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Blackpool v Hull – match report

Blackpool 0 Hull 0: All square at Bloomfield Road with keepers on form


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Goalkeepers Matt Gilks and Eldin Jakupovic earned their respective sides a share of the points with crucial second-half saves in a game of few chances at Bloomfield Road.

Blackpool's Gilks pulled off a flying save to keep out Hull midfielder David Meyler's goalbound shot in the 60th minute, while opposite number Jakupovic was at full stretch himself to turn away a vicious 25-yard effort from the home side's coveted Thomas Ince in the 85th minute.

Thomas Ince shoots

Spurned: Both teams had good chance to win but were denied at either end

Jakupovic, a Bosnian-born Switzerland international, then made another fine save in the second minute of time added on to keep out Seasiders' substitute Nathan Delfouneso's shot and ensure Hull stretched their unbeaten league run to eight matches.


Blackpool: Gilks,Eardley, Broadfoot, Baptiste, Crainey, Osbourne, Sylvestre, Basham, Ince, Taylor-Fletcher (Dicko 80),Thomas (Delfouneso 66).

Subs: Halstead, Kevin Phillips, Cathcart, Martinez,Harris.

Booked: Taylor-Fletcher.

Hull: Jakupovic, Chester, Faye, Hobbs, Rosenior, Meyler, Evans (Bruce 83), Quinn, Brady, Koren (Simpson 46), Aluko (Proschwitz 46).

Subs: Amos, Cairney, McShane, Olofinjana.

Att: 13,691

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire).

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Hull, who had won six of their previous seven npower Championship matches, remain second in the table, while Blackpool, for all their late pressure, have now won only one of their last six league matches.

Midfield pair Ludovic Sylvestre and Isaiah Osbourne, plus defender Neal Eardley returned to Blackpool's starting line-up, while Liam Rosenior stepped in at right-back for Hull in place of the injured Ahmed Elmohamady.

Neither side could fashion a chance worthy of note in the first 20 minutes save for Hull's on-loan Sunderland midfielder Meyler, who dragged an angled shot from the left side of the penalty area off target.

The visitors threatened again in the 22nd minute when striker Sone Aluko flashed a 25-yard shot wide and it was not until the 29th minute that Blackpool's coveted winger Ince fired his side's first shot on goal straight at Jakupovic.

The Seasiders enjoyed their best spell from the half-hour mark, with striker Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Ince both prominent, but failed to test Jakupovic again before the half-time whistle.

Steve Bruce

Stalemate: Steve Bruce's side remain in second place after today's draw

Hull manager Steve Bruce replaced Aluko and midfielder Robert Koren for strikers Nick Proschwitz and Jay Simpson at the interval and the latter was straight into the action when his header from Rosenior's cross forced Gilks into a smart save 90 seconds after the restart.

Gilks then held Hull midfielder Robbie Brady's 20-yard free-kick as the visitors went in search of the breakthrough.

Meyler, who has scored three goals in his last four appearances for the Tigers, went closest to the game's opening goal with a superb strike in the 60th minute that prompted a spectacular save from Gilks, whose outstretched arm turned the goalbound shot away for a corner.

Blackpool were dealt a blow soon after when striker Wes Thomas was forced off injured and replaced by Delfouneso before Sylvestre had a rare shot on goal for the home side, firing an angled drive just wide.

The game was finely balanced heading into the final quarter when Blackpool defender Chris Basham fired a 25-yard effort over the crossbar, while at the other end Hull midfielder Corry Evans spurned a gilt-edged chance when he failed to keep his shot from inside the area on target.

Jakupovic flung himself at Ince's 25-yard shot in the closing stages to push the ball away to safety before Delfouneso blazed over the crossbar from inside the area in stoppage time.

Hull 2 Leeds 0 – match report

Hull 2 Leeds 0: Quickfire double from Evans and Meyler sends Warnock's Whites packing


14:27 GMT, 29 December 2012



14:40 GMT, 29 December 2012

Premier League hopefuls Hull overcame their problems in front of goal to see off a woeful Leeds side at the KC Stadium.

