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Hull City 0 Bristol City 0: Nervy Tigers must wait for the big time after stalemate

Hull City 0 Bristol City 0: Nervy Tigers must wait for the big time

Colin Young


20:37 GMT, 19 April 2013



20:57 GMT, 19 April 2013

If Hull City are going to go back to the Barclays Premier League, they are determined to do it the hard way.

Just three days after losing at Wolves, Steve Bruce's side, who remain
second behind promoted Cardiff City, blew their chance to virtually
guarantee their return to the top flight with a victory over
bottom-placed Bristol City, who were relegated earlier in the week.

Hull's Matt Fryatt tussles with Liam Kelly of Bristol City

Running man: Hull's Matt Fryatt tussles with Liam Kelly of Bristol City

Match facts

Hull: Stockdale, Chester (Rosenior 86), Faye, Hobbs, Elmohamady, Boyd, Meyler, Quinn, Brady, Gedo (Simpson 67), Fryatt (Proschwitz 67). Subs Not Used: Jakupovic, Cairney, McShane, Fathi.

Bristol City: Heaton, Foster, Nyatanga, Moloney, Cunningham, Adomah (Anderson 86), Kilkenny, Kelly, Bates,Baldock (Howard 90), Davies (Burns 90). Subs Not Used: Gerken, Mark Wilson, Louis Carey, Ajala.

Att: 18,595

Ref: Michael Oliver (Northumberland).

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The drab goalless draw at the KC Stadium has offered a lifeline to closest rivals Watford, who face Blackburn Rovers at Vicarage Road on Saturday and can now overtake Hull with three wins out of three. Bizarrely however, if Gianfranco Zola's side lose, Hull will be promoted.

That, of course, is the Championship but Hull never really looked like a team on the verge of leaving the division in the right direction in front of their anxious and frustrated supporters. Bristol City certainly looked like a team who are relegated.

They were the opponents five years ago when Dean Windass's dramatic late goal sealed Hull's promotion to the big time for the first time. There was no local hero to break the deadlock last night, or offer evidence that Hull will be able to avoid a return visit to Wembley to clinch promotion next month.

Hold up: Fryatt is blocked off by with Brendan Moloney

Hold up: Fryatt is blocked off by with Brendan Moloney

Pressure point: Hull boss Steve Bruce

Pressure point: Hull boss Steve Bruce

For all that their three-man defence had little to do, the home side
rarely troubled visiting keeper Tom Heaton. He didn't have a save to
make in the first half, which was down to the Tigers' nervy and
unconvincing approach play.


And when rare chances did fall their way in the penalty area, they were
wasted. Irish pair Robbie Brady and Stephen Quinn both benefitted from
the tireless endeavours of their fellow countryman David Meyler but
Brady found the sidenetting and Quinn could only reach the 98 travelling
supporters who made the long journey north.

Hull, who travel to Barnsley next week, fared little better after the
break as Bruce tried to calm nerves among his players and the home
crowd. Even strong penalty appeals for a foul on Quinn 10 minutes from
time failed to convince referee Michael Oliver.

In fact, apart from a weak Brady free-kick, the only shot on target came
from Bristol's Sam Baldock who barely warmed David Stockdale's hands
with his drive.

Heaton did not have a meaningful save to make until the first minute
of added time when he denied Meyler with a superb two-handed stop from
12 yards after the home side finally penetrated the Bristol back line.

Blackpool v Hull – match report

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


18:16 GMT, 1 January 2013



00:37 GMT, 2 January 2013

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 0 Leicester 0 match report

Hull 0 Leicester 0: Honours even as promotion chasers play out a damp squib on Humberside



18:27 GMT, 26 December 2012

Hull were unable to provide any kind of celebration on their 10th anniversary since moving into the KC Stadium following a goalless draw with fellow promotion chasers Leicester.

Not even the return of former Tigers boss Nigel Pearson was enough to enliven a cold and damp afternoon on Humberside as both sides failed to live up to their lofty positions in the npower Championship table.

Jay Simpson saw a shot cleared off the line by Richie De Laet in the first half, but otherwise Pearson engineered a rearguard to frustrate his second-placed former employers.

It was the Foxes third successive match without scoring, highlighting Pearson's desire for a striker in next month's transfer window, but it was a point earned for the visitors after back-to-back defeats.

