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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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16th February 2016 Tuesday KC Stadium: City couldn’t find the net but one point is welcome as it means they lead the Championship by two points.

With Middlesbrough only managing a draw last night against Leeds it would have been great to have the other two points in the bag.

Early on Akpom had a good chance with a header at the right hand side of the Brighton goal but failed to score.

City did have chances to score but in each case they were either not decisive enough or the defence blocked the shot.

A wonderful second half outside the box shot from Clucas had the Hull fans on their feet, but the keeper forced it away.

Brighton’s defence one way or another held out.

In all competitions the Tigers have only lost once in the last 9 matches.

Steve Bruce remarked….

“Fair play to Brighton, they have come and worked very hard and frustrated us.

“When you get a point away from home you are going to be happy with that. They have come with a game plan and it’s worked very well.

“We didn’t play well enough tonight and that’s going to happen. We take the point and move on.”

“I was expecting Brighton to stay with two up front, but they didn’t and they went with a lone striker and packed the midfield.
 
“They put ten men behind the ball and the longer it went on, the more frustrated we became. They had a game plan and they nailed it.
 
“I have to say that David Stockdale produced a fantastic save from Sam Clucas, somehow getting the ball onto the bar.
 
“If either team was going to win it, it was going to be us but if we’re being honest, we didn’t really play well enough.
 
“We needed a little bit of wit and wisdom, a little bit of creativity, and we needed our big players to take care of the ball better. Unfortunately that didn’t happen, but you’re going to get frustrating nights and edgy days over the next few weeks.
 
Let’s not forget, Brighton are only two places behind us in the table.
 
“It was always going to be a difficult game as they have been on a great run. There’s still a little gap between us and them, but as always, it’s all to play for.”

Hull City: Allan McGregor, Moses Odubajo, Curtis Davies, Tom Huddlestone (Isaac Hayden 61), Abel Hernandez, Robert Snodgrass (Chuba Akpom 71), Sam Clucas, Jake Livermore, Mohamed Diamé (Ahmed Elmohamady 82), Michael Dawson, Andrew Robertson. Bench Unused: Eldin Jakupovic, David Meyler, Harry Maguire, Adama Diomande.
Brighton: David Stockdale, Bruno, Lewis Dunk, Dale Stephens, Beram Kayal (Andrew Crofts 71), Tomer Hemed (Sam Baldock 71), Inigo Calderon, James Murphy, Connor Goldson, Anthony Knockaert (Jiri Skalak 85), Steve Sidwell. Bench Unused: Niki Maenpaa, Liam Rosenior, Bobby Zamora, Kazenga LuaLua.

 

 

 

 

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13th February 2016 Ewood Park: The Tigers found another gear in the second half of this game and the home side could not find a response.

In fact Blackburn didn’t have much to offer in this fixture…attacking ideas and flair being something missing today.

The partnership in attack of Hernandez and Diamé is now a feature of team selection and Steve Bruce’s philosophy of ‘don’t mend it if it’s not broken’ is paying dividends. A change though was the name of Tom Huddlestone in the starting line-up. I suppose Steve knows what he is doing.

Hernandez struck in the 53′ and Diamé just ten minutes later (albeit a shout for offside).

With Middlesbrough not playing until Sunday all Tigers fans eyes will be on the  result as a win for them will see them return to the top.

Fifty nine points now and things are looking good with a fully fit squad to choose from for the games to come.

Burnley ended their unbeaten winning run of eight games with a draw a Reading, but it’s still as tight as a nuns bum at the top of this league.

Steve Bruce was pleased with the performance when he spoke after the match…

“We’ve missed two or three chances late on which could have improved our goal difference but we thoroughly deserved the win in my opinion.

“I thought we were playing within ourselves in the first half and I wanted us to go and express ourselves and take the shackles off.

“We knew we had more in the tank and I thought in the second half we gave a very good performance where we could have scored three or four.

“That’s as good as we’ve played for a long time.”

