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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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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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Sunday 27th October 2013 White Hart Lane – 

Steve Bruce and his patched up squad decimated by injuries went on to the pitch with bucket loads of self belief and very nearly came away with something on Sunday afternoon. Five changes caused by injuries and another by ineligibility meant a radical overhaul of tactics and shape. Missing where Graham, McGregor, Faye, Aluko, Chester and Livermore (ineligible), and a surprise was that barely recovered Koren and Brady made it to the bench. In fact Bruce eventually risked Brady for the last six minutes.

The 5 man back line and strong midfield was a tactic that paid off well in both halves as Spurs couldn’t really get in our box very often and had to rely on some longe range shooting,

The team spirit Bruce has built was visible throughout the game and a full of spirit all action approach to defending, support and attack (when possible) has not changed one jot with the radical line-up innovation. It is obviously instilled in the whole club and all the players who wore the shirt today carried they out their mission to the letter.

Such a pity that 80 minutes of stubborn defence was turned upside down by such a poor refereeing decision. Referee Michael Oliver should hang his head in shame, he has done a disservice to the game today with his weak-kneed decision. Don’t give me any letter of the law baloney, only the demented can support the idiotic decision he made. It is time for a change, it seems you are allowed to wrestle players to the ground continuously in the penalty area with little risk of a penalty, but if your arm ever gets in the way of the ball fired at you from 6 feet away or less it’s nearly always a penalty. We want players to shoot at the goal, not at defenders don’t we? Players try anything when all else fails and here was a good example of a strong appeal by home players and a (suddenly) come to life crowd pressuring a weak referee who had a poor view of the incident (he could only see Elmo’s back). So the visiting team gets nothing, and football and officials are laughed at or criticised in the media.

Steve Bruce always owns up when his team doesn’t deserve anything, but he was fuming in this instance….here’s a bit of his response “It’s an absolute joke decision, it hits his leg for a start, and then goes up and hits his arm. How can you give a penalty in that situation?

You look forward to coming back to the Premier League. We’ve had all these meetings and they’re getting assessed, but they give decisions like that.”

It just baffles me. You have to ask if we would have got it? The disappointment I’ve got is I’ve got lads desperate to play in the Premier League and they’re now questioning themselves.”

“They all tried manfully to get something here and, in my opinion, they should have done.”

“There’s players who haven’t played for weeks and they put in a great performance.”

He is going to go and see it, and know it is a soft one. He has robbed the players of a well-earned point.”

He’s messed it up. If my player made a decision like that I wouldn’t be playing him next week. If I kept making decisions like that I would get the sack.”

The referee thought about it long and hard. Is it the letter-of-the-law, nonsense?”

Surely a little bit of common sense says that’s not a penalty in my book.”

That’s got the whinge out the way.

Clip of penalty offence http://www.caughtoffside.com/2013/10/27/video-tottenham-1-0-hull-city-premier-league-highlights/

City allowed Spurs the ball but closed them down in the final third and looked to get upfield if it seemed sensible. The midfield of Huddlestone and Meyler worked well and everyone tackled and harassed the ball carrier. Spurs had all the possession but City dictated the way the game was played and AVB’s men could do very little about it. Inevitably we had chances as well, Boyd and Sagbo both troubled the keeper, while Huddlestone was not far off with his free kick late on. There are a lot of experienced level heads in this squad, and this game shows we are going to need all of them.

On another day we could have clinched a point even with the silly penalty award. No chance of us getting a penalty of course, that was never going to happen, though we had a couple of shouts.

Don’t like to pick anyone out from such an all round team effort but those who stood out most for the Tigers where Harper, Davies, Figueroa, Huddlestone and Sagbo. Meyler was tireless as where most of a very spirited starting 11.

Although we only had 34% of the possession Spurs still managed to commit more fouls than us, and we managed 4 shots on target to their 6 and the same for corners.

We have to go back to White Hart Lane on Wednesday for the League Cup game and it’s going to be interesting to see what team sheet Steve Bruce can come up with and whether any player attitudes have changed. Maybe we will get the rub of the green this time! And maybe the home crowd will react to the criticism AVB spat at them after the game. Does he ever learn?

City are 10th still on 11 points after 9 games.

Hull City (5-4-1): Harper, Rosenior, (McLean 84), Bruce, Davies, McShane, Figueroa, Elmohamady, Huddlestone, Meyler, Boyd (Brady 84) Sagbo (Proschwitz 87). Booked: Rosenior, Boyd, Meyler.

Tottenham (4-5-1): Lloris, Walker, Chiriches, Dawson, Vertonghen, Paulinho, Sandro (Dembele 46), Townsend, Holtby, (Eriksen 60), Lennon 5 (Defoe 70), Soldado. Booked: Sandro, Chiriches, Eriksen. Goal: by £26m man Soldado with an 80minute penalty.

Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

Attendance 36,080

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5th October 2013 Saturday at the KC – Best thing to say about this was that we got and deserved a point. After all it was our second clean sheet in a row (something City haven’t achieved before in the Premier League) so we must be doing something right. Also….

Three key players were missing (might have made a difference) and as far as I know no more injuries. City are in 8th place tonight on 11 points. City have not let in a goal in the Premier League in 3.75 hours of play

Thanks to 2500 villains it was a full house.