Goalless: Hull City's Sone Aluko (middle) fails to find the net in the 0-0 draw with Leicester City

Goalless: Hull City's Sone Aluko (middle) fails to find the net in the 0-0 draw with Leicester City


Hull: Jakupovic, Chester, Faye (Proschwitz 84), Hobbs, Elmohamady, Evans (Cairney 71), Koren, Quinn, Brady, Aluko (Rosenior 84), Simpson.

Subs Not Used: Amos, Mclean, McShane, Olofinjana.

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet (Moore 46), Whitbread, Morgan, Konchesky, Drinkwater, Knockaert, Marshall, King (Gallagher 82), James, Nugent (Waghorn 67).

Subs Not Used: Logan, Dyer, Schlupp, Futacs.

Booked: De Laet, Whitbread

Attendance: 20,321

Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire).

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Pearson left the KC Stadium in acrimonious circumstance to return to Leicester 13 months ago and the home fans took little time to remind of their antipathy towards him – directing a couple of derisory chants as their team made the best of the opening exchanges.

Simpson turned a weak side-footed shot wide when well placed before Paul Konchesky was forced into an awkward headed clearance inside his own six-yard box.

Leicester were hardly on the back-foot though and, with David Nugent playing on his own in front of a five-man midfield, they began to settle into a period of possession.

It prompted the Foxes' best spell of the first half and midfielder Anthony Knockaert should have rewarded them only to waste a hat-trick of chances inside a 10-minute period.

The Frenchman twice shot wide of the left-hand post before spurning the best of his opportunities with a scuffed effort after Konchesky pulled a cross back to the penalty spot.

Hull goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic then needed a strong arm to keep out Danny Drinkwater, after Knockaert this time opted to pass, but the away side's attacking vigour soon subsided.

Instead they were left attempting to quell the increasing threat of Sone Aluko, back in the starting XI, as he began to busy himself in the hole behind the striker.

After Abdoulaye Faye headed a cross at the back post into the side netting, Aluko jinked his way into space only for Kasper Schmeichel to expertly tip away his low shot.

Aluko set up the best chance of the first 45 minutes moments later when he snuck a pass behind the defence for Simpson. The striker looked certain to score when he rounded Schmeichel but Richie De Laet was alive to the danger and got back to clear off the line.

It was De Laet's last major involvement as he was replaced at the break by Liam Moore who survived a nervous moment shortly after as appeals for handball were waved away.

Leicester almost stole ahead against the run of play on the hour when Faye sliced an attempted clearance just wide of his own goal.
Chances were at a premium in the second half, though, as the match deteriorated in driving rain.

Ben Marshall almost fooled Jakupovic on 72 minutes with a well-hit 20-yarder before the keeper made heavy work of keeping out Paul Gallagher's deflected free-kick.

Hull made a late push for the points but Schmeichel twice denied Simpson, latterly when the striker headed straight into his arms at close quarters.

Leeds 40 Wakefield 26: Justin Poore sparks mass brawl

Leeds 40 Wakefield 26: We know it's Boxing Day but this is ridiculous! Poore behaviour leads to mass brawl



15:10 GMT, 26 December 2012

Wakefield's Australian prop Justin Poore made an unforgettable first appearance on British soil when he was sent off against Super League champions Leeds for sparking a Boxing Day brawl.

The 27-year-old former Parramatta forward was given his marching orders by referee Jamie Leahy after clashing with Leeds prop Ryan Bailey just 20 minutes into the festive challenge match at Headingley.

Poore had already conceded three penalties in an inauspicious start to his Wakefield career and he could now miss the start of Super League XVIII in February if he is banned by the disciplinary committee.

Festive cheer: Wakefield and Leeds players square up on Boxing Day

Festive cheer: Wakefield and Leeds players square up on Boxing Day

Festive cheer: Wakefield and Leeds players square up on Boxing Day

Ouch: Ryan Bailey was cut in the clash

Ouch: Ryan Bailey was cut in the clash

Bailey was sin-binned for his part in
the fracas, along with team-mate Mitch Achurch, who was also making his
first appearance in British rugby league, and Wakefield winger Ben

Leeds hooker
Paul McShane, making his return from a loan spell with Widnes, became
the fourth player to be shown a yellow card when he was sin-binned on 57
minutes for a high tackle.

fielding a near full-strength team, were never able to overcome their
numerical disadvantage as they went down to a makeshift Leeds outfit in
front of a crowd of 9,347.
of the show was acting captain Danny McGuire, one of three members of
the Rhinos' Grand Final-winning team, while new faces Joe Vickery and
Joel Moon also caught the eye on Leeds' new 1million pitch.

a 23-year-old Australian trialist, boosted his chances of securing a
contract by scoring two well-taken tries in the first 22 minutes while
Moon was named the Rhinos' man of the match.

