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28th Feb 2015 – Bruce’s boys looked to be holding out against their hosts until that gangly goal poacher Peter Crouch was introduced into the game and within one minute the almost inevitable happened.

Yet another ball was launched into the box and instead of Johnnie Walters struggling to get a contact, the head of Peter Crouch did in the 71′.

1-0 and game over because an uninspiring Hull rarely looked like troubling a more dominant Stoke, not to mention a keeper as good as Begovic.

Post match, and  Steve Bruce was adamant that Crouch was standing off-side when the ball was launched and that a replay proved it. And he is right, Crouch was offside.

The Hull team sheet looked a little odd, it lacked Jelavic (knee problem in training) and N’Doye – returning from Russia only last night. Also Robbie Brady was missing due to a calf injury, which he also sustained during training. So our attacking force was Sone Aluko with Gaston Ramirez just behind him. It wasn’t enough, not by a long chalk, and defensively the rest of the team spent a lot of time on the back-foot and chasing shadows.

I don’t know what the team talk was about before the first whistle, but I’m willing to bet it didn’t include attacking and trying for 3 points.

The Tigers still remain 15th though on 26 points, with Burnley, Sunderland and Villa all losing as well.

City managing just one shot at goal (zero on target) against 17 shots by Stoke tells a story about this game, although the home team only managing 2 shots on target gives an insight on how the Tigers managed to contain them. That one chance fell to Sone Aluko, who got through the defence, but his short ‘cross/shot at goal’ found no-one up in support.

Hull City: Allan McGregor, Maynor Figueora (Abel Hernandez 78), Alex Bruce, David Meyler (Stephen Quinn 61), Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore, Paul McShane, Michael Dawson, Sone Aluko (Dame N’Doye 56), Gaston Ramirez, Ahmed Elmohamady. Bench Not Used: Steve Harper, Curtis Davies, Yannick Sagbo, Andrew Robertson.

Stoke: Asmir Begovic, Phil Bardsley, Phillip Wollscheid, Marc Wilson, Erik Pieters, Steven Nzonzi, Glenn Whelan, Jonathan Walters, Stephen Ireland (Charlie Adam 46), Victor Moses, Mame Diouf (Peter Crouch 70). Bench Not Used: Jack Butland, Marko Arnautovic, Geoff Cameron, Steve Sidwell, Dionatan Teixeira.

Steve Bruce comments on the game:

“We’re convinced he (Crouch) is offside and we’ve seen replays which show that.

“I’m not saying we deserved to win the game but I expect the linesman to get that right. The ball has come 40 yards, it is a straight ball and he should be in a good position to get it right.

“But we didn’t do enough offensively. We didn’t offer a threat like we have in the away games of late. Overall I didn’t think we deserved to lose the game.”

So it’s a big, big match against Sunderland at the KC this coming Tues night

Stats by Opta via BBC

Stats by Opta via BBC

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Hull City’s young 21 year old defender Conor Townsend has gone to nearby Scunthorpe United for a one month loan spell.

He could make his début for The Iron against Yeovil this afternoon.

He has previously been on loan at Grimsby Town, Chesterfield, Carlisle and Dundee.

Conor was the Grimsby Supporters Young Player of the season in 2011-2012.

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Ex Hull City ‘striker’ Nick Proschtwitz who can’t get a game with his Championship club Brentford has now gone out on loan at League 1 struggler’s Coventry.

The 28 year old striker has only played  4 league matches for the Bees since signing for them in August last year on a free transfer from the Tigers. It’s an emergency loan deal until the end of the season.

The former top scorer in the Swiss Challenge league and also former top scorer in Bundesliga 2 has struggled ever since he joined Hull City in July 2012 for £2.6m.

He was a massive disappointment to Steve Bruce and the fans – a player who possess a good finish but never seemed to be in the right place at the right time. When approaching the box, things often happen just too fast for him.

Coventry care-taker Manager Neil McFarlane said today…..

“We’re delighted to bring in a player we’ve been tracking at this club for a long time.

“Nick is your typical target-man who can bring others into play and will give us an added threat in the forward areas.

“We’ve got a crucial game against MK Dons at the weekend and he’ll go straight into contention for the game, and I’m sure he’ll have a positive impact from now until the end of the season.”

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It’s reported that Hull City have paid a fine of 200k euros for breaching UEFA Financial Fair Play Rules.

And if City do not show full compliance they will suffer a further 400k euro fine.

UEFA have said in a statement “The CFCB Investigatory Chamber has announced that four clubs – Hapoel Tel-Aviv, Hull City, Panathinaikos and Ruch Chorzow – have individually agreed to settlement agreements following non-compliance with financial fair play (FFP) break-even regulations.

Each of the settlement agreements includes break-even targets, whereby each club will need to prove by no later than 31 December 2015 to have reached full compliance with the UEFA Club Licensing and FFP Regulations, and financial contributions, whereby each of the clubs agrees to pay an unconditional amount of 200,000 Euro’s”

City’s losses are covered by Allam’s loans and not direct contributions. So the rules have been broken over a three year assessment period.

I mean, knowing where we have come from…..who would have ever guessed eh.

FFS! It’s Hull City we’re talking about here….Hull City!     Financial Fair Play Rules.

OK I’ve slightly got over it now……mutters Financial Fair Play Rules, infinitum….

