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David Moyes pleased to see Rickie Lambert thriving at Southampton

It's great to see likes of Lambert reach the top level, says Moyes

By
Eleanor Crooks, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

08:40 GMT, 21 January 2013

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UPDATED:

09:43 GMT, 21 January 2013

David Moyes hopes Rickie Lambert does not score his 11th goal of the season when Everton visit Southampton tonight but the Toffees boss is encouraged to see the striker doing so well.

Lambert has spent most of his career in the lower leagues with the likes of Macclesfield, Stockport, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers but has had no trouble adjusting to the top level.

The 30-year-old's 10 goals make him the joint leading English goalscorer in the Barclays Premier League along with Tottenham's Jermain Defoe, leading to talk of a possible England call-up.

Progress: Rickie Lambert has worked his way through the divisions

Progress: Rickie Lambert has worked his way through the divisions

Moyes said: 'Like a lot of the Southampton players who have moved up through the leagues, he's done very well.

'Some of them have gone the distance with them, some of them have joined in as they've gone along but I think they've tended to keep the soul of the club.

'Rickie Lambert's been a great goalscorer through his career and he continues to do so.'

Players working their way up to the top flight through the leagues have become increasingly rare, but Lambert is not the only one.

Norwich's Grant Holt and Adam Le Fondre of Reading have both made their mark at Premier League level, and Moyes hopes there will be others following in their footsteps.

He said: 'I think it's something we have to try to embrace because if not we're going to be going abroad trying to buy all the players, or maybe clubs such as Everton and Southampton have got them all in their academy systems now.

'I'm now quite sure that's true and I do think it would be great if we were still able to bring in players from the lower leagues.

'We went and got Tim Cahill, Andy Johnson and Joleon Lescott and I think people got the message that we're trying to pick up players from lower down if we can.'

Building blocks: David Moyes appreciates the hard work it takes for players to make it in the Premier League

Building blocks: David Moyes appreciates the hard work it takes for players to make it in the Premier League

Tonight's match will be the first for new Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino, who replaced Nigel Adkins on Friday following his surprise sacking.

Adkins was hugely popular and the decision will have shocked fans and players alike, but Moyes does not think it will make his side's task easier.

The Scot said: 'It's a really difficult one to judge because I actually think Southampton have been playing quite well. I'm not quite sure what effect it will have on the players but when you get a new manager you get on with it.

'I don't think players mope around too long about the manager, and I mean that with real respect for Nigel, but I think players just get on with their job. I would expect them to do that and it will be difficult.

'I don't know what the atmosphere will be like, I would have expected the supporters to have probably been in Nigel's camp because of the work he'd done there.'

Unknown quantity: Leighton Baines and Co will be the first team to play Mauricio Pochettino's Southampton

Unknown quantity: Leighton Baines and Co will be the first team to play Mauricio Pochettino's Southampton

Ryan Shawcross agrees new Stoke deal

Shawcross resists lure of Manchester City as Stoke captain agrees new contract

By
Eleanor Crooks, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

14:57 GMT, 3 January 2013

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UPDATED:

18:07 GMT, 3 January 2013

Ryan Shawcross has committed his future to Stoke by agreeing a new five-and-a-half-year contract.

Manager Tony Pulis was desperate to tie his captain to a new deal with Manchester City known admirers of the 25-year-old.

Pulis said: 'It's fantastic for us as a football club. We're really, really pleased to have him.

Deal me in: Ryan Shawcross (left) has agreed a new contract to stay at Stoke

Deal me in: Ryan Shawcross (left) has agreed a new contract to stay at Stoke

'He's been the bedrock of what we've been trying to do over the past five or six years and we're really pleased that he's finally agreed.'

The two parties have been in talks for a number of weeks, with Shawcross indicating he was ready to sign a long-term deal in November.

He joined Stoke from Manchester United, initially on loan, in 2007 and has gone from strength to strength, making his England debut against Sweden earlier this season.

Shawcross brought his family to the Potters' Clayton Wood training ground for the signing of the contract, and the defender's three-year-old son Freddie accompanied Pulis to the press conference.

