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29th December 2012 Saturday – Well I had to go for a walk after the game finished, took my grandson in the pram, it threatened rain but kept going. Down to the Casino, walked around and came to the conclusion that this is the best Hull City side I’ve seen. Loved them in the heyday of our past greats but for all-round quality this is it. We played champagne football this afternoon and the bubbly kept flowing.

Sharp accurate quick passes and the opposition just had to stand and watch. Leeds never got a sniff did they? Steve Bruce must have been in agony watching the first half chances go a begging; saw him squirming a bit when sat down and ashen faced at the spectacle of the flying Tigers shooting on sight but getting nothing. And animated on the touch-line; I like a manager who lives every kick, every foul every shot, every tackle.

City should have had at least one penalty and Mr Eltringham could satisfy no-one in that first half. Warnock must be brilliant at charades with his elbow antics and full-blown animation routine.

Eleven heroes we had on that pitch and they finally delivered the goals we had suffered for, and both in the space of 4 minutes. First Corry Evans scores inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner from Robbie Koren, then David Meyler gets his head to the ball first in the penalty area from a Brady corner which Kenny could not stop. 2-0 then after 55 minutes, was this the goal fest thrashing we had been promised? And against Leeds of all teams….well no, but thrashed they were in every other respect.

Hull City dominated their opponents from start to finish and in the words of Mr Warnock post match it was “men against boys”. Yes we whipped their arses good and proper. The white shite got a good mud bath for 90 minutes and looked lost at times, chasing shadows.

Elmo teased and ripped the defence to bits and so did Brady on the other side, City attacked in waves of never-ending straight in your face running and passing at speed. Don’t think Leeds knew what was happening half the time. Both teams ran out of steam a bit at the end but although we are told 2-0 is a dangerous score it never was this afternoon, no chance of a comeback from a well beaten Leeds team.

Well done Tigers, maybe “it’s like watching Barcelona” was bit strong but bloody hell that performance was worth waiting for. We played championship football in the prem a few years back at times, but this was glimpses of prem football in the championship.

Stats tell the tale as well: Possession = Tigers 65%. Shots = Tigers 20, Leeds 4. On Target = Tigers 11, Leeds 1. Corners = Tigers 5, Leeds 4. Yellow cards = Tigers 1, Leeds 4. No reds but Leeds White should have shown one for the foot stomp on Elmohamady in the first half.

Hull City: Jakupovic, Chester, Faye, Hobbs, Elmohamady, Evans, Meyler, Quinn, Brady, Koren, and Aluko. Bench: Proschwitz (76 min for Koren), Amos, Simpson, McShane, Olofinjana, Rosenior (82 min for Elomhamady).

Leeds United: Kenny, White, Lees, Pearce, Tate, Green, Brown, Norris, Byram, Somma, and McCormack. Bench: Drury, Austin (68 min for Norris), Hall, Varney (46 min for Somma), Thomas, Ashdown, Becchio.

Ref: Mr. Geoff Eltringham: Attendance: 23,453

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Hull City v Leeds United  ~ KC Saturday 29th Dec 2012 12.30 Kick-Off

City have lost only 1 of the last 6 home games (winning 3 drawing 2). Leeds have lost 4 of the last 6 away games (winning 1 drawing 1). The big bookies on mass are saying a home win for the Tigers on this basis.

As we all know the odds are usually right but it doesn’t always work that way in football does it.

Leeds are a dangerous team to play at the moment, they are capable of being very good and then not being effective and conceding goals. They will score tomorrow, that is almost a given and therefore City will have to score more, and that is not so certain if we keep missing chances. However Leeds tend to be a bit leaky away from home and that is the key to a City win.

Having got a draw out of our system on Boxing day we can get back to do or die and a 2-1 win. UTT.

 

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26th December 2012 Boxing Day – Hype there was but goals there wasn’t in this festive fixture which in retrospect should have given us all a hint that a stalemate was maybe in the offing.

Dour Manager that Nigel Pearson  is he kept a hold on his men (as defeat may have sent him into a grumbling snarling fit) even though the talented team seemed willing to throw all they had at the Tigers; who in turn could not get the art of goal scoring right on the day.

We had two strikers on the pitch at the start with Aluko and Simpson, but sadly Simpson had a poor day net-wise and Aluko for all his skill could not manage it either. Leicester are well organised, well drilled and keep going and were too good on the day to succumb to the high-flying Tigers, who have played better.

With stats showing a fairly equal for possession and corners, the home side had double the shots on target and would normally have converted at least one of those. Leicester on the other hand seemed to have stopped scoring altogether, this was the 3rd game in row to they had to walk off goalless.

Hull City: Jakupovic, Chester, Faye, Hobbs, Elmohamady, Evans, Koren, Quinn, Brady, Aluko, Simpson. Bench: Mclean, Proschwitz, Cairney, McShane, Rosenior, Amos.

Leicester City: Schmeichel, De Laet, Whitbread, Morgan, Konchesky, Drinkwater, Knockaert, Marshall, King, James, Nugent. Bench: Gallagher, Dyer, Moore, Schlupp, Waghorn, Logan, Futacs.

Attendance: 20,321; Referee: Mr Craig Pawson

 

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 24th December 2012 Monday ~ From the lofty heights of an automatic promotion place we can survey the chasing pack and one of those are Grumpy Nigel’s Foxes. They have experienced a dip in form/luck recently but remain a squad full of talented players who will be desperate to get back to winning ways and brush us aside.

