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25th March 2015: City’s 22 year old defender Conor Townsend has had his loan deal at Scunthorpe United extended until the end of the season.

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22nd March 2015 Sunday KC Stadium – The illustrious visitors got off to a cracking start it looked like it would be another game to forget as quickly as we could. First Hazard fired a great shot in the 2nd minute and the scoreboard read 0-1. It looked easy, and the cries of ‘they should have closed him down’ rang out. Chelsea oozed confidence and silky passing ability in the way that makes football look easy.

Then Diego Costa got a second in the 9th minute, it looked tight angle but class showed and his strike hit the inside of the net, 0-2.

That City got their act together and replied with two goals within 74 seconds of each other came as something to savour. The sort of feelings you get as a supporter when despondency is raised to exultation in such a sort period of time is worth its weight in gold. And of course to get nothing in terms of points out of such a game is pure Hull City.

Elmo’ got one back in the 26th minute after a smart bit of football from Andy Robertson which allowed the Egyptian almost a tap in, 2-2.

It then became a really good game to watch, and both teams traded attacks to snatch all points.

Loic Remy came on in the 75′ minute for the visitors and in the 77′ scored the winner with his first touch – McGregor just losing out.

Hull City: Allan McGregor, Alex Bruce, David Meyler (Stephen Quinn 80), Abel Hernandez, Jake Livermore, Paul McShane, Michael Dawson, Gaston Ramirez (Robbie Brady 80), Andrew Robertson (Sone Aluko 80), Ahmed Elmohamady, Dame N’Doye.  Bench unused: Steve Harper, Liam Rosenior, Curtis Davies, Yannick Sagbo.

Chelsea: Thibaut Courtois, Branislav Ivanovic, Filipe Luis, Cesc Fabregas, Ramires (Oscar 61), Eden Hazard, Diego Costa (Loic Remy 75), Nemanja Matic, Willian (Kurt Zouma 80), Gary Cahill, John Terry. Bench unused: Petr Cech, Juan Cuadrado, Cesar Azpilicueta, Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

After the game Steve Bruce said..

“We never deserved to lose that”.

“We can take heart from a really top class performance which was good to see. It was a terrific response, especially after going 2-0 down.”

“If we keep [producing] performances like that then I am convinced we can get enough points to stay in this division.

“In the last six or seven games we have realised we were in trouble and we have risen to the challenge – that was evident today.”

Stats by Opta via BBC

Stats by Opta via BBC

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19th March 2015 – The club announced that 29 year old Croatian striker Nikita Jelavic will be out of action for 6 weeks after needing knee surgery.

It was also stated that Jelavic has had arthroscopic surgery at The Cromwell Hospital very soon after the Leicester away game. The 6 weeks is a minimum period of absence from first team duty.

Jelavic has started just 19 times of the 29 EPL games this season, scoring 8 goals.

NJ Screenshot from 2015-03-20 13:59:13

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17th March 2015 ~ I see the Allam’s have been handed a second chance to apply for the name change of ‘their’ club.

An arbitration panel has reversed last years decision of the FA which rejected the name change to Hull Tigers.

The ruling requires the FA’s decision to be set aside due to the “biased” involvement of Football Supporters’ Federation chairman Malcolm Clarke on the membership committee which recommended the name change be rejected.

The Arbitration panel said “We have concluded that the decision of the council cannot stand. We set it aside.”

“At this stage of the season it would be impractical and wholly inappropriate to direct the association to make a fresh decision to take effect during the current season. The club is free to make a new application.”

So there you have it, those rumours and stuff we heard a week or so ago are correct and Dr. Allam will apply again – he has that piece of wood in his jaws and he won’t let it go, whatever the cost or implications.

Dr. Allam entertains Mr. Ed Milliband

Dr. Allam entertains Mr. Ed Milliband

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14th March 2015 Kingpower Stadium ~ Hull City couldn’t find the net in this lacklustre game and luckily neither could Leicester. In a game that both teams needed to get something out of it probably wasn’t a surprise that the spoils were shared, but the Foxes were the real losers here because one point is just not enough.

Of course it may not be enough for Bruce’s men either, but it keeps the points tally ticking over.

Jelavic missed out on what looked a certain goal in the 10′ when Elmohamady crossed the ball to him just a few feet from the front of goal. It was the sort of chance that the Croat revels in and it was a surprise to seem him fail to get a connection.

Chances were few for both sides but it was a day when both teams sunk down to some poor form.

The pressure seems to be getting to ex Hull manager Nigel Pearson who is reported to have sworn at a reporter during his interview after the game. Some of the antics by Leicester players had been spotted by a journalist who asked about Pearson’s players apparently trying to get a Hull player sent off. Nigel (never a diplomat) called the questioner a ‘prick’. He always seems to smoulder in interviews and an eruption is never far away. 

Steve Bruce must feel a bit more secure after having just agreed a new three year contact with his clubs owners. Nigel must be wondering how long his clubs investors will put up with him.

As usual the Tigers attracted a pocketful of yellow cards and another red one. Mr. Huddlestone was unlucky to be booked for his first yellow but no doubt about the second which was just clumsy.

