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Sagbo loaned to Wolves

30th September Friday – We hear today that Steve Bruce has agreed to let Yannick Sagbo join Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan until January 2015.

Steve Bruce said of Yannick

“He’s a very good player and I’m sure he will do very well for Wolves.

“He is big strong and powerful and he can move – he is quick and he is a good footballer technically too.

“You have got yourselves a really good player and footballer. “He needs games and with us going out of the Capital One Cup and the Europa League we were not going to be able to give them to him at present. I’m sure he will do an excellent job in the Championship.”

This is an emergency three months loan and I understand there is a recall option after 28 days.

Yannick was a long way off starting games for City especially with Jelavic in top form and the lively big money Hernandez getting near fully fit. Not to mention Aluko and Tom Ince.

Reports say that Sagbo has been told to find his best form and prove he can get back into starting squad contention.

Steve Bruce said of Sagbo

We wish him luck and lots of goals.


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27th September 2014 Saturday KC Stadium – The Tigers got off to the worst possible start in this game which saw them two goal down inside 11 minutes – Aguero in the 7′ and then Dzeko. The heads never went down however and with two up top the home team took it to the title holders whenever they got the chance.

For that Aguero goal, the defence failed to the ball out of the box, it ping ponged around and no-one was keeping an eye on Aguero who had moved into space at the right time.

But then a bit of luck, an own goal by the visitors (Mangala) and a well taken penalty by Hernadez – after a foul in the box by Mangala – made it 2-2 at the break.

Second half goals by Dzeko (68′) and Lampard (87′) sealed it for the Sky Blues who showed what a good side they are.

After the game Steve Bruce remarked..

“They nearly blew us away in the first 10 minutes. Maybe we showed them too much respect. We were brave or stupid to play two up top. I thought ‘we’re at home let’s give it a go’.

“We’ve conceded four and not done that badly. Sometimes you have to hold your hand up and say you have been beaten by the better team. We were brave and it nearly came off.”

It was good to see Rosenior back in the starting line-up (Quinn missing out) allowing Elmo to get forward more. Liam had a good game, raced past Clichy to set up that opening goal, but he couldn’t block crucial shots from Dzeko – twice!

The spirit is still there in this Tigers team, it was good see us never give in – we just need to stop leaking goals at the wrong time.

Story of the season so far continues – score two goals, but get no points.

No yellow cards handed out to Hull City for a change.

Tigers slip to 14th on  points after 6 matches. We really need to get some points on the board – Crystal Palace next up on Saturday.

Hull City: 4-4-2: Allan McGregor, Liam Rosenior, Curtis Davies, Tom Huddlestone, Abel Hernandez (Gaston Ramirez 73), Jake Livermore (Hatem Ben Arfa 73), Mohamed Diame, Nikica Jelavic, Michael Dawson, Andrew Robertson (Robbie Brady 82), Ahmed Elmohamady. Bench Not Used: Steve Harper, Alex Bruce, James Chester, Stephen Quinn.

Manchester City: 4-2-3-1: Wilfredo Caballero, Vincent Kompany, Eliaquim Mangala, Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy, James Milner, Fernandinho (Jesus Navas 65), Yaya Toure, David Silva (Martin Demichelis 77), Edin Dzeko, Sergio Aguero (Frank Lampard 71). Bench Not Used: Joe Hart, Bacary Sagna, Aleksandar Kolarov, Jose Pozo.

Referee: Anthony Taylor.  Attendance: 22,859


Hull vs ManC FT stats Screenshot from 2014-09-27 21:37:10

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25th September 2014 Wednesday – City crashed out of the Capital One (League) Cup at the Hawthorns tonight via two late strikes from the home team after looking like they had turned the tables on West Brom.

An unconvincing Tigers display in the first half – going behind in the 15′ (Ideye) but then equalising in the 41′ (Tom Ince) – was followed in the second half by a better showing and got what seemed a crucial goal to take the lead in the 51′ courtesy of Robbie Brady. In that first half West Brom took control of the game and won 6 corners to City’s 1, and managed double the number of shots (both teams having 1 on target).

  • Harper spilled the close header from Blanco and couldn’t stop the follow up kick by Ideye for his goal.
  • Sagbo attacked down the left after a pass from Meyler, and placed a good ball forward to Brady whose cross found the on-rushing Ince who finished past Myhill.
  • Brady’s goal in the 51′ came from a pass by Ben Arfa, who attacked the defence head on (following a pass from Rosenior) the Frenchman threaded a ball through defenders to find Brady onside and the Irishman finished well.

