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28th May 2016 Wembley Stadium: The Washington Post reported that the Diamé 72′ goal was worth nearly $300 million and claimed……

‘Based on that, Mohamed Diame’s second-half strike Saturday that gave Hull City the 1-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday might be one of the most profitable goals in soccer history’

City are getting a bit of world reporting at last and didn’t have to change their name to do so.

Three promotions in eight years tells quite a story. We are officially a yo-yo team.

One hopes that should Dr. Allam receive a fair offer for the club from the US backers he is reported to be talking to…..he takes the money which will stop the nonsense.

The fast breaking, accurate passing, energetic City finally turned up on Saturday to the relief and joy of the Tiger Nation.

Mo Diamé found a beautiful curving ball which he struck between two defenders and around the despairing Westwood in the Wednesday goal. A wonderful, divine piece of football skill.

They fully deserved the win over a Wednesday side who came clearly second best in most parts of the pitch. And without an outstanding display from their keeper could have walked away red faced.

Steve Bruce…..

“I’m delighted,……. the goal itself was a wonder goal that would grace any cup final. I honestly thought we had had too many real good chances and on a big occasion like today you can’t keep missing. I think we had five or six really gilt-edged ones.

“It’s been a long five weeks since we realised we couldn’t get automatic promotion. I thought I went through the wringer last week against Derby. Today in the last 15 minutes when they put the land of the giants on I thought: ‘Dear oh dear.’ But I think we deserved to win the game.

“Nobody gave us a cat in hell’s chance of staying up three years ago. We’ve got to be at our maximum. We’ve got to invest well which is always the most difficult part. We’ll get ready for the challenge.

“We’ve got a month before we start and then we’ve got to look at budgets and how much it means to the club. Nobody said last year that Leicester would be champions, that Chelsea would be 10th and Liverpool eighth. It gives the smaller club a chance, because of the wealth that the smaller club gets.”

 “I’ll dedicate it to the chairman. He was hell bent on a name change that unfortunately upset a lot of people. But really his four-year tenure is there for everyone to see. Thankfully the owner didn’t want me to go [last year].”

Hull City: Eldin Jakupovic, Moses Odubajo, Curtis Davies, Tom Huddlestone, Abel Hernandez (David Meyler 85), Robert Snodgrass (Sam Clucas 81), Jake Livermore, Mohamed Diamé (Harry Maguire 88), Michael Dawson, Andrew Robertson, Ahmed Elmohamady. Bench Unused: Dusan Kuciak, Alex Bruce, Harry Maguire, Shaun Maloney, Chuba Akpom.

Sheffield Wednesday: Keiren Westwood, Sam Hutchinson (Atdhe Nuhiu 75), Glenn Loovens, Gary Hooper, Tom Lees, Kieran Lee, Jack Hunt, Ross Wallace (Jeremy Helan 63), Daniel Pudil (Lucas Joao 86), Barry Bannan, Fernando Forestieri. Bench Unused: Joe Wildsmith, Marco Matias, Alex Lopez, Vincent Sasso.

Attendance was 70,189

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Diamé and The Tiger Nation go berserk

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Diamé strikes for goal

 

 

 

 

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17th May 2016 KC Stadium Tuesday: City won this two legged tie 2-3 on aggregate but made hard work of the home leg. These play-off games are full blooded and hectic….tonight that did not suit Hull City!

Derby were by far the better side in a contest  the mirror image of the first leg.

The Rams had beaten us twice in the league this season and arrived at the KC with nothing to lose. They came very near to winning the game after taking it and the opposition by the scruff of the neck, and knowing they could score goals.

City looked nervous and exhausted. They never really recovered from Russell’s 7′ goal which epitomized the effort from the whole visiting team.

Bruce’s men could not get the ball off them and when they did looked nervy and soon lost it.

The second goal on 36′ looked to have sunk the Tigers; an own goal by Andrew Robertson who when facing his own goal got a foot to a defensive touch by Davies.

Those black and amber supporters (doubtless all to a man/women) hoped either Bruce would change something or half time would come quickly. A third goal would have been devastating because it looked as though City where not capable of scoring tonight.

To be fair they had a convincing penalty shout when Odubajo was brought down nearing the goal.

Bruce sent the same team out for the second half…probably with words like ‘don’t concede again’ and ‘keep the bloody ball’. Most pundits would have made changes but Steve stuck to his choice.

In the end they didn’t concede again and kept the ball a bit better, although they still finished the match with a statistic of 37% possession and one shot on target.

That tantalizing third goal would not materialise for Derby and as well as they played the Tigers away performance was better, so on balance the best team is going to Wembley.

