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26th November 2013 Tuesday – Wow two goals from Shane Long within 11 minutes last night put West Brom into the driving seat against Villa. The first was real class with his left foot…….if only, most City fans will say. The second was with his right foot, an easier chance after a defensive error, but the sort of goal we have fluffed all season so far.

How many points would we have now with him in our squad?

I cannot see WBA letting this player leave in January unless he really wants to move, and we where so near to getting him weren’t we!

Final score was 2-2, which probably suits us though.

Here’s another http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrfaUudfGkU

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23rd November 2013 KC Stadium – Not many people expected this result (except the odd cynical long-term black and amber  supporter).  City got off to a poor start and never improved. And after Palace went down to 10 men with the 78th minute dismissal of Bolassie they stuck out their chins and took the sucker punch. It was a well taken goal by Barry Bannan to be fair but the Tigers should have created far more chances than they did and had this home game won well before then. This was only the Eagle’s second win of the season. Lack of strike power was again all too evident. Yannick Sagbo had a reasonable chance but couldn’t get himself set to shoot.

New Palace manager in all but name Tony Pulis was watching from the stands and must have thought this game has made his Crystal Palace job a little bit easier. The ex Stoke manager has agreed a two and a half-year contract with The Saints.

Form has been a problem recently and unless there is a turn-around before the next set of games (all coming quickly one after another) we could find ourselves plummeting into danger.

City stand 13th on 14 points tonight.

Also we picked up another injury. Paul McShane who was having a good blood and thunder game had to be replaced by Rosenior in the 59th minute after suffering a hamstring injury. Bruce thinks Paul will out for at least two weeks. Also Brady was replaced at half time (by Danny Graham) and prompted Steve Bruce to comment “He [Brady]still doesn’t look right. We’ve now been messing around with (his injury) for four weeks. He’s trained well, but something wasn’t right with him.”

Steve Bruce also said after the game  “We’re disappointed in the way we played. We just didn’t create enough. The longer it went on you could see they were getting more confident. It’s difficult at our level to find someone who can score the goals you need but we have to get back to finding a way to get results. Keith deserves huge credit for how well he’s done with them. No matter what we tried to do, we didn’t have enough composure in the final third and we unfortunately ran out of ideas pretty quickly. We didn’t deserve to lose but we certainly didn’t do enough to win the match.We can’t keep relying on our defenders who have defended well week in week out. We’ve got to try and create something and score a goal to give us that little bit of ease of which obviously we want.”

City came to life a bit after the Palace goal and they very nearly got an equaliser in the 93rd minute when Rosie’s strike hit the Palace post. But generally our display lacked energy and penetration. If we can get back to playing it wide with quality crosses we have a chance collect points, but today nothing seemed to go right. Aluko is sorely missed.

I hope Dr. Allam listened and watched the crowd yesterday, he may now believe there are more than 200 fans who resist the clubs name change if he did.

Hull City: McGregor; Elmohamady, Davies, McShane, Figueroa; Koren, Livermore, Huddlestone, Brady; Sagbo, Boyd. Bench was Rosenior, Bruce, Meyler, Graham, Gedo, Harper, Faye.

Crystal Palace: Speroni; Ward, Moxey, Jedinak, Gabbidon, Delaney, Dikacoi, Bannan, Chamakh, Bolasie, Gayle. Bench was Mariappa, Phillips, O’Keefe, Puncheon, Williams, Alexander, Jerome.

Referee was Anthony Taylor. Attendance 23,043.

hullvcry

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9th November 2013 ~ City got a first half hammering at St Mary’s Stadium and only a second half improvement ensured it didn’t get a lot worse. The Tigers hand on in 12th position with 14 points but need to get something after the international break when the entertain rock bottom Crystal Palace. The break should help City and some injuries may have cleared up by then.

Steve Bruce said “Sometimes you should hold your hands up and say you were beaten by the better team.You can see why Southampton are up there and why they have three of their players in the England squad. In the first half they made it very, very difficult. Congratulations to them. The better team almost blew us away today – you can see they are at top end of their division.”

Adam Lallana scored a fantastic goal on 37 minutes to put Saints three up .The England call-up man had a tick solo run 25 yards from goal and struck a precise finish. Morgan Schneiderlin headed in the first on 16 minutes, before Lambert scored a 30 minute penalty.

