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League One round-up: Oldham beat Hartlepool 3-0 in Lee Johnson"s first game in charge but Gary Johnson"s Yeovil lose 2-0 to Swindon

League One round-up: Johnson's Oldham era starts on a high… but his dad's promotion tilt with Yeovil suffers a blow

Graeme Yorke


22:20 GMT, 19 March 2013



22:39 GMT, 19 March 2013


Bury 2-0 Stevenage

Crewe 2-1 MK Dons

Oldham 3-0 Hartlepool

Yeovil 0-2 Swindon

New Oldham boss Lee Johnson marked the first match of his managerial career by taking the Latics out of the npower League One relegation zone with a 3-0 win at home to fellow strugglers Hartlepool on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old, the son of Yeovil boss Gary Johnson, is the youngest manager in the Football League following his appointment on Monday.

On the rise: Swindon beat Yeovil 2-0 to move into third place in the League One table

On the rise: Swindon beat Yeovil 2-0 to move into third place in the League One table


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And he saw his new side go in front
after 17 minutes through Robbie Simpson's header, with Jean Yves Mvoto
nodding home a second shortly before the half hour.

Jose Baxter finished the visitors off in the 69th minute. The win took Oldham a point above the drop zone.

Gary Johnson could not match his son's success, though, as his Yeovil side slipped to a 2-0 defeat at home to fellow promotion hopefuls Swindon.

Adam Rooney's 77th-minute penalty opened the scoring and James Collins made it two deep into stoppage time as the Robins moved to within a point of the top two, three ahead of their opponents.

Bury moved off the foot of the table, and sent Portsmouth bottom, as two late goals earned them a 2-0 win at home to Stevenage.

Steven Schumacher missed a 20th-minute penalty and it looked like that might be costly until Craig Jones broke the deadlock in the 82nd minute and Jonson Clarke-Harris made the points safe in the last minute.

Mathias Pogba scored twice as Crewe came from behind to beat MK Dons 2-1.

Patrick Bamford headed the Dons into a 31st-minute lead, but Pogba levelled nine minutes later and got the winner six minutes from time.

The Dons finished the match with 10 men thanks to Antony Kay's 86th-minute sending-off.

Home defeat: Gary Johnson's Yeovil were undone by second-half goals from Adam Rooney and James Collins

Home defeat: Gary Johnson's Yeovil were undone by second-half goals from Adam Rooney and James Collins

Burnley 0 Hull City 1 – match report

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

John Edwards


22:17 GMT, 11 March 2013



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

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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

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.

Idiot! What Zara Phillips told Mike Tindall when he bought 12k horse at auction (but it"s now a winner and worth 200k)

Idiot! What Zara Phillips told Mike Tindall when he bought 12k horse at auction (but it's now a winner and worth 200k)
Rugby player Mike Tindall bid for racehorse he knew nothing aboutHe did not intend to win the animal at auction with his low bids of 10,000 and 12,000The horse went on to win the Welsh Grand National and a hefty 200k pricetag

Mail On Sunday Reporter


22:42 GMT, 19 January 2013



01:22 GMT, 20 January 2013

Zara Phillips branded her husband Mike Tindall an ‘idiot’ when he splashed out 12,000 at auction on a racehorse he knew absolutely nothing about.

But the Queen’s granddaughter has been forced to eat her words after Monbeg Dude emerged victorious at the Welsh Grand National – and his value raced to the 200,000 mark.

The former England rugby star explained: ‘I like to bid at auctions without meaning to actually win things. I only went for a bite to eat and a night out. No horse had gone for less than 28,000 so I thought my first bid of 10,000 was pretty safe, likewise when I upped it to 12,000.

Proud: Owners Mike Tindall and Mike Scudamore with their racehorse Monbeg Duke, now worth 200k after an initial 12 pricetag

Proud: Owners Mike Tindall and Mike Scudamore with their racehorse Monbeg Duke, now worth 200k after an initial 12k pricetag

‘I knew nothing about the horse, hadn’t checked the brochure and couldn’t even see the Dude, as I was sitting with my back to the sale ring.’

Fortunately for Tindall, Michael Scudamore – son of champion jockey Peter – and fellow rugby players James Simpson-Daniel and Nicky Robinson agreed to share the burden of the cost.

Scudamore had to make a 30-minute drive from the sale room to his home in Cheltenham so he could pick up a lorry to transport the impromptu purchase.

Athlete: Zara Phillips is known for her prowess in the equestrian field

Athlete: Zara Phillips is known for her prowess in the equestrian field

He said: ‘I drove home, collected the
lorry, drove back to Cheltenham, picked up the Dude and took him back to
the yard. It was past one in the morning before we were done.’

Scudamore admits he didn’t have high hopes for the horse at the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow two weeks ago.

‘I just felt the ground would be too soft, that the course was too demanding and the opposition too experienced,’ he said.

After the success, Dude is believed to be worth 200,000 but Tindall and his friends insist they have no plans to sell him.

