Writer: Matt Wilson
Date:Sunday August 12 2012
Steve Bruce`s first game in charge did not go entirely to plan, but ultimately Bruce achieved his first goal by ensuring Hull City progressed into round 2 of the Capital One Cup.
Bruce fielded his strongest side for the visit of League 2 Rotherham United to the KC who, buoyed by a decent travelling support and roared on by loud-mouth Steve Evans, hoped to follow in the footsteps of Macclesfield Town and Crawley Town to knock the Tigers out of another cup competition.
City`s full strength side included debuts for Amos, Faye and Proschwitz, while Alex Bruce was a second half substitute as Senegalese Faye was forced off through injury.
Hull City started the fixture brightest at Rotherham struggled to settle. As Cameron Stewart was played into the area, his driven shot across goal came off the underside of the bar and away as City were unlucky not to take an early advantage. While Stewart was unfortunate, Rotherham`s Lionel Ainsworth wasn`t so as his fierce volley early in the second half rattled into the net off the underside of Amos` bar.
In-between, both sides had opportunities to score through Fryatt and Proschwitz for City and Odejayi and Pringle for the visitors. However, following a decisive half-time team talk, City were again in deficit to a lower league cup and heading out.
Bruce`s options of response were limited as Faye and Rosenior were both substituted after coming into the game short of fitness, McShane and their replacements. Before that, Bruce made his only attacking change of the game as Aaron Mclean replaced Paul McKenna, allowing Robert Koren to move into a central position. The move proved effective as the lively and impressive Cameron Stewart beat his man on the left and squared across goal for Aaron Mclean who finished from six yards.
Stewart, who deserved a goal should have won the tie inside 90 minutes. Koren found the winger with a delightful through ball, only for Stewart to take his time in placing his shot past Shearer but also the post.
With extra-time passing, both sides missed chances to win the game due to poor finishing as Pringle, Koren and Fryatt all wasted chances before penalties were taken. With City`s history in shoot-outs, a win did not seem a certainty. More surprising was that City converted all seven of their penalties taken and, with neither side looking like missing, it appeared the decisive moment would come down to who would miss the target. That thankfully went to Rotherham`s Bradley who struck the crossbar with his effort, sealing City`s progression into round 2. The draw takes place on Wednesday evening.
Date:Sunday August 12 2012
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