Hull stats: Improvement in defence isn't enough to stave off relegation

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The Tigers improved defensively but passing and shooting were down on last season.

A busy summer with some smart signings had led to optimism for Hull this season.

The added prospect of the Europa League was also exciting for the Tigers, who looked steady and capable under Steve Bruce, with signings like Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore and Abel Hernandez all ambitious ones.

However, things didn’t turn out that way for the Tigers as they finished with two fewer points, two fewer wins, four extra draws and two fewer losses, a season which ultimately saw them returning to the Championship on the final day of the season. Let’s take a look at their other stats to see how they’ve improved, or regressed, in key areas.

  SeasonTotal TackleWon TackleGoals ConcededTotal PassAccurate PassTotal Scoring AttOntarget Scoring AttGoals
Hull City 2014-2015 762 573 51 14844 11356 429 131 33
Hull City 2013-2014 723 540 53 15263 11739 427 132 38

In defence, things actually improved for the Tigers with them enjoying an increase in their tackling success, from 74% to 75%. Their number of tackles increased by 5% though, while their number of successful tackles also went up, this time by 6%. That led to them conceding two fewer goals than last year.

Passing remained consistent for the side from last season to this at 76%, although their number of passes fell by 2% while their number of successful passes took a similar downturn, this time by 3%.

Up front shooting accuracy remained the same at 30%, but their number of shots rose by 0.4%. Their number of on shots on target fell however, this time by 0.7%, leading to them scoring five fewer goals all season.

A disappointing campaign for Hull then, who see themselves returning to the Championship. Despite improving in defence, it was upfront which arguably hurt them the most. If manager Steve Bruce can coax goals out of his side, they should return to the Premier League sooner rather than later.

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