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27th October 2015 KC Stadium : Bruce’s boys made club history tonight when it got down to a penalty shoot-out and they came out on top.

In accordance with tradition the Tigers manager used most of the squad players who had not played recently in the Championship, making 8 changes from the last League game. Leicester did the same and made 10 changes. So no-one expected a high scoring 90 minutes.

It was 0-0 after normal time and at the end of the extra 30′ the result was still unknown with the score on 1-1. Leicester took the lead in that period with a goal by substitute Mahrez in the 100′.

However that ‘go too man’ Abel Hernandez struck back within just 6′ to level the scores and the game moved on to penalties. Hull City winning this 5-4.

The game was not one the match officials will want to remember, with a perfectly good goal being waived away and a clear penalty being denied (with poor Chuba Akpom booked for simulation).

So justice was seen to be done in the end and the often derided Jakupovic making a great save from the Mahrez pealty to send the Tigers into the hat.

Hull City: Eldin Jakupovic, Moses Odubajo, Ryan Taylor (Abel Hernandez 79), Tom Huddlestone, Harry Maguire, Shaun Maloney, Mohamed Diame (David Meyler 110), Isaac Hayden, Michael Dawson, Andrew Robertson, Greg Luer (Chuba Akpom 74). Bench Unused: Allan McGregor, Alex Bruce, Sam Clucas, Ahmed Elmohamady.
Leicester City: Mark Schwarzwer, Ritchie De Laet, Andy King, Marc Albrighton, Andrej Kramaric (Danny Drinkwater 65), Shinji Okazaki (Jamie Vardy 65), Marcin Wasilewski, Yohan Benalouane, Ben Chilwell, Gokhan Inler, Joseph Dodoo (Riyad Mahrez 84). Bench Unused: Kasper Schmeichel, Wes Morgan, Danny Simpson, Jacob Blyth.
Steve Bruce post match:

“We made eight changes and beat a Premier League team, which was terrific.

“There were some decisions that I have to say were erratic. Maybe that’s best put like that and I’ll keep it at that.

“I would get into trouble if I tell you my real thoughts.

“But some of the decisions we had go against us I just thought were awful, if I am being honest, but there you go.”

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24th October Saturday KC Stadium : Two goals in two minutes from David Meyler  36′ and Abel Hernandez 38′ put the Tigers into a lead which they never lost.

It was an Elmohamady pass which got Meyler his goal and then an Andy Robertson run on the flank with a pass to Hernandez for the Uruguayan’s seventh goal of the season.

Jake Livermore had an exceptional all action game and seemed to be everywhere. On this form there is no spot for Diamé or Huddlestone in this nicely balanced line-up.

Of the 16 matches so far this season (all competitions) the Tigers have lost just twice (both away) and with 4 wins and 3 losses in the last 7 league games. No wonder they stand second in the table tonight. This squad is starting to click and with players like Snodgrass and Diomande still to come will get stronger and more competitive.

Steve Bruce on this second on the bounce win –

“We didn’t really want the first half to end”.
“We played some really, really good stuff and had some really good chances. We passed the ball quickly, we moved quickly, showed pace in vital areas and looked a very decent team which was good to see.
“If the third goal comes for us just after half time, it could have gone on to be one of those great afternoons, but it didn’t and so then it is a case of managing the game and I thought we did that.
“I thought we were always comfortable and I can’t really remember Allan McGregor making a save apart from the really good one early on which was paramount and their only real shot on goal.
“All round it was a very good performance. The energy we showed and the willingness to get the ball forward quickly was the most pleasing aspect for me as that is something we have been working on. We could have scored five or six.
“We’re slowly but surely getting used to playing in this division.”
“We’re just over a quarter of the way through the season now and the most important thing was to lift the doom and gloom around the place”.
“For too long, there was too much negativity coming out of the club. We had to be patient and see what happened, but we’ve still got a fantastic-looking squad on paper and they’re now starting to reach their potential.
“Let’s not forget that we’ve got young players everywhere – Robertson, Clucas, Hernandez, Akpom, Maguire – all very young and learning their trade. The experienced ones are helping them along and it all goes to make up a nice mix.”

Hull City: Allan McGregor, Moses Odubajo, Alex Bruce (Harry Maguire 68), David Meyler, Abel Hernandez (Shaun Maloney 79), Sam Clucas, Jake Livermore, Chuba Akpom (Mohamed Diame 85), Michael Dawson, Andrew Robertson, Ahmed Elmohamady. Bench Unused: Eldin Jakupovic, Tom Huddlestone, Isaac Hayden, Greg Luer.