And that’s how it stayed (1-2) until the last 3′ of normal time, when once again we could not see out the game. McAuley in the 87′ and Berahino in the 88′ put City to the sword, and it’s the Baggies who are in the next round.

  • McAuley’s well taken goal came after a West Brom corner – the ball was ping-ponged about in the air until it found the defender who fired past everyone into City’s net.
  • Berahino’s killer goal came about when Varela was not stopped from running around the defence near the 18 yard box – he was looking for a runner, and it was the Burundi born striker who made the run – the pass was perfect and McGregor had no chance.

A frustrated Steve Bruce said afterwards…

“It’s a huge concern for me because it’s not like us,” said Bruce.

“If you’ve seen us for the last two years, the ability to see a game through was there for everyone to see.

“Certainly in the Championship, once we got in front we never looked like surrendering it.

“It’s a bit baffling at the minute because it’s not going for us. We have to work harder, get through it and hope it’s just a bit of bad luck.”

“Certainly in the Championship, once we got in front we never looked like surrendering it.

“It’s a bit baffling at the minute because it’s not going for us. We have to work harder, get through it and hope it’s just a bit of bad luck.”

“When I look back we could have had a wonderful start to the season and unfortunately at the minute it’s costing us,” added Bruce.

“I’m not blaming defenders. We didn’t clear a corner and we have to defend better as a team.

“There’s a frustration and a disappointment etched over every one of us. I do believe that we’re very, very close to having a really good team but it’s frustrating at the minute as you can imagine.

“Three minutes from time, we were so comfortable and it could have been only us that score another. But we didn’t defend a corner and then you have to say the third one is a lack of concentration.

“That’s Stoke, West Ham, Newcastle at the weekend where we’ve lost leads and it’s difficult and disappointing.”

As expected Bruce used the match to make sure most of his squad got a competitive game, and they didn’t look a bad team. It took a bit to get going though and it did look towards the end of the tie that 1-2 would be the winning score. The unpunished injury to Meyler did not help.

Ben Arfa - a glimpse of what is to come

Ben Arfa – a glimpse of what is to come

Hull City: Harper, Rosenior, Chester, McShane, Figueroa, Bruce (Livermore 64′), Ben Arfa, Meyler (Maguire 85′), Brady (Aluko 89), Ince, Sagbo. Bench not used: Huddlestone, Hernandez, Jakupovic, Jelavic.

West Brom: Myhill, Gamboa, Olsson, McAuley, Davidson, O’Neil, Yacob, Mulumbu (Varela 75), Blanco, Ideye (Samaras 21), Anichebe (Berahino 59). Bench not used: Foster, Wisdom, Dawson, Nabi.

Referee was Phil Dowd

Attendance 10,496


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20th September Saturday St James’s Park – City threw this game away. The two great goals netted by, first Jelavic (48′) and then Diame (68′) only got the Tigers a point. We are in a bad habit of going ahead and then…. a) giving the ball away needlessly, and 2) not shoring up the defence.

The game cried out for James Chester to be brought on as part three centre backs. That would have done it I am sure, and I think the manager maybe to blame for this one.

It appears Nikita Jelavic has scored 3 goals this season from just 4 shots on target (Opta Joe)

Hull City: Allan McGregor, Ahmed Elmohamady, Curtis Davies, Michael Dawson, Andy Robertson, (Liam Rosenior 88′) Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore, Stephen Quinn, Mohamed Diame. Abel Hernandez (Sone Aluko 56′), Nikica Jelavic (David Meyler 81′) Bench unused: Steve Harper, James Chester, Robbie Brady, Gaston Ramirez

Newcastle United:Tim Krul, Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Paul Dummett, Cheick Tiote (Sammy Ameobi 85′), Jack Colback, Yoan Gouffran (Ayoze Perez 88′), Remy Cabella, Moussa Sissoko, Emmanuel Riviere (Papiss Cisse 69′). Bench Unused: Rob Elliot, Vurnon Anita, Massadio Haidara, Steven Taylor

Not a lot happened in the first half. The home side had the lions share of possession (64%) and moved the ball well but seemed unlikely to score. City had few chances with 4 shots and only 1 on target. Neither side managed a corner. Tiote seemed to want to kick anyone who wasn’t wearing black and white; we saw attempts at goal from a variety of Magpies, and City kept being caught offside – although sometimes by inches if anything at all. And we now know for double sure that Steven Quinn is a tireless midfielder who can run, block shots, pick a pass, deliver a cross and annoy the hell out of the opposition. So 0-0 and half time.

