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10th September 2016 Saturday Turf Moor: City came very close to losing this, but a Snodgrass special free kick rescued the Tigers and gave them a precious point in the 95′.

The Clarets have been something of a bogey team to the KC outfit over the years and although the Tigers looked the better team at times it was the home side who went ahead after 72′ from Belgian Steven Defour their new midfield signing from Anderlecht, a stunning 25 yarder.

Solid displays from Snodgrass and Davies. Snoddy is a shining light and look too player for the Tigers and Curtis Davies is surely in the the best form of his life.

That’s 7 points from a possible 12, who would have dreamed of that!

The Mike Phelan Manager thing is now getting embarrassing for the club, Phelan, and all of us watching our dawdling, lost in the wilderness owners. They’ve already pissed off one great Manager this season, to do it twice requires Allam’s at their worst.

Mike Phelan:

“I’ve made it pretty clear I want to be in charge of this group of players.

I think the players have made it quite clear too,” he said. “At one point I thought we were playing really well, we might win the game and then it’s over to negotiations again…then at 1-0 down you think maybe not, maybe another week. “But I’m sure things will get resolved.

They probably will do, one way or another. “We haven’t fallen out or done anything drastic, we’re taking it day by day and hopefully another week doesn’t go by without it being resolved.”

“We suffered in the last minute in the last game (letting in a late goal against Manchester United).

“Credit to us as we kept going. The players did what we asked of them today.”


Stats via Opta and BBC




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20th February 2016 Emirates: Wenger’s FA Cup holders found Hull City too tough to break down in this FA Cup 5th round tie and both teams will meet again at the KC.

Neither side wanted a replay, but one man Eldin Jakupovic made sure there would be one. A superb display by the Swiss stopper denied the Gunners time after time. He made 11 saves during the tie. One particular save from Joel Campbell’s free kick was a ‘finger tip masterpiece’.

Both sides made wholesale changes from their previous fixture (Arsenal 9, Hull City 10).

The visitors did most of the defending in both halves. Their best chances came in the second half when Aluko had a couple, but was either called offside or failed to find the net.

Arsenal made 24 on target attempts at City’s goal but a resilient and organised defence was too good for them.

In the first half Alex Bruce could easily have been penalised for handball in the box but Mike Dean ruled it was OK.

There will be a lot of fuss from Arsenal lovers, bloggers and press etc., claiming the Gunners were rubbish today…but they played well and were a bit unlucky. But as usual it’s Hull City, so if your high flying tram can’t beat them….they must be rubbish.

Steve Bruce…..

“I don’t know when we’re going to play the replay. That’s added to the fixture pile-up we’ve got.

“We made 10 changes and we rode our luck a bit, but the team deserved it for the spirit and the 100% effort they gave.

“It bodes well when I see the strength in depth we’ve got, because we’re going to need it.

“Josh Tymon didn’t look out of his depth and it’s great to see someone from the academy, from Hull, come in and wear the shirt.”

Crouching Tiger…………………..


Arsene Wenger…..

“The replay is not especially good news but Hull defended very well.

“We were not incisive or accurate enough in our passing in the final third. As long as they did not concede, they maintained with how they played. We had 20 shots, 70% possession, but no goals.

“I cannot influence the referee’s decisions, only the technical quality of my team. If we have no injuries, we can cope with the fixtures.

“I think FA Cup replays is a particularity of the English rules and you have to respect that.”

And Eldin Jakupovic…

“We are happy as a team and I’m very happy because my family was here. They came from Switzerland and they came from Hull” .

“I had a great performance against Arsenal but sometimes you need luck and that’s it.

“We knew from the beginning we were going to be behind the ball and we had to fight.

“I have to be patient and if I have a chance to play I will give my all. We are looking forward to the rematch against Arsenal but our big goal is to go back up to the Premier League.”
Hull City: Jakupovic, Maguire, Bruce, Davies, Elmo, Maloney, Taylor, (Huddlestone 55′), Meyler, Tymon (Odubajo 55′), Powell (Aluko 78′), Diomandé. Bench Unused: Hernandez, Diamé, Robertson, Kuciak.

Arsenal: Ospina, Chambers, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Flamini, Elneny, Campbell (Giroud 67′), Iwobe (Oxlade-Chamberlain 73′), Welbeck (Sanchez 67′), Walcott. Bench Unused: Monreal, Bellerin, Coquelin, Macey.

