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City have confirmed the date of their third round Capital One cup tie against Huddersfield Town.

The tie will take place at the KC Stadium on Tuesday 24 September, kicking-off at 7:45pm.

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27th August 2013 Wednesday Evening – In classic Hull City tradition some “fringe” players were given their chance to shine and it was expected the team would blend together straight away and quality would overcome lower league opponents. In classic time-honoured Hull City tradition that plan fell flat on its face.

Leyton Orient: Jones, Omozusi, Cuthbert, Odubajo, Clarke, Vincelot, Cox, James, Bartley (Gorman – 69′ ), Lisbie (Lasimant – 66′ ), Mooney. Bench: Larkins, Baudry, Vanderhyde, Lee, Gorman, Lasimant.

Hull City: Harper, Rosenior, Bruce, McShane, Dudgeon, Meyler, Boyd, McLean (Brady 109), Stewart (Townsend 55), Fryatt, Proschwitz (Jahraldo-Martin 67). Bench: Jakupovic, Chester, Davies, Townsend, Brady, Aluko, Jahraldo-Martin.

David Meyler was unlucky to see a header cleared off the line after the re-start but there weren’t many incidents like that to talk about.

Although defensively City never seemed in danger of conceding goals Leyton managed to boss proceedings at times and certainly looked the better outfit.

Joe Dudgeon came through the 120 minutes OK and the knee seems to be holding up after all that time sidelined; he must be hoping for more regular games now.

The Fryatt/Proschwitz combo didn’t threaten much and McLean and Stewart must feel they have no chance of staying at the KC now. Similarly I cannot see Nick Proschwitz getting games and Steve Bruce must be wondering if he can send him on loan.

In fact as extra time ran out and penalties loomed one wonders if Brady was sent on simply because Bruce shivered at the thought of McLean taking a penalty. Brady’s Goal…  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n96jz9eozWw

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24th August 2013 Saturday – A match with two game changing incidents; Steve Bruce said it all about how they affected the game…..

“Last season we got ourselves promoted because defensively we were organised. We din’t score a lot but defensively our organisation was sound”.

“If we are going to make a fist of it in the Premier League this season we are going to have to be good without the ball”.

“We had to defend for our lives really,” he said. “I think our goalkeeper had to make a couple of saves but Norwich didn’t really create loads of chances despite obviously having a lot of the ball. I’m delighted with that. It is a big boost for us”.

On the penalty Yannick Sagbo won – “I haven’t seen a replay of the penalty incident but you see them given and you see them don’t”.
I actually thought some of the other decisions he (the ref) made were really baffling. Maybe we got away with a big decision today.”

On the Sagbo 27 min red card: “The boy was silly – it was a rush of blood. He’s done something stupid but we have got away with it today”.

“I don’t know whether it had anything to do with the penalty. It’s one of them when they are both grappling with each other and he has put his head there. “He hasn’t head butted him but he has gone through the action and when you are 10 yards away from the referee you are going to be red-carded and rightly so. It was stupid.”

So there you have it in a nutshell, no matter what plans a manager makes when the whistle goes players do things and everything changes. What we do know now is that Brady can take a cool penalty and Sagbo could be a drama queen. It sounds as if Steve Bruce has put a few homes truths to Mr Sagbo and lets hope antics like that are behind him. You have to be a lot cleverer to get away with angry intimidation these days and he has to learn it’s never worth it. He may not have made contact with his head but he would have done if the victim hadn’t pulled his head away. ( http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7346/9581366383_4c1fc87efe_o.gif )

Norwich started off brightly and moved the ball well but after the penalty they never really looked the same again, and later in the second half they seemed to….well…… just “give up”, against a great Hull City 10 man defensive performance, which also had to endure a full 7 minutes of 2nd half added time! True all the Tigers old habits of poor ball retention seemed to surface at times but there is now a chance this can be eradicated with the influence of the likes of Tom Huddlestone in the squad.

