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31st January 2016 Sunday: It had been a pretty good Sunday in our house, the dog and grand-kids behaving themselves (relatively) and the weather almost warm, if not a bit wet. A good day for for a superb Sunday lunch, a fine glass of wine, a walk along the old railway path and then tune in to the FA Cup draw at tea time. A lot to look forward too, maybe we would get Shrewsbury at the KC.

I don’t believe there is a ‘God’ and after drawing Arsenal away I believe in the old geezer even less. I mean ffs, that Wembley Final, then last year and now this.

Not only is he (God that is) content with letting ISIS rape, pillage, affect a million lives and then to threaten the world with Donald Trump, he allows us to watch on with horror as two of the four balls remaining in the draw scream “Hull City and Arsenal”.

Of course the inevitable happened…seemingly joined at the hip, the best we could expect was a home tie….but no the old bastard insisted on the Emirates….and so that is where the black and amber faithful must make their way.

There will be no trains to take them home….that’s another twist…..the tickets will be a zillion quid each…..the pies loads a’money…..and the seats available in the low hundreds.

I think this is punishment for having the audacity to beat them in 2015. God is an Arsenal fan…I mean look at Arsène Wenger….he could easily take our Lords part in a panto….never seen him smile yet

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30th January 2016 Saturday at Gigg Lane : A hat-trick from Akpom and City are in the 5th round.

His goals came in the 14′ 57′ and 69′, that last one being from the spot.

He had only scored 4 goals previously in his career.

The home side did not trouble the Tigers much in this tie but got a consolation goal in the 86′. They also had a ‘goal’ chalked off for off-side.

Steve Bruce said after the game:

“The first half was ridiculous. We had sunshine, snow, hail and wind all on a difficult pitch. That is when shocks usually happen but we did what we had to do and the penalty was a key part in the game.

“I made 11 changes but it wasn’t a load of youngsters out there. We have a strong squad.

“Chuba Akpom gets frustrated at times but you can see that he has all the ability in the world. He needs to keep his head down and work hard.

“We had a great time a couple of years ago in the FA Cup and I have to keep my squad happy. They all need to play and they will continue to do so.”

Hull City: Eldin Jakupovic, Alex Bruce, Ryan Taylor, David Meyler, Tom Huddlestone, Chuba Akpom, Michael Dawson, Sone Aluko (Harry Maguire 85), Adama Diomande (Sam Clucas 68), Ahmed Elmohamady, Josh Tymon (Isaac Hayden 81).Bench Unused: Allan McGregor, Abel Hernandez, Robert Snodgrass, Jake Livermore.
Bury: Ian Lawlor, Chris Hussey, Andy Tutte (Craig Jones 51), Kelvin Etuhu (Joe Riley 10), Danny Mayor, Tom Pope, Tom Soares, Danny Pugh, Nathan Cameron, Danny Rose (Ryan Lowe 51), Reece Brown.Bench Unsused: Peter Clarke, Jaco

 

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23rd Jan 2016 Craven Cottage: The three points from this game took the Tigers to the top of the Championship.

This was the same line-up which beat Charlton last week.

Hernandez had a good chance on 12′ following a good through ball by Diamé, but it was just got a foot to it and the ball went wide. It was his 15th league goal of the season.

Abel Hernandez finally scored in the 80′ from the spot following a foul on Moses Odubajo.

This was the fourth win on the trot for Steve Bruce’s boys and we lead the table by one point from Middlesbrough.

City always looked like getting over the line for this one as Fulham showed less than what we expected.

Steve Bruce said after the game…

“You have to show a certain resilience, especially in the middle of winter coming to places like this.

“Fulham played well today but we were always comfortable.

“We know we are always capable of scoring a goal.

“The ability to roll up your sleeves and give nothing away is what you need to be successful. It’s not all about playing nice football.”

