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10th Jan 2015 – This game had 0-0 written all over it in bold capitals, until an unnecessary back pass from Elmohamady to McGregor in the penalty box gave Berahino a free kick and a goal in the 78′. You were wondering if defenders on the line would rush the free kick taker – some did, they should have stayed on the line. On another day the ball may have bounced off the forest of legs in front of goal, but not today and it was 1-0. Baggies got the luck today we didn’t.

City lost both strikers in the first half to injury – Jelavic knee 33′, Hernandez groin 39′, replaced by Brady and Ince. On paper that did give City a bit more pace and mobility but nothing much came from it, as they both tended to hover in midfield, and as the game neared the last 20′ it was a fair bet both managers would have settled for a point.

The Tigers managed more shots than the home side but apart from a late attempt by Brady, others were not remotely threatening.

WBA were little if any better than City and should not kid themselves they’ve turned a corner aided by the ‘Pulis’ effect. It was more of the visitors cocking things up again.

Three points against a struggling rival is pure gold in this league and City are just not getting them this season – and that’s alarming.

After the match Steve Bruce bemoaned the run of injuries…..“For a club like us to have eight or nine missing is far too many, we simply can’t cope,” said Bruce.

“Our injury list seems endless and we’re finding it a struggle. We’re always trying to improve and we will try to get a couple in – it’s essential that we do that.

“Too often, we’re talking about injuries at the moment. We’re getting too many.”

“I think I’ve made more changes in the team over the last two months than I probably have done in five years.

“It’s frustrating and disappointing but we have to keep battling on.”

With a transfer window available you can be sure Steve will be using every penny of cash the Allam’s may make available.

Hull City: Allan McGregor, Maynor Figueroa, Alex Bruce, James Chester, Curtis Davies, David Meyler, Abel Hernandez (Tom Ince 39), Jake Livermore, Nikica Jelavic (Robbie Brady 33), Ahmed Elmohamady, Stephen Quinn (Tom Huddlestone 79).
Bench unused: Steve Harper, Harry Maguire, Paul McShane, Michael Dawson.

West Brom: Ben Foster, Andre Wisdom, Gareth McAuley, Joleon Lescott, Chris Baird, James Morrison, Claudio Yacob, Stephane Sessegnon (Craig Gardner 76), Chris Brunt, Brown Ideye (Victor Anichebe 73), Saido Berahino.
Bench unused: Boaz Myhill, Sebastien Pocognoli, Craig Dawson, Graham Dorrans, Georgios Samaras.

Ref Neil Swarbrick.

Elmo's backpass

Elmo’s backpass

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17th October 2013 Thurs – At the press conference Steve Bruce gave an update on the prospects of Robbie Brady being fit for the trip to play Everton on Saturday. Brady had a hernia operation following the West Ham game at the end of September.

“Robbie has trained this week which just goes to show what the medical people can do. It’s just over two weeks since the operation.

“We’ll see for a reaction but as long as there isn’t one he’ll come straight back in the squad. It’s quite remarkable what they can do to fix what is labelled as a hernia.

“To be playing in two and a half weeks shows what they can do. He’s pain free and running around like a two-year-old so let’s hope he stays like that.”

It is understood that our 19 year old keeper Joe Cracknell is at Scarborough Athletic on loan as a cover for the injured Jason White. White has a bad ankle sprain which will keep him out of action for 4-6 weeks.

Robbie Brady at recent training

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29th September 2013 Saturday – City climb to a heady 7th place clutching 10 precious points and then have to listen to “big sam” berate our wonderful “striker” Robbie Brady, whose habit of exciting the Tiger Nation seems to hold no bounds.

Much better to tell your team not to push attackers from behind in the middle of your penalty area sam, than to attempt to discredit a whole-hearted player. Teach ‘em that, make it sink in and you won’t have to bleat like a school boy on telly (well about that particular incident anyway).

Having said that, Livermore’s elbow/ball contact was missed by the referee (and touch judge) and on the current interpretation of handball should have drawn a penalty. But they didn’t see it like that and City blocked West Ham out of any points.

The table looks good this evening. A lot of teams below us are finding points difficult to come by and those pundits who wrote us off must be hoping we will collapse after October in the way we did before in this league.