However 6 bookings to the visitors (from 15 fouls) and none for the home team (from 10 fouls) seemed a strange tally by the fastidious Mr. Moss. Did 40% of Hull’s fouls deserve a yellow card?

And once again the defence had to cope for the last 20′ a man short. No doubt Diame will be fit for the next game now.

The reaction from Bruce and Phelan was to send on the redoubtable Meyler and Quinn – which did in fact see out the game. But to be honest Leicester never seemed likely to score – it’s such a pity we couldn’t; If we had taken those chances!! The chance Hernandez got late on from a clever quick free kick by N’Doye was hopelessly wasteful. He should have buried it; an EPL striker is surely expected to find the net from that range. Jelavic will have nightmares about his two misses.

Looking at our next batch of games and the fact that Burnley had a shock win against Man City, you get a feeling of foreboding that we are not going to gain ground but are more likely to lose ground. Around us, Sunderland look to be in free fall and Villa look set to continue climbing – so it’s squeaky bum time. Who will join Leicester and QPR for the drop?

Next up Chelsea at home, Swansea and Southampton away, Liverpool at home.

We have 28 points from 29 games, which  speaks of an average points haul that will not keep you in this league.

Steve Bruce commented after the game….

“I’ve got no complaints about Huddlestone but is every challenge now a yellow card if you mistime one?

“There’s a raging debate about Chelsea in midweek and, if we’re not careful, I’ve seen everyone surround Alex for a red card on his challenge and, for me, it’s a perfectly good challenge you would expect a centre-half to make.

“The reason why we enjoy the Premier League around the world is its honesty and its integrity. If we’re going to go down the route of being like every other league, jumping around and whinging and trying to get people yellow cards and red cards, for me it’s not right.

“Dawson’s is right next to me and he plays the ball, blatantly plays the ball, so what’s the problem? It’s five yards away from me. I see Alex making the challenge too.

“But it’s a huge game for both clubs so and you could see there was a bit of nerves about the players but we had the clear-cut chances and we’ve had to play for 25 minutes because of the anger in the crowd.

“There was never a nasty challenge in the game but we’ve had five yellows and a sending-off, which I’ve never seen coming, to be honest.”

Hull City: Allan McGregor, Alex Bruce, Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore, Paul McShane, Nikica Jelavic (Stephen Quinn 78), Michael Dawson, Gaston Ramirez (Abel Hernandez 84), Andrew Robertson (David Meyler 78), Ahmed Elmohamady, Dame N’Doye. Bench unused: Steve Harper, Maynor Figueroa, Curtis Davies, Sone Aluko.

Leicester: Mark Schwarzer, Ritchie De Laet (Tom Lawrence 76), Wes Morgan (David Nugent 84), Matthew Upson, Matty James, Jamie Vardy, Robert Huth, Jeff Schlupp, Esteban Cambiasso, Riyad Mahrez, Andrej Kramaric (Leonardo Ulloa 61).
Bench unused: Kasper Schmeichel, Danny Drinkwater, Andy King, Marcin Wasilewski.

A supporter falls asleep at Leicester

A supporter falls asleep at Leicester

Stats by Opta via BBC

Stats by Opta via BBC

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14th March 2015 – Steve Bruce, having just agreed a new contract at the KC has been talking about how he contemplated giving up management this summer at the end of his current three years at Hull City.

He pondered how tough the job is and the amount of pressure managers are under, particularly in the Premier League. The 17 years he has been in football management nearly got to him it seems.

“Management is a tough job, even more so in the Premier League, when you are on trial every week.

“What have you picked him for? Why isn’t he playing? The whole media and social media side in the Premier League means you leave yourself open to all sorts.

“It becomes difficult but the day you stop enjoying it is the day when you say, ‘That’s it’. And I think I’ll know that.

“There hasn’t been a time when I have even been close to that here at Hull. Not close. There was, though, admittedly a bit of me that said, ‘Steve, you’ve had a wonderful three years. Do you keep the club up and say, ‘Thanks very much’?

“But then I thought, ‘I haven’t finished yet’. I have put something in place with the Academy, the scouting and the training ground. I want to see it through to fruition.

“I want to see if I can get this club where I think it can be. This will always be a small club in the Premier League but can we do a West Brom? Or a Stoke? If I can do that and play my part, then I will sail off into the sunset.”

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11th March 2015 – The Allam’s have managed to agree another 3 year deal with their manager Steve Bruce, who said….

“It’s a rolling contract that I think will suit everybody,” Bruce told BBC Radio Humberside.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time here and it feels like we’ve been talking about extending the deal for a very long time.

“I’ve been very happy here and why shouldn’t I have been? We’ve had a great two and a half years. Who could forget how we got promoted, the FA Cup run we had and the short excursion into Europe?

“The most important thing now is keeping the club in the Premier League and growing from here.

“We have a big summer coming up with players running out of contract so I thought it was only right that I committed first.

“I’m going to try and lead from the front and get a few to come with me.”

So a rolling contract covering a Three Year period.

Good news for Tiger fans.

Steve Bruce at The KC  Stadium Kingston-upon-Hull

Steve Bruce at The KC Stadium Kingston-upon-Hull

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