WELL, what a disappointment, writes Tony Potts.
That was a major setback and it remains to be seen if it is a mortal blow. When preparing for games, no one legislates for a sending-off after four minutes.
We all have the benefit of hindsight and Wes Brown had to make a split-second decision. If he hadn’t made the tackle, Vito may have saved or Long may have scored.
If the latter, no doubt Brown would also have been criticised.
Neverthelesss at 1-0 down and with 85 minutes left, I would still have backed us to go on and get something out of the game with 11 men on the pitch.
Personally, I didn’t think Gus needed to make the substitution of Vergini for Borini quite so soon. We seemed to be staying in the game and Borini’s pace and finishing may arguably have been needed perhaps even more than Altidore’s physical presence, at least in the shorter term.
But Poyet chose to make that call and we never really got going.
Tucking Johnson in behind Altidore allowed Hull to use the width of the pitch and make life difficult for Ki and Colback. When we did have spells of possession, there was no real pace and penetration.
So a poorish Hull side take six points from us and now have significant breathing space, while we now go to the Etihad and the Emirates hoping for something to go our way.