The manager said: 'It's a long
contract, Ryan has to get it right, the football club has to get it
right and they've managed to come to an agreement, which is great news
for everybody.

'I think the
world of Ryan. I think he's a great lad. We've just seen little Freddie
in here. They're a great family and they're part of this football club.

'We've signed Asmir (Begovic), we've
signed Marc Wilson and now Ryan, Steven Nzonzi's on a long-term
contract, so that's four top young players.

'And
that's what we want to do – keep improving it, keep getting younger
players and players who will grow together at the football club.

'We're
not going to do what Manchester City have done, we're not going to do a
Chelsea, we have to build gradually and steadily, and that's what we've
done over the last five years.

Delighted: Stoke boss Tony Pulis was desperate to tie Shawcross down

Delighted: Stoke boss Tony Pulis was desperate to tie Shawcross down

'We'll do it our way, in our fashion. A lot of people don't like it but who cares.'

Shawcross revealed the influence of Pulis and the ambition shown by the club were the key reasons behind his decision to sign such a long-term deal.

'I wouldn't have signed the contract if I didn't think the club was moving forward,' he told the club's official website.

'Throughout the talks with the manager and (chief executive) Tony Scholes over the past few months, they were very positive about what the club is aiming to achieve in the future.

'Hopefully, we can build on what has been achieved over the past five years. From what I've heard from them, I am confident we can keep on improving.

'The manager is probably the main reason why I'm where I am today. I've been here for five years now and he's been great throughout that time.

'I came here because I felt the manager could get the best out of me, and I just want to continue what I've been doing so far – keep on improving.'

Garth Crooks tips James Morrison for England

Really, Garth BBC 'expert' Crooks tips Morrison for England… despite his 23 caps for Scotland

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10:01 GMT, 8 October 2012

Garth Crooks has become the latest BBC football 'expert' to be guilty of an extraordinary gaffe.

The former Tottenham and Stoke forward suggested that West Brom's James Morrison might force his way into England manager Roy Hodgson's thoughts.

But Morrison, as anyone calling themselves a pundit should know, has actually been playing for Scotland for four years, earning himself 23 caps.

Gaffe: Garth Crooks backed James Morrison for England

Gaffe: Garth Crooks backed James Morrison for England

After: The blunder was noticed by the BBC and the entry changed

After: The blunder was noticed by the BBC and the entry changed

Crooks made the blunder in his Team of the Week column on the BBC website.

Morrison was born south of the border and indeed, played for England's youth teams, but made his debut for his adopted country in 2008 against the Czech Republic.

Oops: James Morrison (left) has established himself in the Scotand squad

Oops: James Morrison (left) has established himself in the Scotand squad

Error: Garth Crooks made the mistake in his weekly column

Error: Garth Crooks made the mistake in his weekly column

Crooks can console himself however with the fact that he is not the first to show such incompetence.

Alan Hansen was mocked by fans earlier
this year after picking three teams from the same group among his tips
for the Euro 2012 semi-finals.

Len Cantello"s "All Blacks" testimonial told by those who played

All Blacks! How Cantello's controversial testimonial struck a blow for multiculturalism

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22:39 GMT, 22 August 2012

They came together for one game to honour a friend. Young men who were routinely abused because of the colour of their skin. A team of 1970s footballing pioneers who were hailed as The All Blacks!

It would surely be inconceivable now but no-one batted an eyelid 30-odd years ago when Len Cantello’s testimonial committee got their heads together and came up with a novel way of marking his decade of service to West Bromwich Albion.

The late 1970s was a pre-Kick It Out era that appeared to have no answer to the scourge of racism, with black players routinely suffering abuse that went shamefully unchecked.

It was in just such a climate that Cantello’s willing helpers decided there should be just one stipulation about those lining up against him for his testimonial game. They had to be black.

