Hull City's assistant says everyone at the club is pleased for Jozy Altidore after the youngster opened his EPL account.American striker Jozy Altidore took 18 matches before finally breaking his duck in the English Premier League. 31 minutes into the match against Manchester City on Saturday, the 20-year-old stroked home past Shay Given from 19-yards out.
“I think everybody in the club's delighted for him because he had a hard few weeks with his private life and what have you,” assistant manager Brian Horton told Sky Sports, referring to the devastating earthquake which hit Haiti. Altidore's parents hail from Haiti, and the young striker took compassionate leave, only returning last week for the game against the Wolverhampton Wolves.
“It was a well worked goal that Jan Vassenoor of Hesselink set up,” Horton continued, describing the game's opening goal. “Jozy made a good run around him and he slotted in brilliantly. Tremendously well taken goal.”
The Tigers went on to win 2-1, eventually holding out against an onslaught from the nouveau riche club after Emmanuel Adebayor scored a consolation goal. Altidore limped off near the hour mark having left his mark on the game, scoring the opener and forcing both of Man City's centerbacks to pick up yellows early as they attempted to deal with the United States international's direct play.
On loan from Villarreal, Altidore has struggled to find a consistent run of form as well as goals. Horton brushed that aside, saying it certainly wasn't for lack of effort.
“He may be trying a little too hard at times,” Horton explained.
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