No changes at half time, but the match burst to life in the 48′ minute when Jelavic scored an outstanding goal via a cross by (do you have to ask) Elmohamady from the right. The strikers timing looked impeccable, and his left foot scissor strike was unstoppable as it rocketed past Tim Krul.

0-1, it seemed our good fortune at St James’s Park was set to continue. We have won the last 3 league games here and in competitive matches are unbeaten in 6 (4 wins and 2 draws).

On 56′ Aluko replaced the blowing Hernandez. He is nowhere near fit enough to play the role he has at the moment, but what a good player he is. Lots more to come from him.

In the 59′, the wonderful Andrew Robertson got a totally undeserved yellow card. He was fouled from behind as the ball went out of touch. That wasn’t given, but as he attempted to pick up the ball, he was pushed over by Sissoko who had been awarded a throw in. Robertson did not retaliate – Sissoko got a yellow for shoving and for some reason so did Robertson. It could only have been for picking up the ball – baffling.

Anyway shortly after that the Tigers got their second goal when Mohamed Diamé did what he does best, from a Quinn pass he ran at the defence with the ball, made a little room and hammered a left foot shot past Krul from outside the box within the 68′. 0-2 bloody wonderful.

However a late rally by Newcastle and City as ever put themselves under pressure. Keeping possession of the football is an ongoing weakness in this team. It seems to stem from a combination of wanting to get forward as quickly as possible and just careless passing. Having watched Bruces’s lads it seems to happen whoever he picks to play as if it’s part of being a City player. We nearly paid dearly for this trait today.

Within a minute of City’s second goal Pardew brought on Papa Cisse – a player thought to have not fully recovered from injury but fit enough to play 30 minutes – and this transformed the game.

Quinn gave the ball away for once and a pass from Tiote found Cisse whose right foot rifled it in low to McGregors left hand post. On another day maybe the keeper would have kept it out but it got between him and the post and it was 2-1.

The pressure mounted on the Tigers, Meyler came on for Jelavic on 81′ to shore up the midfield and an attempt to keep/gain possession, but it made little difference. In fact it was at the backline we needed more bodies, players who could block shots and close down attackers – players like James Chester who was sitting on the bench.

Cisse got his second in the 87′ as City failed to clear away from the danger areas Gouffran headed the ball on to Cisse whose right foot did the damage again from close in. 2-2 and there was time to lose this game. Rosenior (88′) came on for young Robertson – who had shown he does have a mistake in him – and eventually we saw the game out.

Davies had a good shot at winning it but his driven ball in the 4th minute of stoppage time was a bit high and a bit wide.

NUFV v Hull FT stats Screenshot from 2014-09-20 18:04:09

City are 9th tonight on 6 points after 5 games. There are 4 more matches tomorrow.

Jelavic goal celebrationScreenshot from 2014-09-20 18:10:38

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17th September Wednesday at North Ferriby – The reserves got their season off to a good start in the Final Third Development League, beating the Millers by two goals. Both scored in the second half by Margetts.

Hull City: Watson, Topliss, Dawson, Clark, Clappison, Aimson, Jahraldo-Martin, Dixon (Mahon 81), Rossi (McCawl 74), Margetts, Bowen (Annan 68). Not used: Cracknell, Clackstone.
Rotherham: Loach, Brindley, Peace-McDonald, Hallatt, Warren, Yates, Frecklington, Hall, Swift, Clarke-Harris, Bowery. (Wiles 73). Not used: Thompson, Gibson, Johnson.

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18th September 2014 Thursday – We read in the Hull Daily today that the basis upon which Dr Allam wants the FA to re-examine it’s refusal to allow the Hull City name change is based on “perceived bias”.

His lawyers say the rejection took into account the opposition to the name change from various groups, a process never used before. And that the opposition was not representative, and was therefore an unfair factor.

The full HDM article is 

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15th September 2014 Monday KC Stadium – This was an entertaining game with even some of the big name journos and pundits having actually watched it (it was the only match) and describing it as such.

Both teams benefited from new players coming in and there was plenty of attacking energy and skill on view. Diame, Ramirez, Hernandez and Ben Arfa, either started or got some time on the pitch. James Chester was available after the red card suspension but Bruce chose just two centre backs in Davies and Dawson. With Elmo and Robertson as fullbacks, both seeking to get forward.

