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Burnley 0 Hull City 1 – match report

Burnley 0 Hull City 1: Quinn fires Tigers into second as Bruce ploy pays off

By
John Edwards

PUBLISHED:

22:17 GMT, 11 March 2013

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UPDATED:

01:55 GMT, 12 March 2013

Steve Bruce had good cause for a jubilant two-fisted salute after his double substitution helped lift Hull into second place in the Championship at Turf Moor on Monday night.

In a game where quality was as low as the sub-zero temperature, little had gone right for Hull prior to Bruce sending on Jay Simpson and Robert Koren in an attack-minded change in the 64th minute.

Just two minutes later, Simpson controlled a Koren pass with his back to goal and quickly relayed it to Stephen Quinn, whose unerring left-foot volley flew low past Lee Grant on its way into the net.

Flying high: Quinn celebrates the winning strike

Flying high: Quinn celebrates the winning strike

Upward force: Stephen Quinn hit a rocket against Burnley to send the Tigers into second place

Upward force: Stephen Quinn hit a rocket against Burnley to send the Tigers into second place

Championship table

It was enough to lift Hull above
Watford into second, and a relieved Bruce could afford to smile as he
said: ‘It was a great result that puts us in a great frame of mind for
the weekend, but I think Sky viewers might have been switching over to
the History Channel long before the end.

‘If you lot managed to scribble
anything worthwhile from that, then good luck to you. ‘It was never
going to be pretty on a horrible night, and it was a case of battling
for everything we got. I felt we had to try and win the match with the
substitutions, but I didn’t expect it to happen inside two minutes.

‘This is a crazy league, with nothing
much between top and bottom, but we have given ourselves a wonderful
chance of going up. We’ve got Watford at home in a couple of weeks and
we are really looking forward to the challenge.’

In a first half full of misplaced
passes, Burnley carved out the only semblance of a goal threat when Ross
Wallace went on a purposeful run and let fly with a 25-yard drive that
had keeper David Stockdale stretching to tip over.

Taking a tumble: Charlie Austin collides with Hull's Paul McShane at a snowy Turf Moor

Taking a tumble: Charlie Austin collides with Hull's Paul McShane at a snowy Turf Moor

There were few signs of improvement in
the second half, though Grant was finally extended in the 52nd minute
when George Boyd set up Gedo for an angled drive that was pushed round
the post by the diving Burnley keeper.

Bruce decided it was time for a change
and he can scarcely have made many better judgments as Hull manager as
his two substitutes combined to set up Quinn for the cleanest of
strikes.

Charlie Austin headed narrowly wide in
the last minute of added time to leave Burnley manager Sean Dyche
admitting: ‘It was nearly but not quite, and we are paying the price for
playing with fear.

‘Too many are not playing with the freedom and effervescence you need to affect games.

‘There is an expectation level, but I have told the players they have to deal with that.’

On the ball: Alex Bruce (left) gets a foot in against Burnley's Keith Treacy

On the ball: Alex Bruce (left) gets a foot in against Burnley's Keith Treacy

Gedo handed Grant a more thorough examination in the 53rd minute, drawing a sharp near-post stop after Boyd rode a couple of challenges in midfield to play him through.

In response Dyche sent on Vokes in place of Treacy and the Wales international striker almost made an immediate impact when he looped a glancing header from Charlie Austin's right-wing cross past the far post.

Steve Bruce went one better in the 64th minute with a double change, Koren and Jay Simpson replacing Bruce Jnr and Gedo, that paid instant dividends.

Dejected: Burnley manager Sean Dyche walks off after his side's defeat to Hull

Dejected: Burnley manager Sean Dyche walks off after his side's defeat to Hull

Koren drifted into space on the right and his cross found Simpson, whose calmly rolled pass teed-up Quinn to finish clinically.

Burnley failed to mount a sustained response, Vokes seeing a first-time effort deflected behind by Chester in the 75th minute, and when Austin hesitated in a promising attacking position by turning back and hitting a pass out of play the locals showed their displeasure.