Whistler was….Mike Dean



City’s hero

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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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19th March 2015 – The club announced that 29 year old Croatian striker Nikita Jelavic will be out of action for 6 weeks after needing knee surgery.

It was also stated that Jelavic has had arthroscopic surgery at The Cromwell Hospital very soon after the Leicester away game. The 6 weeks is a minimum period of absence from first team duty.

Jelavic has started just 19 times of the 29 EPL games this season, scoring 8 goals.

NJ Screenshot from 2015-03-20 13:59:13

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1st January 2014 Anfield Wednesday – Three games in 6 days proved a bit much for Steve Bruce‘s squad and the performance dipped a bit against Liverpool this afternoon.

Two set piece goals which included a fantastic free kick by Suarez – which he won himself – sealed the Tigers fate, as this clip shows.  http://www.101greatgoals.com/blog/excellent-super-slo-mo-video-of-luis-suarezs-awesome-free-kick-for-liverpool-v-hull/?

Luis Suarez who was kept on a tight leash by the City defence only 31 days before proved to be too much to handle this time.

City suffered the ignominy of ‘no shots on target’ over 93 minutes which tells the story of this match. One more corner than the reds isn’t much consolation. Our defence and general positioning still looked sound during most of the match and although people in red shirts missed a lot of chances you never got the feeling that an avalanche of goals was around the corner.

For all the whinging from Liverpool fans over the ‘brutality’ of ‘teams like Hull’ we see each team was guilty of 15 fouls each

No Hull player managed any decent stats from this game and they all need to re-charge batteries for the second half of this campaign. The table looks a lot better than we had a right to expect and 10th position with 23 points is a good base to build from.

City started the game with a good tempo and on 11 minutes Yannick Sagbo had a fine chance but his shot went over the cross-bar. Then on 18 minutes Suarez wanted to celebrate but his headed ‘goal’ from a Phillipe Coutinho free kick was ruled offside. Portent of things to come really as set piece threats were to prove fatal for the Tigers later on. Alex Bruce took one for the team and collected a yellow card on 21 minutes with a leg block on the lively Suarez who was showing the honest side of his skill set.

On 25 minutes Allan McGregor was called on to stop a shot from Sterling who had seized on a clever touch from Suarez. Great play from the Scot in green.

30 minutes gone and the Liverpool pressure was mounting and City looked in danger only to be saved by David Meyler’s tackle which stopped a dangerous attack. The reds kept working the Hull defence but the men in blue looked strong and organised, they kept blocking passes and shots very well from a pressing Liverpool midfield.

Cissoko had a excellent chance on 34 minutes but missed his target.

However what seemed almost inevitable did happen in the 36th minute; Liverpool won a corner on City’s left and  Daniel Agger jumped high to head the ball cleanly past Allan McGregor. 1-0 to The Scousers.

On 39 minutes Suarez showed the other side of his football with a distasteful tackle on Tom Huddlestone.

City didn’t lose nerve at the 1-0 set-back and responded as we have come to expect this season by playing some passing football and moving much more into the Liverpool half.

Half time 1-0

In the 50th minute James Chester fouled Luis Suarez and another set piece took on an ominous feeling. Suarez took the free kick himself, and produced a fantastic piece of skill to make the ball curl into the top left corner out of the reach of Allan McGregor to make it 2-0. A really wonderful goal. Could City come back from this?

With no shots on target so far it looked unlikely. Steve Bruce tried to bring a bit more energy into proceedings with a triple substitution on 58 minutes. Meyler, Sagbo and Koren swapped for Graham, Fryatt and Boyd. Not a lot of difference to be fair and after 3 minutes of stoppage time the referee called an end to it and a 2-0 win for the reds who go to 4th place on 39 points.

After the match Steve Bruce accepted it was a well deserved Liverpool win and also said:

“Towards the end we were game enough to keep trying but you could see a lot of tired bodies and the third game in six days was a bit too much for us.

“It was a big ask for us, we needed to be right at it and be fresh and it was a bit too much for us.

“A footballer can play a match every day but he can’t play with the same intensity.

“We looked tired towards the end, your concentration goes and you don’t have the energy to compete.