Steve Bruce's men are in the thick of the promotion race and cemented themselves in second place heading in to 2013 with this win, eventually brought about by goals from Corry Evans and David Meyler.

Prior to Evans' 52nd-minute opener it had looked as though the one thing to have blighted Hull this season – a dismal lack of goals – would haunt them again, but once the seal was broken they did not look back.

Job done: David Meyler scored Hull's second to put the game beyond doubt

Job done: David Meyler scored Hull's second to put the game beyond doubt


Hull City: Jakupovic, Chester, Hobbs, Evans, Koren (Proschwitz 76), Faye, Aluko (Simpson 89), Elmohamady (Rosenior 82), Quinn, Meyler, Brady

Subs not used: Amos, McShane, Cairney, Olofinjana

Goals: Evans 52, Meyler 55

Booked: Brady

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Hard fought: Sone Aluko tries to hold off Leeds United's Jason Pearce

With no possession to speak of, Leeds
reverted to unsavoury methods of staying in the game, with Aidy White
and McCormack booked for late challenges and Michael Brown shown a
yellow card for refusing to step off the field while he received

The pattern of the match continued
into the second half, Aluko drilling just wide after cutting in, with
Paddy Kenny then doing well to get down and deny Meyler after Brown's
error had set Hull free.

Aluko then turned Pearce inside out
and flashed a cross-cum-shot across goal which Koren should have turned
in, but the latter was more effective with 52 minutes gone as he laid on
Evans' goal.

His neat reverse pass put the Northern
Ireland international in down the right-hand side of the box and,
without a moment of hesitation he rammed a low drive across Kenny and
into the bottom corner.

It was no more than Hull deserved, in
fact another couple of goals would have been justified, and one arrived
three minutes later as Meyler, due to return to Sunderland tomorrow,
rose to head in Robbie Brady's corner at the near post.

Only the theatrics of Kenny from Brady
and Koren's wasteful follow-up denied Hull a third, with other near
misses coming and going as both sides happily saw the game through to
its conclusion.

Hull 2 Huddersfield 0 match report

Hull 2 Huddersfield 0: Bruce keeps Tigers flying high with comfortable victory



00:23 GMT, 16 December 2012

Hull manager Steve Bruce is determined to get justice for his son Alex after his side’s win over Huddersfield ended in controversy.

The defender was sent off after the full-time whistle when he shoved Huddersfield striker Alan Lee in retaliation for an off-the-ball incident, and a melee ensued on the pitch and in the tunnel.

Bruce senior is determined the right person is punished, though, and took a DVD of the incident into the post-match press conference to show reporters footage of Lee aiming a forearm smash into the face of his son. ‘We are appealing his red, you can understand why,’

Party time: Hull celebrate taking the lead against Huddersfield

Party time: Hull celebrate taking the lead against Huddersfield

Match facts

Hull: Stockdale, Elmohamady, Chester, Hobbs, Bruce, Brady (Rosenior 81), Evans (Cairney 63), Meyler, Koren (Faye 90), Quinn, Simpson.

Subs Not Used: Jakupovic, Mclean, Olofinjana, Proschwitz.

Booked: Quinn, Meyler.

Goals: Koren 8,Meyler 90.

Huddersfield: Smithies,Hunt,Peter Clarke,Gerrard,Lynch,Clayton,
Norwood (Lee 70),Southern,Ward (Atkinson 60), Novak (Beckford 60),Vaughan.

Subs Not Used: Bennett, Woods, Hammill, Wallace.

Booked: Southern.

Att: 16,488

Ref: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire).

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Bruce said. ‘I knew there must have been something in it for him to react like that. I thought it was cowardly by Alan Lee.

‘I thought more of him, I have had a pint of Guinness with him, I have played his guitar and I thought more of him.

