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31st August 2014 Sunday – It was announced today that 20 year old Cork City right full back Brian Lenihan has completed a transfer to the Tigers for a fee reported to be £200,000.00.

Cork Chairman Pat Lyons praising the right-back’s impact at the club.

“We would like to wish Brian the best of luck in the next stage of his career,” he enthused.

“Since he joined us, Brian has been a credit to his family and to his schoolboy club, College Corinthians; showing a fantastic attitude and excellent ability, which I am sure will see him progress far in the game.

“As a club, we never want to see our best players depart, however we are pleased that we have reached what we believe to be a fair and reasonable agreement with Hull for his transfer and that Cork City stands to benefit further should Brian continue to progress as we all expect him to do.”

Steve Bruce said…..

“Brian is a young player who has had a wonderful season in Ireland,”

“It’s going to be a big step up for him coming here but he’s a player we’ll try to develop. He fits into our criteria of trying to find some very, very decent young players to bolster what we’ve already got here.

“He’s one for the future and he’s only really been playing for a year in the Irish league. He’s a right back standing at 6’2” and a really good athlete who can get up and down the pitch.

“We’ve beaten off a lot of competition to get him and I’m very pleased about that.”

 

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31st August 2014 Sunday – A game of two halves in which defensive errors, general lousy City performances, lack of endeavour and creativity in the first half saw the Tigers 2-0 down at the break. Crucial changes in the second half which brought on Brady for Ince (57′) and Aluko for Huddleston (72′) led to a much improved attacking display which nearly got them a point.

Mistakes in our own 3rd are often expensive in the EPL and so it proved in the 14′ (Agbonlahor goal from Jelavic poor pass) and 36′ (Weimann goal following a Dawson sloppy pass). To be fair though Villa where in control throughout the first 45′ and their goals also came from quick passing and clinical finishing. 

In between many will say City should have had a penalty after a hand ball by Westwood – Mark Clattenburg seemed to say he didn’t notice anything! Seen ’em given….seen ’em turned down – the modern EPL handball lottery in full swing again.

Rosenior came on for Curtis Davies at half time, and at first Villa seemed to pick up were they left off ie. in control, but as the half wore on City picked up the pace and ambition considerably with Brady and Aluko both lively and meaning business.

In the 74′ Steven Quinn got the ball to Jelavic from a free kick and the striker headed the ball home to make it 2-1.

Three yellow cards in quick succession after Grealish came on for Villa in the 75′ (Elmohamady, Quinn and Jelavic), was weird – the youngster caused some problems but not all of the yellows were deserved.

Livermore had a thundering shot saved by Guzon as it rocketed towards the top corner of the goal.

After the euphoria of the first half, Lambert and the home crowd were pleased to hear the final whistle as City looked a good bet to get an equaliser. The stats had changed dramatically from a 1st half possession for City 44% to 55% at the whistle.

Steve Bruce was not happy after the game and said……

“For how good our second half was, our first was just as bad,” said Bruce.

“We gave ourselves such a mountain to climb with the first-half performance in particular – it was arguably the worst I’ve seen us perform.

“I can’t remember us performing so badly. In the second half we made a game of it and on another day we could have nicked something.

“But I still can’t get over how bad we were in the first half.

“We gifted them goals, we made mistake after mistake and we didn’t get above a jog so how do you expect to win a Premier League game?

“We had so many people who performed so badly, it was a shock to me but maybe we’re getting carried away with all the nonsense that’s being written about us and all the rest of it. It’s been a wake-up call.

“We can’t wait until the second half and have me ranting and raving like some sort of lunatic to have a response. I wish we could get them in tomorrow and start working with them straight away but we can’t, we’ve got 11 or 12 away [for international duty]. 

“Mind you, if they keep performing like that they won’t be internationals.”

 

Hull City: McGregor; Davies, Dawson,McShane, Elmohamady, Huddlestone, Livermore, Robertson, Quinn, Jelavic, Ince. Bench: Rosenior, Bruce, Meyler, Brady, Sagbo, Harper, Aluko.

Referee Mark Clattenburg.

Aston Villa vs Hull FT stats

Attendance: 28336.

 

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28th August 2014 Thursday – City won this game but the precious away goal was scored by the the Belgian team to put them through to face the big boys in group stages.