Yannick Sagbo got a well struck goal for City in the second half on 55 minutes but Steven Davis finished off a good day for Southampton in the dying minutes with an 88th minute goal.

 

Southampton: Boruc, Clyne, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Wanyama (S. Davis 63), Schneiderlin, Ward-Prowse, Lallana (Cork 84), Rodriguez, Lambert (Osvaldo 76) Subs not used: K. Davis, Chambers, Hooiveld, Gallagher.

 

Hull City: 3-5-2 Harper, Rosenior, Figueroa, Davies, McShane, Elmohamady (Koren 45), Boyd (Quinn 80), Meyler (Graham 73), Huddlestone, Livermore, Sagbo. Subs not used: Jakupovic, Bruce, Gedo, Proschwitz

 

Ref: Phil Dowd. Att: 30,022

                                                                sotonvHull stats


 

 

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11th November 2013 Monday – Quite fitting that on a winters miserable Monday morning the supporters get a depressing message from the clubs owners.

http://www.hullcityafc.net/news/article/201314-club-statement-name-1169297.aspx

So after what appeared to be a useful meeting with fan groups the owners confirm they are still entrenched in the club name change that will drop the AFC affix  the club has carried for 104 years and which tells the world who we really are.

We are finding out more and more about the Good Doctor as we go along. Lots of good things but here is a part of the personality which seems to just keep him digging with plugs in his ears.

The club statement seems to confirm more to themselves what they want to think….that the club has already changed its name (at the time without any announcement) so “what’s the fuss about”.

The fuss is about its real name, the name it is known in the league by all real football supporters, some who have followed football all their lives. The name registered at Company’s house is a world away from those fans.

A lot of Football Club owners in the past have found out a fatal truth about fans. If you don’t carry them with you in this unwritten partnership things can go badly wrong for all.

I do hope this is not the case at Hull City and that the careful efforts of the fans to convince an obviously intelligent man not to throw away something valuable will succeed.

AFC Hull City

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8th November 2013 Friday – The official club website confirmed reports yesterday that Sone Aluko has an Achilles injury which will keep him out until “at least” February 2014.

Steve Bruce must be wondering what he had done wrong to anger the football gods.

Sone has already missed a good part of the opening campaign with this type of injury, and it’s particularly galling considering he was in such good form.

Following a scan Steve Bruce commented “It’s been confirmed that Sone has torn his Achilles slightly”.

“That has put a dampener on everything really. He broke down in warm up last week and it’s now confirmed that he’s got a tear in his Achilles which will keep him out until at least February”.

“That has put a dampener on everything really. He broke down in the warm-up last week and it’s now been confirmed that he’s got a tear in his Achilles which will keep him out until at least February.

 “We’ve got a couple of specialists looking at him to decide the best way forward. It’s hard luck for Sone. He’s had problems with it before but we thought we were over the situation. The warm up he was doing he’s done dozens of times before but there must still have been a weakness there from before.
“We’ll have to be patient with him and hope that we can see him at some time in February.
 
“Injuries are something you have to put up with but it’s a frustration. You need your big players firing in the Premier League, especially when you’ve just come into it. Sone is one of the reasons we are here after his performances last season.
 
“It’s a shame for him, but we have to deal with it. We’ve coped with what has been thrown at us so far and let’s hope we can continue to do that.” 
Steve Bruce also confirmed that Aluko had turned down Hull City’s latest offer of a further contract and it seems there will be no more discussions at this time.
Sone Aluko…
sone aluko

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2nd November 2013 KC Stadium – The Tigers pocketed three more points and are 10th in the Premier League tonight with 14 points. This was the 4th win and takes Steve Bruce nearer his minimum target of 10 wins to stay up. It was an incident packed fixture with two well deserved red cards handed to Sunderland players who found controlling themselves very difficult. You had to pinch yourself just to take in the continuous spate of incidents. The Gus Poyet comment that Cattermole’s reputation cost him the red is just wrong, you tackle like that today and you will get a red card from a referee who sees it clearly. Looking at the BBC clip Robbie Brady was lucky to get only a yellow for his tackle in the 87th minute, it was reckless and deserved punishment. In the other incident between McShane and Westwood it seemed there might have been a shove from behind but otherwise it looked like two players going hard for the same available ball.

