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21st November 2015 Saturday Ashton Gate Stadium – Substitute Shaun Maloney saved the Tigers with a 73′ goal after Keiron Agard put the home side ahead in the 39′.

The Maloney goal was calmly taken after he was put through by a clever flick-on from Mo Diamé. Split second timing allowed the Scot to stay onside and place the ball beyond the keeper. A touch of class from both players.

Hull City were the better side throughout this game but somehow struggled to make it count. They made too many mistakes in the first half but tightened their play up in the second.

However the Tigers stay top of the Championship as Brighton play tomorrow and they face a tough match against Burnley away.

Steve Bruce commented after the game:

“We were nowhere near our best in the first half,” Bruce said. “We found it difficult to control the ball and pass it and have any sort of movement. But we stuck at it, which I like. There wasn’t many playing on top of their game. They all found it a bit difficult.

“It was a big toss to lose. The sun was blinding down, it was a bobbly pitch and they were windy conditions. Unfortunately, we made too many mistakes. When it’s like that, the simpler your game is the better.

“Second half, we rolled up our sleeves. It was an onslaught. We’ve come away with a draw but we’re a touch disappointed. We made too many mistakes. We were too sloppy.

“Overall, we’ll get on with it and take a point away from home.”

“I made a big decision to leave Hernandez at home,” said Bruce. “It was this time last year when he hit the wall. He thought then it was too much travelling to go back to Uruguay. We took a calculated risk to come here without him because of the form he’s in.

“Hopefully he’s refreshed and raring to go. He’ll train Monday with us.”

“He’s a top professional, (Maloney) who’s taken huge, huge sacrifices in salary. He’s had to sit on the bench and he’s never moaned or groaned or said a word. He understands, he trains every day and comes in on his day off.

“When he gets his chance like today, that little bit of composure and that little bit of quality has come smiling through.”

Hull City: Allan McGregor, Moses Odubajo (Sone Aluko 82), Michael Dawson (Curtis Davies 37), Harry Maguire, Andrew Robertson, Ahmed Elmohamady, Jake Livermore, Tom Huddlestone, Sam Clucas, Mohamed Diamé, Chuba Akpom (Shaun Maloney 62). Bench Unused: Eldin Jakupovic, Alex Bruce, Ryan Taylor, Isaac Hayden.
Bristol City: Frank Fielding, Elliott Bennett (Mark Little 82), Luke Ayling, Aden Flint, Nathan Baker, Derrick Williams, Korey Smith, Marlon Pack, Luke Freeman, Kieran Agard, Jonathan Kodjia (Aaron Wilbraham 78).
Bench Unused: Max O’Leary, Joe Bryan, Liam Moore, Bobby Reid, Simon Cox.

 

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7th November 2015 – A wonderful performance from this talented settled squad saw City brush aside promotion rivals and stay at the top of the Championship.

Goals came from Diamé 44′ Clucas 67′ and (wow) Huddlestone 83′.

If the lads play like this we should have no fears in the coming games or getting out of this league – upwards.

Hull City: Allan McGregor, Moses Odubajo, David Meyler (Isaac Hayden 86), Abel Hernandez (Chuba Akpom 72), Sam Clucas, Harry Maguire, Jake Livermore, Mohamed Diamé (Tom Huddlestone 78), Michael Dawson, Andrew Robertson, Ahmed Elmohamady.
Bench Unused: Eldin Jakupovic, Ryan Taylor, Shaun Maloney, Greg Luer.
Middlesbrough: Dimitrios Konstantopoulos, George Friend, Daniel Ayala, Fernando Amorebieta, Adam Clayton (Grant Leadbitter 65), Stewart Downing, Tomas Kalas, Albert Adomah, Diego Fabbrini, David Nugent (Kike 51), Bruno Zuculini. Bench Unused: Tomas Mejias, Ben Gibson, Carlos De Pena, Jack Stephens, Emilio Nsue.

 

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3rd November 2015 Tuesday Griffin Park – This is a good and settled Hull City team, who found a way to win in the second half against a lively Brentford outfit who had the better of the first.

Goals came from Andrew Robertson 67′ (after a neat pass from Clucas) and Clucas 86′ (from a keepers rebound).

City started unchanged and with that 4-4-2 again – this formation suits them at the moment. It included Alex Bruce who probably should not have started as he soon seemed to feel the hamstring that brought him off in the last game.

We have a tough no nonsense midfield core with Livermore and Meyler and attacking teeth in the wide men Elmohamady and Clucas. Not to mention the overlapping Robertson and Odubajo behind them.

The way Bruce brought on Diamé and Huddlestone for Akpom and Hernandez late on, looked like he wanted the lads to sit back – but the opposite happened with big Mo terrorizing the home defence – wonderful stuff.

  • Andy Robertson is back to his spectacular best and a threat to any defence. £2.85m ? a snip.
  • Sam Clucas is the find of the season so far and keeps getting better by the week – a goal as well. £1.30m ? a snip.
  • Another decent game from Jake Livermore whose chasing, tackling and passing has vastly improved this term – he gave a fine second half performance.
  • Alan McGregor made some good saves in the first half and looks like his best form has returned.

That’s four Championship clean sheets and wins in a row for the Tigers. It is good to see class players coming off the bench, fitting straight into the play and hungry to perform well.

Steve Bruce told the press after the game….

“Being top of the league has its own expectations,” we are a big scalp as the bloke behind kept reminding me, but we are living up to it.