Len Cantello's All Blacks

Back row, left to right: Ian Benjamin (Sheffield United)*, Vernon Hodgson (West Bromwich Albion), Brendon Batson (Albion), Derek Richardson (QPR), Stewart Phillips (Hereford Utd)*, George Berry (Wolves), Bob Hazell (Wolves), Garth Crooks (Stoke City)* Front row: Winston White (Hereford Utd)*, Cyrille Regis (Albion), Laurie Cunningham (Albion), Remi Moses (Albion), Valmore Thomas (Hereford Utd) *Players who later joined Albion

Cyrille Regis, Laurie Cunningham and Brendon Batson were charged with bringing the idea to fruition, and the ‘All Blacks’, as they were referred to in the local paper’s match report the following day, duly stepped out to face an all-white Cantello XI at the Hawthorns on May 15, 1979.

It finished 3-2 to Cyrille’s team but the result that mattered most was how the concept was embraced by players of both sides and the people of Sandwell, 7,023 of whom paid to see it.

According to Batson, it was a triumph which, if anything, struck a blow for multiculturalism.

‘One or two people afterwards said it could have been divisive, but that was the only time anyone ever questioned it or expressed any misgivings,’ recalled Batson.

Boing boing Baggies: Len Cantello

Boing boing Baggies: Len Cantello

‘As it turned out, it was anything but divisive. It was just another game for us, as players, but I remember looking round before kick-off and seeing more black and Asian faces in the crowd than we would normally get for League games.

‘At that time, we didn’t see too many of the black and Asian community at our games, but the turnout that day was more multi-racial than normal. Maybe it was curiosity, but whatever attracted them along, that wasn’t the point of the game.

‘My understanding of it was there were a lot of testimonials for West Brom players at the time. We’d had one for John Osborne and there were others in the pipeline, for the likes of John Wile and Ally Robertson, so the organisers thought it would be good to come up with something a bit different. Rather than West Brom against Aston Villa or whatever, let’s make the opposition a Cyrille Regis XI made up of black players.

‘That was the idea, and none of us hesitated or felt uneasy about it for a second. We were used to England versus the rest in training. It was Ron Atkinson’s way of making five-a-side games more competitive, and this was just another version of that.

‘The issue wasn’t black versus white. Not in our minds, anyway. That wasn’t how we approached it. There was a great spirit among all the lads in that West Brom squad, and we all saw it as a fun way of giving Len the sort of day he deserved.

‘It was competitive. It couldn’t be any other way, seeing as Ron decided he would take charge of our team, rather than Len’s. He badly wanted to win every game he was involved in, and it was the usual Ron before kick-off. He always took it seriously, no matter what the circumstances were, and he just said, “I know how good you boys are. Go out there and show everyone else”.

‘We did, too. It was a really enjoyable game, played in a brilliant atmosphere.

'It was an unfortunate aspect of that era that you almost expected racist abuse when you played away. But it never crossed our minds that it might happen in this game. It was an all-West Brom occasion and we were at The Hawthorns, and the feeling around the place couldn’t have been more positive.

Mutual respect: Cantello is applauded on to the Hawthorns pitch by both sides for his testimonial

Mutual respect: Cantello is applauded on to the Hawthorns pitch by both sides for his testimonial

‘We were just a group of lads coming together to try to ensure a decent payday for a top bloke and thoroughly good professional, and that’s how everyone viewed it on and off the pitch.

‘It might raise a few eyebrows if someone suggested it now but I don’t see why it should. If it’s done with the best of intentions, as it was at the time, then why not’

Regis needs no reminding of the open hostility towards black players — his call-up to the England squad in 1982 was marked in sinister fashion.

‘Some idiot sent me a bullet through the post,’ said the former striker. ‘He seemed to think it might stop me playing for my country, which, needless to say, it didn’t. That was only a couple of years after Len’s testimonial, and it tells you what the mood was like at the time.

‘There weren’t many black players in the top flight, and racist abuse from crowds was 100 per cent a problem. There was no Kick It Out or Show Racism The Red Card, or anything like that, and we were getting it big time.

‘We were right in the middle of it, yet I never gave it a thought when someone from Len’s committee suggested I put together a team of black players for his testimonial. It was Len’s last appearance in a West Brom shirt, and this was seen as a way of attracting more people through the gate to see it.

