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19th September 2013 Thursday – City will be without the services of their Captain Robert Koren for at least five weeks.

An X-Ray has shown a hairline crack in his right-foot, and is obviously the reason he has struggled in past couple of games. In fact some people considered his form had dipped and he should have been dropped.

Steve Bruce says “That is a bitter blow to us. He did it a couple of weeks ago and to be fair he’s played with it but last Saturday it was worse”. And “When somebody is out injured, somebody else is going to get a chance – that is how football works”.

“There’s a few that have been champing at the bit with the likes of George Boyd and Stephen Quinn in particular, so one of them will step into the breach.”

The Slovenian International started all four of City’s matches so far and was set to play a big part in the teams push for points. An ever present last season (he started 40 matches) lets hope playing on with the injury has not damaged his prospects for the rest of the campaign.

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28th May 2013 Tuesday – Hull City  confirms they have signed their 2012/2013 loan player  George Boyd on a permanent deal. He has signed a two year contract after his contract with Peterborough expired.

The Scotland international joined City on loan in February and made an immediate impact at the KC Stadium, scoring four goals in his first five games. Although the 27-year-old couldn’t keep up that level up performance until the end of the season, he still played an important role in the City team as they secured automatic promotion to the Premier League.

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2nd March 2013 Saturday KC Stadium – Bruce finally has two in form strikers available and the full potential of his squad is revealed. Still smarting from the Bolton fiasco City started at pace and woke up the score board bloke within 40 seconds, care of George Boyd’s goal following his first touch of the ball at the KC stadium. It was easy to miss if you were still messing around with a tea, but it concentrated the mind and made sure you stayed alert for the next 45 minutes. And what a great half that was, followed by another.

Steve Bruce knows what he is doing and pairing up these two is the sort of combination most Tigers fans have been begging and longing for all season; we have lost count of the chances missed and the games that got away from us….but steady on we are in 2nd place and look like running into form and having a fit first choice squad at a crucial time. After 35 games we have 65 points, 5 points behind Cardiff (who have a game in hand) two more than 3rd placed Watford and 4 more than 4th placed Crystal Palace our next opponent’s. 

City lined up: Stockdale, Chester, Bruce, Hobbs; Elmohamady, Meyler, Koren, Quinn, Brady; Boyd, Gedo. Bench: Jakupovic, McShane, Faye, Evans, Cairney, Simpson, Proschwitz.

It looked a good team and it delivered; it was great to see McShane and Faye available as well; strength in depth gives confidence to all.

Birmingham brought: Butland, Cauldwell, Davies, Spector, Hancox, Caddis, Burke, Elliott, Reilly, Lovenkrands, and Zigic. Bench: Doyle, Robinson, Mullins, Gomis, Redmond, Ferguson, Thomas.

1 min (46 secs) 1-0 Goal for City scored by George Boyd from inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal after a fantastic through ball by Brady to Boyd, but he still had it to do and many strikers would have fluffed it; his 1st touch on his 1st start!

11 min 2-0 Gedo goal for City 2-0, he finds the back of the net from inside the area low into the middle of the goal. It came from a long ball out of defence by Meyler. This punt up field by Meyler turned into an accurate pass and Gedo battled a hesitant Steven Cauldwell to take control of the ball and deliver a great strike inside the box.

City were playing extremely well and often much too fast for the Birmingham defence.

33 min George Boyd scores a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Elmohamady gave him the ball inside the box, he tried a pass back to him but somehow got the ball back himself and had a shot, all this must have wrong footed Butland and he couldn’t get to it.

Half Time: City 3-0 Birmingham; heaven.

On the resumption Shane Ferguson came on for Callum Reilly and Birmingham must have hoped if they could get something early on it would change the game. No chance though against this set of Tigers who were still full of it.

On 49 min we were treated to a trade-mark long range Robbie Koren goal to make it 4-0. It must be the worst kept secret in the league that Koren earns his living from the sort of position he took up; he moved forward nearer the box (still unchallenged) and struck a great goal into the bottom left corner of the net; Butland could have done a bit better but he must have been appalled at the lack of cover his defenders gave him. It was good to see Koren back in his best position and able to contribute to passing moves more effectively as well as surprising defenders.