It was from McGuire's perfectly-judged grubber kick that Vickery opened the scoring on five minutes, although Wakefield hit the champions with two well-executed tries in three minutes from skipper Danny Kirmond and new signing Reece Lyne to take a 12-6 lead.

A superb one-handed pass from ex-Salford centre Moon gave the impressive Vickery the chance to jink his way over for his second try and delicate footwork from McShane created the first of two touchdowns for prop Brad Singleton.

McShane's second conversion made it 16-12 but Cockayne brought the scores level on the stroke of half-time when he took Lyne's pass to score the visitors' third try.

Leeds edged back in front four minutes into the second half when McGuire's long pass got winger Jimmy Watson over for their fourth try and the England half-back took complete control to create further tries for winger Jamel Chisholm, substitute Alex Foster and Moon.

Centre Dean Collis and former Leeds full-back Richard Mathers added further tries for the Wildcats and Paul Sykes kicked a third goal but Leeds had the final say when Singleton went over for their eighth try, with McShane kicking his fourth goal from six attempts.

Nottingham Forest 1 Hull 2: Tigers stay on track with gritty win on the Trent

Nottingham Forest 1 Hull 2: Tigers stay on track with gritty win on the Trent


17:19 GMT, 1 December 2012



17:40 GMT, 1 December 2012

Hull maintained their npower Championship promotion push with victory over Nottingham Forest.

It was a tale of two penalties in the first half of a drab encounter on the banks of the River Trent.

Robert Koren put Hull in front after 34 minutes before Billy Sharp levelled things up with his spot-kick in the 43rd minute.

On the up: Paul McShane celebrates his goal for Hull City

On the up: Paul McShane celebrates his goal for Hull City

Match facts

Nottm Forest: Camp, Hutton, Ward, Collins, Harding, Coppinger, Guedioura, Gillett (McGugan 75), Cohen (Blackstock 75), Reid, Sharp. Subs Not Used: Darlow, Moussi, Findley, Moloney, Lansbury.

Scorer: Sharp 43 pen.

Hull: Stockdale, Bruce, Chester, McShane, Elmohamady, Meyler, Evans, Quinn, Brady (Faye 87), Koren (Rosenior 89), Mclean (Proschwitz 67). Subs Not Used: Jakupovic, McKenna, Simpson, Olofinjana.

Yellow cards: Brady, Stockdale, Meyler, Rosenior.

Scorers: Koren 34 pen,McShane 69.

Att: 19,472

Ref: Gavin Ward (Surrey).

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Paul McShane won it for the Tigers with a close-range header after 69 minutes.

Forest boss Sean O'Driscoll made two changes after seeing his side's four-game unbeaten league run come to an end with a 3-1 defeat at Ipswich on Tuesday night.

James Coppinger made only his second start since joining the Reds on loan from Doncaster at the end of August, while Andy Reid also returned in midfield.

Henri Lansbury and Dexter Blackstock dropped down to the bench as Forest played with Billy Sharp as a lone striker.

An injury to leading scorer Sone Aluko forced Hull boss Steve Bruce into his only change meaning a recall for Aaron Mclean.

A dull start to the game led to a first half littered with misplaced passes by both teams.

Forest had a lucky escape after 27 minutes when on-loan Aston Villa defender Alan Hutton conceded a corner when trying to head the ball back to goalkeeper Lee Camp.

Corry Evans' flag-kick was headed away from underneath his own crossbar by Elliott Ward before David Meyler shot into the side-netting. Meyler was involved in the penalty that gave Hull the lead.

He was brought down inside the box by Simon Gillett and Koren sent Camp the wrong way from the spot, stroking the ball into the bottom right-hand corner of the net.

Out of the blue, Forest were presented with the opportunity to equalise when they were awarded a penalty for Alex Bruce's foul on Sharp.

And the on-loan Southampton striker made no mistake from the spot, shooting powerfully into the top right-hand corner of the net.

Chris Cohen might have sent the hosts into half-time ahead but the midfielder lacked composure and blasted over from close range after his initial flick from Reid's cross was blocked.

The game improved slightly after the break with early chances at both ends.