The Red cards are on this clip….

http://www.101greatgoals.com/blog/the-2-sunderland-red-cards-at-hull-cattermole-dossena-were-very-poor-challenges-video/

..and that website reported…….

Yet arguably the worst “tackles” of the day came from two Sunderland players at Hull on Saturday with referee Andre Marriner left no choice but to flash red cards.

Lee Cattermole was the first to go three minutes into first half injury time with a poor studs up challenge on Ahmed El Mohamady.

For Cattermole it was very much in keeping with a career of indiscipline and terrible fouls.

Two minutes later, Andrea Dossena pulled off an even worse attack on Hull’s David Meyler who was forced off with injury later on in the match”.

The tackle on Elmohamady actually split his boot, which makes a nonsense of remarks by some critics who doubted Elmo was even touched. Idiots abound these days. However Steve Bruce agreed it was a “modern” Red but remembered days past when it might have drawn a Yellow.

Steve Bruce on the red cards in this Sky Sports interview

 http://www1.skysports.com/watch/video/sports/football/competitions/premier-league/9005276/bruce-fumes-at-dossena-challenge

Elmohamady later said  “Yeah, it was a nasty tackle. It hurt me and it was on my ankle but the most important thing is the three points.”

And David Meyler later said “It wasn’t a clever challenge. I think I’ve been lucky. Listen, it happens. I have no complaints and I’ll let the FA deal with it but it was very sore in the second half and I couldn’t get round quite as well.”

This game gave us a number of things; a continuation of our unbeaten home run, three points, another clean sheet, a growing feeling that our squad has more depth than we thought. Plus Steve Bruce got a well earned hit back at fans/club who have abused him during and since 2011.

Football wise it was a poor first half and neither team seemed capable of stringing any real passage of sustained passing/pressure together. Eleven fouls in the opening 20 or so minutes saw to that.

In the 25th minute City took the lead they were to hold until the final whistle when a Rosenior cross from the right came to Sagbo in the box, he was struggling with Carlos Cuéllar who had got goal side of him, Sagbo stuck out his foot, the ball caught it on the very tip and brushed the defenders head which sent it past the keeper into the net. Believe it or not that was the Black Cats third own goal in the last three games.

In the 43rd minute the Sunderland keeper Westwood was replaced by Mannone who was suffering from his earlier goalmouth collision in the 35th minute with Paul McShane.

Two minutes into first half stoppage time the Cattermole red mist came down and Elmohamady was despatched to the turf and Lee despatched to the changing room.

I don’t know if this infuriated Andrea Dossena the former Napoli and Liverpool left back but just 5 minutes later he stamps on David Meyler who was running flat out. There is no doubt it was a deliberate attempt to injure Meyler. He gets the red card and that just about ends an odd first half.

HT 1-0 to City.

So Sunderland start the second half with 9 men and having substituted Jozy “roller skates” Altidore for Wes Brown, the dangerous Fabio Borini for Adam Johnson and really did park the bus. They had no choice. For City, Meyler had to come off 12 minutes into the half, hobbling from his Cuellar assault and replaced by Koren.

For all the long range shooting of Livermore, Huddlestone and Koren we got no more goals and finished a bit frustrated and with a couple of the expected scares. 1-0 is more dangerous than 2-0 in these circumstances. City must have had at least 20 goal attempts either saved or blocked including the one from Livermore which struck the right hand goal post.

Hull City: Harper, Rosenoir (Proschwitz 70), McShane, Davies, Figueroa; Elmohamady, Meyler (Koren 57), Livermore, Huddlestone, Boyd (Brady 76); Sagbo. Unused substitutes: Jakupovic, Gedo, Faye, Quinn.

Sunderland: Westwood (Mannone 43), Bardsley, O’Shea, Cuellar, Dossena; Larsson, Cattermole, Colback, Borini (Brown 46); Altidore (Johnson 46), Fletcher. Unused substitutes: Sung-Yeung, Gardner, Celustka, Giaccherini.

