Lichaj of the Tigers: Eric at Hull City

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  1. UncagedGorilla

    Sep 22, 2009
    Tulsa
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    FC Barcelona
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    American Samoa
    I'm watching. All I can say is nice to have Bowen back and staying through at least January. That plus their late signings/loanees have improved the team quite a bit. I'd consider them a top half of the table team that probably needs a few things to break their way to get into the playoff hunt.

    Lichaj looking solid but Reading doesn't have a ton of quality up front. Seems like minutes are there for the taking for Nova.
     
  2. UncagedGorilla

    Sep 22, 2009
    Tulsa
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    Well, got a bit dicey at the end and Joao, Reading's #9 got a lot going. He's basically Nova's direct competition and looked good.. De Wijs was on a card but had some great battles with Joao. He's often the whipping boy of the Hull fans and he may well still lose his place at LCB to the new loanee from Everton or Tafazoli. Kingsley, the LB Hull City fans will be happy to see go was probably most at fault on the goal. He had played pretty well up until then but confidence must have been shaken and he started making mistakes after the goal. Hull signed a LB from Leicester who I expect we'll be seeing a lot of soon.

    They held on for some needed points against Reading. Lichaj and the defense held up okay under a lot pressure for the last 30 or so minutes. Lichaj was outnumbered a few times and made good decisions to at least slow down play. Solid performance for him, an honest shift. Got forward a bit in the first half but not a ton in the second as Hull was clearly just trying to hold on.
     
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  3. BostonRed

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  4. BostonRed

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  5. LouisianaViking07/09

    Aug 15, 2009
    Dude must have the most appearances of any Yank in the Championship.
     
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  6. Suyuntuy

    Suyuntuy Member+

    Jul 16, 2007
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    Guess being a Championship Legend is up there with being a Small Town Beauty Queen.
     
  7. BostonRed

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    Started & played 90:



    Ended 1-1 with Hull having 9 men on the pitch (one red card, one injury after using all subs). Total of 3 injuries for them in the match.
     
  8. felloveranddidanadu

    Plymouth Argyle FC
    Dec 12, 2009
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    You can always be a Non-League legend too, or pub or Sunday league. Always deeper levels to mediocrity!
     
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  9. UncagedGorilla

    Sep 22, 2009
    Tulsa
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    FC Barcelona
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    American Samoa
    It was an ugly game for Hull and one they probably needed to win. They aren't getting three points when they should early in the season. It was an away game so a point is probably good enough if avoiding relegation is your goal.

    As for Lichaj, he and the defense looked pretty solid. He picked up a late yellow when they were down to 9 players as @BostonRed mentioned.
     
  10. UncagedGorilla

    Sep 22, 2009
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    FC Barcelona
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    I always kinda thought he did his career backwards. Had he started at Forest and moved up to a lower level EPL team, he probably would have stuck. By the time he was consistent enough for the EPL, he had a life at Forest and massive support of the fans. He's made a better living than most Americans in Europe so I'm sure he's not complaining. And, he got his dog for scoring on Arsenal!
     
  11. LouisianaViking07/09

    Aug 15, 2009
    Would he have done well in the PL over the last few years had he gotten a move there?
     
  12. UncagedGorilla

    Sep 22, 2009
    Tulsa
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    FC Barcelona
    Nat'l Team:
    American Samoa
    Just my opinion but yeah, I think after a few years with Forest, he could have made a move to the EPL and stuck. He moved to Forest before the 13/14 season and it's not as though he was totally out of his league when he was with Aston Villa. He made 17 appearances and played over 1,000 minutes in the 12/13 season. But, he definitely became a better player at Forest and in retrospect, probably after the 16 season would have been a great time to try to get on with a Crystal Palace/West Ham type team. He would have been 26/27 which is about as old as any of those clubs will consider and they have to be confident you can help them immediately. He also probably would have done well with a newly promoted club that would have had to absorb pressure because he's a really good on the ball defender. That may have been an easier path to the EPL but as fun and no guarantee of staying up.
     
  13. UncagedGorilla

    Sep 22, 2009
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    I was reading the Hull newspaper this morning and came across this about Lichaj in their player ratings:

    Eric Lichaj

    Recalled after injury and slotted straight in at the problematic position of left-back. Epitomised City’s dogged defending throughout, not buckling under waves of late pressure. Good to have the skipper back. 7
     
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  14. BostonRed

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  15. felloveranddidanadu

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    So cool he's captain. Has quietly done really well, much better than expected, especially from someone so unheralded.
     
  16. BostonRed

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  17. Suyuntuy

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    Hull wins 3-0 and with this win we have 1 Yank in the upper third of the Championship (Cameron with QPR, #4), two Yanks in the middle of the table (Lichaj with Hull, #14, and Ream with Fulham, #12), and four in the bottom third (Holmes/Derby/18; Robinson/Wigan/19; Miazga/Reading/20; CCV/Stoke/23).

    Not counting Luca de la Torre, who doesn't play.
     
  18. LouisianaViking07/09

    Aug 15, 2009
    I really hope he gets a call-up. He's solid and reliable and if nothing else, he's quality depth.
     
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  19. UncagedGorilla

    Sep 22, 2009
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    Hard to believe both he and Robinson have stayed in England while Lovitz is called into every camp.

    Btw, I watched Hull's Wednesday game and they picked up a big win against Sheffield Wednesday after drawing with Cardiff over the weekend, two upper championship teams. Lichaj was excellent but ended up being the talk of the game when he admitted a foul he committed was probably in the box. They got the win and it looks like the back line has gelled, they like the new manager, and captain Eric Lichaj is leading the team with great respect!
     
  20. BostonRed

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  21. UncagedGorilla

    Sep 22, 2009
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    Looks like Lichaj and Geoff Cameron both starting. It's a battle of the underrated Yanks Abroad!
     
  22. BostonRed

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  23. Sufjan Guzan

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    Feb 13, 2016
    According to the powers that be Daniel Lovitz is better and more deserving of a call up
     
  24. UncagedGorilla

    Sep 22, 2009
    Tulsa
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    FC Barcelona
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    It's really not even a question of whether Lichaj is better than Lovitz. Lovitz is the worst LB I've ever seen play for the USMNT and I have watched basically every game going back to the 94' World Cup. Not even saying Lichaj should definitely be called in, just saying Lovitz should not be.

    However, I do think Lichaj is looking a bit worse of late. He had one of the worst performances I've seen him put in against QPR over the weekend. In yesterday's game, the Hull paper rated him a 7 with the following commentary:

    The one-time Forest skipper was back leading City and endured some uncomfortable moments up against the lively Ameobi on his flank. Much better in the second period as he helped to repel waves of pressure. 7

    I agree that he was better in the second half but overall, he wasn't up to his normal defensive standard and almost gave up a pk though I think the Forest player took a bit of a dive despite their fan's Twitter outrage. I'm sure it was a big win for him and it was definitely a big win for Hull who blew a game they should have won right before the break. Big game against Derby this weekend who also has some attacking talent. Hopefully, he'll be up to the challenge and maybe we'll even get to see some battles against Duane Holmes!
     
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  25. BostonRed

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