The 26-goal striker has scored his side's only two goals in the past six games and might have levelled late on had he not misjudged a header from Vokes' centre.

Steve Bruce: All right-minded fans want rid of this abuse from the beautiful game

Steve Bruce: All right-minded fans want rid of this abuse from our beautiful game

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UPDATED:

00:41 GMT, 6 November 2012

As a player, I was called ‘Elephant man’ at Manchester City, ‘Fat head’ by Liverpool supporters and ‘Potato head,’ by West Brom fans.

At Sunderland, I was called a ‘Fat Geordie b*****d’ and told to get out of the club. I wouldn’t mind, but I was managing them at the time! So, I think it’s fair to say I’ve suffered a fair amount of flak during my time in the game.

While some of it hasn’t been nice, I never had to put up with the vile stuff that has been chanted at some of my colleagues, such as Arsene Wenger and Dave Jones. They have had to suffer quite sickening abuse and it’s about time we cleaned up our act.

Abuse: Steve Bruce says he has been the subject of chants from fans

Abuse: Steve Bruce says he has been the subject of chants from fans

We are tackling racism. It’s not been eradicated but we have made great strides since I started in the game in the late Seventies. I would like to see the same now with some of the horrible stuff which I think crosses the boundaries and can, in no way, be described as ‘banter.’

Everyone chuckles at a clever chant, but there’s nothing clever about the songs being sung at Arsene, or those that have been directed towards Dave, either.

Suffering: Bruce was called various names during his playing days

Suffering: Bruce was called various names during his playing days

It’s sick, really, that sort of chanting — and particularly disrespectful given what Arsene has given to the game here. There may be people out there who don’t like him but does he deserve that I’m sure every right-minded football fan would answer: ‘No.’

Having said all of that, I’m not sure how to stop it, particularly if it is a chant that thousands of people are caught up in.

No laughing matter: Bruce and Dave Jones share a joke but the Hull boss has sympathy for what he has to put up

No laughing matter: Bruce and Dave Jones share a joke but the Hull boss has sympathy for what he has to put up

I suppose you could just ask everyone to think how they would like it if they were subjected to that kind of abuse before they opened their mouths in the stand — to think about how they would feel if their dad, brother or son was the subject of those songs.

So, I would like to see the hateful chanting stopped but not at the expense of genuine ‘banter’ and gentle leg-pulling. If we could omit the other stuff, I’m sure the game would be better for it.

Kevin Pietersen to play for Delhi Daredevils in Champions League

Pietersen begins build-up to England return with Delhi in Champions League

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UPDATED:

13:45 GMT, 12 October 2012

Kevin Pietersen aims to show England what they have been missing – and what they might soon be getting again – when he returns to action for the Delhi Daredevils in the Champions League Twenty20 competition in South Africa on Saturday.

The controversial 32-year-old batting star spent the past month commentating on the ICC World T20 tournament in Sri Lanka, but now it is time for him to get out in the middle again and do what he does best.

Delhi start the group stages at Centurion against the Kolkata Knight Riders, but how long Pietersen is with them could depend on the reintegration process he has agreed to prior to an England comeback.

Back in the fold: KP will soon begin his reintegration to the England team

Back in the fold: KP will soon begin his reintegration to the England team

In what he has called 'a horrible situation for all involved', Pietersen has not been part of the international set-up since it was revealed he had sent text messages to South Africa players during the summer series.

Last week the England and Wales Cricket Board released a statement saying Pietersen would undertake a programme of reintegration after which selectors 'will consider Kevin for future matches'.

He in turn stated: 'I'd just like to take this opportunity to apologise to my team-mates and all the England supporters.

'Thankfully we have drawn a line under it and it's time to move forward. Playing cricket for England is the pinnacle of any cricketer's career and I want an opportunity to do that again as soon as possible.

'Some of my proudest and best moments of my life have been in an England shirt and I want them to continue for as long as possible.

Net result: KP is likely to return for England in the New Year

Net result: KP is likely to return for England in the New Year

'I'm entirely committed to completing the reintegration process we have agreed over the coming weeks and resuming my England career in all formats, hopefully until the World Cup in 2015, as long as my body allows.'

