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28th May 2015 – The contracts of Liam Rosenior, Paul McShane, Yannick Sagbo, Maynor Figeroa, Steve Harper and Joe Dudgeon all expire at the end of the season.

Alex Bruce and Stephen Quinn have been offered new deals with the Tigers.

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24th May 2015 – City needed a win on this last day and also needed Newcastle to lose.

Neither happened of course, and that ability to flatter but inability to score goals was there for all to see this afternoon.

Chances galore against a ‘top’ team, but we couldn’t convert anything.

And another truth rammed home this afternoon is the evil lurking in Mr Fellaini. When he came on the pitch at least three of us watching muttered ‘dirty bastard’ and the expected happened – much to the distress of our spirited Mr McShane, who was obviously a target for the fuzzy-wuzzy brained Fellaini – two red cards would still not have been enough.

City bossed most of the first half and Harper was troubled only once.

Dawson, Elmo, Brady and Quinn had good games and chances kept coming – but always, always to no avail.

City did get the ball into the back of the net on two occasions, only the ‘goals’ to be disallowed for off-side.

So we go back to the Championship and it will interesting to know what team emerges for that first game next season (lets hope McShane is there) and if Steve Bruce is still in charge. I expect him to be, but you never know in football.

An aside: Abel Hernandez will be lucky to get away with the stomach punch he meted out to Phil Jones.

Steve Bruce looked drained at the end of the game and told reporters:

We haven`t been good enough. I thought at the start of the season that we had enough to stay in this division. You always know that it is going to be difficult for a club like ours, but we honestly believed that we had enough. But we haven`t done enough, it`s as simple as that. You can come up with excuses if you like, but it all boils down to not being good enough and that goes for me at the top of it, too.’

‘Days like this are never easy with the disappointment that comes with relegation and it stays with you for a long, long time, especially when it dawns on you that you`re not in the big league anymore. If you`ve got anything about you, you have to come back from this as strongly as you possibly can.’

‘Too many times I`ve come out here after matches and said ‘we haven`t played badly but we haven`t scored.’ That isn`t a criticism of our strikers or our midfielders. It`s the team in general that has to create and score goals. It`s the one thing that has come back to haunt us. We played well at Spurs last weekend, created chances and didn`t score. It was the same against Manchester United. I think that`s 17 or 18 times we haven`t scored this season. If you don`t score, you don`t win football matches.’

Hull City: Steve Harper, James Chester (Abel Hernandez 70), David Meyler (Andrew Robertson 86), Tom Huddlestone, Robbie Brady, Paul McShane, Nikica Jelavic, Michael Dawson, Ahmed Elmohamady, Dame N’Doye (Sone Aluko 70), Stephen Quinn. Bench Unused: Allan McGregor, Liam Rosenior, Alex Bruce, Yannick Sagbo.

Manchester United: Victor Valdes, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Angel Di Maria (Adnan Januzaj 23), Juan Mata (James Wilson 73), Wayne Rooney, Chris Smalling, Daley Blind, Ashley Young (Marouane Fellaini 59), Ander Herrera, Antonio Valencia.
Bench Unused: Anders Lindegaard, Robin van Persie, Paddy McNair, Tyler Blackett.

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Final EPL Table for 2014-2015

Final EPL Table for 2014-2015

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16th May 2015 – Yesterdays devastating news that ex Spurs Jake Livermore had failed a drugs test has shattered Steve Bruce and says it has put his defensive midfielder in a ‘dark place’.

Livermore faces a two year ban from the game, if his ‘B’ sample also proves positive.

This is the last thing a team needs when it is hanging on to the EPL by it’s finger tips.

When asked about the shocking news Bruce is reported to have said….

‘We’ve got to go down the lines of second samples, to the FA, the hearing, all the rest of it. As a reaction, I’m shocked, saddened, disappointed, angry. All of those things.

‘Why wouldn’t I be? I can’t come to terms with it, if I’m being honest. Society today is unfortunately like that.’

The conversation I had with him is the hardest conversation I think I’ve had with any footballer I’ve ever had. To inform him he’s failed a drugs test is not easy. He couldn’t concentrate or focus on anything really, so it didn’t really matter what I said. He’s obviously in a dark place and we’ll see what the outcome is from the FA.

‘I had the conversation face-to-face with him. I’m not going to do it over a telephone, am I?’

‘It’s not for me to be judge and jury but obviously (I’m) disappointed with the whole thing.

‘We’re all let down, from everybody concerned with the club, and everybody concerned with football. We’re all let down.

‘But the biggest one he’s let down is a blossoming career. He’s let himself down. Being tarnished with that is awful and he’ll have to live with the consequences of that.’

‘The week has been arguably the worst week I think I’ve had in terms of the result last week and then of course the shocking news that fell on our laps on Wednesday.’ 

