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29th August 2015 : City dispatched the Lancashire visitors without a lot of fuss and managed to get two goals on the score to prevent that second half jittery thing they sometimes do. This wasn’t a one sided game though by any means and Hull have a lot to do to keep that 2nd spot they now hang on to.

Hernandez got the first in the 37′ although he probably didn’t know a lot about it until the net bulged. The defender tried to clear the ball but in doing so it hit Hernandez and it flew past the keeper.

In the second half we enjoyed a rare Davies goal via his boot in the 82′ – there was no stopping it as he connected with a corner care of a Maloney corner.

This is the Tigers 3rd home win in a row. We are beginning to be Preston’s bogey team.

Steve Bruce said post match:

“Abel has scored two in a week. One came off his backside from a yard and the other was a tap-in from a yard.

“You can see he’s handling life better and getting used to it. I’m still convinced we’ve got a very good player on our hands.

“I thought my two centre-halves today were terrific, absolutely terrific.”

Hull City: McGregor, Odubajo, Dawson, Davies, Robertson, Elmohamady, Meyler, Diamé (Maloney, 70), Lucas, Hernández (Aluko, 71), Akpom (Hayden, 82). Bench unused: Bruce, Huddlestone, Jakupovic, Hayden, Luer

PNE: Pickford, Clarke, Huntington, Wright, Woods (Vermijl, 82) Welsh (Browne, 70), Kilkenny, Johnson, Humphrey (Keane, 70), Gallagher, Garner. Bench unused: Kirkland, Brownhill, Reid, Hugill.

Goals: 

Hull v Preston FT stats

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27th August 2015 – Hull City Official web site confirmed today the capture of 32 year old Scottish International Shaun Maloney from Chicago Fire

He has signed a two hear contract at the KC

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25th August 2015 – A goal from Greg Luer was enough to get City onto the next round in a less than entertaining game of football at the KC.

Anyone turning up at the KC and expecting excitement cannot have watched Bruces’s boys in previous Capital Cup fixtures.

Rotating the squad for this fixture never really works does it?

All it achieves is giving the fringe players (plus those recovering from injury) a bit of exercise. There is no cohesion, team work etc etc. This was no exception.

Greg Luer’s 9′ goal from a slick Hernandez pass was the total excitement for the 10500 crowd.

On the positive side of things Luer looks capable of doing something in the Championship and the returning Diame had a sound game.

Not much else to cheer us though; too many players wondering if the Steve Bruce will get a call before last knockings on the 2nd Sept.

Hull City: Eldin Jakupovic, Alex Bruce, Ryan Taylor (Ahmed Elmohamady 68), David Meyler, Abel Hernandez (Calaum Jahraldo-Martin 79), Sam Clucas, Harry Maguire, Mohamed Diame (Moses Odubajo 59), Isaac Hayden, Andrew Robertson, Greg Luer. Bench Unused: Allan McGregor, Curtis Davies, Tom Huddlestone, Michael Dawson.
Rochdale: Josh Lillis, Joe Rafferty, Jim McNulty, Ashley Eastham, Peter Vincenti (Rhys Bennett 58), Calvin Andrew (Lewis Alessandra 65), Reuben Noble-Lazarus (Donal McDermott 65), Jamie Allen, Andrew Cannon, Tom Kennedy, Ian Henderson. Bench Unused: Steve Collis, Scott Tanser, Michael Rose, Callum Camps.

Hull v Rochdale FT Stats

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22nd August 2015 – Charlton wouldn’t give up on a win in this game and as City went for it as well they left themselves open for a sucker last few seconds goal from the home team.

The first half is best forgotten about as Hull rarely got into the game much and 0-0 was a fair assessment for both sides.

It livened up a lot in the second half though and the home side went ahead through Makienok in the 52′.

As you would expect City came alive a bit after that but couldn’t find a way to trouble the score board until Hernandez got a bit of luck via a keepers ‘fumble’ following a shot by Hayden, 1 – 1.

Both sides went after the win with City looking the most likely to get it and to be honest a draw seemed likely.

Deep into 8 minutes of stoppage time Charlton got reward for persistence through Gudmundsson in the 98′ with a headed finish. The tigers defence being caught out and McGregor had little chance of stopping the winning goal.