Adlene Guedioura, who scored a superb long-range effort against his former club Wolves last weekend to give Forest a 2-1 win at Molineux, curled a shot just wide before Ahmed Elmohamady shot straight at Camp.

Guedioura then had a goalbound effort blocked and Cohen volleyed the rebound into the Trent End from the edge of the area.

Forest were dominating possession without making any telling inroads and they were made to pay midway through the second half.

It was dreadful defending from O'Driscoll's side.

Koren's corner was allowed all the way through a crowded penalty box and McShane had the simple task of heading in from two yards out.

Forest continued to enjoy much of the ball, with Hull seemingly content to play on the counter attack. O'Driscoll brought on Blackstock and Lewis McGugan, with Cohen and Gillett making way, but, with Forest continually frustrating with the final ball, it made no difference.

Centre-half Ward was pushed up front in the closing stages as an additional aerial threat and he almost rescued a point for Forest in injury time but his header was plucked from beneath the crossbar by Hull keeper David Stockdale.

Hull 0 Crystal Palace 0 – match report

Hull 0 Crystal Palace 0: Tigers growl but can't break staunch Eagles defence



22:11 GMT, 27 November 2012

Hull failed to make their dominance count as Steve Bruce had to settle for a goalless draw against former club Crystal Palace at the KC Stadium.

The Tigers boss watched his side produce a superb performance against the Eagles, who he managed for a short spell in 2005 before leaving to take up the hotseat at Birmingham.

However, City were unable to convert their chances with Robert Koren – making his 100th appearance for the club – firing over from close range midway through the first half when the goal was at his mercy.

Big chance: Robert Koren fired over when well placed

Big chance: Robert Koren fired over when well placed


Hull: Stockdale, Elmohamady, Chester, McShane, Bruce, Brady (Rosenior 83), Koren (Proschwitz 76), Evans, Meyler, Quinn, Aluko (Mclean 76).

Subs Not Used: Jakupovic, McKenna, Simpson, Faye.

Booked: Meyler, Brady, Mclean, Rosenior.

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Ramage, Delaney, Parr, Zaha, Dikgacoi, Garvan, Jedinak, Bolasie, Easter (Wilbraham 61).

Subs Not Used: Price, Martin, Moxey, O'Keefe, Appiah, Gabbidon.

Booked: Easter.

Att: 16,656

Ref: Darren Drysdale (Lincolnshire).


The visitors seemed to be feeling the
effects of seeing their 14-game unbeaten run come to a halt at Leeds on
Saturday, but could have won it with the last kick of the game, only for
David Stockdale to deny winger Wilfried Zaha.

The draw sees Hull drop a place to
sixth in the npower Championship, while Ian Holloway's outfit stay a
point behind leaders Cardiff, who were held at Derby, after failing to
find the net for the first time this season.

City went close to making the
breakthrough in the third minute, but Koren and David Meyler could not
get on the end of a dangerous Robbie Brady ball that fizzed across the
six-yard box and out of play.

Palace responded and on-loan Fulham goalkeeper Stockdale had to be alert to stop an angled drive from Yannick Bolasie.

Koren was guilty of missing a glorious chance to make his side's dominance count in the 24th minute.

Ahmed Elmohamady's persistence on the
right saw him deliver a cross that fell to the influential midfielder
just six yards out, but he leant back and blazed the ball over the top.

The Hull captain was aggrieved not to
be given a penalty when his blocked shot rebounded on to a Palace's
defender's hand in the box before Stephen Quinn volleyed wide in the
35th minute.

Hull started the second half where
they left off in the first and Julian Speroni had to parry a Quinn shot
to safety, while Sone Aluko curled a 25-yard free-kick just over.

The Tigers kept knocking on the door
and Quinn wasted another chance, flicking an Elmohamady cross wide,
before Koren failed to breach the defences of Speroni.

Hull were fortunate not be reduced to
10 men with 14 minutes remaining when last man Brady was only booked for
bringing down Zaha 25 yards out.

Bolasie had a chance two minutes from
time, but he shot wide after latching onto a short back pass, while
Speroni, diving to his right, produced a wonderful save to deny
substitute Aaron Mclean moments later.

Zaha – linked with a January move to
Arsenal – almost snatched the three points for Palace deep into stoppage
time, but Stockdale was on hand to deny him.

