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After the goal flood of a few weeks ago the goal drought continues; and this time you begin to wonder about football and how it is possible to get the odd lucky goal from a rebound say and win a game and then experience total domination from previous free-scoring players only to nearly lose a game at the death.

That’s why we love the game, couldn’t happen in other sports maybe, but it is part of this sports experience and many Tigers fans will have gone home with a wry smile on their faces, glad their team showed such enterprise and pleased that good footballing form has returned.

Steve Bruce did make more changes than perhaps he hinted at.  Corry Evans was welcomed back after some strange omissions, David Meyler got his start at last and Paul McShane came straight back in as expected.

The formation was the now norm 3 – 5  at defence and midfield, but up front we got Aluko on his own (Simpson dropped) with Robbie Koren just behind him. That part of the attack didn’t work when it came to goal scoring in spite of the stats (see below)… Koren is not a striker and Aluko cannot be everywhere.

City had some great chances and on another day the footballing fates would have smiled and 2 or 3 would have ended in the net, but not last night for reasons we will never know. Err apart from a very good Eagles defence and some excellent play by a certain Damian Delaney.

In the end Crystal Palace could have nicked it, but football luck and a good block from David Stockdale came to our rescue.

So after 19 games City slip to 6th with 32 points.

Nottingham Forest away next…surely if we keep playing well, the goals will return?

Hull City : Stockdale; Chester, McShane, Bruce; Elmohamady, Meyler, Evans, Quinn, Brady; Koren; Aluko. Bench : Jakupovic, Rosenior, McKenna, Faye, Mclean, Simpson, Proschwitz.

Crystal Palace : Speroni, Ward, Delaney, Ramage, Parr, Bolasie, Dikacoi, Garvan, Jedinak, Zaha, Easter. Bench : Price, Martin, Moxey, Gabbidon, O’Keefe, Wilbraham, Appiah.

Referee Mr. Drysdale.  Attendance 16,656.

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27 th November 2012 Tuesday – Lot of bounce back talk in the media and why not. It should be a good game tonight because Palace fans are also hoping for the same thing after Saturdays fixture saw their long  winning run come to an end at Elland Road.

Steve Bruce says he won’t be going in for a big team shake up, he seems to believe the Burnley game was just a case of too many players having a poor game at the same time. Hope he is right about that and the players will be focussed tonight on getting out of the starting blocks quickly and putting some home team pressure on the Eagles. Who knows with the likes of Aluko and Simpson we may get an early goal which would take a lot of pressure off. Robbie Koren is due a screamer and it’s his 100th appearance for City so a good time to do it.

Most likely it will be uninspiring Oli making room for either Corry Evans or David Meyler. Evans must have done something wrong we don’t know about as he keeps getting overlooked following some solid performances. Bruce has usually been loyal to players who put in a good stint and they tend to own the shirt until they disappoint, so it could have been tactical to keep him out. Who knows?

Alex Bruce and Rosie are fit now so we hear and also Paul McShane may be ready if selected; so just the Hobbs/Cairney duo still getting fit/unavailable and the season-out men Dudgeon and Fryatt out of the reckoning.

We may get a good crowd toning as it’s £20 for adults and £10 concessions.

Let’s hope the hungry, dynamic, quick passing and fleet-footed snarling Tigers turn up tonight…fingers crossed!

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Oh dear, a bad day at the office for the high-flying Tigers so it seems. Battered in the first half and unable to score when chances came in the and we where on top in the 2nd; City must take a good look at themselves and come out fighting on Tuesday night against Crystal Palace. City sitting 4th and the Clarets sitting 15th meant absolutely nothing.

Burnley are fast become the new bogey team for us and this  “in the players heads”  syndrome seems to be real thing (for both sets of players). Listening on the internet (as I have to do) you could almost feel it and the sense of  “here we go again” was sure to be niggling a lot of heads.

My abiding memory of the last time I saw  Burnley v City was that dreadful day at Turfmoor in October 2009 when we were robbed by a prat of a referee (Mr MJ Jones) and had our little Brazilian genius Geovanni sent off in the 69 minute for scoring a perfectly good goal and complaining when it was chalked off. Stop looking back I tell myself, but you cannot shut out football memories, they etch into your brain and sit there waiting to be pricked into thought. Far too many of them like that one as well.

We certainly owed this lot a beating and it’s galling that we picked yesterday to perform below our usual standard, but not the first time this season, and if the habit gets repeated we have no chance of going up, and wouldn’t deserve to.

And of course it had to be Dean Marney didn’t it, and he had to go there didn’t he…to the East Stand I mean, what a poor display by him after scoring such a good 40th minute goal…never mind, that’s football I suppose. You take it on the chin and look towards the next game. Mr “row Z” when he played for us, and couldn’t score on an empty pitch, was saving that one up and must have slept soundly last night.

So Tigers drop a place to 5th and are still on 31 points after 18 games.

Steve Bruce made plenty of changes and tried to get something going but the guys who couldn’t stop getting it right in other games couldn’t get the ball into the net in this one, or do the right thing at the right time, simple as that. Burnley’s 4 yellow cards (3 in the second half) to our none, told a story, but not one shot on target is a damning statistic.

Hull City : Stockdale, Elmohamady, Chester, Faye, Rosie, Koren, Olofinjana, Quinn, Simpson, Aluko. Bench : Jakupovic, Evans, Mclean, Meyler, Brady, KcKenna, Proschwitz.