The referee played an extra two minutes but it was not enough for the visitors to scramble a draw.

This was a lesson that the Hull City must learn and never forget. You produce your best or near your best week in and week out or you get beaten. A lot of players fell short of a good performance.

Steve Bruce said after the game..

“Funnily enough I felt the longer the game went on we were the team more likely to win it. Don’t get me wrong, for an hour they deserved to win the match.

“The first half was probably the worst I have seen in a long time, whether it was the heat or what I don’t know but it was awful.

“For 30 minutes against Fulham we were superb and if we play like that then there won’t be many teams that can beat us. However, if we play like we did against Charlton for an hour then there won’t be many teams who won’t beat us.”

City drop to 5th on 7 points.

Highlights 

Hull City: McGregor, Odubajo, Dawson, Davies, Robertson (Clucas 77), Elmohamady, Meyler, Huddlestone (58 Hayden), Aluko, Akpom (Hernández 64), Jelavić. Bench unused: Jakupović, Taylor, Bruce, Maguire.

Charlton Athletic: Pope; Cousins, Bauer, Diarra, Fox; Ceballos (Ahearne-Grant 24), Ba (Charles-Cook 69), Kashi, Bergdich (Harriott 75), Gudmundsson; Makienok. Bench unused: Mitov, Sarr, Lennon, Kennedy.

Charlton v Hull FT Stats

 
 

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19th August 2015 – After bossing the latter period of the first half, City started the second in a half-hearted way and almost paid the price.

Elmohamady got on the score sheet in the 39′ with a close range headed goal via a Robertson cross from the left.

City continued to dominate until the half time whistle.

The second half saw a lot more from Fulham and even before their Cairney goal in the 69′ the writing was on the wall as City seemed to lose the plot against a rejuvenated side.

Bruce made three substitutions in 12 minutes (Clucas, Hayden and Jelavic) in an effort to bring some life back into the team. And eventually it worked with the hard working Jelavic heading a pass to Sone Aluko who left footed the ball into the net.

City are 2nd in the league tonight on equal points and goal difference with Ipswich – the leaders having scored more goals.

McGregor was again the weak link in an otherwise sound defence.

Hull City: Allan McGregor, Moses Odubajo, Curtis Davies, David Meyler, Tom Huddlestone (Isaac Hayden 79), Abel Hernandez (Sam Clucas 66), Chuba Akpom (Nikica Jelavic 72), Michael Dawson, Sone Aluko, Andrew Robertson, Ahmed Elmohamady. Bench unused: Eldin Jakupovic, Ryan Taylor, Harry Maguire, Greg Luer.
Fulham: Marcus Bettinelli (Andy Lonergan 45), Jazz Richards, Shaun Hutchinson, Nikolay Bodurov, Matt Smith (Moussa Dembele 45), Tom Cairney, Kay Voser, Ben Pringle (Alexander Kacaniklic 87), Lasse Vigen Christensen, Jamie O’Hara, Ross McCormack. Bench unused: Cauley Woodrow, Ryan Tunnicliffe, Sean Kavanagh, Dan Burn.

Post match Steve Bruce said 

“If we’ve got what we’ve got now then I’m very, very confident we’ll mount a challenge.

“If we lose another four or five then we’re goosed, that’s my fear. That’s being brutally honest and that’s what we need to guard against.

“We showed a bit of resilience, and we didn’t really play well in the second half after the first-half dominance. We’re unbeaten since we’ve been back, so we’re starting to get a little bit of confidence.”

Highlights 

Aluko goal

Hull v Fulham FT stats

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16th August 2015 – A Sunday League handling error by the City keeper gifted an equalizing goal to the home team.

City finish in 5th place after the game on 4 points, a win would have meant top spot.

We desperately need another keeper to keep McGregor on his toes, because with Jacupovic as back-up it’s not going to happen.

The Tigers went ahead via a Jelavic penalty strike in the 22′, but in the 2nd half a an attacking but harmless looping ball from the right was fumbled by the City keeper and it was headed in from close range by midfielder Henry in the 58′.

It was heartening to see a referee award a penalty for the ever increasing skulduggery whenever a corner is taken. Kenny Jackett should heed the warning.

Up to that point – apart from a couple of early scares – City looked comfortable, but the goal encouraged the home team and crowd, and City had to weather many attacks after that.