“Sometimes you have to say you were beaten by the better team and we were today.

“The disappointing thing is the game was settled by two set-pieces. Luis Suarez’s free-kick has made the game comfortable for them in the end.”

Hull City 3-5-1-1: McGregor, Figueroa, Bruce, Chester, Davies, Meyler, Huddlestone, Koren, Livermore, Sagbo, Elmohamady. Bench: Harper, Rosenior, Graham, Fryatt, Boyd, Faye, Quinn.

 Liverpool 4-2-3-1: Mignolet, Johnson, Cissokho, Skrtel, Agger, Lucas, Henderson, Coutinho, Aspas, Sterling, Suarez. Bench: Jones, Rossiter, Kelly, Toure, Moses, Alberto, Gerrard.

Referee Craig Pawson

Attendance 44,627

FT stats Liv v Hull

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26th December 2013 Boxing Day KC Stadium – Hull City were unlucky not to get anything out of this game. The ‘touch me and I’ll fall over’ disease  has made a once great game into a lottery, the referees sometimes get it right, but against the big favoured teams everyone else suffers…..usually near the 18 yard box.

Today was no different, with the likes of Wayne Rooney and his win or die mantra making him join in. But it’s not just the referee spotting the non-foul contact, it’s all the other decisions which are tempered or spiked up by the big  club’s shadow looming over the officials.

Anyway that’s enough whingeing, City put up a great display for the Xmas crowd shooting into a 2 goal lead within 13 minutes and raising the hope of a win. The first from James Chester in the 3rd minute and then from David Meyler in the 13th.

City won a corner after a good wide run from Elmohamady. Huddlestone took the kick and clipped the ball high into the area away from the six-yard box. Alex Bruce peeled off from Rooney and headed the ball into the danger area, where the unmarked Chester struck a left-footed volley high into the net from close in. Yes, get in!

City were putting everything into the opening period of this game and the reds from Manchester could not cope.

The ball came to David Meyler on the left and he turned it towards the far post, only for Evans to knock it straight back to him. Meyler, sensing his chance, shot from the left but didn’t catch it properly – the ball was tumbling slowly towards De Gea  until Evans stuck out a foot and helped it past the reds keeper and into the net. HeHe! 2-0 to Hull City and the KC is bouncing.

Queue Rooney and Co to start whining at every decision, falling over and generally getting hot under the collar. The ref must have sensed it coming.

Allan McGregor had not recovered from a clattering from that other fallen idol Ashley Young a minute before City’s second goal but soldiered on. However on the 19th minute Smalling gets a goal to make it 2-1. Wayne Rooney curled a free-kick into the area, where Smalling takes a lift on Davies shoulder to head into the net from eight yards.

The game hots up now. In the 21st minute Cleverley drives a ball through a crowded City area following a corner and forces a great save from McGegor.

The 26th minute sees another United goal . Welbeck manages to bring a high ball down and gets it to Wayne Rooney. He is still 25 yards from goal but he controls the ball with one touch and hammers a volley into the top-right corner, just out of the reach of a despairing  McGregor.

City are under a lot of pressure from the reds after spending the next 15 minutes in their own half following the equalizing score. Up to half time however they do make raids into the reds half but to no real avail. Alex Bruce pulls off some great old fashioned tackles on Fletcher and Welbeck. Following one of these the ball is collected by Danny Graham, who runs at the United defence, when his shot comes it takes a deflection off Evans, loops over De Gea and bounces off the angle of post/bar.

So it’s 2-2 at half time.

City make two changes at half time, Steve Harper replaces the injured Allan McGregor and Robbie Koren is now on for David Meyler.

Some good play by City keeps the game even for the odd period, Valencia is booked after a foul on Sagbo who was getting away from him on 60 minutes. Then on 63 minutes Alex Bruce hits the bar when heading a Huddlestone corner, the keeper De Gea never moved. That should have been a goal and a game changer.

But when the 66th minute came along James Chester was the first to connect with a cross in front of his own goal. Figueroa had tried to cut out a pass from Welbeck to Young on the right, but missed it, this allowed Welbeck to get away from him as there was no covering player. Ashley Young had taken off his roller skates for once and chipped a cross towards Rooney but Chester was ball side of him in front of goal and had to head it. Unfortunately he didn’t connect cleanly and Harper had no chance as the ball shot past him into the net. The crestfallen Chester looked shocked and heartbroken, he had just chalked off his 3rd minute goal and put his old club in the driving seat.

