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30th March 2013 Saturday  The John Smiths Stadium George Boyd did his thing and put City in an excellent position in the Championship by scoring a spectacular goal in the opening minute of the 2nd half, the Tigers are now just 4 points behind the wobbling leaders Cardiff (who lost to Peterborough) and 4 points clear of 3rd placed Watford.

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29th March 2013 Friday – Calaum Jahraldo-Martin has been called a “breath of fresh air” by Steve Bruce after winning a surprise 18-month deal with Hull City.

The 19-year-old striker has been rewarded for a successful two-week trial at City with his first professional contract, leaving behind Ryman League Division One South side Dulwich Hamlet.

Jahraldo-Martin was the only piece of business on a low-key final day in the emergency loan market, but Bruce also reflected on Seyi Olofinjana’s loan move to Sheffield Wednesday.

“Seyi’s been a good pro for me ever since I walked in the door but over the last three or four months he’s not really played at all,” he added.

“Hopefully, he can go there and get a contract either there or somewhere else.”

 

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25th March 2013 Monday ~ Paul McShane has been ruled out for the remainder of the Championship season.

The former Manchester United trainee has been struggling of late with an ankle injury that has limited his number of appearances.

However, despite the fact that he has been told that he will not require surgery, a short statement on the club’s official website confirmed that he would have to spend the next “16 weeks” on the sidelines.

It is also understood that this will not effect the offer of a further contract this summer.

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16th March 2013 Saturday at the KC –

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19th March 2013 Tuesday – It was reported today that the injury to Paul McShane which caused him to be substituted after 28 minutes on Saturday against Forest, is serious.

He sustained some damage to his ankle ligaments which has been suggested by an MRI scan. An earlier x-ray had not revealed much but now the Club say he will attend a Specialist who will consider treatment.

It is thought unlikely he will play again this season, which is something of a blow to City as he was playing so well and would have been a fixture in the squad until the end of the campaign.

He has played 87 times for the Tigers scoring 2 goals, originally signing on loan from Sunderland in August 2008.

Eamon Dunphy once compared McShane to Spanish international defender Sergio Ramos, labelling Sergio Ramos “…like Paul McShane on steroids”.

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16th March 2013 Saturday – Looks like there is a really good chance of Matty Fryatt being available for the some of the final games of the season.

After looking OK in light training, it is reported that he will be back in full training at the end of next week during the International break.

During City’s opening fixture of the season (in the League Cup against Rotherham United), he picked up a serious Achilles injury. A series of injections were used to try and speed up the healing process, but these proved unsuccessful, and surgery was required after-all. It was confirmed that Fryatt’s season was over and he was looking to be fit for the following pre-season.

However it seems likely we will now see him again this season, which is great news and a boost for the squad.

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11th March 2013 Monday – Relief all round as Steve Bruce did what he intended and shored up the players and fans moral by putting a stop to the recent leaky form. Though not pretty it was a shovel of medicine the team and fans had to take in the name of encouraging the return of our best form.

On a miserably cold and snowy night at Turf Moor McShane was back in the starting line-up and Alex Bruce got the job of sitting between the back three and a midfield of Elmohamady, Brady, Meyler and Quinn with Robbie Koren benched. So four centre backs with one protecting the other three and acting as a holding midfielder!

Hull City 3-1-4-1-1: Stockdale, McShane, Hobbs, Chester, Elmohamady, Bruce, Meyler, Quinn, Brady, Boyd, Gedo. Bench: Fathi, Jakupovic, Koren, Faye, Simpson, Proschwitz, Rosenior.

Burnley:  Grant, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Kacaniclic, Edgar, McCann, Wallace, Austin, Treacy. Bench: Paterson, Vokes, Bartley, Lafferty, Jensen, Long, Ings.

To say we owed Burnley this win is an understatement; they rank as a bogey team in recent seasons and the last time we beat them was the 4th March 2008 at the KC. Fraizer Campbell and Richard Garcia scored; four players got sent off, Tigers Caleb Folan/Jay-Jay Okocha and Steven Caldwell/ Joey Gudjonsson for the Clarets. The seven meetings in between were losses until the eighth time of asking last night.

In the first half the neutral would say Burnley played better and Hull City offered little, that’s understandable, but City always threatened another gear and concentrated a lot on keeping a clean sheet and had laid aside the expansive attacking passing game they are capable of. Circumstances dictated it was not a night for any of that. Billy Davies watching this would be rubbing his hands at the prospect of his 5 wins in a row Reds putting this lot to the sword. If he had sense though he would remember the table (which never lies) and to understand the fact that the Tigers are a far stronger squad now than that which actually got them in the top six. You have to have watched Bruce’s men play at their best to appreciate the talent.

Decent through balls were none existent until Bruce decided enough was enough and it was time to win the game. Tactically he rarely gets things wrong and when they do go wrong it’s usually an under-performance. No one let him down last night and when on 63 minutes Koren and Simpson came on for Bruce and the limping Gedo things changed three minutes later.

After good play from Elmohamady and Simpson, a Koren cross from the right found Simpson whose cool pass along the line to Quinn was a gift that Quinn did not squander as he drilled it into the left hand corner of the net past the despairing Grant. The Steve Bruce double change had paid off big style.

George Boyd did a tireless job of supporting any attacks and always seemed to be back in defence when needed.

The tactics employed meant the threat from Austin never really materialized except in the closing minutes when after a good Vokes cross he headed downwards and wide when he could easily have evened up the score. But to the relief of the 356 frozen traveling fans and the rest of us watching via Sky it ended 0-1 and we shot back to the second automatic promotion spot. Phew!

You had to be a City fan to appreciate anything from this game but the sense that we had stopped the rot and prevented another point’s slip up was immense. In the big scheme of things this was a game we needed to win and Steve Bruce did all the right things to bring us through and pin us up into 2nd place again, a massive achievement in the middle of March; if we can equal or better the results of the teams around us we will go up, simple as that.

The Forest fans who watched seem to thing we are there for the taking on Saturday and some are talking big scores from those in red shirts, and asking for more tickets. If the right City team turn up in the right frame of mind and play as they can then those Foresters maybe in for a surprise.

Referee: Mr Eddie Ilderton:  Attendance: 10,450

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