‘Cheat is the right word for him. I
don’t use that lightly but that’s the right word for him. He’s
15-and-a-half stone and he went down like that.

‘That has ruined the day. We had the best referee in the country in Howard Webb and I have spoken to him.

'He will report it and hopefully there
is some justice. Alex is wrong with his retaliation, but he only pushes
him in the chest. He’s my son, but he takes after his mother.’

Before the incident, Hull had cruised
to a third straight win thanks to Robert Koren’s eighth-minute goal and
an injury-time second from David Meyler, though the win could have been
more convincing.

Bruce added: ‘It was an excellent
performance and we were the better team by a million miles. Our only
achilles heel is the conversion of chances we create.’

Huddersfield boss Simon Grayson
admitted Lee deserves punishing if found to have done something wrong.
He said: ‘I didn’t see what Alan has done, but if he has done something
he will probably get punished.

‘I don’t know what will happen, but he
deserves punishing if he’s shown to have done something. It was a
stupid way to end the game from both sets of players.’

The defeat represents a sixth game in a
row without a win for Huddersfield and they rarely looked like scoring,
despite having plenty of possession.

Grayson added: ‘It is disappointing
because we did a lot of work on trying to match Hull and the way they
played, and inside eight minutes we were a goal down to something that
we had worked to prevent.

‘We tried to change formation and get
something out of the game, but i t was disappointing that we didn’t
create too many opportunities and when you look back Hull goalkeeper
David Stockdale has not had too much to do.

‘It will take hard work to get out of this run. We will just have to work hard on the training pitch.’

Jock Hobbs dies aged 52

All Blacks legend Hobbs dies after long battle with leukaemia



08:15 GMT, 14 March 2012

Former New Zealand captain Jock Hobbs has died at the age of 52.

Hobbs passed away in Wellington Hospital after losing his battle with leukaemia.

He is survived by his wife Nicky and four children. The family said in a statement: 'It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jock Hobbs this afternoon.

Mourning: Former New Zealand skipper Jock Hobbs (left) has died

Mourning: Former New Zealand skipper Jock Hobbs (left) has died

'Our family would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of support we have received over the last week and in particular, express our gratitude to all the staff at Wellington Hospital that were involved in Jock's care.'

Hobbs was chairman of the New Zealand Rugby Union board from 2002 and was also chief of the World Cup organising body but stepped down from both roles in 2010.

He was diagnosed with a chronic form of leukaemia in 2006 and needed six months of chemotherapy in 2010.

Hobbs was key to New Zealand's bid to host last year's tournament and travelled to Dublin in 2005 to the International Rugby Board HQ.

A flanker, Hobbs played 21 Tests, four as skipper, and former All Blacks coach Graham Henry said: 'Saluting a true hero of our game, Jock Hobbs helped lead New Zealand Rugby through some of our greatest times.'

A statement on the All Blacks website read: 'We've lost a very dear friend, a rugby great and an incredible New Zealander. All our thoughts are with Jock's family at this sad time.'

Blackpool 1 Hull 1: Blackpool 1 Hull 1: Seasiders" charge dented by poacher Fryatt

Blackpool 1 Hull 1: Seasiders' charge dented by poacher Fryatt

Thomas Ince provided the kind of finish his prospective team-mate Robbie Fowler would have been proud of — only for a bout of panic at the back to deprive his Blackpool side of victory.

Ian Holloway has talked excitedly about the lift Fowler has brought to the club since turning up unexpectedly on their doorstep looking for a short-term deal.

Body on line: Hull City's Liam Rosenior (left) blocks a shot by Blackpool's Kevin Phillips

Body on line: Hull City's Liam Rosenior (left) blocks a shot by Blackpool's Kevin Phillips


Blackpool: Gilks, Eardley, Baptiste, Wilson, Crainey, Ormerod (LuaLua 84),Southern, Ferguson, Ince, Kevin Phillips (Evatt 84), Bednar (Fleck 70).