So 2-3 to the reds, and that’s how it stayed despite a chance in the 87th minute for Graham, and Valencia being sent off in the 90th minute for petulance.

City did rock United a bit in stoppage time. Chester should have equalised for Hull. Boyd had found him in space with a great pass but a poor first touch saw De Gea closing the angle and then blocking the shot.

Hull City: McGregor; Bruce, Chester, Davies; Elmohamady, Meyler, Huddlestone, Livermore, Figueroa; Graham, Sagbo. Subs: Harper, Rosenior, Faye, McShane, Koren, Boyd, Fryatt.

Manchester United: De Gea; Rafael, Smalling, Evans, Evra; Valencia, Cleverley, Fletcher, Young; Rooney, Welbeck. Subs: Lindegaard, Vidic, Carrick, Fabio, Kagawa, Januzaj, Hernandez.

Referee: Michael Oliver. Attendance 24,826

Stats Hull v Manu

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9th December 2013 Tuesday Night – Referee Martin Atkinson did the Tigers no favours in this game and missed two hand balls by Swansea players. One when they scored the equaliser and another clear one that should have given us a penalty.

City stand 12th with 18 points after 15 games, almost half way to that 40 points mark which should be safe ground in this league.

City enjoyed the usual 34% possession in both halves which is becoming a signature of their play at home or away. They pose a lot of problems to the attacking side and in the first half Swansea couldn’t find the key to defeat the visitors.

Danny Graham took his long awaited goal well in just over 8 minutes and was sensible enough not to celebrate too much for the end of his 30 game drought.  No doubt thinking that could wait for the dressing room at the end of the game or on the way home. Elmo beat his man (something he did regularly) and put in a great cross from the right which was just missed by the raised foot of the defender and Danny alongside him prodded it in at close range.

The rest of the half was mostly Swansea trying to get forward but failing to do anything dangerous, thanks to a good organised defence and some excellent defending. Davies, Chester and Bruce all excellent. Yannick Sagbo was very lively and showed some good touches.

At the first half whistle Swansea had achieved no shots on target but 6 corners, we had managed 33% possession, one shot on target (the goal) and no corners.

Half time Swansea 0-1 Hull City

Swansea came out of the blocks quicker in the second half and looked likely to get something, and in the few minutes before they scored you had a feeling it was coming. When it arrived on 60 minutes however their goal should have been disallowed. James Chester conceded a corner and when the ball finally came in at the near post Chico seemed to have both hands available at the right time and the ball ricocheted into the goal. None of the officials turned a hair and the one with a whistle awarded the “goal”.

Swansea carried on in their new lively fashion but City stuck to the task, and came back fairly strongly before the last 15 minutes which included quite a bit of pressure from the home side.

David Meyler had the ball in the the home goal but was flagged offside, which he was (Marginally). City had a strong penalty appeal when Dwight Tiendalli hand-balled Alex Bruce‘s header but Martin Atkinson seemed to have forgotten that rule and we got nowt, even though the defender brought both his hands up to his chest and punched the ball away. No consistency in this league, none whatsoever.

Sagbo and Williams were both booked in the 80 minute after a bit of sillyness over who should have the ball after a whistle.

So after 4 minutes of extra time in which City hung on a bit with come away with a point. We haven’t done too well away from the KC this time in the premiership in fact we have only won 1 away game in our last 31 away in this league. Quite a stat.

Hull City: McGregor, Elmohamady,Figueroa, Davies, Bruce, Chester, Livermore, Meyler, Graham (Koren 64′), Sagbo, Huddlestone. Bench: Rosenior, Koren, Brady, McShane, Boyd, Harper, Faye.

Swansea: Tremel, Tiendalli, Davies, Canas, Chico, Williams, Dyer, DeGusman (Pozuelo 56’), Michu, Shelvey, Hernandez (Routledge). Bench: Amat, Taylor, Lamah, Routledge, Pozuelo, Donnelly, Zabret.

Referee Martin Atkinson.  Attendance 19,303.

Full time stata Swans v Hull

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