“It was never going to be easy and Brentford were the better team in the first half, so we really had to show our mettle.

 “It’s never easy to come here with the crowd behind them and Lee Carsley has them up and at you.”

“We needed to move the ball and pass it better in the second half for the quality to show through. After we made the breakthrough we had two or three opportunities to get a second but didn’t take them.

“That meant we had to dig in and show our mettle and that’s exactly what you need to do to get out of this league.”

And on Andy Robertson…..

“We went away at the weekend and had different scorers and Andy should be in those positions with his legs and the way he runs forward. 
“It’s a great pass from Sam and a super finish – it was a terrific goal where he got his reward. 
“Andy’s still got a lot to learn. It’s only 15 months since he came down from Dundee and before that he played in the Scottish Second Division only two-and-a-half years ago. 
“He’s got a lot of potential and talent – you can see that raw ability that he has – but he has to defend better and improve his heading. However he’s got that hunger that I hope will see him through and if it does then he’s got a really good chance.”

The Tigers are top of the Championship tonight with 31 points, having a superior goals difference over Burnley and Brighton who both have 31 points. Only one third of the season gone though and it will get tougher as other squads find their feet. But with players like Snodgrass and Diomande still to feature we should get stronger.

Bruce looks to have the best squad in the Championship this season and he has the nous to get the best out of it.

The usual centre half attrition seems to be kicking in again, with Curtis Davies still out and Alex Bruce coming off again. Let’s hope Michael Dawson keeps injury free or it might make the difference between staying near the division top and sliding down the league.

Andy Robertson Congratulated on his goal

Andy Robertson Congratulated on his goal

Hull City: Allan McGregor, Moses Odubajo, Alex Bruce (Harry Maguire 19), David Meyler, Abel Hernandez (Tom Huddlestone 80), Sam Clucas, Jake Livermore, Chuba Akpom (Mohamed Diamé 72), Michael Dawson, Andrew Robertson, Ahmed Elmohamady. Bench Unused: Eldin Jakupovic, Ryan Taylor, Shaun Maloney, Isaac Hayden.

Brentford: David Button, Jake Bidwell, Harlee Dean, Marco Djuricin, Alan McCormack, Ryan Woods, John Swift, Toumani Diagouraga (Philipp Hofmann 80), Lasse Vibe (Konstantin Kershbaumer 58), James Tarkowski, Nico Yennaris (Sergi Canos 72). Bench Unused: Jack Bonham, Sam Saunders, Jack O’Connell, Andy Gogia.

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31st October 2015: A third win on the run took City to 2nd place in the Championship this afternoon. It’s all going well for Steve Bruce but he insisted that this squad will get better as the season rolls on.

The goals came from Elmohamady 19′ and Diamé 90′ (5th minute of extra time).

Elmo’s goal came from some good quick work by Hernandez on the edge of the box. There being a hint of offside though by the Egyptian running machine.

Diamé was put clear through for his goal via a wonderful back-heal from Maloney.

Not the best Tigers performance this term, but winning is a habit and if we have acquired it…..well that’s a big thing in football. There was some clever football from City – but not enough of it.

Hernandez and Akpom make a powerful combination up front, who know how to find each other at pace.

City are just two points behind league leaders Brighton who have 30 points and the Tigers have far superior goal difference.

Steve Bruce remarked:

“We know what we’re capable of but we should have been a bit more clinical with our final pass and then we may have been a bit more comfortable towards the end of the game.

“There’s a long way to go because we’re only 14 games into the season, but we have had a good start to the season.

 “It means nothing, being top of the league in October, there’s a long way to go before the daffodils come up so let’s wait and see where we are then.

“The club is now starting to lift the doom and gloom and that wasn’t easy, but there’s still a long way to go.

“All credit to MK Dons, they keep the ball well and this isn’t an easy place to come and win.

“It was a good performance away from home, we can play better but to put in a 2-0 win away from home is very pleasing.

“It was hard work. It was one of them dogged ones. All credit to the supporters who have made the effort to come down on a glorious day in a magnificent stadium.

“It’s never easy and we didn’t play that well. However, we showed a certain resilience and a doggedness to make sure that we won the game.

“My goalkeeper hasn’t really made a save and there’s one or two chances where we could have made it two, but fair play to MK Dons, they pass the ball around, they try and keep possession and it’s not easy.

“We’ve done enough to win comfortably without playing well.”

Karl Robinson the home team manager was not happy with the refereeing, which he thought cost his side dearly.

Next up is Brentford away on Tuesday night.

Tigers: Allan McGregor, Moses Odubajo, Alex Bruce, David Meyler, Abel Hernandez (Shaun Maloney 79), Sam Clucas, Jake Livermore, Chuba Akpom (Mohamed Diamé 71), Michael Dawson, Andrew Robertson, Ahmed Elmohamady.
Bench Unused: Eldin Jakupovic, Ryan Taylor, Tom Huddlestone, Harry Maguire, Isaac Hayden.
MK Dons: David Martin, Jordan Spence, Kyle McFadzean, Antony Kay, Dean Lewington, Darren Potter (Samir Carruthers 82), Diego Poyet, Carl Baker, Dean Bowditch (Daniel Powell 66), Josh Murphy, Simon Church (Nicky Maynard 66).
Bench Unused: Cody Cropper, Lee Hodson, Giorgio Rasulo, Sam Gallagher.

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