Subs Not Used: Halstead, Dicko.

Goals: Ince 27.

Hull: Mannone, Rosenior, Chester, Hobbs, Dawson, Mclean (Cullen 75), Olofinjana (Evans 61), McKenna, Stewart (King 61), Koren, Fryatt.

Subs Not Used: Gulacsi,Dudgeon.

Booked: Rosenior,Evans.

Goals: Fryatt 90.

Attendance: 12,491

Referee: Eddie Ilderton

Ince, the son of Fowler’s former
Liverpool pal Paul, certainly looked inspired and stopped the clock on
Hull’s parsimonious run of defending at 611 minutes by scoring the first
goal against Nick Barmby’s men since January 2.

His crafted finish with the outside
of his right boot from Roman Bednar’s return pass came in the 27th
minute. But with third spot firmly in their grasp, Blackpool’s failings
in defence came back to haunt them once again at the death.

There were 90 seconds left on the
clock and the nerves were showing when they failed to clear a corner,
and when Paul McKenna returned the ball to the box, Matty Fryatt took up
a poacher’s position to prod home.

Holloway said: ‘I feel aggrieved we
didn’t get all the points. But the good news was Tom Ince is blossoming.
He is only 19. He is full of running and full of tricks and if he can
continue to put a finishing product on it, he is going to be sought
after. It was a wonderful strike.’

Sitting pretty: Blackpool's Thomas Ince (right) celebrates scoring their first goal

Sitting pretty: Blackpool's Thomas Ince (right) celebrates scoring their first goal

Barmby said: ‘We put ourselves under
pressure and Victor Mannone had to make two unbelievable saves to keep
us in it but we were the better side in the last 20 minutes. We got what
we deserved with Matty scoring.’

On the run: Blackpool's Thomas Ince and Hull City's Andy Dawson (right)

On the run: Blackpool's Thomas Ince and Hull City's Andy Dawson (right)

Hull 0 Brighton 0: Gus Poyet staying with Seagulls

Hull 0 Brighton 0: City pay price for profligacy as Seagulls bounce back from drubbing

Gus Poyet vowed to continue as Brighton boss after masterminding his team’s recovery from their FA Cup mauling to secure a dogged draw.

The Uruguayan, who was linked with vacancies at Wolves and Leeds, admitted he was flattered by the interest but remains committed to Brighton.

Poyet said: ‘It is not difficult for me. There was an approach to the club so I didn’t have any decision to make and I was not involved. I am happy with that.

Vital stop: Cameron Stewart sees his shot saved by Brighton keeper Peter Brezovan

Vital stop: Cameron Stewart sees his shot saved by Brighton keeper Peter Brezovan


Hull: Mannone, Rosenior, Chester, Hobbs, Dawson, Evans (Cairney 67), McKenna, Stewart, Koren, Brady (McLean 62), Fryatt. Subs not used: Gulacsi, Dudgeon, King.

Booked: Dawson, McKenna.

Brighton: Brezovan, Jara Reyes, Greer, El-Abd, Mattock, LuaLua (Buckley 66), Navarro, Bridcutt, Razak (Assulin 77), Barnes, Mackail-Smith. Subs not used: Ankergren, Calderon, Vokes.

Referee: Carl Berry.

Attendance: 17,769.

‘I am not going to lie. I want to
manage in the Premier League but there is no hurry and the easiest way
would be with Brighton, hopefully in the next two or three years.’

Poyet’s side had no luck as they went
down 6-1 at Liverpool on Sunday, but keeper Peter Brezovan’s goal led a
charmed life as Hull boss Nicky Barmby was denied the win his side
needed to move into the play-off places.

Cameron Stewart missed four excellent
chances. Midfielder Liam Bridcutt cleared one off the line, Stewart hit
another at Brezovan, then crashed a rising shot against the bar before
prodding another effort wide.