Shake on it: Regis has a joke at Cantellos expense before the game

Shake on it: Regis has a joke at Cantellos expense before the game

‘There was nothing else behind it, and no-one I asked to play in my team queried it. It was a long time ago, and I can’t even remember how the game finished. I think we won. Was it 2-1’

Cantello’s memory is equally hazy. He insisted it was a 3-3 draw, though the records show a Bryan Robson 30-yard free-kick equalised Cunningham’s opener, and Ally Brown made it 2-1, before second-half goals from Garth Crooks and Stewart Phillips gave Regis’s team a 3-2 win.

‘What I do remember is there was plenty of banter flying around, all good natured,’ said Cantello. ‘It was an era when black players were just starting to come through, and we were fortunate to have three of the best in Cyrille, Laurie and Brendon. Colour wasn’t an issue, and no-one made a fuss about it, when the game was publicised.

‘It was competitive, but in a fun way. We all got on brilliantly, but there was some fighting talk in the build-up. I remember telling Cyrille how many we were going to beat him by, and he just gave me a look and said, “Just wait ’til you see the side I’m putting together, mate. You’ve got no chance”.

‘We were just footballers, don’t forget. It was football that brought us together in that West Brom side, nothing else.

‘It wasn’t our place to make political statements or gestures. We just respected each other as players and enjoyed each other’s company and, looking back, I couldn’t have wished for a better end to my West Brom career.’

Thanks to West Brom's Former Players Association and Albion historian Tony Matthews

John Terry NOT GUILTY: Footbal on trial claims Gordon Taylor

Football is on trial claims players' chief after Chelsea's Terry is cleared of racism charge

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UPDATED:

22:33 GMT, 13 July 2012

Football will pay a heavy price in the fallout from the John Terry trial after the Chelsea defender was found not guilty of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand on Friday.

PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor admitted ‘the searchlight’ is on football after the court case brutally exposed the vicious verbal exchanges which take place on the pitch.

Taylor called for black players to come forward if they feel a complaint of racism needs to be made in the future, adding: ‘I hope black players do not feel restrained in light of the verdict. Everyone must be vigilant. The players are role models whether they like it or not and they must behave accordingly.’

Free man: John Terry walks out of court after being cleared of the charges

Free man: John Terry walks out of court after being cleared of the charges

Free man: John Terry walks out of court after being cleared of the charges

The FA, who have been monitoring the criminal trial, will examine their own case this week with a view to charging the pair with misconduct after their infamous exchange.

Terry was stripped of the England captaincy after he was charged with calling Ferdinand a ‘f****** black c***’ in the 83rd minute of Chelsea’s defeat at Loftus Road last October.

Taylor added: ‘It has been an unedifying week for football and there is no doubt that the searchlight is on our national sport. We must reinforce the Respect campaign because the image of the game has been tarnished this week.’

Former Manchester United and Tottenham striker Garth Crooks claimed Terry will now be under examination from the Football Association, despite his criminal acquittal.

Crooks said: ‘He’s still under investigation by the FA based on what he’s admitted — saying those words. I’m afraid for John Terry this is only half-time. This is not over.’

 John Terry arrives at Westminster Magistrates' Court

 John Terry arrives at Westminster Magistrates' Court

Read the full ruling…

Click HERE for the 15-page document

Incredibly, the FA will determine whether Terry, who has twice been deposed as skipper of the national team, can now be considered for the captaincy once again.

The FA will meet next week and instruct a QC to examine the judgement of chief magistrate Howard Riddle before deciding whether to charge Terry and Ferdinand.

Terry walked away from court after Riddle’s exhaustive judgement declared: ‘Weighing all the evidence together . . . I accept it is possible that Mr Terry believed at the time, and believes now, that such an accusation (of racism) was made.

‘The prosecution evidence as to what was said by Mr Ferdinand is not so strong. Mr (Ashley) Cole gives corroborating (although far from compelling corroborating) evidence on this point.

‘In those circumstances, there being a doubt, the only verdict the court can record is one of not guilty.’

