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26th September 2015

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Tuesday 22nd September KC Stadium – What an unlikely result ! Swansea spurned chance after chance in the first half but thanks to a David Meyler goal the Tigers went in at the break in the lead, and hung on to it until the end of the tie. Amazing result.

Jake Livermore made the starting line§up having returned early from the original ban handed out for the drugs offence.

After the game Steve Bruce commented:

“It was a big night for Jake for obvious reasons and I’m sure he appreciated the support he got from our fans.

“He’s had the support of the club from the moment this happened and now he’s played his first game he can get back on with his career.

“He’s been through a tough time, a really tough time, and it’s important now he gets his career back on track.”

Hull City: Eldin Jakupovic, Ryan Taylor (Moses Odubajo 59), Curtis Davies, David Meyler, Harry Maguire, Jake Livermore (Sam Clucas 69), Shaun Maloney, Chuba Akpom, Isaac Hayden (Tom Huddlestone 85), Andrew Robertson, Ahmed Elmohamady. Bench Unused: Allan McGregor, Abel Hernandez, Michael Dawson, Sone Aluko.

Swansea: Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Eder (Bafetimbi Gomis 64), Ki Sung-Yueng, Jordi Amat, Leon Britton, Franck Tabanou (Kyle Naughton 72), Angel Rangel, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Kyle Bartley, Wayne Routledge, Matt Grimes (JonJo Shelvey 57).Bench Unused: Gerhard Tremmel, Federico Fernandez, Jack Cork, Jefferson Montero.
Hull v Swansea FT stats

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Hull City 1 – 1 QPR

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15th September 2015 – This was a good response to the poor game and Brighton and if we can keep up this sort of application to away games we will have a good season.

Tigers went three at the back for this one and they seemed to soak up the home pressure with more confidence. That we came away with a win after so little possession speaks for itself.

After 100 starts without a break Elmohamady was benched and possibly given time to think things over. There has been a sudden flurry of press speculation that he might leave the club at the next window and Bruce suspects football agents are engineering it.

Akpom was also on the bench with Hernandez designated as the striker; he will take some shifting from the starting lineup after grabbing 3 goals in the last 5 games. There is real competition here, which is great, since both players are showing an appetite to play.

It was a through ball by Huddlestone which won us the first goal in the 8′ – he found Aluko who tried a cross to Hernandez who was blocked by two defenders, however the ball bounced back to the on-coming Diame and he fired it past the keeper.

The second goal came in the second half after Hull had been under a lot of pressure from the home team. Aluko had a great run out of defence (one of those which often come to nothing), however this time instead of running into defenders, as he neared the back line he made a short pass to Diamé. The Senegal International moved to his left and then picked out a perfect pass to land ahead of Hernandez who had moved forward as the ball was chipped. He controlled it on his chest and shot the ball under the keeper to seal an away win for the Tigers.

Steve Bruce said after the match

“It’s a bit more like it, a bit of of resilience, a bit of bottle and they threw a load of balls into our box and I thought the three defenders with three centre-backs were terrific in dealing with that.

“All round it was a really, really good performance and more like it showing that resilience that we need to win football matches away from home. It’s got us up and running and lets hope it continues.

“We seem to settle straight back into it which was pleasing because we’ve got away from it and for one or two reasons so we reverted back to tight today and it paid off.”

“As a manager you sometimes need a reaction from an awful performance like that aat the weekend and that’s exactly what we’ve got.”

Hull City: Allan McGregor, Moses Odubajo, Alex Bruce, Curtis Davies, Tom Huddlestone, Abel Hernandez (Chuba Akpom 81), Sam Clucas, Mohamed Diame, Michael Dawson, Sone Aluko (David Meyler 84), Andrew Robertson (Ahmed Elmohamady 69).Bench Unused: Eldin Jakupovic, Ryan Taylor, Isaac Hayden, Greg Luer.
Cardiff City: David Marshall, Lee Peltier, Sean Morrison, Matt Connolly (Bruno Manga 46), Fabio Da Silva, Anthony Pilkington (Sammy Ameobi 63), Kagisho Dikgacoi, Peter Whittingham, Joe Ralls (Craig Noone 78), Joe Mason, Kenwyne Jones.Bench Unused: Simon Moore, Aron Gunnarsson, Scott Malone, Alex Revell.
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12th September 2015

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1st September 2015 – The Tigers signed a new striker today (deadline day), he is Adama Diomande a 25 years old 5′ 11″ Norwegian whose parents hailed from the Gold Coast.

He has been transferred for an undisclosed fee (reported by some as 1.7 million pounds plus add-ons) from Stabæk who are in the top flight of the Norwegian football leagues.

The Tigers have awarded him a three year contract.

Last season Adama scored 17 goals in 21 appearances for Stabæk.

His previous clubs include FC Dinamo Minsk and Strømsgodset IF, the latter won the Norwegian League in the 2012-13 season when he netted 15goals in 46 league games.

The striker has made one appearance for the Norwegian National team against Azerbaijan in June this year, on the back of his recent goal scoring exploits.

Some goals from him 

Diomede

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1st September 2015 – It seems Nikita Jelavic has had a successful medical at West Ham and his transfer is virtually complete.

Footnote: Confirmed by Hull City Official Club website 11:29 am for an undisclosed fee.

Seems he got a two year contract. The press think it’s a 3 million pound fee.

Good luck to him, pity in the last couple of games for us he didn’t look as if he was pulling out all the stops. He was always a real trier at other times.

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