The weird clash of colours with Lokeren had brought out that strange 3rd choice kit in the first leg, and in this game Uefa rules (?) demanded a change to City’s standard kit. So we saw a home team clad in this years orangey amber shirt and last years yellowy amber shorts – horrible.

Brady got the Tigers off to a wonderful start with his first goal in the 6th minute from Figueroa’s cross. The visitors defence were all at sea and the Irishman had a simple job of getting the ball over the line via his belly button. 

From then on though City never produced the kind of football they are capable of and Lokeren grew in confidence and an away goal was always on the cards. Careless passing gave the ball away too many times and they looked strangely disorganised. On another day the same players would have secured this tie, but not today.

It was hoped that the half time whistle would allow Steve Bruce to change things and invigorate his side for the next 45 minutes, but on 49′ horror of horrors, the Belgian side scored. They won a corner, and after it was only partly cleared Depauw squared the ball to Remarcle who middled a great shot from the edge of the box into the top corner. McGregor may have got to it, but a defender near the post seemed to prevent him from doing so.

1-1 on the night, but it meant the home side had to score two more to win.

Still no real spark from City though and not a lot was being created in midfield from Livermore and Meyler. However destiny seemed to call when an Elmohamady cross struck Persoons on the hand. Personally I hate way referee’s are giving penalties in these situations but when your side gets the advantage you accept it gladly – wrong I know.

And so the visitors watched and waved their arms as the referee talked to the linesman and eventually pointed to the spot. Protests from Lokeren but the decision stood, and Brady stepped up to the spot, sent the keeper the wrong way and scored. Lokeren’s manager Peter Maes blew his top and was sent to the stands to cool down.

So it’s 2-1 in the 55′ and that false friend hope raised it’s ugly head- surely we could get another within the time left ?

But City were simply not good enough on the night and although they huffed and puffed could not get over the line. In fact it was the visitors who looked stronger and in the 72′ Sagbo was sent off (straight red) for a tackle on Galitsios in which he won the ball and remained on his feet. The distraught Sagbo was inconsolable. Very debatable if that was a straight red but no doubt some Fifa directive describes it so and referees have no help except their touch-judge, and this time he consulted only himself. The red card will not affect EPL matches.

Bruce had done all he could by bringing on Jelavic in the 66′ for Rosenior, and Huddlestonne and Ince in the 75′ for Meyler and Chester and this had put more spark into the Tigers play; but the sending off did not help and the game ended after 6′ of extra time with Lokeren still solid. There was a good effort from Huddlestone seconds before the final whistle –  which would have won it – and the home team and manager finished the match distraught – not to mention the fans.

Maybe we will look back on this as a blessing in disguise, but for now I hate the reality of missing out on our Club playing the big names in Europe and a chance to go thse famous stadiums – shit!

Hull City: McGregor; Davies, Figueroa, Chester, Rosenior, Elmohamady, Livermore, Meyler, Brady, Aluko, Sagbo. Bench: Bruce, Huddlestone, Maguire, Boyd, Jelavic, Harper, Ince.

The Referee was Ovidiu Hategan (‘hategained’ would have been appropriate)

 (post match interview with Steve Bruce)

 (highlights and goals)

Yannick Sagbo gets a straight red

Yannick Sagbo gets a straight red

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27th August 2014 – There are reports in the Italian press that Palermo’s Uruguayan striker Abel Hernandez is on his way to England to complete a transfer to Hull City. The deal sounds as if it is a £10m fee and possibly a 4 year contract.

The 6’1″ 24 year old started his European career with Palermo in February 2009 and played alongside Edinson Cavani.

He has scored 36 goals for Palermo in 122 appearances. This year he has notched up 14 goals in 36 matches so far.

Hernandez has played for Uruguay U21 (11 games 9 goals) Uruguay Olympic Team (3 games 1 goal) and the Uruguay National Senior Team (144 games 7 goals).

He has Europa League (2 games 1 goal) and Europa Qualifier experience (2 games 3 goals + 1 assists).

Abel was part of the Uruguay World Cup Squad in Brazil and came off the bench in the first Group match against Costa Rica, but was kept out of the remaining games by Suarez and Cavani and others.

He is left footed and can play left wing or right wing as well as the striker position.

The press are saying he has turned down Benfica to come to the KC Stadium to talk and maybe try his luck in the Premier League.