Mutual respect: Gus Poyet and Nicky Barmby shake hands before the game

Mutual respect: Gus Poyet and Nicky Barmby shake hands before the game

Hull keeper Vito Mannone kept a club
record sixth successive clean sheet, although the on-loan Arsenal keeper
looked less than convincing in denying Craig Mackail-Smith, Kazenga
LuaLua and Ashley Barnes.

Barmby said: ‘It was just one of those nights. We’ll win most games if we play like that.’

Hull 3 Bristol City 0: Tigers remain in play-off contention with comfortable win

Hull 3 Bristol City 0: Tigers remain in play-off contention with comfortable win

Jack Hobbs scored his first league goal in over three years as Hull climbed back into the top six of the npower Championship with a comfortable home win over Bristol City.

Hull skipper Hobbs, last on target while on loan at Leicester in January 2009, headed his side into a 13th-minute lead, Slovenia international Robert Koren added a second two minutes later and Matty Fryatt made sure of the points with his first goal in over two months on the hour mark.

Nick Barmby's side dropped out of the play-off places after their scheduled game at Portsmouth last week was postponed, but a third win in their last four league matches keeps them in the chasing pack.

High flying: Nick Barmby watched his Hull side see off Bristol City

High flying: Nick Barmby watched his Hull side see off Bristol City


Hull: Mannone, Rosenior, Chester, Hobbs, Dawson, McKenna, Evans (King 70), Brady (Mclean 82), Koren (Cairney 81), Stewart,

Subs Not Used: Carson, Dudgeon.

Booked: Chester.

Goals: Hobbs 13,Koren 15,Fryatt 60.

Bristol City: James, Skuse, Fontaine, Nyatanga, Foster,
Campbell-Ryce (Pitman 56), Elliott, Cisse (McGivern 22), Adomah,
Wood, Pearson.

Subs Not Used: Gerken, Stead, Woolford.

Booked: Fontaine.

Att: 17,435

Ref: Tony Bates (Staffordshire).

Bristol City are currently in freefall, their steady climb following the arrival of Derek McInnes in October apparently in reverse after four defeats in their last five.

Barmby made just one change, recalling Robbie Brady up front alongside Fryatt, while defender Lewin Nyatanga, winger Jamal Campbell-Ryce and midfielder Marvin Elliott returned for Bristol City.

Fryatt pulled a 25-yard shot off target in the 11th minute, but Hull took the lead in their next attack.

Koren crossed from the right and central defender Hobbs, who staggered in the penalty area at the moment of contact, managed to direct the ball goalwards with his head and it bobbled over visiting goalkeeper David James and the goalline.

The Tigers doubled their lead in more impressive fashion two minutes later.

Brady this time supplied a telling cross from the right and Koren was first to react, steering his header beyond James into the bottom corner from 12 yards.

Bristol City, who ended last week with nine men in the home defeat to Leeds, were dealt another blow in the 22nd minute when midfielder Kalifa Cisse was forced off through injury and replaced by Ryan McGivern.

But the visitors responded in style and almost pulled a goal back when Albert Adomah's angled drive hit the crossbar in the 26th minute.
Hull immediately stormed down the other end and Koren forced a fine save from James with a snapshot from inside the area as the game burst into life.

Koren forced James into another superb save after cutting in from the right and unleashing a shot from 25 yards, but there were no more goals before the break.

Eight-goal Fryatt, who has gone over two months without scoring, was denied by James at full stretch and the visitors' goalkeeper held Cameron Stewart's volley as Hull continued to dominate.

Hull were rewarded for incessant pressure with a third goal on the hour mark.

Koren again did all the damage down the right and his ball into the area was swept home by Fryatt, right-footed, into the bottom corner.

Bristol City striker Stephen Pearson forced Hull goalkeeper Vito Mannone into a sprawling save with a 25-yard shot in the 75th minute, but James kept out Hull again seven minutes later when substitute Josh King fired in a low shot.