England, now with Alastair Cook as Test captain in place of the retired Andrew Strauss, fly out in less than a fortnight for a tour of India and while Pietersen is not expected back for the four Tests and two Twenty20 games before Christmas, the five-match one-day series at the start of January is seen as a possibility.

Stuart Broad, captain of the T20 side unable to retain their world title, said earlier this week: 'The team have no issues with KP coming back if the management decide he's ready to.

'It's in their hands at the moment. There are some meetings going on behind closed doors and we're waiting to see the outcome of those, but from the team's perspective his integration will be easy.

'Ultimately we're playing cricket and we want guys who will score runs and take catches to help England win. Whatever's happened has happened.

'We pride ourselves on being a strong dressing room and I'm sure that if he came back for India or New Zealand, or whenever it is, that things will be fine within the team.'

Kevin Pietersen to fly 32,000 miles as part of England peace process

Jet-setting KP pledges to clear the air as he bids to move on from provocative messages

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UPDATED:

23:21 GMT, 3 October 2012

Kevin Pietersen will embark on a 32,000-airmile marathon over the next month as part of a bizarre peace process to complete his ‘reintegration’ into the England set-up ahead of the Test series in India.

During an extraordinary press conference in Sri Lanka on Wednesday, it emerged that Pietersen will leave the Twenty20 Champions League, where he will play for Delhi Daredevils.

The 32-year-old sat alongside ECB chairman Giles Clarke to express his regret at the crisis that was sparked by Sportsmail’s revelation that he had sent ‘provocative’ messages to South African players during the Test series against England.

Long haul: Kevin Pieteren will be flying around the world in the next month in a bid to keep up his IPL commitments and make up with his England team-mates

Long haul: Kevin Pieteren will be flying around the world in the next month in a bid to keep up his IPL commitments and make up with his England team-mates

He has now signed a four-month central contract, effectively on trial, but Sportsmail understands he will join the team in Mumbai for their Indian tour if the talks go well. Then the contract will be extended for the full 12 months until the end of next September.

‘It’s been a horrible situation for all involved and I’m just glad that we’re here today drawing a line under everything and moving forward positively,’ said Pietersen after a lengthy meeting with Clarke.

‘I want to play for England as soon as I can. The process has started really well and all being well, I’ll be back in an England shirt soon. We have a really good opportunity here for everything to be sorted.

Time to move on: Pietersen has apologised for the provocative messages he sent

Time to move on: Pietersen has apologised for the provocative messages he sent

‘We’re all human beings. We all make mistakes. I’ve apologised and now it’s time to move on.

‘Playing for England is the pinnacle of everyone’s career and I want the chance to do that again as soon as possible. Some of the proudest and best moments of my life have been in an England shirt and I want them to continue for as long as possible.

'I am entirely committed to completing the reintegration process we have agreed to over the coming weeks and recommencing my England career in all formats hopefully until 2015, as long as my body allows.

'I want my son to grow up watching me playing for England. I hope one day that he will put on an England shirt himself.’

Careful with that phone: Pietersen leaves the press conference after his apology

Careful with that phone: Pietersen leaves the press conference after his apology

Pietersen will combine playing for Delhi in South Africa with two or three face-to-face meetings with most of his England team-mates before the India tour.

Neither Pietersen nor Clarke would talk about the falling out that led to the gifted maverick’s exile but the chairman was insistent that Andy Flower will be the man who decides if Pietersen comes back.

That looks to be in time for the first Test in Ahmedabad on November 15.

‘Andy Flower has himself determined the start of this process and we would not be entering into it unless the England team director, the management and the ECB were not as fully committed to it as Kevin is,’ said Clarke. ‘And I’m here as chairman to make it clear that the board are unanimous in supporting this.

‘Kevin has been extremely sensible and most constructive over the period of time that this has started, and he and I have had an excellent two-and-a-half hours together today.’

Clarke was adamant that Flower, who has clearly been annoyed and wearied by the saga, will remain as team director until the 2015 World Cup, a crunch time for the team.

