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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…………………..

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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

 

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13th December 2014 Saturday Stamford Bridge – It went wrong early for City when a clear foul by the blues went unpunished and the move ended in a goal for Hazard in the 7th minute out jumping some poor deffending in front of goal.

City hung on for the rest of the half, and improved in the 2nd, but after a straight red handed out to Tom Huddlestone in the 60′, the Chelsea machine finally got the clinching goal via Costa in the 68′.

City were not a poor team in this tie – or was it a sub-standard performance from Chelsea – but whatever, the Tigers did put together some decent football in spells and it’s a pity they don’t do it when playing other teams in ‘their league’. If they did we might have more points to show and not be languishing in 19th place.

Other things to worry us is the injury to Michael Dawson (hamstring: replaced by Bruce 10′) and the three match ban straight red for Tom Huddlestone. Others will have to step up to the plate now, and who knows they may turn things around.

Two Chelsea players (Willian and Costa) were shown yellow cards for ‘simulation’ ie cheating, but the biggest culprit got away with it. Cahill’s pathetic falling to earth in the 53′ warranted an Oscar. He was already on a yellow (bad foul on Aluko) and should have been made to walk – making it 10 against 10. But we are Hull City so we really don’t expect 90 minutes of gumption from the man in the middle with Mourinho watching, do we.

Simulation must be a Mourinho tactic (his players usually do what he wants) and referees should know that. Ivanovic in particular falls over like a dizzy schoolgirl at the slightest contact – which takes some doing from an athletic 6’1″ defender, built like a brick shit-house.

After the game a frustrated Steve Bruce accused Cahill of taking a tumble “like something out of Swan Lake” and claimed he should have been sent off.

“I’ve just been asked if Cahill should have gone and the simple answer is yes, especially given the referee has already booked two people for simulation or diving,” Bruce said.

“Listen, if it is Oscar, Hazard or Willian, they are running at that pace that the smallest connection can bring them over. There is no question about that.

“This is England’s centre-half, by the way. For me, it could have been a red card in his first challenge on (Sone) Aluko. That was reckless and dangerous.

“So when you come, you expect the referee to do their job. It is difficult enough to to come here and, consequently, Tom

Huddlestone, who is the most laid back person, is frustrated with the decisions against him and produced a horror challenge which deserves a red card.

“But when you come to places like this, then you need them to make the right call.

“When you see it back and look at the replays, there’s no justification for it because we all know what he tried to do: he has tried to win the penalty by taking off thinking (David) Meyler was going to challenge him.

“In Latin countries, it’s applauded if you gain a penalty or free-kick. But the reason why people enjoy the Barclays Premier League, for me, is because of the honesty and integrity of it.

“We need to stop this horrible simulation which, unfortunately, has crept in. The referees have got a hard job but that wasn’t a hard decision. Not from 12 yards, not from where I was.”

“If I say what I really, genuinely want to say, then I’ll be hauled up in front of the Premier League again and I’m going to have to pay the 10 grand or whatever it was,” said Bruce, also aggrieved by what he felt was a foul in the build-up to Hazard’s opener.

“I think I paid £20-odd (thousand) last year so, before Christmas, I will make sure I button my lips and say p*** all about it and keep my money in my pocket.”

Mourinho of course didn’t see it and defended Cahill – what a surprise – and said…

“I don’t make (anything of) it because I didn’t see it on TV and I was very far away,” he said.

“But I had this question before, from your colleagues on TV and radio, and I don’t believe Cahill dived.

“And if you tell me I am wrong because he dived, something happened. Or they blocked his run. Or they touched. Or he lost balance.

“But that big, honest guy, I don’t believe he dived in the opposition’s box.”

Watch it on Match of the Day and then apologise for the big honest guy, Jose.

Swansea (H), Sunderland (A) and Leicester (H) next.

Hull City: Allan McGregor, James Chester, Curtis Davies, David Meyler, Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore, Nikica Jelavic (Gaston Ramirez 74), Michael Dawson (Alex Bruce 10), Sone Aluko (Robbie Brady 64), Andrew Robertson, Ahmed Elmohamady. Bench Unused: Eldin Jakupovic, Liam Rosenior, Abel Hernandez, Stephen Quinn,

Chelsea: Petr Cech, Branislav Ivanovic, Filipe Luis, Oscar (Didier Drogba 78), Eden Hazard, John Mikel Obi (Ramires 82), Diego Costa, Nemanja Matic, Willian (Andre Schurrle 80), Gary Cahill, John Terry. Bench Unused: Mark Schwarzer, Kurt Zouma, Loic Remy, Cesar Azpilicueta.

