Peter Swan: Robbie Brady back to best for Hull City after return to Manchester United
ROBBIE Brady made his first start for City since returning to the club against Palace and he was outstanding.
In my opinion, he was man of the match as right from the first kick he offered City an attacking option down the left side.
He managed to get down the wing on a frequent basis and he was always a threat, linking well with Stephen Quinn.
His distribution was very good and he was part of a defence that kept Palace quiet for the full game.
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For me, having faded badly in the latter stages of last season, he has come back looking refreshed from a summer back at Manchester United.
He looks to be back to the player we know he can be and appeared to relish his first start in his second loan spell at the club.
There are certainly signs that he has matured since he was last at the club, and that is a big plus as City are going to need him to be a consistent performer for the rest of the season.
He still has a spark to his game, and when he got booked late on for taking Wilfried Zaha out on the edge of the box, my initial thought was that he could have no complaints if the card had been red.
He knew what he was doing when making the challenge, and it was a risk, but it worked out as it meant Palace didn't score from that incident.
That edge to his game means Brady needs to be managed well, and we saw a good example of that from Steve Bruce.
Having given away another foul just after being booked, a different referee could have shown him a second yellow card.
Bruce recognised Brady was walking a disciplinary tightrope and immediately withdrew him after conceding that final foul. That was good management as the last thing City needed was to see Brady sent off and missing important games.
If he keeps his place for the Forest game, Bruce will want to see the same commitment from Brady.
If this is what we can expect to see for the rest of the time he is at the KC for his loan, City fans will be happy.
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