KP COLLECTS HIS 'CARE' MILES…

Kevin Pietersen has agreed to fly around the world in a bid to kiss and make up with his team-mates. At the end of his stint as an ESPN pundit in Sri Lanka, Pietersen flies back to South Africa to join Indian side Delhi Daredevils for the Twenty20 Champions League. He is then expected to fly back to London at least twice during the tournament to ‘reintegrate’ himself with former team-mates before the tour of India. Here Sportsmail tracks his total potential mileage.

Monday (October 8)
COLOMBO, SRI LANKA to JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
Miles: 4,196miles
Price: 697

October 10
JOHANNESBURG to LONDON
October 12
LONDON to JOHANNESBURG
Round trip: 11,262miles
Price: 5,915 (business class)

October 13
Kolkata Knight Riders v Delhi Daredevils (Centurion)

October 14
JOHANNESBURG to LONDON
October 17/18
LONDON to DURBAN
Round trip: 11,542miles
Price: 5,915 (business class)

October 19
Delhi Daredevils v Qualifier (Durban)

October 21
Perth Scorchers v Delhi Daredevils (Cape Town)

October 23
Delhi Daredevils v Titans (Centurion)

October 25/26
Semi-finals

October 28
Finals

October 25/26/28
(Pietersen joins England in their training camp in Dubai)
JOHANNESBURG to DUBAI
Miles: 3,976miles
Price: 1,228

October 29
DUBAI to MUMBAI, INDIA
Miles: 1,204miles
Price: 445

TOTAL DISTANCE: 32,180 miles
TOTAL PRICE: 14,200 (Business class, of course)

US Open women"s final postponed because of storms

It's a wash-out! US Open women's singles final postponed with more storms ahead

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UPDATED:

17:56 GMT, 8 September 2012

The threat of further bad weather in New York has prompted US Open officials to move the women's singles final from Saturday to Sunday.

Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams were due on Arthur Ashe in the evening, but the forecasted storms have brought about a rethink.

No go: The women's singles final has been postponed

No go: The women's singles final has been postponed

The weather has already played havoc with the schedule, with Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych`s semi-final delayed following heavy rainfall, although they did eventually start in sunlight.

Novak Djokovic and David Ferrer are due to play their semi-final later on Saturday, although no decision has been made on that game yet.

Unplayable: Horrible conditions at Arthur Ashe

Unplayable: Horrible conditions at Arthur Ashe

Protection: Fans clutch umbrellas in the rain

Protection: Fans clutch umbrellas in the rain

Nasser Hussain: Hundred sets the tone for England"s summer

Hundred sets the tone for England's summer

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UPDATED:

21:43 GMT, 18 May 2012

It was great to see how much everyone at Lord's enjoyed the moment. When Andrew Strauss reached three figures with a cut for four off Darren Sammy, you could just feel the pleasure. And the relief.

Cricket supporters in this country know how much Strauss has done for England – and they were willing him to succeed.

Ton-derful: Strauss celebrates reaching three figures with Pietersen

Ton-derful: Strauss celebrates reaching three figures with Pietersen

This is the man who has delivered back-to-back Ashes triumphs and taken his team to the top of the Test rankings. Everyone was well aware how important this innings was, not just for Strauss himself, but for the side as a whole.

The players can now put the whole Strauss issue behind them and get on with the rest of their summer. It's as if this is the final piece in the jigsaw ahead of South Africa's visit.

The funny thing is, I never looked at Strauss and thought: 'Here's a bloke out of nick.' I know he'd scored only one hundred in 50 innings, but the problem – basic though it sounds – is that he kept getting in, then getting out.

But it wasn't as if he was walking out to the middle with a scrambled brain. It wasn't as if he was visibly feeling the pressure of all the talk about his form. That's a horrible place to be – I know that from personal experience. But it's not the place he was in.

Eyes on the ball: Strauss prepares to play a stroke

Eyes on the ball: Strauss prepares to play a stroke

As much as anything, this innings was testimony to his mental strength. He was leaving the ball very well, which is the hallmark of a player who's able to isolate himself in his own bubble and leave the fussing to others.