Birmingham City: Tomasz Kuszczak, Jonathan Grounds, Paul Robinson (Jon Toral 78), Maikel Kieftenbeld, Demarai Gray (David Cotterill 46), Stephen Gleeson, Clayton Donaldson, Jacques Maghoma, Joanthan Spector (Andrew Shinnie 46), Michael Morrison, Paul Caddis. Bench Unused: Adam Legzdins, Viv Solomon-Otabor, David Davis, Nicolai Brock-Madsen.

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20th October 2015 KC Stadium : City go 4th tonight in the Championship after goals from Bruce 28′ Akpom 43′ and Meyler 58′.

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17th October 2015 Hillsborough :

Forestieri got the opening goal on 28′ somewhat against the run of play, but Hernandez continued his scoring feqt by equalising in the 51′. He came very close later on to winning the game.

Steve Bruce talked about Hernandez after the game:-

“He has been halfway around the world, played in Bolivia, which is one of the highest altitudes on earth.

“The big thing was coming back from scoring for Uruguay, who have got Suarez and Cavani, he’s in decent company and you could see yesterday that he’s had a good week and he’s had a good couple of weeks.

“Long may that continue because everyone needs a goalscorer and he at the moment is doing well.

“I thought about not playing him but yesterday in training made my mind up because he was as bright as a button, he was lively. So I thought he was in a rich vein of form, but you take a bit of a gamble.”

Hull City: Allan McGregor, Moses Odubajo, Curtis Davies, Tom Huddlestone, Abel Hernandez, Sam Clucas, Jake Livermore (Sone Aluko 85), Shaun Maloney (Andrew Robertson 70), Mohamed Diame (Chuba Akpom 50), Michael Dawson, Ahmed Elmohamady. Bench Unused: Eldin Jakupovic, Alex Bruce, David Meyler, Harry Maguire.
Sheffield Wednesday: Keiren Westwood, Michael Turner, Sam Hutchinson, Tom Lees, Lucas Joao (Atdhe Nuhiu 70), Kieran Lee, Jack Hunt, Ross Wallace (Jeremy Helan 88), Daniel Pudil, Barry Bannan, Fernando Forestieri. Bench Unused: Joe Wildsmith, Glenn Loovens, Jose Semedo, Marco Matias, Lewis McGugan.

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3rd October 2015 : City got off to a good October with this away win and this selection definitely ‘clicked’.

They should have capitalized on the first half 41′ goal but worryingly couldn’t kill the game off and as so often made it look like a scraped win in the end. They seemed to be running the game for 70 minutes but then seemed to fade and Forest came into the game.

The Hernandez goal was from less than a yard. Maloney took a quick corner and the ball came over the head of the jumping Clucas at the near post and this seemed to un-sight the keeper Dorus (who lost his balance as well). The ball dropped to Abel’s left foot, he flicked it to his right foot and into the empty net. Dorus stormed off to the referee insisting on an offside.

Prior to his tap-in goal from a Maloney corner Hernandez was given a penalty to take. Unfortunately having (it seemed) sent the keeper the ‘wrong way’, he managed to fire his shot at the keeper. Livermore had put a lovely ball into the area for Maloney to run on to, but Mills chopped him down – Penalty and Yellow card for the tall Forest man.

The match got a trifle bad tempered in the later stages and home defender Mills (ever physical) got a straight Red Card  for a nasty challenge on Akpom. Mills of course thought it a joke. The Tigers must have been glad to here the final whistle.

This was a good defensive performance from City who have a solid pair of in§form centre halves at the moment in Davies and Dawson, while McGregor is back to his best (let’s hope that lasts).

There is now the prospect that Diamé, Livermore, Maloney and Clucas can add some solidity and nous to our midfield this season.

Steve said after the game..

“All of a sudden we’re unbeaten in five and showing a bit of resilience which for me, away from home, was missing.

“Certainly today, we can improve – I thought we gave the ball away too cheaply especially in the first half

“I’m always demanding better I suppose. We give the ball away in bad areas too often for me and that clouded all the good stuff what we had.”

Hull City: Allan McGregor, Moses Odubajo, Curtis Davies, Tom Huddlestone (David Meyler 79), Abel Hernandez (Chuba Akpom 74), Sam Clucas, Jake Livermore, Shaun Maloney, Mohamed Diame (Sone Aluko 69), Michael Dawson, Ahmed Elmohamady. Bench Unused: Eldin Jakupovic, Alex Bruce, Harry Maguire, Andrew Robertson.
Nottingham Forest: Dorus de Vries, Eric Lichaj, Matt Mills, Jack Hobbs, Daniel Pinillos, Michael Mancienne (Kyle Ebecilio 56 (Jamie Ward 77)), Henri Lansbury, David Vaughan, Ryan Mendes (Tyler Walker 81), Chris O’Grady, Nelson Oliveira. Bench Unused: Dimitar Evtimov, Danny Fox, Jonathan Williams, Chris Burke.

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