Curtis Davies is confirming he is a better than good player, he had a great game today and surely is the blood and thunder captain we have longed for. And I cannot believe there is another other player in this league who deliver a bigger contribution to their team in all round defensive play.

And another excellent display from that workaholic  attacking threat Sone Aluko.

Now for the bad bits.

1. Only one shot on target.

2. A poor 45% possession in a home game (though getting to be a familiar story)

3. Danny Graham still hasn’t scored (with the best chance he had a defender seemed to take the ball off his toe!)

4. Some players seemed to under perform a bit.

5. Two more yellow cards for defenders.

6. A rubbish game from man in the middle Mark Clattenburg, he goes down in my estimation every time I see him perform.

Not a great game by any means then, but we got a point against a close PL rival and with three influential players still missing, Brady, Chester, Koren.

Agbonlahor‘s miss eight minutes into the second half  was the glaring one of the game, he must have relived that moment before he finally got to sleep tonight.

Steve Bruce must feel that as we go into an International break he can take a breath and get prepared for the next battle. It’s away to Everton we never do well there and they are in good form.

The Managers shared these thoughts with us, post match:

Hull City manager Steve Bruce:

“There was a real lack of clear-cut chances and, for me, it had 0-0 written all over it from the first 10 minutes.

“We’ve won a couple at home now and drawn a couple so we’ll take the point and move on.”

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert:

“We had no doubts from the start that this was going to be tough and a point away from home anywhere in this league is something very valuable.

Hull City: McGregor; Rosenior, Faye, Davies, Figueroa; Elmohamady (Meyler 84), Livermore, Huddlestone, Quinn (Boyd 68); Aluko, Graham. Substitutes not used: Harper, Bruce, McShane, Proschwitz.

Aston Villa: Guzan; Bacuna, Vlaar, Clark, Luna; El Ahmadi, Westwood (Tonev 74); Delph; Weimann, Kozak, Agbonlahor (Bowery 74). Substitutes not used: Steer, Baker, Bennett, Herd, Sylla.

Referee M Clattenburg (Co.Durham).

Attendance: 24,396 (2,530 Villa supporters).

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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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26th September 2013 Thursday – Steve Bruce has confirmed that James Chester will be sidelined for up to eight weeks with a hamstring injury.

He left the pitch late on in the win at Newcastle last Saturday.

Bruce said “The injury is what we feared.” and “We feared it would be six to eight weeks just by looking at him at the time because when you do your hamstring you can hardly put one foot in front of the other and you feel very, very sore. That is how James was in the changing room afterwards.”

For the visit of West Ham this coming Saturday Bruce will need to choose between Abdoulaye Faye and Alex Bruce as a centre half replacement with Paul McShane only just back in training and not being fully fit.

Robert Koren (fracture to his foot) is the only other squad injury. Honduran International Maynor Figueroa will be available again after being given leave of absence last week for personal reasons.

a james chester

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14th September Saturday – It was all square at the KC again between these two top teams from last years Championship campaign.

The Tigers started brightly and the passing game worked well, and for periods it looked like Cardiff where hanging on.

Tom Huddlestone delivered a great ball into the box and Curtis Davies out paced the visitors defence to give their goal keeper no chance on 40 minutes. Lovely goal, a blink and you missed it.

Danny Graham missed a couple of chances in this game that on another day I am sure he would take. Everything about his seems ok, and you cannot criticise his energy and commitment. But
after Aluko had done some good work and made the keeper parry the shot the ball came quick
to Graham on his left side and all he could do was ping it off target.

Cardiff equalised on 59 minutes and I think it was Elmohamady who stopped running when the attackers didn’t, and in a similar way to the goal by Man City, he just stood and watched as Whittingham scored for Cardiff after good play by the winger Don Cowie.

Graham’s next chance came late on in the 93rd minute, this time a header from a good cross with just the keeper to beat, “just head it down please”….but no goal.

Sagbo is available at Newcastle on Saturday and it would be no surprise if got a starting chance. Graham will come good but as with most strikers he needs to see the ball going into the net now to bring his touch back.

For me a draw was the honest result although I thought City just shaded it against Cardiff and there are still encouraging signs that Bruce is telling them to play good passing possession football.

Koren seems off the pace at the moment and we may see Quinn or Meyler given a chance. Brady strangely off colour.

Aluko looked a class act in all that he did, and the defence showed very few lapses.

Newcastle next then, a tough one because they are in a good vein of form at the moment and boast danger to defences in a few places, but I feel City are up for it at the moment and should get something out of the game.

Frazier Campbell seemed to spend the whole afternoon either wingeing or fouling people.

Hull City: McGregor, Figueroa, Chester, Davies, Elmohamady, Huddlestone, Koren, Livermore, Brady (Quinn 67), Aluko, Graham

Subs not used:Bruce, Meyler, Jakupovic, Boyd, Rosenior, McShane

Cardiff City: Lewis; Taylor, Caulker, Turner, Whittingham, Campbell (Gestede 65), Kim (Maynard 45), Gunnarsson, Cowie (Mutch 90),Theophile-Catharine

Subs not used: Noone, Hudson, Odemwingie, Moore

Referee Mr Robert Madley Attendance: 21,949

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