Archive for April, 2013

27th April 2013 Saturday at Oakwell – With everything to play for the Tigers showed very little this afternoon and just about handed the result to a Barnsley team who overall fully deserved the win. Steve Bruce cannot buy a win just when we need one; the team just seems to have run out of steam. Some of the players look unrecognisable from their form earlier in the season, very strange.

Cardiff next week then, when we will need to beat the champions or hope Watford lose to Leeds; a lot to hope for. Otherwise it’s the play-offs which is not a place to be when you are totally inconsistent.



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19th April 2013 Friday KC Stadium – Three games in six days at the end of a long season did not help the Tigers who never showed enough form or energy to overcome already demoted Bristol City.

A game best glossed over in which a Bristol side who had nothing much to play for suddenly realised that the home team where not offering a lot, began to pass the ball about and create the odd chance. David Meyler nearly stole it at the death but that bit of luck that seems to come and go this season shunned us, and a draw was probably a just result.

Still in 2nd place though and a position envied by the chasing pack. Watford are closing fast and in good form, they will fancy beating lumbering Leicester on Friday and if they do will be just one point behind us as we travel to Barnsley on Saturday 27th April for a game which can decide if we deserve that automatic promotion spot.

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13th April 2012 Saturday, Portman Road – Robbie Koren “leapt like a salmon” they said, as the Tigers edged nearer to an automatic promotion place and the promised land with this incredibly important win. They still sit in 2nd place with 77 points, 6 points below leaders Cardiff but crucially 6 points ahead of 3rd placed luckless Watford who got turned over at Peterborough. Great place Peterborough I lived there for a few years and like the town even more after this week-end. Every view of the Championship table leaves me shaking at the moment, I can’t take my eyes off it.

Hope is a killer we all know; we just have to trust the best manager and owners we have had for a very long time and a bunch of class players in Black and Amber. Maybe the best ever.

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4th April 2013 Thurs ~ It was announced today that Jack Hobbs is likely to be out action for 3 weeks after coming off  in the 77 th minute with an ankle injury against Watford on Tuesday night.

We are told scans have shown that the 24 year old centre-back has ankle ligament damage and Rob Price (City’s head of medical services) says he will be out of action for between two to three weeks.

Sone Aluko is making progress following surgery on his plantaris tendon, but is still not ready to return.

Matty Fryatt is back in full training hoping on a first-team recall.

Paul McShane is recovering from his ankle injury but is not expected to play again until next season.

The Tigers have lost two centre backs recently to injury but still have three available in Chester, Faye and Alex Bruce.

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2nd April 2013 Tuesday KC Stadium – A great strike by Troy Deeney in the 41st minute dragged Watford to within a point of the still 2nd placed Tigers and sets up an exciting finish to the season for the last few matches.

Hull City continued a run of form which is mysteriously nowhere near their best and yet also manage to cling to a good league position. One minute you think Cardiff are losing games and City are winning, we can make things safe, and the then we get a result like this. With a bit of luck in front of goal it could have been different but as we know luck never occurs when most wanted. If City had recaptured their best form they would have won last night.

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