Archive for January, 2014

29th January 2014 Thurs – The FA website this afternoon listed the 5th Round FA Cup tie away at Brighton as a BT Sport live televised game. Kick Off 7.45 pm.

Not a nice 300 mile prospect for travelling fans on a Monday is it BT and FA?

A nice weekend in Brighton would have been great. #funstealers

http://www.thefa.com/thefacup/more/tv …





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29th January 2014 Thursday –  Eldin Jakupovic has been recalled from his loan at Leyton Orient following the red card shown to Alan McGregor at Crystal Palace on Tuesday night by Roger East.

City do not know how many games McGregor will have to  sit out, the worst case being three of course. The severity of the ban depends on the circumstances at the time it was given and it could be only one match. It is assumed Bruce will think twice about appealing.

Jakupovic joined Orient for a one month loan at the start of January and he has done well for them. He has chalked up three clean sheets in four games letting in just one goal.




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28th January 2014 – In spite of amassing 62% of the possession Hull City failed again to win at Selhurst Park. After a frustrating first half in which Palace parked the home bus and got lucky with the only goal, we faired little better in the second, could not penetrate them when the home team went five at the back fully packing their defence, and we finally ended up with 10 men.

In cold wet conditions it’s easier to defend than attack and if the tactics had been reversed Bruce would have got massive stick from everyone. The bottom line is City could not get the goal they needed in open play and the new strike force will need time to settle. But they did not deserve to lose this game.

How the referee could miss spotting two blatant penalties but was able to detect McGregor waving a leg at a player who had just put red card studs into his leg is a mystery. But one that sums up this referee who then waved a yellow at the home team player and a straight red at the angry City keeper.

So two crucial penalty decisions by the selected referee (does he referee games at Arsenal or Chelsea ?) changed the outcome of the result and handed the 3 points to Crystal Palace.

Jelavic had a good chance early on from a Livermore cross but his header went wide of the post. Minutes later Marriapa clearly fouls Jelevic, but when he goes down in the box no penalty awarded – a bad omen for sure.

Then Tom Huddlestone got Shane Long away with a good pass, he outpaced Gabbidon who struggled to get alongside, in the end he just bundled into the back of Long in the penalty area, pushed him and they both went down in a tangle of legs. Clear penalty all day long. Reaction from Roger East……nothing, a decision too big for the man from Wiltshire.

And of course what occurred minutes later is what usually happens in football, Palace get the ball to City’s end, a cross from the right is blocked and bounces back perfectly for a second attempt. This cross reached the head of Puncheon, who heads straight at Chamakh. The ball rebounds perfectly to the feet of Puncheon who easily slams the ball into the net. 1-0 in the 16th minute.

As expected from a Tony Pulis outfit the home team played a physical game – 4 yellow cards shown to them tells a story –  and in the  wet conditions they always had enough pace to trouble our midfield and defence on the break.

The farce of McGregor being sent off at the end for ‘retaliation’ was obviously too much for Steve Bruce who just had to let it all out and afterwards had some harsh words for a very weak refereeing display:

 “We’re hugely disappointed,” Bruce told BBC Sport. “I got fined two weeks ago and I don’t want to [be fined] again but we had two stonewall penalties in the first half and to send the goalkeeper off summed up the night. It was innocuous.

“We played well, Palace didn’t create a chance but we go home with nothing.

“People will work it out, Jelavic is pulled down for one penalty and Long is clattered for the second. If they aren’t penalties I don’t know what are. These are big games and big decisions.”

An angry Bruce added: “Referees are paid handsomely to make big calls and he hasn’t done that today. To send the goalkeeper off, we are scratching our heads.

“It’s a horrible challenge on him [by O’Keefe], yes he’s reacted but if anything it’s a yellow. He hasn’t turned around and whacked him.

“I go away and pay fines and I’ll probably get another one but I only speak the truth. It’s time for the referee to come out and face the cameras. When penalties are as blatant as that we have to be aggrieved.”

“But for me, there are two stonewall penalties in the first half and then to send the goalkeeper off in the last five minutes, it was innocuous. It summed up our night really, it was never going to be. We’ve played well and unfortunately we haven’t got anything out of the game.”