Hull City: Allan McGregor, Moses Odubajo, Curtis Davies, Tom Huddlestone, Abel Hernandez (Chuba Akpom 75′), Robert Snodgrass (Ahmed Elmohamady 81′), Sam Clucas, Jake Livermore, Mohamed Diamé (David Meyler 85′), Michael Dawson, Andrew Robertson.
Blackburn Rovers: Jason Steele, Ben Marshall, Elliott Ward, Shane Duffy, Tommy Spurr, Corry Evans, Craig Conway, Darragh Lenihan, Jordi Gomez, Tony Watt (Chris Brown 55′), Simeon Jackson (Elliott Bennett 73′).

 

 

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23rd Jan 2016 Craven Cottage: The three points from this game took the Tigers to the top of the Championship.

This was the same line-up which beat Charlton last week.

Hernandez had a good chance on 12′ following a good through ball by Diamé, but it was just got a foot to it and the ball went wide. It was his 15th league goal of the season.

Abel Hernandez finally scored in the 80′ from the spot following a foul on Moses Odubajo.

This was the fourth win on the trot for Steve Bruce’s boys and we lead the table by one point from Middlesbrough.

City always looked like getting over the line for this one as Fulham showed less than what we expected.

Steve Bruce said after the game…

“You have to show a certain resilience, especially in the middle of winter coming to places like this.

“Fulham played well today but we were always comfortable.

“We know we are always capable of scoring a goal.

“The ability to roll up your sleeves and give nothing away is what you need to be successful. It’s not all about playing nice football.”

Hull City: Allan McGregor, Moses Odubajo, Curtis Davies, Abel Hernandez (Ahmed Elmohamady 85), Robert Snodgrass (Alex Bruce 90), Sam Clucas, Harry Maguire, Jake Livermore, Mohamed Diamé, Isaac Hayden (Tom Huddlestone 71), Andrew Robertson.
Bench Unused: Eldin Jakupovic, Ryan Taylor, Shaun Maloney, Sone Aluko.
Fulham: Andrew Lonergan, Jazz Richards, Dan Burn, Tim Ream, Luke Garbutt, Tom Cairney, Lasse Vigen Christensen (Matt Smith 83), Jamie O’Hara, Scott Parker (Emerson Hyndman 77), Alexander Kacaniklic (George Williams 73), Moussa Dembele.
 Bench Unused: Joe Lewis, Shaun Hutchinson, Richard Stearman, Ryan Fredericks.

 

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13th January 2016 KC Stadium : Hull took advantage of a poor Cardiff display to go back to second place in Championship with goals from Hernandez (penalty 40′) and the reliable Clucas 51′.

It is something of a relief to see two decent performances in a row from Steve Bruce’s boys after flattering to deceive at the end of last year against Rotherham and Preston  Still, to be 2nd in this competitive league is no mean feat.

The Tigers struggled at times to produce something but later on got going and it could have been a much bigger win with a few chances going begging. That is a trait in this squad and if we ever get more clinical in the box some team is in for a hiding.

Otherwise a good all round performance.

Steve Bruce commented:

“It’s a wonderful achievement for a team that’s just been relegated, to have 50 points from 26 games,” said Bruce, whose side now turn their attentions to hosting Charlton on Saturday.

“There’s a long way to go. When it gets down to 10 and nine games left, let’s hope we’re around it.

“Our home form has been terrific. We’ve got another game at home on Saturday and we have to keep going.

“I don’t attach anything to being second, not at this stage. In two or three months time, that’s when it matters.”

“I wouldn’t say it was easy but we were comfortable without being at our best….Once we got the first goal it became increasingly comfortable as the night wore on.

“We needed a helping hand but I’ve seen it again and it’s a clear-cut penalty. I thought the referee was spot on with his decision.

“Our Achilles heel has been taking the chances again. We need to be a bit more clinical in front of goal.

“I was pleased with the second half. We just needed to settle and take one of the chances. Thankfully we did that with Hernandez and from that moment on there looked to be only one winner.”

“I would love to go and smash the transfer record and bring in a proven striker but I don’t think the finances are there to do that,” 

“In that respect it becomes more difficult. They’ve got to be better than what we’ve got. Bringing in a centre-forward is not always the answer but if there’s someone available on loan, that looks like the market we’re trying to use.”

