I just started playing again after about 3-4 years away from touching a ball and my touch is off, but it is getting better. Simply put, Jozy needs to stay after training and work on the things he’s not great at, even if it is simple juggling, dribbling, and receiving of the ball.


        • Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/02/02 at 6:10 PM

          Nick – GREAT job on teaching your boys not to one touch passing until they can master simple 10 yard passes. As captain of rec league team I’ve been trying to teach that to my team mates for many a season…they don’t listen one bit😉


        • Jeez… I feel so misunderstood. I’ve pissed off a legion of Drogba fans when I’m practically president of the Drogba fan club.

          For the record, I’m clearly not saying Drogba was crap when he came to Chelsea. He was obviously at a much higher level than Altidore will probably ever attain.

          I was a frequent visitor to the Bridge in those days so it’s not like I have no idea what I’m talking about. I remember quite a large number of miscues in his early seasons and his goalscoring record is a lot less impressive when you look at the teams he was scoring against. He often went MIA against teams in the upper part of the table in a way he didn’t during his 20-goal season and hasn’t since Guus performed his miracle cure in the Spring of 2009.

          My point is a little more nuanced. It took Drogba some years for a full skill set to develop to match his physical gifts. Jozy is a player that could follow a similar trajectory, he just needs to work harder than everyone else to improve in the areas where his skills don’t match his physical gifts. At age 20, he’s clearly not on the level Drogba was at age 25. Still, there’s plenty of hope for improvement even if the chances of him being as good as Drogs are slim to none, for reasons that you’ve all addressed.

          I’d take Jozy being as good as Jozy can be, thanks. As for Drogba, I’d have him over any other striker in the world.


          • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/02/03 at 8:02 AM

            Everyone knows you have solid commentary Tuesday — I don’t think you’ve pissed anyone off.

            Everyone knows as well that Torres is probably your best option as a pure striker….or do they?


            • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/02/03 at 8:04 AM

              You know what? With Rooney’s form and even Fabiano…might be worth a post and poll here…

            • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/02/03 at 9:31 AM

              Matt, that would be a very interesting article, but not sure how one would actually quantify, as there are so many qualitative aspects… nonrhteless, it would be an enjoyable exercise!

              Also, I’d include F. Torres, Eto’o, Ibrahimovic and Villa. I think they can all be unplayable when on song – but on current form, I’d go for Rooney (even though he’s a traditional No.10, rather than a traditional No. 9)…

            • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/02/03 at 9:47 AM

              Not too sure if anybody has heard about this, involving Beasley:


  13. Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/02/02 at 2:58 PM

    Tuesday – Drogba was a much more an accomplished player when he came to Chelsea. For both Guingamp and Marseille he average almost a goal every two games and scored in both Euro competitions. Yes he took some time to settle into the EPL but he also scored 16 goals in 40 appearances. Altidore is young and clearly has the skills to be a special player. He needs more games like this to develop his confidence and needs to work hard on the practice pitch. I suspect if keeps up this sort of play, he will be in the premiership next season either with Hull or if they go down, some other team.


    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/02/02 at 3:11 PM

      And I don’t want anybody thinking I feel that Altidore is crap – he isn’t, far from it; he’s a starter for the USA who are a top 15 international side for Christ’s sake.

      My point is to compare him to a 2004 Drogba is WAY premature. I wouldn’t be surprised if he is a success in the seasons to come though.


  14. Posted by ChrisR on 2010/02/02 at 3:07 PM

    nice commentary, thanks for doing that. love that altidore is getting 87 minutes vs. Chelski. hard to find a better challenge for him.


  15. I think Jozy’s face at being pulled off said it all. He limped to the touch line and was very frustrated at being pulled (in a tactical manuver not necessarilly because of the way he played). As long as the staff at Hull let him know he had some bright spots and a lot of things to work on, those are the kinds of moments that make players work harder. The future is bright for JZA, but he does need to start coming good on his potential otherwise he’ll end up at Aris FC with the Aloof Twins.


  16. Posted by matthewsf on 2010/02/02 at 4:21 PM

    I didn’t see the game today..but Shaun…your commentary was phenomenal.

    Not lost on fans should be the fact that Altidore is growing up right now it appears, but more so…doing it for a team at the very bottom of the most competitive league and against the best competition.

    And he’s not even match fit or there for a full year. That wreaks of tons of potential in my book.