They have a date with Sheffield Wednesday at Wembley on 28th May 2016, said to be a 200 million pounds game. Not long ago it was a 60 million pound game if I remember correctly.

There is chatter about the Allam’s doing a deal to sell the club, a victory at Wembley would surely clinch that. However….which City team will show up…..no one knows.

Steve Bruce to various reporters…..

“We handled the occasion really well on Saturday but we couldn’t put one front in foot of the other on Tuesday,” 

“It could have been our most embarrassing night but it’s not, thank the lord,” 

” Huddlestone clearly wasn’t fit. That was a gamble, where he played with a knock, and I shouldn’t have took that gamble.”

“I won’t try and mask it up any more – we did enough at Derby, where we put in a good performance,” 

“We know we will perform better than that because we can’t be any worse. Let’s make sure now that we try our up-most because we have just seen our Achilles heel.”

“It was a really difficult evening but we’ve got through.”

“If I had lost tonight, I could have been sacked,” 

“With our profession at the moment, you ask the question constantly.

“I’ve been here now four years. As I always do, I’ll sit down with the owners and when the final game is gone I’ll see what happens.”

Hull City: Eldin Jakupovic, Moses Odubajo, Curtis Davies, Tom Huddlestone (David Meyler 51), Abel Hernandéz, Robert Snodgrass (Harry Maguire 90), Jake Livermore, Mohamed Diamé (Sam Clucas 90), Michael Dawson, Andrew Robertson, Ahmed Elmohamady.
Bench unused: Dusan Kuciak, Alex Bruce, Shaun Maloney, Chuba Akpom.

Derby County: Scott Carson, Cyrus Christie, Craig Bryson, Richard Keogh, Jeff Hendrick, Chris Martin, Johnny Russell (Darren Bent 83), Jason Shackell, Will Hughes, Andreas Weimann (Tom Ince 60), Marcus Olsson (Abdoul Camara 90). Bench unused: Lee Grant, Jake Buxton, Bradley Johnson, Jacob Butterfield.

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14th May 2016 Pride Park Stadium Saturday : City outplayed the Rams today….everything they tried worked for them and very little worked for Derby.

I thought we would do OK today if we held on to last weeks form, but a three goal lead to bring back to the KC is immense.

By half time the black and amber boys had a 2 goal lead and Derby were in disarray, and never recovered. They could not penetrate the visitors defence and when they lost the ball City came at them in numbers. Wonderful football.

Goals via Hernández (30′), Shackell (40′ og), Robertson (90’+8′).

The Hernandez goal was his 22nd of the season and his sharpness continues, he controlled receipt of the ball when, two touches and a shot which beat the keeper at the near post.

Odubajo hit a shot which probably may have just been on target, but was steered neatly past his own keeper by Shakell, who turned his back to the incoming ball.

Andy Robertson’s strike from just outside the box capped off a good team move which started just outside their own box: a super day for the Tigers fans.

So the Rams have to come to the KC on Tuesday night with a mountain to climb and let’s hope there is a big turn-out to drive Tigers to Wembley.

Steve Bruce on the home teams performance…..

“No disrespect but I could have played in goal today! I can’t really recall my keeper having to make a save.

“That was the best we’ve played for a long, long time.

“We were comfortable and ran out worthy winners.

“The first goal is often crucial in big matches like these and when we got it, that made it difficult for Derby as they had to chase the game.

“It was a good day for us and a bad day for them.”

“In big games you want your big players to turn up and I thought today our experience, apart from the two full-backs, all our lads had played in the Premier League and it certainly showed.

“It was a really, really good performance from start to finish – which in a big game is great to see.

“We know we’re capable of that but what we have got in our locker is complacency, and we’ve got to guard against that on Tuesday. The reason why we haven’t made the top two is because we’ve thrown in a curve-ball every now and again.

“If you look at us at Bolton a couple of weeks ago compared to that, then that’s our Achilles heel. We’ve been up and down a little bit too much this season but we looked a very, very good team today and if we perform to the levels we’re capable of then it’s going to take a very good team to beat us.”

Hull City: Eldin Jakupovic, Moses Odubajo, Curtis Davies, Tom Huddlestone, Abel Hernandez (Chuba Akpom 83), Robert Snodgrass (Sam Clucas 87), Jake Livermore, Mohamed Diame (Alex Bruce 90), Michael Dawson, Andrew Robertson, Ahmed Elmohamady.  Bench Unused: Dusan Kuciak, Harry Maguire, Shaun Maloney, Sone Aluko.