Hull City: Allan McGregor, Moses Odubajo, Curtis Davies, Abel Hernandez (Ahmed Elmohamady 85), Robert Snodgrass (Alex Bruce 90), Sam Clucas, Harry Maguire, Jake Livermore, Mohamed Diamé, Isaac Hayden (Tom Huddlestone 71), Andrew Robertson.
Bench Unused: Eldin Jakupovic, Ryan Taylor, Shaun Maloney, Sone Aluko.
Fulham: Andrew Lonergan, Jazz Richards, Dan Burn, Tim Ream, Luke Garbutt, Tom Cairney, Lasse Vigen Christensen (Matt Smith 83), Jamie O’Hara, Scott Parker (Emerson Hyndman 77), Alexander Kacaniklic (George Williams 73), Moussa Dembele.
 Bench Unused: Joe Lewis, Shaun Hutchinson, Richard Stearman, Ryan Fredericks.

 

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16th January 2016 Saturday KC Stadium

City had been on the verge of giving someone a thumping last week and didn’t waste time on this Nonathletic squad from South London.

A first half hat-trick from Abel Hernandez (9′ 16′ 39′) and a strike from Snodgrass 33’saw the Tigers finish off a powerful first half display.

Too many errors from the visitors and an inability to close down players in possession was a recipe for disaster for them but gave the City fans an enjoyable afternoon.

The second half saw goals from Diamé 58′ and Hayden 80′.

Steve Bruce was delighted…..

“I’ve got a squad which is very good and playing for each other. We’ve got a long way to go but at the moment we’re playing very well.

“Some of the goals we scored and some of the football we played meant Charlton found it very difficult against us.

 “Every team has a bit of a dip. It’s very unlikely that any team goes and storms the league. We’ve played very well of late so let’s hope that continues. Our home form has been rock solid.”

Hull City: Allan McGregor, Moses Odubajo, Curtis Davies, David Meyler, Abel Hernandez (Tom Huddlestone 68′), Sam Clucas, Harry Maguire, Jake Livermore (Isaac Hayden 75′), Mohamed Diame (Sone Aluko 82′), Andrew Robertson, Ahmed Elmohamady.
Cardiff City: David Marshall, Lee Peltier, Bruno Manga, Joe Ralls, Joe Mason (Sammy Ameobi 61′), Craig Noone, Anthony Pilkington, Matthew Connolly, Aron Gunnarsson, Scott Malone, Tony Watt (Federico Macheda 82′).

 

 

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13th January 2016 KC Stadium : Hull took advantage of a poor Cardiff display to go back to second place in Championship with goals from Hernandez (penalty 40′) and the reliable Clucas 51′.

It is something of a relief to see two decent performances in a row from Steve Bruce’s boys after flattering to deceive at the end of last year against Rotherham and Preston  Still, to be 2nd in this competitive league is no mean feat.

The Tigers struggled at times to produce something but later on got going and it could have been a much bigger win with a few chances going begging. That is a trait in this squad and if we ever get more clinical in the box some team is in for a hiding.

Otherwise a good all round performance.

Steve Bruce commented:

“It’s a wonderful achievement for a team that’s just been relegated, to have 50 points from 26 games,” said Bruce, whose side now turn their attentions to hosting Charlton on Saturday.

“There’s a long way to go. When it gets down to 10 and nine games left, let’s hope we’re around it.

“Our home form has been terrific. We’ve got another game at home on Saturday and we have to keep going.

“I don’t attach anything to being second, not at this stage. In two or three months time, that’s when it matters.”

“I wouldn’t say it was easy but we were comfortable without being at our best….Once we got the first goal it became increasingly comfortable as the night wore on.

“We needed a helping hand but I’ve seen it again and it’s a clear-cut penalty. I thought the referee was spot on with his decision.

“Our Achilles heel has been taking the chances again. We need to be a bit more clinical in front of goal.

“I was pleased with the second half. We just needed to settle and take one of the chances. Thankfully we did that with Hernandez and from that moment on there looked to be only one winner.”

“I would love to go and smash the transfer record and bring in a proven striker but I don’t think the finances are there to do that,” 

“In that respect it becomes more difficult. They’ve got to be better than what we’ve got. Bringing in a centre-forward is not always the answer but if there’s someone available on loan, that looks like the market we’re trying to use.”