Hull City: McGregor; Odubajo, Maguire, Davies, Robertson, Elmohamady, Livermore (Hayden 75′), Meyler, Clucas, Diamé (Aluko 82′), Hernandez (Huddlestone 68).

Cardiff City: Marshall; Peltier, Manga, Connolly, Malone, Noone, Gunnarsson, Ralls, Pilkington; Watt (Macheda 82′) Mason (Ameobi 61′).

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9th January 2016 KC Stadium – The Tigers progressed to the 4th round of the FA Cup via a sound home win over Brighton.

Robert Snodgrass slotted in a penalty in the 41′ following a foul on Harry Maguire by the Seagulls Lewis Dunk.

Stats cannot tell everything about a game but this time they come near. City managed 18 shots to Brighton’s two. OK only 7 were on target but the visitors had none on target. Although they managed to hit the crossbar in the dying minutes of the game.

As expected both teams rested players and it was the usual turn for Jakupovic to get between the sticks and Taylor, Huddlestone, Hayden, Diomande and Aluko all got starts. Plus Luer had to replace the injured Diomande after 51′.

Brighton have not won in the last 7 games and seem to be struggling.

Post match Steve Bruce said

“We’ve seen Snoddy produce a performance to show us what we’ve missed. A big pat on the back to him and I have to say to my medical staff. It’s been one of these complicated injuries. He has been terrific.”

“I’ve said repeatedly one of the reasons why we are not in the big league is the loss of our big players.”

Hull City: Eldin Jakupovic, Moses Odubajo, Ryan Taylor, Curtis Davies, Tom Huddlestone, Robert Snodgrass, Harry Maguire, Isaac Hayden, Sone Aluko (Sam Clucas 85), Adama Diomande (Greg Luer 51), Andrew Robertson. Bench Unused: Allan McGregor, David Meyler, Abel Hernandez, Mohamed Diamé, Ahmed Elmohamady.
Brighton: Niki Maenpaa, Lewis Dunk, Andrew Crofts, Inigo Calderon (Kazenga Lualua 63), Connor Goldson, Elvis Manu (Tomer Hemed 76), Danny Holla (Sam Baldock 57), Rohan Ince, Adam Chicksen, Richie Towell, Liam Ridgewell. Bench Unused: Casper Ankergren, James Murphy, Bobby Zamora, Robert Hunt.

 

 

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1st January 2016 Loftus Road: An away win at last.

Goals from Hernandez 61′ and Diomande 90′ saw the Tigers home in the last minute, much to the dismay of the home supporters.

Mo Diamé made the first goal for Hernandez after a powerful midfield run and wonderful pass to the Tigers front man who just needed to slot the ball home from 11 yards out.

The second City goal was a disaster for the home side, which saw keeper Rob Green tangling with one of his own defenders following a Clucas cross. This resulted with the ball bouncing off Diomande and into the net.

Steve Bruce said….

“They’ve got an equalising goal and we’ve gone straight up the other end and scored. I don’t know much about how it went in but it was a great ball from Sam Clucas.

“It wasn’t a classic, but at least we’ve seen a bit of resilience and we rolled our sleeves up. There’s been a few things said the last three games. We let ourselves down.”

Hull City: Allan McGregor, Moses Odubajo, Curtis Davies, David Meyler, Abel Hernandez (Tom Huddlestone 81), Sam Clucas, Harry Maguire, Jake Livermore, Mohamed Diamé (Adama Diomande 86), Andrew Robertson, Ahmed Elmohamady (Robert Snodgrass 65).
Bench Unused: Eldin Jakupovic, Ryan Taylor, Shaun Maloney, Sone Aluko.
QPR: Robert Green, Nedum Onuoha, Clint Hill, Gabriele Angella, Paul Konchesky, Matt Phillips, Karl Henry (Leroy Fer 71), Alejandro Faurlin, Junior Hoilett (Jamie Mackie 78), Tjaronn Chery (Masimo Luongo 86), Sebastian Polter. Bench Unused: Alex Smithies, Massimo Luongo, Samba Diakite, Michael Petrasso, Sandro.

 

 

 

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