If we can can keep clear of accumulating injuries, this class of 2013-2014 have enough nouse to hang onto Premier League status.

Meanwhile Sam’s main reason for whingeing might just be his precarious position vis-à-vis the West Ham fans. They like to think their club is known for passing and bright football, and will bore you all night about the past and the time West Ham won the world cup etc etc. They put a brave face on it when Sam’s win ugly approach got them out of the championship pit. And can just about put up with similar as long as they’re winning. But a no-winning streak is another matter, oh yes. With just one win since the opening game Sam must be feeling uneasy. Hence his over-reaction at the KC in my book.

Of course they was no complaint from Sam when the referee failed to send off Nolan for his two footed “tackle” on Rosenior, which could have ended Liam’s career. A clear red card after seeing the incident via a replay. But the West Ham Captain only got a caution, quite a lucky escape.

Back to the game itself. This wasn’t our best performance by any means, we can play better football than this, we can retain possession better than this and we can do better things with the ball. Maybe the odd change in personnel had an effect or maybe this was the result of Bruce’s instructions on the day. Or maybe the hammers passing game was a bit too good at times. But the lads were organised, concentration was continuous and commitment was there in spades and that was good enough for City to come out on top.

Anyway in the 11th minute Brady was in the Hammers penalty box running towards a through ball alongside Joey O’Brien and what is not in dispute is that O’Brien pushed Brady in the back, the fact that Brady would not have been first to the ball is neither here nor there, O’Brien though was probably unsure, hence the push to make sure. Stupid, stupid, and Brady goes flat on his face. Anywhere else on the pitch and it’s a free kick, but in the box it’s a penna, simple unless it’s against your team so it seems.

Brady takes the spot kick and hammers it home sending  the unfortunate Jaaskelainen the wrong way.

 Decent performances by all in Black and Amber in particular Davies (nearly scored), Aluko, Rosenior, Huddlestone and Livermore (his excellent shot hitting the foot of the post). Elmo seems to prefer playing on the wing (he is not a fullback) and had a decent game, his wonderful header from a Brady corner was only just tipper over by Jaaskelainen, that great keeper who has condemned City to numerous defeats over the years.

West Ham got a lot of possession but their Sam tactics of long balls into the box increasingly favoured our defensive set up and Davies and Faye could have defended them all night.

We have another home game coming up on Saturday and if we get another 3 points from Villa we can go on the travels to Everton and Spurs with a decent points haul in the bag and tough it out the best we can.

Hull City: McGregor, Rosenior, Figueroa, Davies, Faye, Huddlestone, Livermore, Elmohamady, Brady, Aluko, Graham. Bench: Harper, Bruce, McShane, Boyd, Quinn, Sagbo, Meyler.

West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Reid, Tomkins, Rat, O’Brien, Nolan, Jarvis, Morrison, Noble, Diame, Maiga. Bench: Adrian, Collins, Demel, Taylor, Downing, Vaz Te, Petric.

Referee Kevin Friend.

Attendance 24,921.

aaaaastats west ham

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12th February 2013 Tuesday  KC Stadium: Having clung by their fingertips to the top 4 in the last week or so the Tigers scrambled into 2nd place last night thanks to a good 2nd half by all especially the Egyptian loan troops seconded by Bruce /Mr & Mr Allam. Gedo on this display seems a natural goal scorer, Elmohamady continues his massive contribution and there is the chance that this energy will jerk the other talented players in the squad back to form. With two more home games to follow quickly in succession this  result is timely. With only two wins out of the last nine games (in all competitions) City needed this and a draw would have been a bit depressing for all concerned. Thirty one games played, 56 points collected and in an automatic promotion spot.

The first half was better forgotten as City never got going and produced a disjointed, lack lustre almost tired display. For some reason only known to the players the Tigers lacked any rhythm or passing continuity, this has happened before and it must worry Bruce that he cannot trust a tested line-up to perform at the same level week after week.

Derby had the better of these first 45 minutes and team-wise looked a better outfit, but their lack of ambition must have haunted them in the second half when City became a different team.