So City played 4 at the back; a ‘diamond’ midfield (Diame at the tip, with Quinn and Livermore either side and Tom Huddlestone behind). Hernandez and Jelavic the strike force. Quite a statement.

Hull City: McGregor; Elmohamady, Dawson, Davies, Robertson (y); Huddlestone (y); Livermore (y), Quinn (Brady 58′); Diame (Ramirez 77′); Jelavic, Hernandez (Ben Arfa 77′). Unused substitutes: Harper, Rosenior, Chester, Meyler.

West Ham United: Adrian; Demel (Jenkinson 76), Reid (y), Tomkins, Cresswell; Kouyate, Noble, Zarate (Song 62), Downing; Sakho (Amalfitano 87), Valencia. Unused substitutes: Jaaskelainen, Vaz Te, Collins, Cole.

Referee: Martin Atkinson – 3 yellows for City and 1 for West Ham (never).

The visitors seemed to start better but the first goal came from City’s big transfer window purchase Uruguayan striker Abel Hernandez in the 39′. Elmohamady had driven down the right-hand side, exchanged passes and then put in a great cross which Hernandez powerfully headed in. And in the 44′ he nearly got a second with a terrific strike which struck the woodwork, Jelavic put the rebound in but had been off-side.

West Ham had been more than threatening and their ability to move the ball accurately and quickly had put City under pressure numerous times – particularly after a series of corners and a missed header by James Tomkins.

1-0 at half time.

No changes at half time, but the visitors got right back to their attacking play and within 5 minutes of the restart we saw the goal of the game. New hammers signing Ecuadorian Enner Valencia scored a goal you don’t often see. He was faced with a wall of defenders and Dawson was blocking his way, the ex Spurs defender was not far off him and seemed to have things covered, but a small movement to the right and an immediate strike of the ball saw it fly at 70 mph past McGregor and into the top right hand corner of the net from what must have been 28 yards. We saw why is nickname is “superman”.1-1.

Robbie Brady came on for the hard working Quinn in the 58′ minute and added some attacking runs.

Tigers got their second goal in the 58′. Diame was lurking as West Ham began to move the ball out of defence and a bad pass from Kouyate (who was Diame’s direct replacement at Upton Park) was picked up by Diame who drove at the defence and fired a great shot past keeper Adrian. 2-1 and surely we had a chance of a win here if we could settle.

The visitors came right back at City and after a corner got what was really a lucky goal. A ball was pushed along the ground towards McGregor from near the by-line, the keeper went down to collect it, but fumbled it into the path of Curtis Davies and the ball came off his feet and into the net in the 76′. Shit 2-2.

In response and in the 79′ Bruce put on Ramirez for Diame and Ben Arfa for the tiring Hernandez.

It was still ding dong stuff from both sides with little sign of tiredness and both sides had chances.

However just before the whistle it looked like West Ham had clinched it when a header (in the 4′ of added time) from Valencia was heading for the home goal but was put over the bar by Dawson who was facing the goal. Still don’t know how he managed that.

West Ham had better stats in both halves of this game (but crucially not shots on target) and looked unrecognisable from the side we saw last term. However City were resilient as ever and when you consider Hernandez had benefited from one training session only and all the new players are still to be bedded in, things are looking bright. Plus without that keeper error and the own goal, ‘we could have won this’!

City are 10th in the EPL after 4 games and have 5 points.

After the match Steve Bruce said…

“Diame is a no-brainer. He’s played in the Premier League for the last six years and what I saw him do on debut I’ve seen him do many times for Wigan and West Ham.

“He’s big, powerful, handles the ball well with both feet, he’s got a little trick and as we saw today he’s got a goal in him.”

And Big Sam said….

“I think the owners here want us to win more than anything, like I want us to win,” he said.

“They’re happy, we’re all happy, with the way the squad is evolving and when you have more talented squad you play more attractive football.

“Though I say it with caution, attractive football is alright but you’ve got to start putting defensive units and defensive work together to get the results you need.

“Attractive football with no wins is no good to me and not to the owners and certainly won’t be accepted by the supporters.

“We were very good defensively last year as a team. We had lots of clean sheets in last year’s campaign, 14 in fact, and we’ve not had one yet. For me as a manager, that’s a disappointment.

“That’s something we’re going to have to think about.”

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Hull vs West Ham FT stats Screenshot from 2014-09-15 22:56:56

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