Archive for October, 2013

30th October 2013 Wednesday – Hull City Official website confirmed this morning that Matty Fryatt‘s loan to Sheffield Wednesday has been extended to the end of November 2013.

He has showed signs that his fitness and form are returning with two goals in 4 games for the Owls.


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30th October 2013 Tuesday – So it was confirmed yesterday, a certain something that anyone with the eyesight of a one-eyed bat could have seen – Gareth Barry scored one of Everton’s goals a week last Saturday from an off-side position. Not noticed by referee Mr Swarbrick or the linesman (who should have flagged for offside anyway) but spotted by the Dubious Goals Committee at the Premier League. They awarded the goal to Barry on Monday, his first Everton goal.

What a day for the Manchester City “Toffee”, cripples two of our players and scores an offside goal.

No wonder Steve Bruce threw a wobbler,  if there ever was a dubious goal, this was it, and the Committee lived up to their name.

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29th October 2013 Tuesday – It’s reported in the Hull Daily Mail that Matty Fryatt will have his loan extended at Hillsborough. However he has been told he must wait for full approval during the next 24 hours while City assess the current injury crisis at the KC. City travel to London for the League Cup fixture at Tottenham Hotspur which kicks off tomorrow night. It seems likely though that he will be back at Hillsborough tomorrow.

Fryatt has played 5 times for Wednesday  scoring 2 goals following his  28 day emergency loan period which commenced 27 September 2013. Matty’s first goal for the owls came away, against Brighton & Hove Albion, when he took a right footed shot from the centre of the box to beat Tomasz Kuszczak. Fryatt’s second goal came with an equalising volley in the 1-1 draw away at Barnsley. All appearances being in the League.

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Sunday 27th October 2013 White Hart Lane – 

Steve Bruce and his patched up squad decimated by injuries went on to the pitch with bucket loads of self belief and very nearly came away with something on Sunday afternoon. Five changes caused by injuries and another by ineligibility meant a radical overhaul of tactics and shape. Missing where Graham, McGregor, Faye, Aluko, Chester and Livermore (ineligible), and a surprise was that barely recovered Koren and Brady made it to the bench. In fact Bruce eventually risked Brady for the last six minutes.

The 5 man back line and strong midfield was a tactic that paid off well in both halves as Spurs couldn’t really get in our box very often and had to rely on some longe range shooting,

The team spirit Bruce has built was visible throughout the game and a full of spirit all action approach to defending, support and attack (when possible) has not changed one jot with the radical line-up innovation. It is obviously instilled in the whole club and all the players who wore the shirt today carried they out their mission to the letter.

Such a pity that 80 minutes of stubborn defence was turned upside down by such a poor refereeing decision. Referee Michael Oliver should hang his head in shame, he has done a disservice to the game today with his weak-kneed decision. Don’t give me any letter of the law baloney, only the demented can support the idiotic decision he made. It is time for a change, it seems you are allowed to wrestle players to the ground continuously in the penalty area with little risk of a penalty, but if your arm ever gets in the way of the ball fired at you from 6 feet away or less it’s nearly always a penalty. We want players to shoot at the goal, not at defenders don’t we? Players try anything when all else fails and here was a good example of a strong appeal by home players and a (suddenly) come to life crowd pressuring a weak referee who had a poor view of the incident (he could only see Elmo’s back). So the visiting team gets nothing, and football and officials are laughed at or criticised in the media.

Steve Bruce always owns up when his team doesn’t deserve anything, but he was fuming in this instance….here’s a bit of his response “It’s an absolute joke decision, it hits his leg for a start, and then goes up and hits his arm. How can you give a penalty in that situation?

You look forward to coming back to the Premier League. We’ve had all these meetings and they’re getting assessed, but they give decisions like that.”

It just baffles me. You have to ask if we would have got it? The disappointment I’ve got is I’ve got lads desperate to play in the Premier League and they’re now questioning themselves.”

“They all tried manfully to get something here and, in my opinion, they should have done.”

“There’s players who haven’t played for weeks and they put in a great performance.”

He is going to go and see it, and know it is a soft one. He has robbed the players of a well-earned point.”

He’s messed it up. If my player made a decision like that I wouldn’t be playing him next week. If I kept making decisions like that I would get the sack.”

The referee thought about it long and hard. Is it the letter-of-the-law, nonsense?”

Surely a little bit of common sense says that’s not a penalty in my book.”

That’s got the whinge out the way.