I should have taken Seamus Coleman to Euro 2012 finals, admits Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni

I should have taken Coleman to Euro 2012 finals, admits Ireland boss Trapattoni



18:42 GMT, 15 November 2012

Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni admits he was wrong to leave Everton's Seamus Coleman out of his squad for last summer's European Championships finals.

The former Sligo Rovers defender was
omitted from Ireland's disastrous Euro 2012 campaign and Trapattoni
turned instead to Hull City's Paul McShane as potential cover for
Richard Dunne, Sean St Ledger and John O'Shea.

Impressive: Republic of Ireland's Seamus Coleman, left,

Impressive: Republic of Ireland's Seamus Coleman (left)

But after an outstanding start to Ireland's latest World Cup campaign, and his man of the match performance against Greece in Dublin on Wednesday night, Trapattoni says Everton full-back Coleman has earned the right to be among the starters for the resumption of qualifiers next year.

And the Ireland manager says he may have been wrong to leave the 24-year-old Donegal-born utility man who won his ninth cap against the Greeks this week.

Trapattoni said: 'We deserved to qualify for the Euros and the team was very well in every position. I had a heavy job with Paul McShane and had to disappoint Kevin Foley.

'Coleman was not ready for this group but we followed him and he has played in forward positions for his club and also as a defender.

Mistake: Giovanni Trapattoni

Mistake: Giovanni Trapattoni

'Now he is good for us and we have trust
in him. He has confirmed his personality, quality, strength and
attitude and plays offensive football without fear and that was
important. He plays every game with his club and in every game he

Meanwhile, Trapattoni is hoping to have Richard Dunne back in the squad for the crucial double header against Sweden and Austria in March.

The Aston Villa defender, who has not played this season due to a groin injury picked up with Ireland, is back in training, although he has been told he can leave Villa Park by manager Paul Lambert.

Trapattoni said: 'I am frequently in touch with him and his injury is not easy. He said he will start training in 15 days, and I hope we have two months. He has to play for his club and if he is ready, sure he will play.

'For us it's important he comes back. But also Ciaran Clark's performance was very positive against Greece and with Darren O'Dea and Sean St Ledger, we have good options at centre back.'

Cardiff 2 Hull 1: match report

Cardiff 2 Hull 1: Hudson strike maintains Bluebirds' 100 per cent home record


17:29 GMT, 10 November 2012



17:29 GMT, 10 November 2012

Cardiff recorded their eighth successive home win this season with victory over fellow promotion hopefuls Hull.

Heidar Helguson's third-minute header looked set to be the only goal until captain Mark Hudson threw himself at Aron Gunnarsson's cross with eight minutes to go.

Robert Koren's goal in the 90th minute made the home side sweat in the closing seconds but they held on to maintain their 100 per cent record at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Home and hosed: Cardiff have won eight on the bounce after Hudosn's strike

Home and hosed: Cardiff have won eight on the bounce after Hudson's strike

Match facts

Cardiff: Marshall, McNaughton (Kiss 19), Hudson, Turner, Taylor,
Noone, Whittingham, Kim, Gunnarsson, Mason, Helguson (Gestede 66), Kiss (Ralls 46).

Subs not used: Lewis, Conway, Frei, Nugent.

Booked: Kim, Turner.

Goals: Helguson 3, Hudson 82.

Hull: Amos, Rosenior, Chester, McShane (Brady 56), Faye, Elmohamady, Evans, Koren,Quinn (Mclean 75), Simpson (Meyler 56), Aluko.

Subs not used: Jakupovic, McKenna, Olofinjana, Proschwitz.

Goals: Koren 90.

Attendance: 20,058

Referee: Iain Williamson (Berkshire).

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Manager Malky Mackay responded to his
side's 5-4 defeat at Charlton last time out by making three changes
with Kevin McNaughton, Gunnarsson and Kim Bo-kyung coming back into the

Steve Bruce, taking charge of a team
for the 600th time, made just one change with injured son Alex being
replaced in defence by Abdoulaye Faye.

Cardiff have made a habit of starting
games well and they scored within the opening five minutes for the
third time in their last four games when Craig Noone stood up a cross
for Helguson, who nodded home after three minutes.

The chances continued to flow freely
for the Bluebirds with Hudson's header rattling the bar and Joe Mason
and Gunnarsson also having chances.

The Tigers began to come back into
the game as the match headed towards half-time. Koren, who shone
throughout for Bruce's men, had a shot blocked and then Sone Aluko's
effort went over the bar.

Jay Simpson did have the ball in the net just before the break but it was ruled out for offside.