Bruce made changes at half time as a good manager should and on came Proschwitz and Gedo for Simpson and Koren and he changed to 4-4-2 from a 3-5-1-1 formation. Simpson in particular had had one of those games where he always seemed to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and couldn’t take advantage of the “crossing” machines Brady and Elmohamady. Koren seems to be fading in the City colours, and not stepping up when a big effort is needed, an accusation that West Brom fans often made; which is a pity when we all know what an excellent player he is.

Gedo made an instant impact and scored by getting to an accurate Brady centre from a corner with a good header guided past the Derby keeper from 10 yards. After the first half no-one could have expected this and the KC woke up. To get a goal on your home début within 90 seconds of coming on is the stuff legends are made of and we can only dream now that we have found a true goal taker when we most needed him. It was in fact City’s first on target attempt of the match and Gedo’s first touch of the ball.

City had more chances as the half wore on (Gedo and Meyler in particular plus Brady’s free kick) and  so did Derby’s Conor Sammon with at least two good efforts.

It was looking like three points in the bag until the 84th minute when Jamie Ward struck making it 1-1 and no doubt for a few minutes every City supporter started considering “wasted chances” again and muttering “Achilles heel” under their breath. Had we snatched a draw from three points? A goal keeping error had led to that Derby goal with the ball passing everyone and left the surprised Mr Ward with a simple goal. The flapping Stockdale had attempted to get to and punch a ball that was maybe better left to his defenders and as so often happens it was left to float past them all.

However in the 87th minute the other Egyptian on the field saved the day. Elmohamady’s header knocked the ball down from Brady’s corner and it bumped over Roberts (who was stood defending the line) with just three minutes to go. Phew!

On 88 minutes Roberts was red carded for a foul on Proschwitz and that was it, a 2-1 win and a second place in the Championship.

Hull City: (3-5-1-1): Stockdale; Chester, McShane, Hobbs; Elmohamady, Meyler, Quinn, Evans (Rosenior 90), Brady; Koren (Gedo 46); Simpson (Proschwitz 46).Subs: Jakupovic, Cairney, Olofinjana, Fathi.

Booked: Evans, Meyler, and Elmohamady

Derby County: (4-4-2): Legzdins; Freeman (Robinson 80), Brayford, Keogh, Roberts; Coutts (Buxton 85), Hughes, Hendrick, Bryson; Ward, Sammon (Jacobs 73). Subs Fielding, Davies, Gjokaj, Hoganson.

Booked: Bryson, Coutts, and Jacobs; Sent off: Roberts.

Referee: Mr R Madley (West Yorkshire). Attendance: 15,677.

Stats: Possession City 49%: Shots on target 3 City to 3 Derby: Shots off target 8 City to 4 Derby: Corners 3 City to 1 Derby.

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8th January 2012 Wednesday – After various reports in the media of Steve Bruce negotiating the permanent transfer of David Meyler and Robbie Brady to Hull City it was good see the following official announcement on the club website today as a culmination of successful loan periods for both players at the KC.

The Tigers are pleased to confirm the signings of David Meyler and Robbie Brady on permanent deals from Sunderland and Manchester United respectively.

Both players have impressed during loan spells with the club over the last couple of months and have been key figures in the team’s rise up the Championship table into the automatic promotion places.

Meyler, who has netted three goals from midfield in ten appearances since joining on loan in November, has penned a three-and-a-half year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Brady, meanwhile, has also committed the next three-and-a-half years to the Tigers, again for an undisclosed fee. The Republic of Ireland international has been in impressive form during his third loan spell at the KC Stadium with the left wing-back scoring once in 12 games.

City manager Steve Bruce views both players as key additions to his squad and with the first deals of the January transfer window done, he will now look to strengthen further as the Tigers aim to maintain their excellent league position.

Meyler has made an impact for City from Midfield scoring 3 goals in 10 appearances, while Brady has fitted in smoothly as an accomplished wing-back for the Tigers in the 3-5-1-1 formation.

It is understood that  Brady cost £2m from Manchester United while Meyler left Sunderland for £1.5m

Brady is the fourth youngster to leave Manchester United in the January transfer window with Joshua King sold to Blackburn, Angelo Henriquez loaned to Wigan and Bebe borrowed by Rio Ave.

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