    It’salso worth mentioning that Drogba came to the league 4 years older than Big jeezy is right now and with 6 years of European soccer under his belt.

    Shaun? If Altidore isn’t in there today, any chance Chelsea doesn’t win that one?

    As a fan, this is good stuff….


  17. Posted by Kevin U. on 2010/02/02 at 5:29 PM

    I’m just curious as to what John Terry did? I’ve never liked watching him play but just wondering what he did


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/02/02 at 5:31 PM


      The list is long and distinguished in transgressions, including some unfortunate comments after September 11th, allegedly accepting cash for Chelsea tours, and not being a good friend.


      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/02/02 at 5:46 PM

        He broke one of the most important unwritten rules: he played hide the sausage with his best mate’s (Wayne Bridge) ex-Mrs (who is the mother of WB’s child).

        Apparently he is a money grabbing, evil so and so. He only wanted to gag to papers to protect his sponsorship deals, and he views his England captaincy as a vehicle to command more money (his agent sounded out many companies about his availabilty to front their WC sponsorship campaigns).

        Not what the England camp needs, but I am hardly surprised given his rap sheet. Money and ego doesn’t mix well.


        • Posted by Kevin U. on 2010/02/02 at 6:17 PM

          thanks thats crazy I’l have to read more on it but wow thats just horrible


        • Posted by Bob on 2010/02/02 at 7:46 PM

          They actually did a few minutes of this on PTI today. It’s sad that the only time soccer news makes an ESPN talk show is when its about an affair in England. BTW, they showed a picture of Bridges’ ex and all I can say is …. WOW!


  18. Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/02/02 at 5:40 PM

    Matt – Altidore not there; the result would have stayed the same. He had good game and is getting better, but he wasn’t the difference. He did his job though and the crowd and Phil Brown noticed and were VERY appreciative. The difference maker if any were Boateng and Hunt as they were tireless and did all the dirty work.

    Altidore will be a much better player then he currently his but like George mentioned, a lot of what is missing cannot just be taught or come with practice. Right now he cannot do himself or his club/country any harm by playing the way he did today.

    Kevin – JT has done a number of stupid things (his parents also have been arrested for shop lifting and drug selling) but what makes him a douche (in my eyes) is the recent allegation of not only cheating on his wife but doing so with a team mates longtime girlfriend (they were broken up at the time but they have a son together). Google it and a litany of things will come up. Good header of the ball though😉


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/02/02 at 5:46 PM

      @shaun — Can’t you let me be a fan for one day.

      Are we doing the Derby this weekend in the wee hours….I’ll wear my “People’s Club” t-shirt and stop by with bagels. You don your “Stevie Gerrard Is Better Than Greg Louganis” shirt and we’ll be set…

      ….I just said that….

      Also is it me or does it look like Hunt takes about 50 sudafed before he plays?


      • Posted by Mark T on 2010/02/02 at 7:38 PM

        In NFL terms, Hunt has a “high motor.” He always hustles which allows him to make up some for his small stature. Definitely fun to watch.


    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/02/02 at 9:05 PM

      @sfshwebb: sometimes people do their best Mizaru impressions…


    • True of this game, but they would have lost to Wolverhampton without Jozy winning a penalty kick and setting up the other goal. Actually, I know he’s won at least 2 penalty kicks in EPL play, but he doesn’t get to take the shot on goal (obviously an age/experience thing rather than a talent thing). So his first goal could have come already if Hull weren’t desperate to get out of relegation. I’m just happy that he’s getting a chance to prove himself and he’s taking advantage of it. There are so many US players who are getting pushed out of their team’s equation despite strong showings when they do play, so I’m glad Jozy, Freddy Adu, Eddie Johnson, Maurice Edu, and Jonathan Spector are getting a chance to showcase what they’ve got. Now lets see if Stu Holden and Rico Clark can break into their teams’ lineups.


  19. Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/02/02 at 6:09 PM

  20. Posted by Bob on 2010/02/02 at 8:02 PM

    In reference to John Terry and how it can impact a team, here is a really good article about what happened to the 1998 U.S. team prior to the WC.


  21. Posted by matthewsf on 2010/02/04 at 12:03 PM

    Decent read if you don’t know much about Emile Heskey:


  22. […] February 2nd, 2010: Altidore holds his own as he goes up against his June 12th, 2010 foil, John Terry. […]


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