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Smallwood: Things Didn't Quite Fall For Us

24 October 2020

Richie Smallwood felt the better side lost as Hull City fell to a 2-1 defeat to Peterborough United on Saturday.

Mallik Wilks had given the Tigers the lead nine minutes before half time, but the Posh came back to snatch a 2-1 win as the Tigers suffered their first home loss of the campaign.

“It felt like we were getting into some good positions but the ball just wasn’t quite dropping for us,” said Smallwood.

“We had a few opportunities to take a shot that we scuffed, then they go up the other end and have two efforts and score two goals. It’s a hard one to take at the minute and, with the overall play, we feel quite unlucky.

“We knew Peterborough had some good players so we knew we had to defend well and have a good shape about us which I thought we did in the first half. I think their change of shape in the second half threw us off a little bit so that’s something that we need to have a look at.

“We didn’t stop the cross for their first goal and then the header takes a deflection to go in, but we could probably do better there.”

The defeat saw Grant McCann’s side knocked off the top of the League One table, but Smallwood says that shouldn’t detract from a good start to the campaign overall.

“We’ve had a good start overall and we’ve defended well,” added the skipper.

“We were the better team on Saturday but came out on the wrong side of the result."

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