Three precious points in the bag and a 12th place in the table to show for it makes us start to believe. If we find goals tough to score we need a miserly defence,  and it was good to see the scenario of a solid defence starting to take shape, building on the good second half defending we showed at Stamford Bridge last Sunday

Sound performances from Allan McGregor, Curtis Davies (my MOTM)  and actual man of the match Tom Huddlestone, plus Livermore, Koren, the tricky Aluko and when he came on George Boyd…….and  others in the black and amber cause who must have had weary legs at the final whistle.

It means we will be seeing a lot more of Danny Graham in the coming three games and maybe Nick Proschwitz or even Matty Fryatt on the bench.

For all the headlines about Sagbo and his attempted head-butt, Norwich managed 19 fouls against us, but only attracted one yellow and that in the 95 minute for unsporting behaviour.

It was good to know that the rebranding protest went well and that this matter is being kept in the public eye.

Hull City: McGregor, Elmohamady, Davies, Chester, Figueroa, Huddlestone, Livermore, Koren (Rosenior 83), Brady (Boyd 80), Aluko (Graham 72), Sagbo.

Norwich City: Ruddy, Whittaker, Turner, Martin, Garrido, Howson, Tettey (Elmander 65), Johnson (Snodgrass 46), Redmond (Hoolahan 73), Fer, Van Wolfswinkel.

Referee M. Jones

Attendance: 23,682

match stats Huul v Norwich

Brady Penalty 22 min with a grin              brady penna

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21st August 2013 Wednesday – Steve Bruce has been talking about his full squad and how players not part of match day squads will get a chance in the premier league. This is always the problem of course you must have strength in depth to cover a full season and you must keep non playing people’s spirits up. However they all know the season is attritional and very few get through a full season without needing a replacement, not to mention League & FA Cup call ups.

Bruce “Everyone who is here has got a role to play. I’m not dismissing anyone because it’s a long season and we’ll need a strong squad.”

“We’ve strengthened this summer to give us options and that means I’m going to have to upset players from time to time.”

“There wasn’t a place for Nick or Matty at Chelsea, but there’s no reason why their chances won’t come along in the future.”

Points mean prizes, so that is the imperative and always will be, so for players like Nick and Matty patience and keeping fit is key, their chance will come.

Aaron Mclean has been made aware he will be transferred if the opportunity arises.

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18th August 2013 Sunday – First game and straight into the whirlwind. We all knew this newly constructed City team would face a tough task but this was something else. Trawling through some of the press and fan reports from all over, an overriding theme is the slickness, fluidity and just downright power of that Chelsea team in the opening half. “chasing shadows”, “caught in the headlights” those quotes are difficult to deny as well, a first half to sit back and reflect on or one to forget?

The incidents came thick and fast…..on 6 minutes a silly penalty give away by McGregor on Torres, a saved penalty from Lampard, on 13 minutes a brilliantly worked team goal for that little genius Oscar; 14 minutes a great save by McGregor from Lampard; 19 minutes and Chelsea even increase the tempo; 24 minutes a wrong free kick decision to Chelsea, (Torres doing his thing) results in a stunning free kick goal from Lampard aided by some skulduggery pushing in the wall by Ivanovic strangely not spotted by the ref….etc, etc. A goal rout was on the cards on the half hour mark with Chelsea pushing the Tigers further back up the pitch and with City’s inability to play the ball out of defence was causing pressure to build all the time.

45 minutes and another great save by McGregor from a powerful Lampard strike. Then on 49 minutes the best save of the lot brings the new Goal Decision System into play for the first time in a PL game, McGregor blocks the Ivanovic header upwards/behind him then somehow  manages to hook the ball out of the net. Bet that would have stood as a goal last season in front of a screaming Stamford Bridge!

But somehow with the odd bit of possession City managed to reach the half time whistle without conceding again.

All breathtaking and tough to watch if your eyes are glued to the men running about in black and amber stripes, and the odd envious glance at the blue shirted millionaires.

Half time then and 2-0 down. Reflection over a beer and the realisation that in those 45 minutes we played against arguably one of the best 5 teams in the world, in front of their own fans,  in a packed stadium, and who where performing in front of their new boss. Yes we all try a bit harder in front of a new boss.

