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29th April 2016:

Steve Bruce was asked about possible ‘mind games’ before the likely two legged play-off clash with Darren Wassall’s Derby County (due Saturday, May 14th and on Tuesday, May 17th).

“Certainly, I’m not clever enough to do it and Darren is a bit young for it”.

“The play-offs have been brought in over the past 20 or so years and I think it’s been one of the best decisions.

“It brings great games, usually. It’s a wonderful finale. If you manage to achieve winning at Wembley, there’s no better day out.

“That’s what we’re both looking at.”

 “Monday gives me a chance to watch them.

“What team they play remains to be seen. I’m sure Darren will be going through what I’m going through – do you rest a few to get them ready and sharp?

“We know them inside out, really. We’ve played them twice and I’ve watched them three or four times.

“They’re a good side with great support. It’s going to be a difficult one.”

And on who will play at home first or second…..

“I don’t think it’s too relevant.

“You’ve got to win over two legs. It doesn’t really bother me if you’re at home or away first.

“Some say it’s an advantage, I’m not so sure.

“When I was at Birmingham [in 2002], we drew at home with Millwall. They were celebrating because they scored late but we went down there and won 1-0.

“It’s about what happens on the night.”

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26th April 2016 Tuesday KC Stadium: Not a great game but City looking solid in that 4th spot as we approach the last two league fixtures of this season.

The Allam critics were out in force and made their opinion of the owners quite clear. After not getting his way over the name change fiasco Dr. Allam’s membership scheme has also gone down badly with the same aggrieved fans. They waived red cards, hoping to send him on his way.

Steve Bruce made 7 changes to his side after the draw with Leeds in an effort to freshen things up. It did work to some extent but the Tigers still laboured to show any sort of sparkle. They were always in control of this game with Brentford never really showing much.

Two goals in the first half (a Harlee Dean own goal on 31′) and a scrambled in rebound by Diamé 45′ saw our heroes home.

So it’s just Bolton away on Saturday and Rotheram at the KC a week later. Oh, and then all the ‘fun’ of the play-offs.

Steve Bruce commented…

“The one thing that disappoints me is all the protests and red cards. At the end of the day the chairman, at the moment, is not well at all and this will not help him.

“He’s put £70 million of his own money into the club. He’s obviously upset and disappointed but just be careful what you wish for.

“I can’t see many more people round here who will bail out Hull. When I first met him he bought the club for the community. He has built cancer hospitals.

“It’s been the best five years in the history of the club and it will be remembered for the membership scheme and the name change.”

Hull City: Eldin Jakupovic, Moses Odubajo, Alex Bruce, Sam Clucas, Harry Maguire, Jake Livermore, Mohamed Diamé (Ryan Taylor 83), Isaac Hayden, Adama Diomande (Chuba Akpom 78), Andrew Robertson (Shaun Maloney 68), Ahmed Elmohamady. Bench Unused: Allan McGregor, Curtis Davies, Tom Huddlestone, Robert Snodgrass.

Brentford: David Button, Jake Bidwell (Jack O’Connell 72), Harlee Dean, Marco Djuricin, Alan McCormack, Ryan Woods, John Swift (Akaki Gogia 61), Nico Yennaris, Yoann Barbet, Josh Clarke, Sergi Canos (Sam Saunders 80). Bench Unused: Jack Bonham, Maxime Colin, Philipp Hofmann, Konstantin Kerschbaumer.

 

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23rd April 2014 Saturday KC Stadium: Just to illustrate how far City have wandered from their decent form this season, they played out a home draw and conceded two goals to an average Leeds United side who have a goal difference so far of -7, which contrasts markedly with the Tigers +29.

It is worrying to witness how far we have fallen when at one time we arguably looked to be the best team in this league.

The whites took the lead in the 15′.

It wasn’t until a bewildering spell before the half time whistle when Hernandez 45′ +1′ and Huddlestone 45 +3′ put the home team in the driving seat.

They held out until the 88′ when Stuart Dallas made them share the points.

OK so we have struggled to consistently score goals this season; but at the same time we stopped the opposition from scoring….not so any more.

Very, very disappointing when there was so much to play for this season.

Mike Phelan said post-match….

“There have been ups and downs, we’ve been on decent runs and then got back on track after bad ones.

“At the moment we are concerned we are giving away a couple of goals a game, because if you’re scoring two and not winning, we need to find a remedy, which we will do. We will prepare and discuss how we’re going to do that.

“We need to make sure everybody knows their jobs in the next three weeks.”

It looks like our opponents are Derby in the playoffs…..and we don’t have a good record against them this season.

Hull City: Allan McGregor, Moses Odubajo, Curtis Davies, Tom Huddlestone, Abel Hernandez (Mohamed Diamé 67), Robert Snodgrass, Harry Maguire, Jake Livermore, Shaun Maloney (Sam Clucas 80), Chuba Akpom (Adama Diomandé 90), Andrew Robertson.
Bench Unused: Eldin Jakupovic, Alex Bruce, Isaac Hayden, Ahmed Elmohamady.

Leeds United: Marco Silvestri, Souleman Bamba, Liam Cooper, Chris Wood, Stuart Dallas, Toumani Diagouraga (Luke Murphy 57), Lee Erwin (Jordan Botaka 46), Charlie Taylor, Lewis Cook, Liam Bridcutt, Gaetano Berardi (Lewie Coyle 75). Bench Unused: Bailey, Peacock-Farrell, Scott Wootton, Mirco Antenucci, Kalvin Phillips.