Clip of penalty offence http://www.caughtoffside.com/2013/10/27/video-tottenham-1-0-hull-city-premier-league-highlights/

City allowed Spurs the ball but closed them down in the final third and looked to get upfield if it seemed sensible. The midfield of Huddlestone and Meyler worked well and everyone tackled and harassed the ball carrier. Spurs had all the possession but City dictated the way the game was played and AVB’s men could do very little about it. Inevitably we had chances as well, Boyd and Sagbo both troubled the keeper, while Huddlestone was not far off with his free kick late on. There are a lot of experienced level heads in this squad, and this game shows we are going to need all of them.

On another day we could have clinched a point even with the silly penalty award. No chance of us getting a penalty of course, that was never going to happen, though we had a couple of shouts.

Don’t like to pick anyone out from such an all round team effort but those who stood out most for the Tigers where Harper, Davies, Figueroa, Huddlestone and Sagbo. Meyler was tireless as where most of a very spirited starting 11.

Although we only had 34% of the possession Spurs still managed to commit more fouls than us, and we managed 4 shots on target to their 6 and the same for corners.

We have to go back to White Hart Lane on Wednesday for the League Cup game and it’s going to be interesting to see what team sheet Steve Bruce can come up with and whether any player attitudes have changed. Maybe we will get the rub of the green this time! And maybe the home crowd will react to the criticism AVB spat at them after the game. Does he ever learn?

City are 10th still on 11 points after 9 games.

Hull City (5-4-1): Harper, Rosenior, (McLean 84), Bruce, Davies, McShane, Figueroa, Elmohamady, Huddlestone, Meyler, Boyd (Brady 84) Sagbo (Proschwitz 87). Booked: Rosenior, Boyd, Meyler.

Tottenham (4-5-1): Lloris, Walker, Chiriches, Dawson, Vertonghen, Paulinho, Sandro (Dembele 46), Townsend, Holtby, (Eriksen 60), Lennon 5 (Defoe 70), Soldado. Booked: Sandro, Chiriches, Eriksen. Goal: by £26m man Soldado with an 80minute penalty.

Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

Attendance 36,080

spurs v hull stats

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25th October 2013 Friday – It was announced by the club that Managing Director Nick Thompson will leave the club at the end of this year.

He is quoted as saying:

“I am incredibly proud to have been a part of Hull City at a pivotal point in their history and to have worked with the owners to build a sustainable commercial model to secure the club’s future. It is a privilege to have been a part of this great club, however there are times when family takes higher priority and this is one of them.”

Thompson did a good job in his time at the KC, he inevitably got ensnared in all the Dr Allam shenanigan’s over the name change  fiasco, and lost some credibility trying to please too many people at the same time.

We don’t know in detail the reason Nick is leaving apart from the stated family reference (which is understandable) and if there is more to it, we may never  know.

In the meantime we wish him and his family well.
nick thompson

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24th October 2013 Thursday – Steve Bruce announced today at his pre-match press conference that first choice goalkeeper Allan McGregor will be out of action for 5 to 6 weeks. He has a thigh injury which was picked up during the match at Everton last Saturday.

So step up Steve Harper a more than useful replacement to make his league debut for the Tigers.

McGregor has been in a fine vein of form in the opening 8 matches and it’s a blow for him to miss quite so many games, and having  settled so well in the Premier League.

He will also miss Scotland’s friendlies against the United States and Norway next month.

“This couldn’t have come at a worse time for us,” Tigers boss Steve Bruce told the club website.

“Allan will be a big miss for us because he has played very, very well and we wish him a speedy recovery.

McGegor was signed from Turkish side Besiktas in July 2013 for £1.8m, before signing for Besiktas he had made over 200 appearances for Rangers in the Scottish League.


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21st October 2013 Monday – Hull City announced today that loan striker Danny Graham is out of action and will be missing for at least three weeks. A scan shows severe bruising to his knee. The club stated…..

“Although scans have revealed the striker escaped serious injury following a first-half challenge by Gareth Barry, severe bone bruising around the knee will keep the on-loan Sunderland man out of action until next month with a return to action in our away game against Southampton a possibility.”

Barry escaped justice totally for the woeful attempt at a tackle on Danny Graham in the match at Goodison Park on Saturday and followed it up with a disgraceful tackle on Sone Aluko for which did get a yellow card.

This YouTube clip shows what an impact Barry had on the game   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaBDVqdOrh4


Below Gareth Barry in a Villa Shirt




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