Tindall said: ‘Zara will take Monbeg Dude over showjumping poles at home and improve his technique.’

His next racing outing could be at the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March.

Tindall said: ‘The soft ground and the undulating course suits Dude well.’

He added: ‘The whole thing is ridiculous. We’re beginning to dream that we might one day do even better than the Welsh Grand National.

‘And it’s all because people didn’t turn up to a sales night and I took their place with no plans to end the evening as an owner with a horse I knew nothing about, or even saw. You couldn’t make it up, could you’ he laughed.

Happy couple: Zara Phillips called her husband an idiot for buying a racehorse without knowing anything it, but now has to eat her words

Happy couple: Zara Phillips called her husband Mike Tindall an idiot for buying a
racehorse without knowing anything it, but now has to eat her words

David Luiz"s hair – what has happened to it?

So, was it still Sideshow Bob or Homer Simpson Luiz returns to Chelsea duty after intriguing hair cut pictures

Adam Shergold


16:47 GMT, 11 January 2013



16:58 GMT, 11 January 2013

They were the teaser pictures that have kept us guessing all day – a pile of curly locks lopped off and lying on a barber's floor, the initials “D.L.” offering an intriguing clue.

Had Chelsea's David Luiz, the 'Sideshow Bob' of the Premier League with his unmistakable bushy hair-do, been shaved into a Homer Simpson

And with the loss of his curls, had Chelsea's strength, like Samson's in the famous tale, been given a brutal short, back and sides

Hair today, gone tomorrow: Luiz's mother posted these picture of what appear to be the Chelsea defender's shaved hair on Thursday night...

Hair today, gone tomorrow: Luiz's mother posted these picture of what appear to be the Chelsea defender's shaved hair on Thursday night…

Hair today, gone tomorrow: Luiz mother posted these picture of what appear to be the Chelsea defender's shaved hair on Thursday night

Thankfully for Luiz fans, it appears not.

The defender-turned-midfielder was in
training today at Cobham with his trademark hair intact – just a little
shorter than it used to be.

Just a trim: ...but as these pictures from today's training session at Cobham show, Luiz has just had a little bit off on top

Just a trim: …but as these pictures from today's training session at Cobham show, Luiz has just had a little bit off on top

Who's this Despite the minor change, Rafa Benitez still looked a little confused

Who's this Despite the minor change, Rafa Benitez still looked a little confused

The original: Sideshow Bob from The Simpsons

The original: Sideshow Bob from The Simpsons

In a season where one calamity has
followed another at Stamford Bridge, Luiz's conversion from an
error-prone centre back to a commanding presence in midfield has been a
rare shining light for Chelsea.

But as happy as he might be in his new
role, it seemed Luiz might have been ready for a change when his mum
posted the images on Twitter after the calamitous 2-0 Capital One
Cup semi-final first leg loss to Swansea on Tuesday.

However, as today's training pics prove, things haven't got that drastic for Chelsea yet.

Hair-raising: How Luiz normally looks, with his trademark curly locks

Hair-raising: How Luiz normally looks, with his trademark curly locks

Hair-raising: Luiz is famed for his curly locks

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.

Hal-Robson Kanu relishing Arsenal reunion

Robson-Kanu relishing Arsenal reunion after winging his way back to the top with Reading



17:56 GMT, 30 October 2012

It's 2004, and a small but skilful teenage winger is being told by Arsenal, his boyhood team, that he is not strong enough or fast enough to progress further at the club.

The 15-year-old is told he can stay for one more season, but his chances of playing will be limited.

Undeterred, the headstrong lad leaves and starts a remarkable eight-year journey that will culminate on Tuesday night when he comes up against the club that let him go.

Bring it on: Reading's Hal Robson-Kanu (right) is looking forward to facing Arsenal

Bring it on: Reading's Hal Robson-Kanu (right) is looking forward to facing Arsenal

The tale of Hal Robson-Kanu, Reading's 23-year-old winger, whose last-gasp equaliser rescued a point against Fulham on Saturday, is cautionary and inspiring.

It includes two serious cruciate ligament injuries, loan spells in League One and an eventual rise to Premier League and international football.

As Robson-Kanu says: 'Some people can't believe how far I've come and how quickly.'

To fully appreciate his journey, first we must rewind to his Arsenal days.

Robson-Kanu grew up in west London and joined the club as a 10-year-old.

Jay Simpson, now of Hull, was in his age group while Fabrice Muamba, formerly of Bolton, and Matthew Connolly, now of Cardiff, were a year ahead.

In the younger ranks were Emmanuel Frimpong and a certain Jack Wilshere.

'It was brilliant to be part of that,' reflects Robson-Kanu. 'But I was one of the smallest players in the squad. I wasn't fast enough, strong enough or big enough.

Bulking up: Arsenal reckoned Robson-Kanu was too small to make it

Bulking up: Arsenal reckoned Robson-Kanu was too small to make it

'Arsenal said they knew I had the quality to be a football player and were happy for me to stay another year till I was 16, but because of my size and physical attributes they said if another club wanted to take me then they would let me go.'

