words: David Marples
Before João Carvalho’s superb opening goal broke the deadlock, the last time a Forest player scored against Hull on our turf was way back in December 2012 when Billy Sharp converted a penalty in front of 19,472 fans. That didn’t deter Hull who came away with the points regardless and you have to go all the way back to 1977 to find the previous home win against the Tigers.
All of which is to say that it was especially pleasing to finally discard that particular albatross and in doing so extend the current winning run at home to four games on the bounce. After playing an extended game of knock and run on the Hull goal for 72 minutes, Carvalho blasted the door down with a sumptuous shot which delightfully hit both posts before nestling in the bottom corner – surely amongst the most satisfying kinds of goals. That strike sparked a fizzing ten-minute spell during which two more goals followed and the game was well and truly won.