Why Hull City can cope without Tommy Elphick

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Why Hull City can cope without Tommy Elphick

Hull City have had a magic run of late but when we had it confirmed that Tommy Elphick would be recalled to add to the absences of Jackson Irvine and Fraizer Campbell, not many people fancied the Tigers at Leeds United.

But yet again head coach Nigel Adkins managed to seamlessly evade the bumps in the road and pulled something out of the hat once more.

We thought the win at Preston North End was good, but that 2-0 result at Leeds is the best the club has had in a long time. On the road at Elland Road and in front of Leeds’ fans and considering the run they were on, it was an unbelievable result.

It wasn’t just about the result – the performance was fantastic again. Jordy de Wijs was strong but Reece Burke produced the best display I’ve seen all year from a defensive player.

Considering he was coming into the squad for the departed Elphick, who has returned to Aston Villa, the pressure was on but Burke stepped in and produced his finest City performance.

One of the big things that helped him was the fact that he was coming into a side full of confidence and Adkins and his positivity is a big reasoning behind that.

The pressure was on Burke for his return to the side but he did everything that was needed of him. He was man of the match by a long way even though Jarrod Bowen got the rewards with the two goals.

Everyone has got to step up now and that’s why Nigel Adkins deserves a lot of credit. There are going to be hurdles to come across but there were three massive ones at the weekend that they brushed aside.

Tommy Elphick in action for Hull City.
Tommy Elphick in action for Hull City.

Elphick will be a massive miss but in the time that he has been here at the club already, he’s helped other players come along way. He’s played alongside both Burke and de Wijs and he’s passed on the experience. Even though he’s not here now, the experience he has passed on is huge.

The players were very brave with the way they played at Leeds. There was plenty of playing from the back and things like that.

I wouldn’t have said a couple of months ago that City could cope with Elphick if he went back for January but you look at that performance at Elland Road and you say, why not?

Attentions turn to Bolton Wanderers tomorrow at home on New Year’s Day and there is no reason to suggest the Tigers cannot take the good feelings into 2019.

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