Bruce also claimed that referees should be made to explain their decisions after each game:

“There are three horrible decisions which have gone against us and that ultimately cost us the game. I think the referees have to sometimes come out on the cameras and we must question, should they be refereeing the games.”

City slip to 13 place, still on 23 points, having won only 1 game in the last 10. The last 4 games all being lost, 3 of them away.

Some stats:

1. Allan McGregor was the game’s most-fouled player (3).

2.Tom Huddlestone had 86 touches of the ball, the most in the game.

3. Tom Huddlestone completed 90% of his passes, more than any other starting player.

4. Curtis Davies won 9 aerial-duels, the most in the game.

5. Curtis Davies made 15 defensive clearances, the most in the game.

6. Ahmed Elmohamady attempted (12) more crosses than any other player.

7. Tom Huddlestone attempted (20) and completed (12) more long-passes than any other player.

8. Jake Livermore led the game with 4 successful dribbles.

Hull City: Allan McGregor, Ahmed Elmohamady, Paul McShane, Alex Bruce (Stephen Quinn 76), Curtis Davies, Liam Rosenior, David Meyler (George Boyd 56), Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore, Nikica Jelavic (Matty Fryatt 84), Shane Long. Subs Not Used: Steve Harper, Abdoulaye Faye, Robert Koren, Yannick Sagbo.

 Palace: Julian Speroni, Adrian Mariappa, Danny Gabbidon (Stuart O’Keefe 81), Damien Delaney, Dean Moxey, Jason Puncheon, Joel Ward, Mile Jedinak, Yannick Bolasie (Patrick McCarthy 64), Marouane Chamakh (Aaron Wilbraham 86), Cameron Jerome. Subs Not Used: Lewis Price, Jonathan Williams, Barry Bannan, Dwight Gayle.

 Referee: Roger East. Attendance:22,519 

Full Time stats C Pal v Hull

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26th January 2014 – The FA draw this afternoon presented us with another away tie and yet another southern candy floss and rock  opponent in Brighton and Hove Albion.

We have a reasonable chance to progress with this one and expect Steve Bruce to offer a similar starting line-up.

Manchester City v Chelsea

Sheffield United or Fulham v Nottingham Forest or Preston North End

Arsenal v Liverpool

Brighton & Hove Albion v Hull City

Cardiff City v Wigan Athletic

Sheffield Wednesday v Charlton Athletic

Sunderland v Southampton

Everton v Swansea City

To be played 15/16th February 2014.

fa cup draw

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25th January 2014 Roots Hall Saturday – Matty Fryatt stamped his name all over this 4th Round FA Cup Tie by grabbing the only two goals of the game.

The City team was pretty much what was expected with starts for Harper, Meyler, Faye, McShane, Quinn, Fryatt and (rather unexpectedly) Danny Graham. There was plenty of reinforcements on the bench though and it was good to seen Brady sitting there. Jelavic & Long were cuptied of course.

It took some time in the first half for the visitors to get to grips with things and at times struggled against the home teams enthusiastic energy, commitment and the pitch itself.

Danny Graham had a good chance on 34 minutes but shot straight at the keeper Bentley. And on 41 mins Sagbo got his head to a cross from Boyd but it was saved. City managed a series of corner leading up to halftime all of which came to nothing.

The first few minutes of the second half saw the home side attacking with several attempts on the City goal and on 49 minutes  Michael Timlin had a great shot which hit the Tigers crossbar, with Harper wondering what had just happened.

Hull City’s first goal came on in the 63rd minute. Graham looked favourite to claim the ball on the edge of the Shrimpers box but Fryatt seemed to move faster than Danny and took it off him! Moving to his left Fryatt hooked the ball along the ground at an angle that saw it enter the goalmouth just inside the right hand post. 0-1 to City.

On 73 minutes Robbie Brady made his appearance replacing Danny Graham, as Bruce went for that important second goal.

Southend had a few chances now and stout defending was needed as the rain continued and the conditions became very bad.

On 82′ Jake Livermore replaced Yannick Sagbo and six minutes later another change when Alex Bruce was substituted for Stephen Quinn. City looked to be only just on top and their passing game was causing Southend to do a lot of chasing, breaking at speed though was difficult in the conditions.