In the last game against them we suffered three goals by David Nugent, an unsatisfactory game in which we never got going. So a lesson there, and unless we get momentum early on Leicester have the ability to strike and grind out a win. They have some excellent marksmen in the team and on their day they can devastate most defences. However if the Tigers get a win it will be Leicester’s third defeat in a row and a massive set back to Nigel’s plans. We are enjoying a winning run of four matches (best in this division) and have an in-form balanced team which should take the field almost unchanged from the Derby game (ie minus David Meyler).

Getting the first goal suits us fine; and I note that according to the BBC website we have a 100% record in league games in which we have scored first (winning all 10), and in those we have led at half-time (won all six). The Tigers have scored more first-half goals than any other club in the division (19).

This is by no means an ordinary season as these indicators really mean something and show that when this team plays to its best and takes control there is no-one in this league who can best them.

All set for a hum-dinger then and I hope a big crowd arrives with only the blue and white supporters going home disappointed. It will be ten years to the day when we played Hartlepool in the first league game at the KC and won 2-0, (Deane Keates 21 min, Stuart Green 75 min) the same score line would suit just fine.

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21st December 2012 Friday – The lads 4th win on the trot and 3 of those have been away from home with scores of 1 – 2 wins and they climb into a promotion place, equal on points with Cardiff; 23 games played 44 points. Battle hardened Tigers fans won’t get carried away but it is looking good.

A great night for the travelling supporters who saw their team a bit defensive in the opening exchanges but who held up the best Derby could do and then struck on 26 minutes with a goal from Captain Robbie Koren. This after a few scrapes and last-ditch tackles kept the likes of  Jacobs/Hughes & Co from scoring. It’s possible that was Steve Bruce‘s plan (?) to counter-attack against a skilful Derby side who play well at home and who were expected to come out guns blazing. City set up as usual in a 3 – 5 – 1 – 1 formation and  “got away with it” having a rooky in the goal and a re-arranged back three.

Koren’s goal came against the run of play; a Robbie Brady cross from left field along the the edge of the box was put away with precision.

It seemed Jakupovic had a few scary moments but grew in confidence as the game played out and Bruce must be pleased to have got the Swiss players first league game out-of-the-way. The goal he conceded on 45 minutes was no fault of his being an excellent strike. He had tipped over a Jacobs cross to concede a corner, from which the same player ended up netting with a great volley just outside the box taking advantage of Faye’s defensive header coming straight at him. Up to that point City’s solid defensive play had kept Derby at bay and this feature of the squad is a delight and spreads confidence throughout the team.

Although Derby would have thought they had momentum going into the 2nd half the Tigers solid defence, attacking quality and early 2nd half goal put a stop to thoughts of a home win.

That Senegalese man mountain got a signature goal which thrilled the City following on 50 minutes, getting up high at the far post he forced in a good solid header from a Robbie Brady corner from the right.

City came under pressure in the 2nd half but did look in any real trouble.

This was not the best the fans will have seen from City but heartening, knowing that changes had to be made and still the team functioned and came away with a decisive win. There was no way they would have let Derby take control and they showed what a team with the best away record in the division can do.

Derby County (4-5-1): Legzdins; Brayford, Keogh, O’Connor, Roberts (Davies, 87); Coutts, Hendrick, Bryson, Hughes, Jacobs (Robinson, 78); Sammon. Substitutes not used: Fielding (gk), Gjokaj, Freeman, Tyson, O’Brien.

Hull City (3-5-1-1): Jakupovic; Chester, Faye, Hobbs; Elmohamady, Meyler, Evans, Quinn, Brady; Koren (Cairney, 89); Simpson (Proschwitz, 76). Substitutes not used: Amos (gk), Rosenior, McLean, McShane, Olofinjana.

Referee D Sheldrake (Surrey) Attendance 25442

 

 

 

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20th December 2012 Thurs – If City can win this game they will go equal on points with table toppers Cardiff, albeit with a game ahead but just the thought of it is exciting. To be up there puts down a real marker, and maybe the Tigers will get noticed for once by the short-sighted press. Is that good or bad?

Anyway we have a very good chance of collecting three points and it will be a disappointment if we don’t. Derby are useful but not as good as City, providing our form holds up. It would ramp up confidence for the tough Xmas/New Year games at the right time. The fact that the opposition change their style to tackle Bruce’s boys is a compliment to the quality in the side and this should be the case tomorrow as well no doubt.

The loss of David Stockdale is a blow; Steve Bruce obviously has lost faith in Ben Amos and by all accounts Jakupovic was very poor in pre-season which is why he hasn’t featured in a fixture so far. So that’s a big one for Steve to ponder on, but providing Amos has something about him he should see this as a great opportunity to show that the mistakes come with lots of time in between. It’s probably best that his come-back is for an away game with less pressure. He is a young player and goal keepers often take a long time to blossom as it’s the mistakes which they learn from most of all. I expect him to start.

City lost the appeal to rescind the Alex Bruce red card handed out against Huddersfield, so we can expect Faye to step in if Paul McShane is still unfit. Nothing more has been heard about David Meyler returning to Sunderland and since it’s usual to give 24 hours notice he should be in the starting line-up.

This will be a good game I have no doubt but I expect the Tigers passing game, chances and pace to win out in the end.

 

 

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19th December 2012 Wednesday – Fulham’s website reported @ 15.30 hours today…..

“The Club can confirm that goalkeeper David Stockdale has been recalled from his loan spell at Hull City with immediate effect and will resume training with Fulham from Thursday 20th December”.

Stockdale made five appearance for City, helping them to earn 10 points with two clean sheets in the process.

An injury to Neil Etheridge forces them  to recall Stockdale straight away. Mark Schwarzer is  No 1 at Craven Cottage

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