My concern being what was about to happen in the next 45 minutes, would we bow to the inevitable and start the campaign with a backbreaking horrific goal difference or could we make changes/tactics and maybe stem the tide.

For all the media and knowledgeable pundits exclaiming (mostly) after the fact that Chelsea simply “took the foot off” etc, boring etc, it seemed to me that as usual the dynamics changed after the break; In the 59 minute City eventually brought on Huddlestone and Livermore (for Graham and Meyler) and then Boyd came on in the 79 minute  for Aluko; Chelsea had lost the magic of the opening 30 minutes and Mourinho’s tactic (as ever) was to nail the score as it stood and put it in the bank. He is known for not risking a win he has already secured and his team played to those orders. Maybe they had to anyway, 90 minutes at that pace was probably not possible. This maybe let us back into the game, the stifling midfield supremacy of Chelsea in the first half was not so pronounced and the Huddlestone/Livermore/Koren midfield got/kept more of the ball and we played with a heightened intensity (heartening to watch). Who knows what would have happened if we had sneaked a goal?

In the end City left the pitch at the final whistle with their heads held high after playing some Premier League level football and leaving us all to wonder if it will be good enough to keep them up.

Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Lampard, De Bruyne, Oscar, Hazard, Torres. Bench: Schwarzer, Essien, Van Ginkel, Schurrle, Mata, Ba, Lukaku

 Hull City: McGregor, Figueroa, Elmohamady, Chester, Davies,Meyler, Koren, Brady, Aluko, Sagbo, Graham. Bench: Harper, Rosenior, Bruce, Huddlestone, Livermore, McShane, Boyd

 Referee: Jon Moss.

Attendance: 41,374

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15th August 2013 Thursday  – Hull City Premier League squad numbers 2013-14 Season

1 Allan McGregor

2 Liam Rosenior

3 Maynor Figueroa

4 Alex Bruce

5 James Chester

6 Curtis Davies

7 David Meyler

8 Tom Huddlestone

9 Danny Graham

10 Robert Koren

11 Robbie Brady

12 Matty Fryatt

14 Jake Livermore

15 Paul McShane

16 Eldin Jakupovic

17 George Boyd

19 Joe Dudgeon

20 Yannick Sagbo

22 Steve Harper

23 Abdoulaye Faye

24 Sone Aluko

27 Ahmed Elmohamady

29 Stephen Quinn

33 Nick Proschwitz

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14th August 2013 Wednesday – After lots of speculation and leaks in the past few days it was officially confirmed by the club that 26 years old Tom Huddlestone has signed a 3 year contract to play for Hull City following agreement with Tottenham Hotspur. It is understood the transfer fee is club record £5.25m (but not disclosed by the club).

An agreement was also reached for the season long loan of midfielder Jake Livermore from Spurs. It is not known yet if a fee is involved. It is also rumoured that City have an option of a permanent transfer at the end of this season for £3.5m.

Tom Huddlestone played 209 games for Spurs scoring 15 goals since his move from Derby in January 2005. When he does score goals they are usually spectacular. He has represented England at every age level and has 4 full England caps. His last England game was for Roy Hodgson in November 2011, a friendly against Sweden.

A right footed defensive midfielder with wonderful passing ability both short and long-range which makes him also suited to an attacking role; plus he has a powerful shot, and is precisely the player Steve Bruce has been looking for. He can also play at centre back.

Tom has had injury problems however, requiring knee operations and an ankle sprain. Some critics have suggested that his true potential has not been reached due to these.

23-year-old Jake Livermore is also a right footed midfielder and is a full England International (one cap August 2012 v Italy). He has been loaned out to a host of clubs by Spurs during his career. He joined the clubs academy in 2006 and has played in 35 Premier League games for Spurs (56 appearances in all competitions). Jake plays central midfield and can also play defensive midfield.

Jake Livermore (top) and Tom Huddlestone below

jake livermore

tom huddlestone

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