Four minutes of added time was signaled and a minute later Matty Fryatt settled it with a wonderful goal. He attacked the box from the right wing with two defenders to beat. Dodging one way and then the next he got past the first and as the second got close struck a shot which beat him and the goalkeeper. City fans at that end showed delight!

A well deserved 0-2 win and no injury problems that we know about.

After the game Steve Bruce remarked:

“I would not expect a team of mine to roll over just because we are coming here in the cup, so they showed the right desire and attitude.

“The pitch was difficult, and towards the end it was awful conditions, a typical cup tie, sometimes in football you have to roll up your sleeves and we did that in abundance today to get through.

“Somebody like Matty Fryatt, if I don’t give him an opportunity to play, then they are knocking down the door. He had come back into the side today and reminded me what a good player he is.”

“Matty Fryatt got injured in his very first game for me, he was out for 13 months and then went out on loan but since then he’s been excellent for me.

“He showed what a good player he is. His second goal was outstanding. I always say, whatever club you are, you are only as good as your strikers.

“We’ve brought in a couple and it is looking good in that department.”

He added: “The boys showed the right attitude and desire to come away with the win. Through poor conditions, we battled well. As we stand here now it’s like hurricane conditions.

“It had all the ingredients for an upset and we had to stand up and be counted. We matched their endeavour, they threw everything at us but that little bit of quality shone through with us.

“I was confident we could make the changes we did today and go through. The players who came in are experienced professionals.

Next game is the EPL fixture on Tuesday night at Crystal Palace 8 pm kick off.

Hull City: Harper; Rosenior, Figueroa, Meyler, Faye, McShane, Boyd, Quinn (Bruce 88′), Fryatt, Graham (Brady 73′), Sagbo (Livermore 82′). Bench: McGregor, Bruce, Davies, Koren, Brady, Livermore, Elmohamady.

Southend: Bentley; Thompson, Coker, Leaonard, Phillips, Prosser, Hurst (Timlin 70′), Corr (Eastwood 88′), Atkinson, Straker (Payne 80′). Bench: Smith, Laird, Eastwood, Clifford, Payne, Gomis, Woodrow.

Referee was Lee Mason. Attendance was 10,250.

Fryatt sneaks up on Graham!

1. Fryatt Screenshot from 2014-01-26 00:26:422. Fryatt Screenshot from 2014-01-26 00:26:43

Southend v Hull FA Cup

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24th January 2014 – Following an early day rumour Hull City confirmed this lunch-time that Jack Hobbs has been recalled from his loan at Nottingham Forest and it’s reported he was at the training session with his squad mates this morning.

The reason most reported seems to be ‘cover at centre back’ following a recurring hamstring injury sustained by James Chester last Saturday against Norwich in a Premier League fixture. There is however also reports of an ankle injury to Jack Hobbs.

Jack is not eligible to play for the Tigers in the FA clash with Phil Browns’s Southend tomorrow anyway.

It had seems an agreement was reached between the clubs for Hobbs permanent transfer to Nottingham Forest after they tabled a reported £1m bid, thus denying Reading – also interested in the former City captain – his signature. But the deal is not complete as Hobbs and Forest have not yet agreed terms.

So the full story of all this to come out.

Let’s hope Jack gets to play many games in the EPL, he deserves it.

Jack Hobbs playing for Hull City


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23rd January 2014 – Blog and website rumours of the last week proved correct this afternoon when we learned from Phil Buckingham that Hull City had secured a loan deal with Barnsley for Nick Proschwitz to move to Oakwell for the rest of this season.

The way things are at the KC at the moment it’s likely that Nick has played his last game for the Tigers.

The lad does have talent but nothing really clicked for him at Premiership level with us. His mobility was questioned, but he could finish. We wish him well in the Championship.

He signed for Hull City in July 2012 giving him a 3 year contract and SC Paderborn 07  3.3million euros. He made his debut when City beat Rotherham United on penalties after a 1–1 draw in a League Cup first round tie on 11 August.His league debut came a week later, in the Championship opening game against  Brighton at the KC.  He had to wait until 20th October for his first goal for the Tigers, scoring twice against Ipswich in a 2-1 victory.

Counting all appearances Nick played in 37 games for Hull City and scored 7 goals.

So it looks like Yannick Sagbo and Matty Fryatt will be the strike force at Southend then assuming Bruce does not risk playing either Jelavic or Long.

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