Although the season has only kicked off a few weeks ago, it has been a frenetic past couple of days for Hull City’s goalkeeper Allan Mcgregor as the Scottish shot-stopper was the man of the match during the opening match of the Premier League as he maintained a clean sheet during Hull City’s match against Queens Park Rangers which helped his club on securing their first triumph of the season. Mcgregor saved a penalty kick and throughout the entire match he was busy keeping Hull City in the game until his teammate James Chester scored a goal that secured all 3 points for the club that was barely able to escape the bottom relegation zone of the previous campaign.
Hull City was knocked out of the Europa League after losing against Lokeren with a final scoreboard that displayed 2-2 and thanks to away goals; the Premier League club will no longer be performing in the European competition for this season.
It was a single moment, one mistake cost Hull City a goal that they simply couldn’t recover from and it arrived from the legs of Allan Mcgregor as he gifted the ball to Hans Vanaken at the 58th minute of the 1st leg.
Mcgregor seemed to be out of touch for a second as he passed the ball to his opponent who made no mistake on scoring the only goal of that match.
Hull boss Steve Bruce said: “We’ve had our first lesson of what playing in Europe is about. Concentration levels are paramount and we’ve made a mistake which cost us. If you make a mistake like that, at this level, it’s an awful way to lose a match. McGregor was a hero on Saturday when he saved a penalty but he’s made a mistake which has cost us.”
Lokeren travelled to the home ground of Hull City at the KC Stadium to play the 2nd leg of their Europa League fixture against the Premier League but even with 2 goals from Robbie Brady, it wasn’t enough for Hull City to claim the triumph as Lokeren only needed to score 1 goal in order to advance due to away goals.