At the request of the Crown Prosection Service, the FA waited until the court came to a conclusion before continuing with their own enquiries.

Result: Chelsea fans celebrate Terry's not guilty verdict outside the courthouse

Result: Chelsea fans celebrate Terry's not guilty verdict outside the courthouse

Ferdinand and Terry’s witness testimonies in court were riddled with expletives and it is likely that the evidence will be used to charge them with misconduct.

The QPR defender admitted to using a fist-pumping action to rattle Terry over his alleged affair with Wayne Bridge’s ex-girlfriend and the Chelsea skipper responded by calling him, in context, a ‘f****** black c***, f******* k*******’.

A separate race charge could also follow for Terry, but it is unthinkable for the FA to pursue the England defender after a criminal court delivered a not-guilty verdict.

The game’s governing body released a short statement, saying: ‘The FA notes the decision in the John Terry case and will now seek to conclude its own enquiries.’

Terry walked free from court just after 2.30pm on Friday, but not before his QC George Carter-Stephenson put in an application for the public purse to foot the Chelsea skipper’s 1m-plus legal bill.

The astronomical bill has been mounting ever since Terry was initially accused of abusing Ferdinand

Spotlight: Anton Ferdinand was at Heathrow Airport on Friday for QPR's flight to the Far East

Spotlight: Anton Ferdinand was at Heathrow Airport on Friday for QPR's flight to the Far East

The financial aspects are for the court to consider but that was the furthest thing from Terry’s mind when he was acquitted after a lengthy judgement was read out by Riddle.

Ferdinand, as his PR agent Justin Rigby warned police in evidence read to the court, may now opt to take out a civil action. In court, it emerged that Rigby had told police that if Terry was not charged with a racially aggravated crime it could be turned into the wording of ‘a black man against a white man’.

There were some undignified celebrations in the public gallery from members of Terry’s family, who whooped with delight and punched the air just yards away from the Ferdinand family.

Anton’s brother Rio Ferdinand, who curiously tweeted that he had just been watching his favourite Jim Carrey film Liar Liar on the opening morning of the trial, did not post any reaction on Twitter last night.

Ferdinand’s parents sat in court all week and despite their obvious distress, they will be relieved that their son Anton has been formally exonerated by the court from inventing a racist allegation.

Riddle conceded that it was ‘brave’ for Ferdinand to agree to give evidence and went on to say that it is ‘inherently unlikely that he should accuse John Terry of calling him a f****** black c***, then shortly after the match completely deny that he had made such a comment.’

Big day: Terry and his team arrive at court by a scrum of photographers

Big day: Terry and his team arrive at court by a scrum of photographers

The Ferdinand family, who were so upset and shocked by the verdict that they spent nearly an hour in a private room at the court following Terry’s acquittal, refused to comment.

Kick It Out, the campaign to stop racism in football, were represented in court throughout the week and expressed regret that the evidence against Terry was insufficient.

Chairman Lord Ouseley said: ‘It seems there is a problem with some men who are highly paid playing football and being abusive in a way which is totally unacceptable and the authorities will come together no doubt in due course to try and eradicate this.

‘I think at the highest level of football it’s got to stop, because these are people who are highly paid role models, they influence their fans.’

Lord Ouseley also claimed that the verdict is likely to deter black players from making formal complaints about racial abuse.

He added: ‘There is clear evidence we know that players are reluctant to come forward and raise this issue.

‘There is a culture in the dressing room which has to be tackled, people are very fearful and do not come forward.’

Clash: Terry (right) and Anton Ferdinand exchanged words when Chelsea visited QPR

Clash: Terry (right) and Anton Ferdinand exchanged words when Chelsea visited QPR

The former Chelsea and Celtic defender Paul Elliott said: ‘Football is a wonderful way for people to express themselves, break down barriers, challenge a lot of areas around all forms of discrimination and prejudices.

‘It’s about learning the lessons and ensuring that this type of situation doesn’t come into a court again.