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19th April 2016 Madejski Stadium Tuesday: An excellent goal from Andrew Robertson turned the tide for a hard working City side tonight and earned them three precious points to stay in contention with the Championship leaders.

City conceded a goal to Reading’s Cooper after only 4′ and it was worrying to say the least at that stage.

However on 18′ City struck back with a goal from Hernandez who latched onto a lovely through ball from Tom Huddlestone.

It was not until the 79′ that Hull took control of all points when Andrew Robertson tried his luck with a great shot from outside the box following a pass from Huddlestone and beat the home keeper.

The Tigers never looked in danger after that.

In the league, teams around them also collected points and it was vital City hung on to that fourth place.

Lets hope we are creeping back into some kind of form at the right time. This was not a great display of football, but coming from behind away from home must be a harbinger of some more gritty performances to come.

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15th April 2016 Friday KC Stadium: After a drab uninspiring home performance and the score 1-1 a beautiful, curving dipping free kick by Snodgrass bounced off the top corner of the goal and was sent into the net by the unfortunate Wolves keeper……. 90′ + 4′

Unfortunate because he had already aided the Tigers in scoring the opening goal by Diomandé after 5′.That time the ball bouncing off the keepers chest.

In between the visitors had grabbed an equalising goal in the 19′ (Edwards) thanks to some none existent marking by City’s defence.

Defending was a strength earlier in the season but has become a weakness now.

The Tigers should have been awarded a penalty in the second half when Elmohamady was brought down in a tackle. Referees don’t like to give the split second clash of legs type incidents in the box and this time the ref opted for safety.

No-one can be happy with this performance; we got the three points via a slice luck. Maybe We do deserve some luck and this might boost team spirits, but the worrying lack of players who currently play to their potential in scary.

Steve Bruce afterwards…

“It wasn’t good enough.

“I’ve been around the block many, many times and it is amazing that when you are in a bad place in terms of results you lose that bit of confidence and you get edgy. That tumbles into the supporters.

“Let’s hope that is the spark that re-ignites us again.

“Nobody has to tell me we are under-performing at this moment in time but we have not got a divine right to romp this league.”

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Tigers 8 points adrift of automatic

 

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9th April 2016 Saturday John Smith’s Stadium: City cannot win a match in this current form and are playing so far below their potential it is embarrassing.

Although they had a lot of possession in the first half it was the Terriers who found the way to goal; Paterson in the 41′. And in fact lots of possession throughout the 90′.

But it wasn’t until the 76′ when Hernandez finally did something decent and the score was 1-1. Good work from Aluko saw him work a good position on the right and put in an excellent cross to Hernandez who fired it home.

However even though things were looking up the Tigers managed an own goal by Maguire in injury time and it looked like nil points for Bruce’s men. Maguire is a brave defender and will always go for the ball whatever the circumstance, that he had to do it this time was down to others.

But Diomandé pulled it back to 2-2 in the 3rd minute of stoppage time to stop the blushes (via a cross from Bruce).

City are a lot better than this…..but maybe I am convincing myself of something other than reality. I hope the real City stand up in the next few games.

So we stumbled to 70 points and way off the pace for automatic promotion and in danger of missing out the play-offs.

Worryingly Dawson had to be replaced because of injury.

I am not a fan of Huddlestone for the last couple of seasons and it is difficult to understand why he is back in contention for that midfield position. We need someone with ‘bottle’ in that role, not relaxed casualness at the moment.

What’s gone wrong ? We are all asking! The players need a good long look in the mirror and decide if they really want a stint in the top flight.

Steve Bruce….

“I have to say (automatic promotion) looks a bit remote at the minute because just at the wrong time we’ve stumbled.

“However, if we have to go through the play-offs, we have to cement our position in the play-offs first.

“There’s six games to go and we can still get 18 points, which would take us to 88 points.

“Hopefully the goal from Abel Hernandez will kick-charge him in, but we’ve shot ourselves in the foot by missing big opportunities.”

Hull City: Allan McGregor, Alex Bruce, Tom Huddlestone, Abel Hernandez, Robert Snodgrass (Sone Aluko 75), Harry Maguire, Jake Livermore, Mohamed Diamé (Adama Diomandé 75), Michael Dawson (Shaun Maloney 45), Andrew Roberson, Ahmed Elmohamady.  Bench Unused: Eldin Jakupovic, Curtis Davies, David Meyler, Sam Clucas.

Huddersfield Town: Jed Steer, Tommy Smith, Dean Whitehead, Mark Hudson, Jamie Paterson, Martin Cranie (Joel Lynch 81), James Husband, Emyr Huws, Joe Lolley (Sean Scannell 66), Nahki Wells, Rajiv Van La Parra (Harry Bunn 72).  Bench Unused: Lloyd Allinson, Jason Davidson, Karim Matmour, Philip Billing.

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5th April 2016 Tuesday: This will have killed of many peoples hopes of a top two finish, and with this sort of result the Tigers will struggle to stay in a play off position.

Derby County put a mistake rattled City to the sword in the end and thoroughly enjoyed the pain they inflicted….goals from:

  • Johnson (29′minutes, 38′minutes)
  • Martin (84′minutes)
  • Bryson (90’+4minutes

 

Steve Bruce…..

“On a big stage tonight, we haven’t performed at all to the level I’m used to seeing.

“In a big top-of-the-table clash to make the mistakes and errors we made was just bordering on the ridiculous.

“That disappoints me and surprises me because the reason we are at the top end of the league is our ability to defend and defend properly and although there was nothing in it up until the first goal, after that we were all over the place.”

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