Ref: Chris. Foy.  Crowd 41626

Costa booked for a typical Chelsea dive - this one on the edge of the box

Costa booked for a typical Chelsea dive – this one on the edge of the box

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25th April 2014 Friday ~ The Club Official site posted this today:
Shane Long is fit to feature for Hull City against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

Long had been a doubt earlier in the week after picking up a knock in last weekend’s defeat against Arsenal, but is now back in full training and available for selection.
Manager Steve Bruce is also likely to have Sone Aluko available again after missing the game against the Gunners with a hamstring problem. Aluko was set to be assessed in training on Friday morning with Bruce pencilling him into the squad for the clash with the Cottagers.
“Sone did a bit on Thursday and he will train today,” said Bruce.
“We’ll wait until after training and he’ll come back in if he’s available.”
Looking further ahead, Bruce is refusing to rule Allan McGregor and Paul McShane out of making surprise comebacks for the FA Cup Final against Arsenal next month.
McShane has been out of action for more than two months with ankle ligament damage while McGregor damaged his kidney and broke three ribs against West Ham last month.
McGregor is already back in light training while McShane is due to train over the weekend with the duo keen to throw their hat into the ring for the May 17th showpiece.
“Allan’s back jogging at the training ground,” added Bruce.
“He’s making a desperate effort to be fit for a couple of weeks’ time. I’m not going to stop him, but he’s had three broken ribs and a damaged kidney. He’s doing his very best to try and be fit.
“There’s Paul McShane as well. He’s training on Saturday after nine weeks out with an ankle problem.
“I’m not going to rule anybody out just yet. If they’re making those strides, I’m not going to tell them they’re not playing.
“If they can make themselves available then great. It gives us more to pick from.”

Read more at http://www.hullcitytigers.com/news/article/hull-city-fulham-shane-long-sone-aluko-allan-mcgregor-paul-mcshane-steve-bruce-1509777.aspx#eIAvct53HQzYEvCz.99

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17th November 2012 – Tigers sprung into action and in an open game Aluko ran wild in the 1st half scoring twice by running clear, and a third goal from James Chester (assist by Aluko!) gave them a 0-3 lead until ex Tiger Marlon king pulled one back on the 38th minute; so 1-3 at the break. As expected the half-time interval changed things and the blues got on the score board literally within seconds with a goal from Ravel Morrison. No more goals after that so 2-3 at the final whistle with all three points to the Tigers, and a special moment as we don’t win very often against this lot in Brum.

After 17 games we are 4th with 10 wins, 1 draw, 6 losses and 31 points. The three teams above us are on 32, 34 & 36 points. Referee was M. Russell and attendance 17,363. The last 8 games have seen 6 wins and 2 losses…we don’t do draws very often this season, and it seems to be paying off.

Hull City: Amos, Chester, Faye, Bruce, Elmohamady, Koren, Olofinjana, Quinn, Rosenior, Simpson, Aluko. Bench: Evans, Jakupovic, Mclean, Meyler, Brady, McKenna, Proschwitz.

Birmingham City: Butland, Spector, Coldwell, Robinson, Murphy, Burke, Morrison, Mullins, Elliot, King, Zigic. Bench: Ambrose, Hancox, Redmond, Ibanez, Lovenkrands, Diop, Doyle.

This quirky eye-witness match report from CI…..

Well, a good day out on the road to Birmingham was had by all. Actually, we took the train for this game, but let’s not split hairs. The result was the cherry on the top of the cake, particularly as we haven’t won at St Andrews since… well, I can’t even remember!

Right, to the game, simply put, the score line doesn’t reflect Hull City’s superiority throughout this match. The Tigers had the better possession and played much the better football skills. Birmingham didn’t really have an answer and the final score line really does flatter them.

The Tigers deservedly went 0-3 up within the first half or so of the game. All the pre-match speculation was laid to rest that this would be a stern test never really came to fruition. So those Stella’s on the train and real ale in the pubs to calm our nerves before the game were not really required. City were cruising after a Sone Aluko double (he consistently broke the thin blue line) and Chester from a corner left us in complete control.

Yet, a goal just before half time for the host was unwelcome, but in truth, was only a minor blip because the gulf between the two teams was highlighted by the fact that City’s front two played as team, whereas the home side’s played as virtual enemies to each other.

So on to the second half. A goal directly from the restart of the second half (11 seconds in fact) should have had us worried, but bizarrely it didn’t. City’s defence were more than a match for Birmingham’s strikers and City looked much more the more dangerous team on show. Perhaps the more lily-livered of the Tigers support may have been concerned in the closing stages, but a win was never in doubt.

In truth, cut out silly mistakes and going to sleep every now and again at the back, and dare I say it, this could be a fantastic season. Aluko and Simpson were unplayable at times in the first half – a genuine joy to watch. These two have to be our starting pair from now on. Now let’s turn our attention to battering Burnley and laying to rest yet another bogey.

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