The same thing happened the last time he emerged from a lean spell, when he made that career-saving 177 at Napier in 2008. He knew exactly where his off-stump was that day.

And he did yesterday too – even if one early leave against Fidel Edwards might have been a bit close for comfort.

I'm full of admiration for the way Strauss batted here.

And England will know they've rid themselves of an albatross that was in danger of defining their summer.

Mario Balotelli shocked and saddened at death of Piermario Morosini

Mario mourns 'Lovely' Morosini – City striker's grief at loss of former team-mate

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UPDATED:

22:19 GMT, 15 April 2012

Mario Balotelli has spoken of his shock at the sudden death of Italian midfielder Piermario Morosini and insists the tragedy will teach him to ‘appreciate and respect life’.

The Livorno star collapsed and died after suffering a cardiac arrest during a Serie B match at Pescara on Saturday.

Balotelli, who played with Morosini in Italy’s Under 21 side, said: ‘He was an absolutely lovely lad. I was shocked when I heard.

Tribute: Fans flocked to Livorno to pay their respects to Morosini, who died on Saturday

Tribute: Fans flocked to Livorno to pay their respects to Morosini, who died on Saturday

I couldn’t believe it and hoped it was just some horrible prank. This makes me reflect on many things in my life. It teaches me to appreciate life, respect it and experience it with caution and dignity.’

Thousands of mourners gathered outside Livorno’s Armando Picchi stadium to pay tribute to the 25-year-old yesterday, as it emerged that Morosini was orphaned at the age of 18 after his parents died two years apart. Shortly afterwards his disabled brother committed suicide, leaving him with his handicapped elder sister and an aunt.

Sad loss: Piermario Morosini collapsed and died during a Seire B game in Italy

Sad loss: Piermario Morosini collapsed and died during a Seire B game in Italy

Livorno and Udinese, who loaned Morosini out in January, announced they are planning to provide financial care for his sister.

Morosini fell to the ground in the 31st minute and tried to get back up before collapsing again. Despite desperate attempts to resuscitate him, he never regained consciousness.

Grief: Mario Balotelli has expressed his sadness at at the death of Piermario Morosini

Grief: Mario Balotelli has expressed his sadness at at the death of Piermario Morosini

An investigation has been launched after it was revealed his ambulance was delayed for three minutes outside the stadium because a police car was parked in front of the emergency exit.

There were one-minute silences before yesterday’s Premier League game between Manchester United and Aston Villa and Chelsea and Tottenham’s FA Cup tie.

Egypt riots: Fans dead after Al-Ahly lose

More than 70 fans killed as riots break out in Egypt following shock result

At least 70 football fans have been killed after violence broke out following a match in Port Said in Egypt.

Fans flooded the field seconds after Al-Masry enjoyed a rare 3-1 win against Al-Ahly, Egypt’s top team.

They threw stones, fireworks, and bottles at the fans and injured some players in one of the worst incidents of sports violence in Egypt in decades.

Riots: Egyptians football fans clash after Al-Ahly lost to Al-Masry

Riots: Egyptians football fans clash after Al-Ahly lost to Al-Masry

A medic at a morgue in Port Said, a city on the Mediterranean coast, said some of the dead were security officers.

Ahli player Mohamed Abo Treika described the violence as war as Masry fans invaded the pitch after the referee blew the whistle.

'This is not football. This is a war and people are dying in front of us. There is no movement and no security and no ambulances,' he told the Ahli television channel. 'I call for the Premier League to be cancelled. This is horrible situation and today can never be forgotten.'

Terror: Fans were killed during the riots and many more were injured

Terror: Fans were killed during the riots and many more were injured

Soon after the violence, a game at the Cairo Stadium between Al-Ismailiya and Zamalek teams was called off as a mark of respect.

But state TV then showed video of sections of the stadium on fire. The announcer said fans of Zamalek were protesting the cancellation and set some sections of the stadium alight.