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29th November Saturday Old Trafford – The poor form continues and we begin to wonder when it will end. City struggled to get possession and gave it away when they had it.

There where far, far too many mistakes today….its a growing pattern with this team at the moment.

17th place is an uncomfortable place to be, and it will be interesting to see if we get a reaction at Everton in a weeks time.

City managed just 23% possession and didn’t win a single corner. No real fight in this team at the moment. When you make mistakes that give away goals you have to fight to put things right.

The Reds were far to quick for them, moving the ball with fluidity and confidence which made the Tigers look inept.

We basically just rolled over and let the Reds have this game and the 3 points, where is that stalwart defence? Where is that they shall not get past us mentality – all gone at the moment.

This squad can play a lot better than this and I’m sure they will at sometime this season, but when?

There was an improvement from Bruce’s boys in the 2nd half, but by then United who had been flying in that 1st were full of confidence and almost everything was going for them.

What a great save by McGregor from Van Peries though in 2nd half…..wonderful.

Goals came from, Smalling 16′ (goal line technology to his rescue after defensive scarmbling), Rooney 42′ (a gift wrapped error from Curtis Davis), Van Persie 66′ (an early Christmas pressie from Andy Robertson)

Hull City: Allan McGregor, James Chester, Curtis Davies, Robbie Brady (David Meyler 75), Jake Livermore, Mohamed Diame (Stephen Quinn 75), Nikica Jelavic, Michael Dawson, Andrew Robertson, Ahmed Elmohamady, Hatem Ben Arfa (Sone Aluko 36). Bench Unused: Eldin Jakupovic, Liam Rosenior, Alex Bruce, Tom Huddlestone.

Manchester United: David De Gea, Marcos Rojo, Angel Di Maria (Ander Herrera 14), Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney, Chris Smalling, Michael Carrick, Ashley Young, Robin Van Persie (Radamel Falcao 70), Antonio Valencia (Darren Fletcher 74), Marouane Fellaini. Bench Unused: Anders Lindegaard, Adnan Januzaj, Paddy McNair, Tyler Blackett.

Referee:  A. Taylor. Attendance: 75,345.
Steve Bruce post match interview 

Screenshot from 2014-11-29 18:06:00

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23rd November 201 KC Stadium – Jake Livermore gave his team the lead in the .., but a harsh red card delivered the final result to Spurs as 10 man City could not hold out.

City should have won this game, they got the better of the visitors in the 1st half and at the break led 1-0 thanks to Jake Livermores 8′ goal. But one incident turned this game on it’s head, due mainly to the crassness of the paid officials. Ramirez was fowled twice, the nearby linesman gave nothing (nothing unusual there) but Ramirez reacted in a school boy manner (more stupidity) and the nearby flag went up. The referee after listening to what must have sounded like an assault report, pulled out his Red card, a straight Red! Game over for City, because they were hoping to see out this game, and had managed to give little encouragement so far to Tottenham.

Spurs had won most of the possession in that 1st half, but lacked bite, but now they made made it count in the 2nd. City never recovered any sort of cohesion and goals from Kane 61′ and finally Eriksen 90′ saw the visitors home.

We had got ourselves in a good position once again, but failed to take it through to the final whistle.

Manchester United away net week, and that will be tough as they are started to show signs of real confidence and we are starting to litter our game with errors and lack the capacity to look after the ball. Worrying.

Hull City: Allan McGregor, Curtis Davies, Tom Huddlestone (Liam Rosenior 64), Robbie Brady (Stephen Quinn 86), Jake Livermore, Nikica Jelavic, Michael Dawson, Gaston Ramirez, Andrew Robertson, Ahmed Elmohamady, Hatem Ben Arfa (David Meyler 57). Bench Unused: Steve Harper, James Chester, Abel Hernandez, Yannick Sagbo.

Tottenham: Hugo Lloris, Eric Dier (Vlad Chiriches 46), Federico Fazio, Jan Vertonghen, Ben Davies, Mousa Dembele (Aaron Lennon 59), Ryan Mason, Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela, Harry Kane, Roberto Soldado (Paulinho 79). Bench unused: Michel Vorm, Dominic Ball, Cristian Ceballos, Benjamin Stambouli.