Derby County: Scott Carson, Cyrus Christie, Craig Bryson, Richard Keogh, Chris Martin, Johnny Russell (Nick Blackman 71), Jason Shackell, Bradley Johnson (Jacob Butterfield 59), Will Hughes (Darren Bent 87), Tom Ince, Marcus Olsson. Bench Unused: Lee Grant, Jake Buxton, Jeff Hendrick, Chris Baird.

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Hernandez celebrates his goal – Photo Reuters

 

 

 

 

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7th May 2016 Saturday KC Stadium: City came from one goal down to thrash Rotherham 4-1 in the first half and eventually ended with an even more healthy scoreline.

The Miller’s  Lee Frecklington got the first goal of the match on 16′.

City’s replies came from Snodgrass (25′minutes), Hernández (27′minutes), Livermore (40′minutes, 59′minutes) and Diamé (42′minutes).

Jake Livermore has finally found his shooting boots.

A relieved Steve Bruce….

“We’re always saying it’s nice to have a bit of momentum and it was good to see today. We really looked a very good side.

“It’s nice to go in with a bit of impetus but they are two huge games to play in. All of my big players and the experienced ones were playing today.”

“We’ve produced arguably one of our best performances of the season”.

“Everybody looked in good condition, they all looked fit and we played with the spring in the step that you need.

“That was how we were two or three months ago. There was an arrogance about us and I hope we can continue that into next week, taking that confidence into the play-offs.

“We responded to falling behind in the right way and with big play-off games coming up we wanted to finish (the regular season) on a high.

“The first half was as good as we’ve played for a long time and we looked a big threat. We turned the deficit around quickly and some of our attacking play was fantastic at times.

“We ran out worthy winners and hopefully it will stand us in good stead for what is to come and two big games against Derby County.”

And….

“We have got a big game coming up and hopefully the fans get behind the team. I can understand their disappointment with membership schemes but now is the time to forget protests and get behind the team.”

Hull City: Allan McGregor, Moses Odubajo, Curtis Davies, Tom Huddlestone, Abel Hernández (Shaun Maloney 80), Robert Snodgrass (Sam Clucas 77), Jake Livermore, Mohamed Diamé (Harry Maguire 72), Michael Dawson, Andrew Robertson, Ahmed Elmohamady. Bench Unused: Eldin Jakupovic, Alex Bruce, Chuba Akpom, Sone Aluko.

Rotherham United: Lee Camp, Kirk Broadfoot, Richard Wood, Lee Frecklington (Paul Green 90), Danny Ward (Darnelle Bailey-King 83), Stephen Kelly, Greg Halford, Frazer Richardson, Grant Ward, Jonson Clarke-Harris (Leon Best 69), Richard Smallwood.
Bench Unused: Patrick Kenny, Joe Mattock, Aimen Belaid, Shay Facey.

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photo via Yorkshire Post

 

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30th April 2016 Saturday Macron Stadium: With an eye on the playoffs and also hoping to find some more desire in players Bruce made a few changes. The team let him down and lost to an already relegated Bolton side who had won only 4 games all season and sported a goal difference of -39. Very worrying. Our habit of putting belief back into desperate losers is something to behold.

We need a miracle in the playoffs….a bloody miracle. Derby must be rubbing their hands.

It really is up to the players now (almost whatever team is picked)…if they want it enough they can do it.

The fan protests against ‘The Allam’ continues unabated…you get the feeling that the players and staff could do without it. It takes a certain amount of twisted genius by the owners to fall from heroes to villains via two irritating ideas.

A bemused Steve Bruce said…..

“Too often we throw in a performance like that. That’s why we are in the position we are.

“We didn’t do the basics well enough to win the game. We were so slow in possession and so slow without it.

“At times it was like a friendly and we played like it was a friendly. All of them played within themselves.”

Hull City: Eldin Jakupovic, Tom Huddlestone (Ryan Taylor 80), Robert Snodgrass, Sam Clucas, Harry Maguire, Shaun Maloney (Sone Aluko 70), Chuba Akpom (Mohamed Diamé 70), Isaac Hayden, Michael Dawson, Ahmed Elmohamady, Brian Lenihan. Bench Unused: Allan McGregor, Alex Bruce, Curtis Davies, Jake Livermore.

Bolton Wanderers: Ben Amos, Zach Clough (Stephen Dobbie 59), Derik Osede, Mark Davies, Neil Danns, Emile Heskey (George Newell 64), Darren Pratley, Lawrie Wilson, David Wheater, Tyler Garratt, Rob Holding. Bench Unused: Paul Rachubka, Dean Moxey, Kaiyne Woolery, Tom Walker.

table 30.04.2016

 

 

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