 Attendance 24,677 (reported as including 2400 away fans)

Lee Cattermole walks

cattermole red card

Hull v Sunderland stats

 

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30th October 2013 Wednesday – Capital One Cup. After 120 minutes of a game which could have gone either way, we got the expected with the likes of McLean’s shooting and Jakupovic’s keeping and lost the penalty shoot out. That’s harsh on both I know, having decent games earlier, but true as well.

Danny Graham missing a sitter early on cannot be ignored either. His effort in the 4th minute was scary, he was offside but it was a late flag. And being substituted at half-time for Aaron McLean must have been tough to take. Arron is a player who cannot score and basically no-one wanted to take on loan.

Steve Bruce saved as much quality as he could for Saturdays visit by Sunderland and he just about got the balance right as the second patched up side in 4 days nearly got us into the quarter finals for the first time ever. There is real effort and spirit throughout his squad.

This though was a great game overall and full of action especially in the second half when City got on top and the game seemed to open up.

Gylfi Sigurdsson‘s goal in the 16th minute was a beauty, he got a bit too much room and his terrific shot was unstoppable. A good response though from City who carried on with the plan of keeping Spurs away from our penalty box. You just hoped Siggurdson wouldn’t shoot like that again.

City’s defence was stubborn and full of effort. However in the 34th minute Alex Bruce finally obeyed dad and came off to be replaced by big Nick Proschwitz.

By half time the stats showed Spurs had enjoyed 72% possession, both sides had taken 4 shots ar goal, (one on target each) Spurs had won 2 corners to our 1. The foul count told a story Spurs guilty of 6 and City 1. So during the Tigers 28% possession the home team had managed 6 times more fouls than we committed during their 78% of possession. Kyle Walker in particular should have had a straight red for his two footed “no control” as they say “tackle” that nearly crippled a City player in the 2nd half.

HT 1-0 to Spurs

In the first minute of the 2nd half McLean got a good chance but d dearly hit it wide of the goal, something we paid dearly for in the end.

On 53 minutes we got a bit of a freak goal when shoved the ball across the goal mouth only for the prostrate Friedl to scoop it into his own net from a kneeling position. 1-1 and it’s all on.

In the 75th minute Defoe went down just outside the box and the home supporters grinned at the expected free kick. But referee Jonathan Moss would have non of it and flashed his yellow card. The only one of the game, which is unusual these days.

The 90 + 4 minutes end with the score 1-1, so extra time to play….tired legs….cramp….mutterings about the importance of the Sunderland game….the horror of penalties maybe….and more tea needed.

We got a couple of corners and the second won (conceded by Vertonghen) gave us our second goal in the 98th minute. George Boyd put in a cross and Paul McShane came barreling in to head a great goal. I thought we had won!

But Harry Kane who had come on for Chadli in the 78th minute started to cause us a bit of trouble. So it was him who got a bit too near our box and slotted in Spurs 2nd goal on 108 minutes during the 2nd 15 minute period of extra time, after a cute ball from Defoe. Shit it’s 2-2.

Just a minute of extra, extra time and it’s the shoot out.

Only Lamela missed for Spurs but McLean and Elmo missed for City. Aaron took our first and Elmo the last. Quinn, Boyd, Gedo, Prosser, Meyler, Rosenior and Macca all took decent penalties against a good penalty stopper in Friedl, who was probably desperate to make amends for his comic book own goal.

Some excellent performances in this game and some players such as Boyd, Meyler and Quinn are improving by the week.

Tottenham Hotspur: Friedel; Walker, Vertonghen, Kaboul, Naughton (Chiriches 68); Paulinho, Dembele, Sigurdsson, Eriksen (Chadli 68, Kane 78), Lamela; Defoe. Unused substitutes: Llors, Holtby, Capoue, Bentaleb.

Hull City: Jakupovic; Elmohamady, Bruce (Proschwitz 33), Davies, McShane, Rosenior; Koren (Gedo 81), Meyler, Quinn; Boyd; Graham (Mclean 46). Unused substitutes: Harper, Figueroa, Sagbo, Faye.

Referee: J Moss (Tyne & Wear). Attendance 35,617

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDjhC9JAbYc&feature=em-uploademail (highlights)

Tott H v Hull FT Cap Cup

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