Hull City: McGregor; Odubajo, Maguire, Davies, Robertson, Elmohamady, Livermore (Hayden 75′), Meyler, Clucas, Diamé (Aluko 82′), Hernandez (Huddlestone 68).

Cardiff City: Marshall; Peltier, Manga, Connolly, Malone, Noone, Gunnarsson, Ralls, Pilkington; Watt (Macheda 82′) Mason (Ameobi 61′).

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9th January 2016 KC Stadium – The Tigers progressed to the 4th round of the FA Cup via a sound home win over Brighton.

Robert Snodgrass slotted in a penalty in the 41′ following a foul on Harry Maguire by the Seagulls Lewis Dunk.

Stats cannot tell everything about a game but this time they come near. City managed 18 shots to Brighton’s two. OK only 7 were on target but the visitors had none on target. Although they managed to hit the crossbar in the dying minutes of the game.

As expected both teams rested players and it was the usual turn for Jakupovic to get between the sticks and Taylor, Huddlestone, Hayden, Diomande and Aluko all got starts. Plus Luer had to replace the injured Diomande after 51′.

Brighton have not won in the last 7 games and seem to be struggling.

Post match Steve Bruce said

“We’ve seen Snoddy produce a performance to show us what we’ve missed. A big pat on the back to him and I have to say to my medical staff. It’s been one of these complicated injuries. He has been terrific.”

“I’ve said repeatedly one of the reasons why we are not in the big league is the loss of our big players.”

Hull City: Eldin Jakupovic, Moses Odubajo, Ryan Taylor, Curtis Davies, Tom Huddlestone, Robert Snodgrass, Harry Maguire, Isaac Hayden, Sone Aluko (Sam Clucas 85), Adama Diomande (Greg Luer 51), Andrew Robertson. Bench Unused: Allan McGregor, David Meyler, Abel Hernandez, Mohamed Diamé, Ahmed Elmohamady.
Brighton: Niki Maenpaa, Lewis Dunk, Andrew Crofts, Inigo Calderon (Kazenga Lualua 63), Connor Goldson, Elvis Manu (Tomer Hemed 76), Danny Holla (Sam Baldock 57), Rohan Ince, Adam Chicksen, Richie Towell, Liam Ridgewell. Bench Unused: Casper Ankergren, James Murphy, Bobby Zamora, Robert Hunt.

 

 

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1st January 2016 Loftus Road: An away win at last.

Goals from Hernandez 61′ and Diomande 90′ saw the Tigers home in the last minute, much to the dismay of the home supporters.

Mo Diamé made the first goal for Hernandez after a powerful midfield run and wonderful pass to the Tigers front man who just needed to slot the ball home from 11 yards out.

The second City goal was a disaster for the home side, which saw keeper Rob Green tangling with one of his own defenders following a Clucas cross. This resulted with the ball bouncing off Diomande and into the net.

Steve Bruce said….

“They’ve got an equalising goal and we’ve gone straight up the other end and scored. I don’t know much about how it went in but it was a great ball from Sam Clucas.

“It wasn’t a classic, but at least we’ve seen a bit of resilience and we rolled our sleeves up. There’s been a few things said the last three games. We let ourselves down.”

Hull City: Allan McGregor, Moses Odubajo, Curtis Davies, David Meyler, Abel Hernandez (Tom Huddlestone 81), Sam Clucas, Harry Maguire, Jake Livermore, Mohamed Diamé (Adama Diomande 86), Andrew Robertson, Ahmed Elmohamady (Robert Snodgrass 65).
Bench Unused: Eldin Jakupovic, Ryan Taylor, Shaun Maloney, Sone Aluko.
QPR: Robert Green, Nedum Onuoha, Clint Hill, Gabriele Angella, Paul Konchesky, Matt Phillips, Karl Henry (Leroy Fer 71), Alejandro Faurlin, Junior Hoilett (Jamie Mackie 78), Tjaronn Chery (Masimo Luongo 86), Sebastian Polter. Bench Unused: Alex Smithies, Massimo Luongo, Samba Diakite, Michael Petrasso, Sandro.

 

 

 

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