Three minutes later the keeper made a good save from a goal bound Gedo shot, tipping the ball over the bar.

Stats on the 55 min mark were Tigers 54% possession; 13 Tigers shots to 4 Brum of which 8 on target to 4 from Brum.

David Meyler as usual was having a great game and on 62 min made an excellent tackle only to be yellow carded for dissent when the whistle when against him. On 70 min Meyler attempted a strike on goal, he was then brought off (in case of a 2nd yellow) and Tom Cairney took his place.

Around this time possession was 58% Hull City and it seemed likely more goals would come to them and on 76 min Gedo got his second goal his fifth goal in four appearances at KC; a great hard driven pass from Elmo on the right saw Gedo “head smash it” into the net from 4 yards range on the left of the goal; Hull City 4 – 0 Birmingham.

On 82 min Bruce took Boyd off to a standing ovation and Jay Simpson replaced him.

Unfortunately for Hull City’s improving goal difference things took a turn goal-wise from then on, City seemed to take the foot of the gas and lost a bit of concentration.

On 83 min a deflected shot gets Peter Lovenkrands gets on the score sheet with a goal from just outside the penalty box. The deflector being Alex Bruce and this left this Stockdale stranded with the ball ending up in the top left corner of the goal; Tigers 5-1 Birmingham. But that wasn’t the end of it.

Four minutes later a bit of sloppy defending and standing off let Christopher Burke have a strike, which was very well taken from just outside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal; Tigers 5-2 Birmingham.

On 88 mins Elmo came off and Paul McShane took his place.

Full Time 5-2

City face a huge game at Crystal Palace on Tuesday night, in this form they will come away with something, it’s just a matter of playing like we did against Birmingham for 80 odd minutes, simple really! You begin to dream and wonder if the final game of this season against Cardiff is brewing up to something we will talk about for years and years to come.

Referee Mr Miller: Attendance:  17,146

 

 

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21st February 2013 Thursday – George Boyd today  joined the Tigers on an emergency  loan from Peterborough for the remainder of the season, and it is rumoured Steve Bruce will look to offer him a two year contract after the end of this season at which time he will be a free agent.

During Peterborough’s match against Millwall on Tuesday this week the 27 year old scored one goal and made three others. He has netted seven goals for Peterborough this season. He has scored 64 goals for Peterborough in 263 league appearances (74 goals in 295 total appearance).

There is mixed speculation on the fee City are parting with which ranges from £200,000 to a seven figure sum

It is reported that at least three other clubs showed interest in Boyd during the January transfer window and a deal with Nottingham Forest controversially collapsed when he failed an eye test. Peterborough have branded Nottingham Forest’s owners  “a disgrace to the game” over their handling of this incident.

Boyd started his career in the Charlton Athletic youth system, joining Stevenage Borough of the Conference National in 2001 and making his first-team début in 2002. He spent five seasons at Stevenage, scoring over thirty goals from midfield in all competitions. He left in January 2007 to join League Two side Peterborough United for a fee of £260,000, and won two successive promotions in the 2007–08 and 2008–09 seasons. In March 2010, Boyd joined Nottingham Forest on loan until the end of the 2009–10 season. On return to his parent club in July 2010, Boyd signed a new three-year contract at Peterborough.

He also played for the England National Game XI team, who represent England at non-League level, from 2005 to 2006, earning six caps and scoring one goal. Despite being born in England, his maternal grandfather comes from Scotland and he played for the Scotland B team in 2009.

Boyd is left footed and has been used on the left-wing throughout the majority of his career. He has describes himself as a winger, but has stated that he prefers to play “in the hole” because the position allows him to get more time on the ball.

While playing for his first Senior Club Stevenage he earned the nickname  “The White Pelé” due to his use of tricks, as well as the amount of flair Boyd brought to the team at such a young age.

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