A long road

A long road

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21st Feb 2015 – Goals from Jelavic (16′)  and N’Doye (89′) saw City eventually home after a tense match at the KC this afternoon. There was so much at stake for both of these teams – and it was City who came out on top.

After QPR had equalised to make it 1-1 with a Charlie Austin (39′) headed goal, Bruce chucked all he could at the visitors putting on Ramirez (53′), Hernandez (67′) and Aluko (82′) for Bruce, Livermore and Meyler.

Joey Barton got a red card as early as the 32′ to put his comrades at a disadvantage (punching Huddlestone in the groin!) but City still struggled to make it count until eventually Jelavic struck to pile even more pressure on Rangers. The Jelavic strike to make 1-0 was a good one – it stemmed from a long ball ball which was headed aimlessly back by Steven Caulker and found Jelavic who volleyed it into the net from 16 yards.

Charlie Austin’s goal was an excellent one as well – Matt Phillips crossed from the right and Austin beat two defenders in the air to head home and make it 1-1 just before half-time.

City managed a lot more possession in the second half as you would expect with there numerical advantage, but could not get the goal they needed, especially with the 35 year old Rob Green in outstanding form.

And you could still conceive that City would concede though – with that brittle reputation they have earned this season – but the Londoners didn’t have enough to upset the apple cart this time.

Dame N’Doye showed what a lethal weapon he is in the 82′ – leaping to a fine cross from Brady on the left side of the pitch and giving Green or the defenders little chance. They hadn’t marked him closely enough and paid a brutal price with score now 2-1.

In the end City managed twice as many shots at goal than the visitors and twice as many shots on-target and thoroughly deserved the 3 points.

City are in no way safe in this league yet though (none of the bottom 9 are) and must push on to get points from the tough games that follow this. The card for the next 6 games reads Stoke away, Sunderland home, Leicester away, Chelsea home, Swansea away, Southampton away.

A relieved Steve Bruce said after the game “You could say there’s a touch of relief,” 

“Conceding in the last minute has happened to us five or six time this season, so I certainly know how Chris Ramsey (QPR Head Coach) will be feeling. But he should also be remarkably proud of the way his team defended for their lives.

“For long periods, they frustrated the heck out of us and it didn’t look as though we had enough craft to make the chance we needed. The longer it went, the more difficult it became for us. We had five forwards on trying to get the goal.

“I’m sure Rob Green (QPR goalkeeper) will be so disappointed after pulling off a wonder save from N’Doye’s header. At that point I’m thinking we’ll take a point and move on. Thankfully we then found that little bit of quality that you need to find a winner in the last minute.”

“Dame has had a wonderful start and let’s hope that it continues…… “We’ve played two and won two and he’s scored in both of them as has Jelavic and he looks to be back to somewhere near his best.

“We’ve got a bit of a strike-partnership and I’ve said all along at this level that the one thing teams at the bottom end find difficult is scoring goals.”

Hull City: (3-5-2) Allan McGregor, Alex Bruce (Gaston Ramirez 52), David Meyler (Sone Aluko 82), Tom Huddlestone, Robbie Brady, Jake Livermore (Abel Hernandez 67), Paul McShane, Nikica Jelavic, Michael Dawson, Ahmed Elmohamady, Dame N’Doye. Subs Not Used: Steve Harper, Curtis Davies, Andrew Robertson, Stephen Quinn.

QPR: (4-4-2) Robert Green, Steven Caulker, Rio Ferdinand, Matt Phillips, Joey Barton, Charlie Austin (Mauro Zarate 74), Yun Suk-Young, Niko Kranjcar (Armand Traore 78), Karl Henry, Bobby Zamora (Michael Doughty 64), Darnell Furlong. Subs Not Used: Alex McCarthy, Clint Hill, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Eduardo Vargas.

Yet another red card for the troublesome Joey Barton

Yet another red card for the troublesome Joey Barton

Dame N'Doye gets his 89' goal to seal the win

Dame N’Doye gets his 89′ goal to seal the win

FT stats Screenshot from 2015-02-21 21:49:02

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Hull City’s vital league clash with QPR this Saturday is a sell-out according to the club. The last tickets being sold today.

City stand 16th in the EPL on 23 points with QPR one place below them on 22 points.

As ever, taking points off the competition around them will be vital this season and something that the Tigers have failed to do on too many occasions in a campaign that has been disappointing for fans.

So the big turnout could prove vital this weekend.

Any points now can mean a rise in league position.

Hull City AFC The Tigers

EPL Screenshot from 2015-02-18 20:14:00

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Mark Oxley loan etended

15th Feb 2015 – City have extended keeper Mark Oxley’s loan at Hibs until the end of the season.

He is reported as saying…

“I’m delighted to be here until the end of the season,” Oxley told Hibs’ official website.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at Hibs so far, especially with our recent results. All the hard work is starting to pay off and is showing with our results and I’m happy to be a part of it.

“Coming here to Hibs was a great opportunity to play as many games as possible and hopefully I can carry on doing that and helping the team to win.

“I had a taste last season of playing a long spell of games and that was the plan for me with this loan move, so it has been really beneficial.

Hibs head coach Alan Stubbs said: “Mark’s loan extension is obviously great news for us and it’s something that we’ve been working on for a long time.

“Mark has been really good for us so far this season and has provided us with a real presence in goal.”

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