Referee: C. Pawson. Attendance: 23,561

Screenshot from 2014-11-30 14:24:05

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13th November 2014 – Yannick Sagbo is reported as being back at the KC thus intereupting an unhappy and disapointing loan at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

It will be interesting to find out just what went wrong here, was it player, surroundings, or what that caused the cancelling of the loan.

Sagbo couldn’t get a starting place in the Wolves team and his fitness was criticised by the Manager.

He made four appearances for Wolves – starting just once – and failed to score or make an impact under Kenny Jackett.

With Jelavic still out with injury, (and Ben-Arfa not firing) Bruce may well give Yannick a chance up front with Hernandez.

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Hull City Injury Update

13th November 2014 – The Official Club Website gave a report on the currently injured players given to them by Hull City’s Head of Medical Services Rob Price and his team.

Allan McGregor
Allan is now back in full training and available for selection.

Michael Dawson
Michael is now three-and-a-half weeks on from a lateral ankle ligament rupture and he is scheduled to return to first team training this week.

Nikica Jelavic
Nikica is three-and-a-half weeks post-medial meniscectomy and he has stepped up his rehab this week. We are aiming for him to return to training next week. At this stage, his knee has reacted extremely well to rehab.

Curtis Davies
Curtis was withdrawn at Burnley last weekend with back pain. The symptoms are settling nicely although it is too early to give a full assessment.

Alex Bruce
Alex is eleven days on from suffering a grade two gluteus medius injury. He has started outside running and will progress his functional work over the next week.

Robert Snodgrass
Robert is now 11 weeks post-patella dislocation and is progressing as planned. He is now biking and completing strength and stability work as his knee approaches full range of movement.

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8th November 2014 – The traditional ineffective day at Turf Moor may prove costly to the Tigers with some difficult games now on the horizon. City play Spurs, ManU, Everton, WBA, Chelsea and Swansea before Xmas.

An injury to Curtis Davies rounded off a miserable day in the rain.

The fact that this is Burnley’s first win of the campaign says a lot, and it was obvious they wanted the points a lot more than our boys. No one had a good game really and no doubt Steve Bruce will have told them so in strong terms. Someone had to lose against the Clarets I suppose,  but you would expect it to have been maybe QPR, not us.

There was no real fight from the Tigers today – and it cried out for a David Meyler figure to give it some steel. It was strange that his presence never materialised.

We looked like one of those well fed group of people who have been lauded for past feats of daring do, who believe they just have to cruise in second gear and still win. What a mistake at a place like Burnley if that is the truth!

There were some names missing from the City line-up but this is said to be the best squad we have ever had.

Ashley Barnes got them the win on 50′.

Hull City: Steve Harper, James Chester (Hatem Ben Arfa 59), Curtis Davies, Tom Huddlestone (Gaston Ramirez 50), Abel Hernandez, Robbie Brady, Jake Livermore, Paul McShane, Mohamed Diame, Sone Aluko (Stephen Quinn 50), Ahmed Elmohamady. Subs Unused: Eldin Jakupovic, Liam Rosenior, David Meyler, Andrew Robertson.

Burnley: Tom Heaton, Jason Shackell, Kieran Trippier, Danny Ings, Scott Arfield (Michael Kightly 55), Stephen Ward, David Jones, George Boyd, Dean Marney, Michael Duff, Ashley Barnes (Lukas Jutkiewicz 75). Subs Unused: Matt Gilks, Marvin Sordell, Ben Mee, Michael Keane, Nathaniel Chalobah.

Burnley vs Hull FT Stats

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7th October 2014 – 20 year old full-back Brian Lenihan has joined Championship side Blackpool on a one-month loan deal – hoping to get into the match day squad and some much needed games.

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1st November 2014

Alex Bruce is expected to be out for two-to-four weeks due to a hamstring injury sustained in training on Friday.

Steve Bruce has said

‘Alex got injured in one of the last kicks of the session. It’s a hamstring but we don’t think it’s too serious. It’s probably going to be two, three or four weeks.’

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