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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.

Enjoy Kevin Pietersen. We"ll miss him when he"s gone: Paul Newman

Let's enjoy Pietersen. We'll miss him when he's gone

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UPDATED:

23:27 GMT, 18 July 2012

If only he had just left it alone after providing his views fully and persuasively in his interview with Sportsmail.

Okay, I know I would say that, but
Kevin Pietersen had explained thoroughly his decision to retire from
limited-overs cricket, his reasons for embracing the Indian Premier
League and the outside chances of him reversing his controversial move
to opt out of the one-day game. Whether you agreed with him or not, at
least he had put his side of the story fully and in context.

Then he went and talked again on TV
after striking a majestic double century for Surrey against Lancashire
at Guildford and any semblance of sympathy from the cricket loving
public about the demands of the crippling international schedule had
been virtually thrown out of the window.

The entertainer: Kevin Pietersen is great value for money

The entertainer: Kevin Pietersen is great value for money

Yes, the adrenalin was clearly
flowing after he had played such a brilliant innings, but there are
times when Pietersen, who as expected was left out of
England’s provisional squad for the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka in
September, cannot help himself in going just that little bit too far
when making what is invariably a very valid point. And he went too far
when he said that he had ‘never been looked after’ by England.

That
is palpably not true and one can only imagine what Andy Flower made of
that comment because the England team director keeps his thoughts close
to his chest and would never consider giving anything other than a
measured response in the fullness of time.

The
subsequent revelation that one of the proposals the KP camp put to
England’s Hugh Morris to facilitate his rapid one-day return was missing
the first Test against New Zealand next year to play the full IPL can
only add to the sense that the clock has started to run down towards the
end of Pietersen’s England career.

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He still maintains he is as committed
to Test cricket as ever. His explanation for this apparent contradiction
next year is that New Zealand’s top players have been given permission
already to miss that first Test because of the IPL so why shouldn’t he
But this forgets that England’s players are a lot better paid than New
Zealand’s and that the ECB will do everything in their power not to
undermine Test cricket.

It
would be a massive shame if Pietersen drifts further and further away
from the centre of the best England team in modern memory, not least
because he remains a special talent who should be playing on the biggest
stage for as long as possible.

The
question of whether the England players now view Pietersen as something
of an outsider, and have been frustrated by him again hogging the
headlines in this most important of weeks, is a valid one.

But cricketers are pragmatic souls and they would forgive just about anything as long as Pietersen continues to hit match-winning hundreds, as he did in Colombo with an innings of rare brilliance just a couple of months ago.

The one thing that Pietersen never lacks is his craving of attention, and thriving when it most matters, and the first Test at the Kia Oval really matters. It would be absolutely no surprise at all if he had something special up his sleeve in this match. Enjoy him because we will miss him when he’s gone.

Majestic: Pietersen in full flight in Colombo

Majestic: Pietersen in full flight in Colombo

Record breakers

Ten successive one-day international wins and England have the chance to equal their record of 11 set by the 1992 team when they next play.

And where will that historic record equalling opportunity come Edinburgh, that’s where, in an ‘official’ international against Scotland somehow sandwiched between the second and third Tests next month.

Don’t expect any of the Test players to be there. Imagine what would happen if one of them injured themselves before the possible Lord’s decider against South Africa.

And the next generation will not be there either because the Lions are busy playing Australia A then in a far more relevant contest. So just who will play for England in that spurious game

And how will Scotland react to having to play an England Third XI

The mind boggles, it really does…

Top form: England will look to match their record run of one-day wins

Top form: England will look to match their record run of one-day wins

The winning combination

When asked to compile a composite XI from the England and South Africa teams off the top of my head by talkSport on Sunday I quickly came up with a side that included eight England players.

Now I have had more time to think about it my only real dilemma is whether I was right to prefer Andrew Strauss to Graeme Smith when the South African captain has such an outstanding record in this country.

But I will stick to my guns and propose this as the outstanding combined team ahead of this mouthwatering series.

Strauss (captain), Cook, Trott, Pietersen, DeVilliers, Kallis, Prior (keeper), Broad, Steyn, Swann, Anderson. It is some side, even without Smith, Hashim Amla, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander.

If I am right then England should win comfortably!

Up for grabs: There is much at stake this summer

Up for grabs: There is much at stake this summer

Bumble’s final word

The massive question to be asked here is can the England team put Kevin Pietersen’s issues to the back of their minds and concentrate fully on the first Test

I have been there, done that and bought the T-shirt when I was England coach and let me categorically tell you it is easier said than done.

Can they turn up to work with someone who wants to rewrite the rules

This is a Moody Blues moment and these are the questions! Not sure Andy Flower’s mood will be great at the moment…