Match report: Preston North End 1 Hull City 0

Oh dear.  James Chestney reports on another dismal away day for City.

It was Preston Wrong End for Hull City as once again their inconsistencies came to the fore in going down to a 1-0 defeat at Deepdale.
Once again the Tigers had a disappointing away day in going down to a solitary goal.
“How many times is that?” you may ask.
“Too many,” could well be the answer.
Due to the hectic Christmas and New Year programme manager Steve Bruce decided to make changes and it failed to pay off. He brought in Robert Snodgrass for his first start of the season along with Shaun Maloney and a return to the side for Chuba Akpom as leading scorer Abel Hernandez and Mo Diame dropped to the bench.
Preston should have taken an early lead when Adam Reach fired over from inside the area and striker Joe Garner was just as bad when presented with a chance. The home side clearly dominated the first half and had another chance when Will Keane’s shot whistled just past the post.
The introduction of Tom Huddlestone at half-time for David Meyler almost proved a great call by the manager. The midfielder’s shot was well saved by Preston keeper Jordan Pickford to keep the game goalless.
The defining moment of the game came on 66 minutes when Johnson put a free kick across the area for an unmarked Paul Gallagher to fire past McGregor. It was what they deserved for their efforts and despite a wealth of possession the Tigers failed to get anything from the game.
They thought they had though with almost the final kick of the game, when a goalmouth scramble saw the ball (possibly) cross the line. The officials saw different and the Tigers were denied and, of course, both managers saw the incident in their own club’s favour.
It was a defeat but not a damaging one as the teams around them failed to capitalise, so the Tigers leave 2015 in third place in the Championship.
Queens Park Rangers are next at Loftus Road on New Year’s Day.  The transfer window is also open so we will have to see what happens.