Earlier Steve Bruce had told the press when asked about player signings that any Jordan Rhodes deal was “dead and buried” but added…….

“We’re close to one or two things,” said Bruce, “very close to one in particular, which will be another fantastic addition if we can pull it off.

“It’s delicate, but if we can pull it off it will be a record for the club. He’s a hell of a player, but there’s work to be done.

“Until it’s really been rubber-stamped, I’m not going to say anything but it would be a huge one for us.”

 (His 2013-14 goals – he is a shit hot penalty taker and likes a celebration)

                                                                      abel hernandez

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27th August 2014 Wednesday – It looks like Hull City have wasted a lot of time trying to ascertain the final price Blackburn would agree for the transfer of their prized asset Jordan Rhodes. It did seem that price had been discovered only for the owners to overrule their management by saying they did not want to sell after all.

Steve Bruce replied today in a press conference – when asked about the Jordan Rhodes deal situation…..

“It’s dead and buried,” Bruce said.

“We got an indication from Blackburn that they were willing to do a deal and that obviously changed in 24 hours. That’s their prerogative.

“If they’d have said that to start with – that he wasn’t for sale no matter what we wanted to do – then fine, we’ll walk away.

“But unfortunately it gets a bit protracted and last weekend we thought it was close and then all of a sudden he’s not for sale, so we’ll move on to the next one.”

The next one? Any guesses?

 

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26th August 2014 Tuesday – Just before 7pm UK time the club announced the completion of the transfer of Michael Dawson from Tottenham Hotspur, for an undisclosed fee (rumours range from £3m to £6m). He was the longest serving player still at White Hart Lane and until today was their team captain. 

He takes the number 21 shirt after being handed a three year contract.

Dawson played 324 matches in all competitions for Spurs – after signing from Nottingham Forest in January 2005 for an undisclosed fee thought to be around £5.5m. 

He played 13 times for England U21’s, twice for England B and won full England caps (Hungary, Bulgaria, Denmark and Wales) between September 2010 and March 2011.

The 6’3″ 30 year old centre back was born in Northallerton and follows in the footsteps of his 35 year old brother Andy Dawson who played 317 games in all 4 leagues for the Tigers between 2003 and 2013 – before being released by City and moving to Scunthorpe United in May 2013.

Steve Bruce carries on with his knack of securing home grown talented and experienced players.

Michael said on Tottenham’s official Twitter feed….

“I have been here for almost a decade and have loved every minute of it,”

“I would like to say thank you to everyone at the club, including the supporters. We have enjoyed some incredible moments together and I hope the club continues to move forward in the future.”

And later Dawson is reported as saying….

“I know this club (Hull City) well and obviously there is some family history with my brother Andy having been here,” said Dawson.

“I’m just excited about getting started here now. The whole football club made it an attractive move to me – the manager, the squad of players, the fans. I feel ready and raring to go.

“Leaving Tottenham after ten years there was always going to be hard for me, but the chances to play there were going to be less and so a move to Hull City represented a great opportunity for me.

“At the end of the day, footballers want to play football and that wasn’t going to happen for me at Tottenham. Once the owners and the manager here had been in touch with me about the possibility of a move, I just knew it was right.”

The Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy said of Dawson….

“Michael has been an outstanding Club representative both on and off the field throughout the nine-and-a-half years he has served our football club,” Levy told Tottenham’s official website.

“He has always given everything for the Spurs shirt – just one of the reasons he is so deservedly popular throughout the Club with teammates, staff and fans alike.”

“His contribution cannot be under-estimated. He has been a fantastic individual and personality and a great influence on our younger players, for whom he always found time. We wish him the best of luck in the next chapter of his career,” 

 (Interview in KC dressing room)

… (Club announcement)

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26th August 2014 Tuesday – Blogs and Journo’s are reporting that Tottenham’s 30 year old England centre back Michael Dawson is in the City today having a medical and no doubt sorting out final contract details.

Well done all who have worked hard to get the deal to this stage, it certainly wasn’t easy.

Things looked dead in the water this time last week, but when Spurs triggered an £8m release clause for Sevilla’s 6’5″ Argentinian central defender Federico Fazio last Friday, things took a turn for the better and the Dawson deal was reported as still alive and ‘agreed in principal’. A phrase I have always warmed to.

Dawson (Tottenham’s Club Captain) was overlooked by manager Pochettino in both Spurs opening matches.

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