‘I was a player that was engaged in the ugliness of the late Seventies and early Eighties and it’s regrettable that in the 21st century we’re here actually discussing these issues.’

Terry went to a central London hotel to celebrate with his legal team after the verdict and he will go on holiday with his family this weekend.

The former England captain has been given extended time off by his club and will join the Chelsea squad on their pre-season tour of America next weekend.

Hull 28 Huddersfield 24: Kirk Yeaman strikes with try double

Hull 28 Huddersfield 24: Yeaman ends hosts' barren run with late try double to seal thriller

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16:37 GMT, 1 July 2012

England centre Kirk Yeaman struck with two tries in the last 10 minutes to help Hull to their first Stobart Super League win in five matches in an error-strewn thriller at the KC Stadium.

Hooker Aaron Heremaia was also among the tryscorers on his home debut as the lead changed hands six times before Yeaman finally settled matters with the game's ninth try two minutes from the end.

The win lifts Hull level with fifth-placed Huddersfield, who remain in freefall with just one win in their last six league matches.

Touching down: Kirk Yeaman scored two tries in the last 10 minutes of the game to end Hull's barren run of form

Touching down: Kirk Yeaman scored two tries in the last 10 minutes of the game to end Hull's barren run of form

The game only really came to life in the last 15 minutes as both sides struggled to find cohesion.

Hull opened the scoring in the third minute when Richard Horne, switched to the full-back role he is expected to occupy next season, brushed off the attempted challenge of Luke George to get winger Ben Crooks over for his fourth try in seven Super League appearances.

Huddersfield hooker Scott Moore then went close after a bulldozing run from England prop Eorl Crabtree and they drew level midway through the first half when a run from exciting full-back Greg Eden created the space for centre Leroy Cudjoe to jink his way over.

Former Hull scrum-half Danny Brough kicked the conversion to put the visitors in front but it was always a tenuous lead.

Running man: Hull's Peter Seymour is tackled by Tommy Lee and Leroy Cudjoe

Running man: Hull's Peter Seymour is tackled by Tommy Lee and Leroy Cudjoe

Hull produced a delightfully crisp passing move to retake the lead on 32 minutes, with England winger Tom Briscoe finishing off at the corner and Danny Tickle adding the difficult conversion.

The Giants might have settled for a 10-6 deficit at half-time but they seized on a dropped ball on halfway as the hooter was about to sound and Brough was put through a gap by Moore, who got the supporting David Faiumu over for a second try.

Brough's second goal edged the visitors in front and they extended their lead early in the second half thanks to a breakaway try.

Huddersfield captain Kevin Brown pounced on a kick by Hull scrum-half Brett Seymour to set up an audacious counter-attack.

Looking ahead: Hull's Sam Moa battles to break through past Greg Eden (L) and Luke O'Donnell (R)

Looking ahead: Hull's Sam Moa battles to break through past Greg Eden (L) and Luke O'Donnell (R)

Briscoe looked to have snuffed out the danger with a tackle on George but the Giants moved the ball out at the next play-the-ball and Cudjoe worked Aaron Murphy over at the corner.

Brough's third goal made it 18-10 but Heremaia brought his side back into the game on 66 minutes when he dummied his way over from 30 metres out, and Hull went back in front four minutes later when Yeaman pounced on a careless offload by Huddersfield's England prop Eorl Crabtree to score his first try.

In a frantic finish, Crabtree quickly made amends by supporting a break by Faiumu to score his ninth try of the season and Brough kicked his fourth goal.

But Huddersfield conceded possession by allowing the re-start to go into touch and Yeaman punished them with his second try, with Tickle kicking a fourth goal.

Hull 16 Huddersfield 42: Super League leaders mount second-half fightback

Hull 16 Huddersfield 42: Super League leaders mount second-half fightback

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16:45 GMT, 15 April 2012

Huddersfield came from 14-0 down to sweep aside injury-hit Hull with a dominant second-half display and book their place in the fifth round of the Carnegie Challenge Cup.

The Giants' exciting outside backs did the damage, scoring six of their eight tries, the pick of them an 80-metre individual effort from Leroy Cudjoe that put them in front for the first time on 54 minutes.