This was a game City have thrown away, but Wolverhampton could not capitalise on the turn of events, and Hull finished the much the stronger side.

In defence and attack we looked ok today, especially with Curtis Davies back almost to his best and Akpom and Jelavic clicking. Bruce needs to sit down with both strikers and ensure there is no personal problems between the two players.

Chuba Akpom continues to impress. On another day he would have been on the scoreboard again and was unlucky with that strike which struck the post.

Elmohamady seemed a bit off the pace, which is highly unusual.

There is a weakness in midfield with this City line-up and as almost expected Tom Huddlestone continues to be a major disappointment. The sooner he leaves the club the better. It was a relief to finally see Bruce turn to David Meyler later in the game and he had the solid no nonsense impact we expected. Meyler must start the next game.

Steve Bruce remarked after the game….

“The one thing in football management you can never legislate against is error. Unfortunately Allan will have to live with it – it’s now how he copes with it.

“We all know what a good goalkeeper he is, but goalkeepers are highlighted above everybody else – it’s a big position.

“We had an awful start from the first 30 seconds – the second half I thought we were excellent”.

Hull City: Allan McGregor, Moses Odubajo, Curtis Davies, Tom Huddlestone, Sam Clucas (Calaum Jahraldo-Martin 83), Nikica Jelavic, Chuba Akpom, Isaac Hayden (David Meyler 56), Michael Dawson, Andrew Robertson, Ahmed Elmohamady (Sone Aluko 74). Bench unused: Eldin Jakupovic, Ryan Taylor, Harry Maguire, Greg Luer.
Wolves: Emiliano Martinez, Dominic Iorfa, Richard Stearman, Kortney Hause, Scott Golbourne, James Henry (Sheyi Ojo 74), Kevin McDonald, Conor Coady, Dave Edwards, Benik Afobe, Nouha Dicko (Adam Le Fondre 90).
Bench unused: Carl Ikeme, Ethan Ebanks-Landell, Matt Doherty, Jack Price, Rajiv van La Parra.

Wolvs v Hull FT Stats

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11th August 2015 – Seven Championship teams ended up beaten by lower league teams tonight and City nearly joined them.

It was 0-0 at full time and the tigers were making hard work of this tie and it continued into the extra time period. Every goal they scored was matched by the home team, and tiredness crept in.

   In extra time Akpom scored in the 92′ closely followed by the home team’s Crooks on 108′.

   Greg Luer 108′ but again followed by another Accrington strike by Gornell 115′ and penalties loomed.

Akpom’s goal was a jem, he lost the defender in the box and struck with his left foot.

During the penalty shoot-out City finally got the better of the League 2 outfit 4-3 as follows…

   Luer >Goal

Mingola >Goal

   McGuire >Miss

Windass >Goal

   Huddlestone >Goal

Kee >Miss (keeper saved)

   Akpom >Goal

McConville >Goal (keeper saved)

   Meyler >Miss

Gornell >Goal

   Davies >Goal

Crooks >Miss

So Akpom and Luer continued with goal grabbing antics and we are indebted for that.

After the game Steve Bruce remarked:

“It was hard work. If you don’t approach it right and you think it will be a stroll then we’ve seen many times what can happen” .

“They were well organised and well drilled and it was a difficult cup tie.

“We didn’t play as quick as we should do.

“We played like it was a pre-season friendly and you cannot do that.”

Hull City: Eldin Jakupovic, Moses Odubajo (Greg Luer 71), Harry Maguire, Curtis Davies, Andrew Robertson, Ahmed Elmohamady, David Meyler, Tom Huddlestone, Sam Clucas, Sone Aluko (Matty Dixon 96), Nikica Jelavic (Chuba Akpom 60). Bench Unused: Allan McGregor, Isaac Hayden, Michael Dawson, Calaum Jahraldo-Martin.
Accrington Stanley: Jason Mooney, Liam Wakefield (Terry Gornell 98), Billy Kee, Gerardo Bruna (Sean McConville 60), Matty Pearson, Piero Mingoia, Ant Barry (Seamus Conneely 81), Matt Crooks, Dean Winnard, Josh Windass, Tom Davies.
Bench Unused: Ross Etheridge, Adam Buxton, Adam Morgan, Joe Wright.

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