Noone had been in fine form for
Cardiff in recent weeks and he was only denied on 55 minutes by the feet
of Ben Amos after the former Brighton winger cut inside his marker and
lashed a low shot towards goal. A minute later Helguson failed to test
Amos when he headed just over when unmarked.

Bruce sent on David Meyler and Robbie Brady but it was Koren who had the next chance, firing a snap-shot wide from 18 yards.

At the other end referee Iain
Williamson waved away penalty appeals from the home side after Joe Mason
felt he was fouled inside the box. It was then Noone's chance to
threaten the Hull backline with two shots in quick succession, the first
was blocked and the second was kept out by Amos.

Aluko then came incredibly close to
his seventh goal of the season in the 70th minute with a 25 yard
free-kick that clipped the bar.

Peter Whittingham then tried his luck
from a free-kick only to see Amos to make a sensational save but just a
minute later Hudson's flying header set them on course for the three points.

There was still time for Whittingham
to hit the bar with a 30 yard free-kick before Koren set up a
nail-biting finale with a stunning 25-yard volley.

Hull 1 Barnsley 0 – match report

Hull 1 Barnsley 0: Aluko keeps Tigers roaring and comfortably in the playoffs


17:15 GMT, 3 November 2012



18:38 GMT, 3 November 2012

Nigeria international Sone Aluko's 16th-minute strike earned in-form Hull their fourth win in five matches.

Attacking ace Aluko swept in a low left-footer for his fifth goal of the season to keep Steve Bruce's Tigers in the Championship play-off places.

It also secured their fourth successive home league victory over shot-shy Barnsley, who were very much second best despite the slender scoreline and look set for another battle against relegation after a disappointing run of just one win in seven matches.

Right direction: Steve Bruce watched his Hull side eek out a win over Barnsley

Right direction: Steve Bruce watched his Hull side eek out a win over Barnsley


HULL: Amos, Rosenior, Chester, McShane, Bruce (Dawson 67), Evans, Koren, Aluko (McKenna 81), Elmohamady, Quinn, Simpson (Mclean 86) Subs not used: Jakupovic, Olofinjana, Faye, Proschwitz

Booked: Simpson

Goals: Aluko 16

BARNSLEY: Steele, Golbourne, Foster, Wiseman, Cranie, Stones, Dawson, Done (Silva 71), Perkins (Dagnall 18), Cywka (Harewood 81), Etuhu Subs not used: Alnwick, Hassell, McNulty O'Brien

Booked: Golbourne

Referee: Mark Heywood

Attendance: 15,598

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Visiting boss Keith Hill, linked with
the vacant managerial position at Blackpool, had brought back last
season's Player of the Year Luke Steele in goal at the expense of his
summer signing from Spurs, Ben Alnwick.

Steele had missed the opening two
months of the season with a troublesome abdominal injury but on his
first appearance of the season the former Manchester United man kept his
side in with a shout with a string of excellent saves.

While Barnsley, having dropped
veteran forward Marlon Harewood to the bench and having no recognised
striker in their starting line-up, did not manage a shot on target in
the opening half, the Tigers should have put the game to bed before the

Bruce had called on his Hull team to
make the most of home advantage and get the 'difficult' month of
November off to a positive start.

The Tigers got their noses in front
after 16 minutes when Ahmed Elmohamady's ball into the box was only half
headed clear by England Under-19 right-back John Stones and fell to
Aluko, whose low left-footed shot from 15 yards appeared to pick up a
slight deflection off centre-back Scott Wiseman on its way past Steele.

Hull kept pressing and in the 21st
minute Elmohamady met Robert Koren's inswinging corner but sent his
eight-yard header over the top.

Koren then had an edge-of-the-box
effort parried by Steele after 32 minutes before the Barnsley keeper
pulled off an even better save to keep out a close-range header from
Corry Evans.

Six minutes into the second half Liam Rosenior should have done better with a shot from six yards that he lifted over the top.

Barnsley, without a win at the KC
Stadium since August 2006, did show more attacking intent in the second
period but struggled to create any clear-cut opportunities to test Hull
keeper Ben Amos.

They sent on former Liverpool winger
Toni Silva for his debut but their best effort was a 65th-minute shot
from Polish midfielder Tomas Cywka that flashed just wide.

And it was left to Steele to keep the
margin of victory down to one goal, as he pulled off another top-class
parry to thwart striker Jay Simpson in the 78th minute.