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16th May 2015 Saturday – City could not buy a goal today and the story of the season continued, which means the only hope for the final game is for the Tigers to beat Manchester United at the KC and Newcastle to lose at home to West Ham. If that doesn’t happen it’s Championship football again.

I was watching this on a dodgy feed and both goals looked offside to me but, maybe that was just self illusion, like most of the season really. The ability to get the ball into the oppositions net seems beyond us now.

As usual we had chances in the first half and general play including defence was good, but there is a gulf between teams that score goals and those that don’t in the EPL, and it looks like it is this fact that will cost us our place in next seasons top flight.

Bruce had Jelavic back and hopes he can he could reverse the meagre goal tally proved over optimistic.

One shot on target in 90+ minutes tells it’s own story.

And in a bad week for Steve Bruce having to talk about Livermore and his drugs bust, it seemed that N’Doye was playing with something distracting on his mind. It doesn’t get better does it?

Hull City: Steve Harper, James Chester, David Meyler, Tom Huddlestone (Andrew Robertson 70), Robbie Brady, Paul McShane, Nikica Jelavic (Abel Hernandez 61), Michael Dawson, Ahmed Elmohamady, Dame N’Doye, Stephen Quinn.
Bench unused: Allan McGregor, Liam Rosenior, Alex Bruce, Yannick Sagbo, Sone Aluko.

Tottenham: Hugo Lloris, Danny Rose, Jan Vertonghen, Erik Lamela, Eric Dier, Harry Kane (Roberto Soldado 90), Federico Fazio, Nacer Chadli, Christian Eriksen (Mousa Dembele 57), Ryan Mason (Benjamin Stambouli 79), Nabil Bentaleb.
Bench unused: Michel Vorm, Paulinho, Deandre Yedlin, Andros Townsend.

EPL Tonight

EPL Tonight

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Stats by Opta

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9th May 2015 KC Stadium Saturday – Championship looms after Tigers bogey team does it again – as expected.

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4th April 2015 KC Stadium Monday – City stood little chance in the first half of subduing a rampant Arsenal side who got a couple of deflected goals plus another well worked strike to sink the Tigers.

City again unchanged from the previous match.

A 56′ reply in the second half by our little dynamo Steven Quinn gave hopes of something, but that bit of luck we have enjoyed recently seems to have deserted Steve Bruce’s side for the moment. It’s a pity we have to rely on luck to get us points, but that’s how it is this season.

Sanchez did the early damage in the 28′, Ramsey in the 33′ and Sanchez again just before half-time (45′).

The result puts City hovering one point above the bottom three.

Ok so Arsenal are a good side on the top of their game, but one shot on target from the home team in the full 90 minutes and no corners won, speaks volumes.

Aluko seems incapable of scoring, 1 goal in 28 appearances this season and 1 goal in 22 appearances last season.

Tom Huddlestone went backwards again form-wise – just when we needed him most – his clumsiest worst again.

Another good game from one of favourites – Steven Quinn; a Wembly-esque appearance.

And…..Oooh that Elmo dive….shocking, shocking.

Steve Bruce remarked…

“One thing we wanted to do in the second half is make sure it’s not one of those ridiculously horrible evenings,” he said. “When they have their tails up and are playing well Arsenal are as good as any team in Europe.

 “We stuck at it in difficult circumstances. They are hard enough to play against when they get proper goals so to have two deflections was cruel.
 “But you can’t give the ball away, and that’s so unlike us, especially in the middle of the pitch – we needed the luck and the roof has caved in.”

Hull City: Steve Harper, James Chester, Tom Huddlestone, Robbie Brady, Jake Livermore (David Meyler 46), Paul McShane, Michael Dawson, Sone Aluko (Andrew Robertson 65), Ahmed Elmohamady, Dame N’Doye, Stephen Quinn (Nikica Jelavic 81). Bench Unused: Allan McGregor, Liam Rosenior, Alex Bruce, Abel Hernandez.

Arsenal: David Ospina, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud (Theo Walcott 86), Aaron Ramsey (Jack Wilshere 67), Alexis Sanchez, Nacho Monreal, Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin, Hector Bellerin. Bench Unused: Wojciech Szczesny, Kieran Gibbs, Gabriel Paulista, Tomas Rosicky, Mathieu Flamini.

That David Meyler eye injury

That David Meyler eye injury

EPL after this match

EPL after this match

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Opta Stats

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Well, well, well, Tom Ince is the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month for April 2015.

The 23 year old striker – who couldn’t hold down a spot in the Hull City side – went out on loan to Derby County this February and has done well for them. He scored twice on his début for Derby.

Tom has netted 5 times in 6 games for the Rams during April and managed 11 goals in 17 appearances with them.

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