Burnley : Grant, Edgar, Duff, Shakell, Mee, Wallace, MacCann, Stock, Marney, Paterson, Austin. Bench : Jensen, Ings, Stanislas, Vokes, O’Neill, Bartley.

Ref was Mr. G Sutton and Attendance 17,782.

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23rd November 2012 Friday. The Tigers will look to continue their run of renewed good form by getting a little bit of revenge tomorrow. Burnley shocked the KC last season when they overturned a 2 goal deficit in the last quarter of an hour and ended up 2-3 winners. That was a horror story for City and this seasons bunch will look to beat the Clarets where past elevens have failed for one reason or another. You have to go back to the 2007/08 season for our last win. City are in better form than Burnley and a lot of indicators point to a home win this time around.

Team news is unknown at this point but Steve Bruce has a few options to ponder, so the team sheet will be interesting. One face we are sure to see however is goal scorer supreme Sone Aluko who has bagged 5 goals in 5 games. We should also discover if David Stockdale will start, the speed with which the loan deal went through points to him starting. We hope Rosie is fit enough to start but no doubt Paul McShane will not have recovered from his groin strain problem.

In midfield will Oli, Corry Evans or Meyler?

Whatever the team lets give the Clarets a hammering…UTT.

 

 

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Fulham’s Goal Keeper David Stockdale has joined Hull City on a loan deal until 2nd January 2013.

The 27-year-old goalkeeper has made 23 appearances for the Whites but the form of first-choice stopper Mark Schwarzer has limited his chances. He is available to play against Burnley at the KC Stadium on Saturday if selected.

 

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17th November 2012 – Tigers sprung into action and in an open game Aluko ran wild in the 1st half scoring twice by running clear, and a third goal from James Chester (assist by Aluko!) gave them a 0-3 lead until ex Tiger Marlon king pulled one back on the 38th minute; so 1-3 at the break. As expected the half-time interval changed things and the blues got on the score board literally within seconds with a goal from Ravel Morrison. No more goals after that so 2-3 at the final whistle with all three points to the Tigers, and a special moment as we don’t win very often against this lot in Brum.

After 17 games we are 4th with 10 wins, 1 draw, 6 losses and 31 points. The three teams above us are on 32, 34 & 36 points. Referee was M. Russell and attendance 17,363. The last 8 games have seen 6 wins and 2 losses…we don’t do draws very often this season, and it seems to be paying off.

Hull City: Amos, Chester, Faye, Bruce, Elmohamady, Koren, Olofinjana, Quinn, Rosenior, Simpson, Aluko. Bench: Evans, Jakupovic, Mclean, Meyler, Brady, McKenna, Proschwitz.

Birmingham City: Butland, Spector, Coldwell, Robinson, Murphy, Burke, Morrison, Mullins, Elliot, King, Zigic. Bench: Ambrose, Hancox, Redmond, Ibanez, Lovenkrands, Diop, Doyle.

This quirky eye-witness match report from CI…..

Well, a good day out on the road to Birmingham was had by all. Actually, we took the train for this game, but let’s not split hairs. The result was the cherry on the top of the cake, particularly as we haven’t won at St Andrews since… well, I can’t even remember!

Right, to the game, simply put, the score line doesn’t reflect Hull City’s superiority throughout this match. The Tigers had the better possession and played much the better football skills. Birmingham didn’t really have an answer and the final score line really does flatter them.

The Tigers deservedly went 0-3 up within the first half or so of the game. All the pre-match speculation was laid to rest that this would be a stern test never really came to fruition. So those Stella’s on the train and real ale in the pubs to calm our nerves before the game were not really required. City were cruising after a Sone Aluko double (he consistently broke the thin blue line) and Chester from a corner left us in complete control.

Yet, a goal just before half time for the host was unwelcome, but in truth, was only a minor blip because the gulf between the two teams was highlighted by the fact that City’s front two played as team, whereas the home side’s played as virtual enemies to each other.

So on to the second half. A goal directly from the restart of the second half (11 seconds in fact) should have had us worried, but bizarrely it didn’t. City’s defence were more than a match for Birmingham’s strikers and City looked much more the more dangerous team on show. Perhaps the more lily-livered of the Tigers support may have been concerned in the closing stages, but a win was never in doubt.

In truth, cut out silly mistakes and going to sleep every now and again at the back, and dare I say it, this could be a fantastic season. Aluko and Simpson were unplayable at times in the first half – a genuine joy to watch. These two have to be our starting pair from now on. Now let’s turn our attention to battering Burnley and laying to rest yet another bogey.

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16th November. So another place we don’t usually win at, seems to be a theme at the moment. Not been able to check this but the Tigers have only registered three away league victories against Blues. I know we won there in April 1970 4-2 and whatever the truth is that is a long time go. Also Birmingham have only lost two of their last 13 league matches against City, and the last two times we played them at their place ended in draws; so even with the hoped for return to form the Tigers have a tough task ahead. Birmingham though cannot seem to get into any sort of stride and languish 19th on 20 points. All in all a draw seems on the cards, but City don’t do draws at the moment…so a City win for me 1 – 2; that’s based on us getting a good start and playing like we can, oh and no referee cock-ups. In other words “fingers crossed”.

We are told Jack Hobbs and Tom Cairney are training ok but are not ready for this game and Elmo needs a good check out before being allowed to start. Rosenior seems ok and should be available. The only decisions Steve Bruce needs to make then is does he stick with Ben Amos or give Jakupovic a chance and since David Meyler is champing at the bit ditto.

 

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