There was a touch of deja vu for Hull, who seven days earlier had led after an hour of the Super League match between the two teams at the Galpharm Stadium before conceding three late tries to go down 22-4.

Giants comeback: Luke George goes over for Huddersfield's first try

Giants comeback: Luke George goes over for Huddersfield's first try

Huddersfield's greater strength in depth was once more a crucial factor as they ran in seven tries in a one-sided second half at the KC Stadium.

Hull were forced to give a debut to three-quarter Ben Crooks, the 18-year-old son of former Hull and Great Britain forward Lee Crooks, in the absence of nine first teamers and had a third-choice full-back in Reece Lyne.

Tongan prop Sam Moa showed some nice touches on his return from compassionate leave while England winger Tom Briscoe came up with a couple of early runs to demonstrate Hull's danger.

It was Briscoe who opened the scoring 10 minutes into the game, finishing off a neat crossfield move to touch down at the corner.

Huddersfield defended stoutly in the middle but were exposed on the flanks a second time on 23 minutes when centre Jordan Turner once more got Briscoe racing over at the corner.

Danny Tickle kicked both difficult conversions and extended his side's lead to 14-0 with a penalty before Huddersfield pulled a try back a minute before the interval.

A handling error by scrum-half Brett Seymour put the visitors into a perfect attacking position and winger Luke George took Kevin Brown's long pass to cross for his 11th try of the season.

Danny Brough's touchline conversion cut the gap to eight points and it was down to four within two minutes of the re-start when George raced over for his second of the match.

Tickle kicked a second penalty from a brief foray into the Huddersfield 20-metre area and Briscoe went within inches of completing his hat-trick but the momentum was firmly with the Giants in the second half.

Exciting full-back Greg Eden was put through a gap by Brough and had the pace to see off the cover as he crossed at the corner and Huddersfield eventually went in front thanks to Cudjoe's spectacular long-range solo effort.

With the visitors' confidence on the rise, skipper Kevin Brown then carved out an opening for centre Joe Wardle to go 60 metres for a score and Cudjoe added his second on the hour.

As Hull chanced their arm with the game slipping away from them, Huddersfield punished them further with hooker Luke Robinson and second rower Jason Chan adding tries and Brough taking his goal tally to five.

Michel Platini slams Poland and Ukraine over Euro 2012 preparations

Platini starts pitch battle with Poland and slams Ukrainian 'bandits and crooks'

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UPDATED:

16:19 GMT, 12 April 2012

UEFA chief Michel Platini has launched a double attack on Euro 2012 hosts Poland and Ukraine.

Platini reckons the four stadiums in Poland need new pitches before the competition starts on June 8.

Out to grass: Michel Platini (right) had plenty to say at Warsaw's National Stadium

Out to grass: Michel Platini (right) had plenty to say at Warsaw's National Stadium

Not long now: Poland's sports minister Joanna Mucha and UEFA chief Platini were at a press conference to discuss preparations for Euro 2012

Not long now: Poland's sports minister Joanna Mucha and UEFA chief Platini were at a press conference to discuss preparations for Euro 2012

Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw and Poznan
will stage matches and although Platini did not say what the problem was
with the pitches, UEFA have 'demanded that all four surfaces are
changed.'

Platini has also hit out at Ukrainian 'bandits and crooks' for charging more than 10 times the normal rates for hotel rooms and cancelling bookings that were made months ago.

Take off: Platini and Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovych open the airport in Lviv

Take off: Platini and Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovych open the airport in Lviv

Plane talking: Platini did not hold back

Plane talking: Platini did not hold back

The Frenchman, who visited the National Stadium in Warsaw and was at a ceremony to open a new airport in Ukrainian host city Lviv on Thursday, slammed hotel owners for raising prices from 35 per night to as much as 400 and urged authorities to intervene.

England face France in Donetsk on Monday, June 11 before taking on Sweden in Kiev on Friday 15.

The Three Lions return to Donetsk to play Ukraine in their final group game on Tuesday 19.