It's a message that countless young, technically gifted footballers have heard over the decades.

Many have fallen by the wayside, but fortunately for Robson-Kanu he had caught the eye of a progressive young manager who saw past his physical deficiencies.

'Brendan Rodgers was the academy manager at Reading and he liked what he had seen of me,' says Robson-Kanu.

'He told me I would progress through the ranks and become a first-team player and I liked what he had to say.

'A few other clubs came in for me but I chose Reading and haven't looked back since.'

His development, however, was twice checked by serious injury.

National service: Robson-Kanu is a Wales international

National service: Robson-Kanu is a Wales international

'I was out for nearly three years. I was 16 when I did my cruciate ligament for the first time in a youth game and then 17-and-a-half when it happened again,' says Robson-Kanu.

'It was a tough period and anyone who has been through that kind of thing knows how hard you have to work to get back to the level you were at before and in my case to an even better level.'

Comeback and improve he did. Loan spells at Swindon and Southend provided valuable first-team experience and caps at England Under 19 and 20 level followed.

And by the end of the 2009-2010 season, half a decade after he had left Arsenal, Robson-Kanu had established himself in the Reading first team and made his senior Wales debut, having switched allegiances from England.

As he prepares to face Arsenal for the first time as a professional, he feels no bitterness or resentment.

'It is a fantastic club with a fantastic ethos. It was a great grounding and we had some great coaches – Neil Banfield (now first-team coach), Steve Bould (now assistant manager) and Dermot Drummy (now Chelsea reserve manager),' he says.

'They've changed their policy now and don't let players go at that age without giving them a proper chance to grow and develop.

'Within two years of leaving Arsenal I had grown upwards and outwards and got stronger and faster.

'We played Arsenal in a youth team game a few years after I had left and their coaches, Steve Bould and Liam Brady, couldn't believe it when they saw me again. They came over afterwards and were shocked at the size of me.'

On Tuesday, Robson-Kanu, all 6ft 1in and 85kg of him, will be hoping to shock his old club once again.

Hull 2 Blackpool 3

Hull 2 Blackpool 3: Dicko climbs off bench to stun Tigers and take Tangerines fourth



21:13 GMT, 2 October 2012

Super-sub Nouha Dicko fired Blackpool to victory at the KC Stadium with a fabulous overhead kick just seven minutes from time.

Hull had been in the driving seat after hitting back through Sone Aluko and Stephen Quinn following Matt Phillips' early goal for Blackpool.

But visiting boss Ian Holloway made two inspired changes by bringing on Kevin Phillips and Dicko, and after veteran Phillips levelled after 70 minutes, Dicko produced a piece of magic to claim the spoils for the Tangerines.

Stunning: Blackpool's Nouha Dicko scores their third goal

Stunning: Blackpool's Nouha Dicko scores their third goal

Match facts

Hull: Amos, Elmohamady, McShane, Faye, Bruce (Rosenior 45), Dudgeon (Mclean 86), Koren, Olofinjana, Quinn, Simpson, Aluko.

Subs Not Used: Oxley, Dawson, McKenna, Evans, Proschwitz.

Goals: Aluko 39, Quinn 47.

Blackpool: Gilks, Baptiste, Eardley, Evatt, Crainey, Matt Phillips (Dicko 75), Gomes (Kevin Phillips 67), Ferguson, Osbourne,Taylor-Fletcher, Delfouneso (Sylvestre 80).

Subs Not Used: Halstead, Basham, Martinez, Eccleston.

Goals: Matt Phillips 11, Kevin Phillips 71, Dicko 83.

Att: 14,919

Ref: Scott Mathieson (Cheshire).

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Hull defender Paul McShane was handed his first start of the season in place of the injured James Chester in what was the only change for the Tigers.

Gary Taylor-Fletcher gave Blackpool a boost by recovering from a back injury and he was just one of six alterations to the side that lost at Cardiff, with Barry Ferguson, Tiago Gomes, Neal Eardley, Nathan Delfouneso and Isaiah Osbourne also returning.

After a cagey opening 10 minutes, Blackpool broke the deadlock with their first attack of the game as an unmarked Matt Phillips fired Delfouneso's cross past the dive of Ben Amos from 10 yards.

Jay Simpson blazed wildly over for the Tigers, before Alex Bruce produced a terrific last-ditch tackle to deny Delfouneso as he bore down on goal.
A mistake from Ian Evatt presented a chance to Simpson, but his effort was saved by Matt Gilks.

The Tigers were piling on the pressure and there were big shouts for a penalty as Aluko went to ground under a challenge from Stephen Crainey, but referee Scott Mathieson only awarded a corner.

From the resulting set-piece, the ball into the box appeared to strike Tiago Gomes' arm, but again the appeals fell on deaf ears.

Six minutes before the break, Hull were level. Aluko received the ball midway inside Blackpool's half and looked around for support before letting fly with a brilliant effort from 25 yards that found the back of the net.

As the rain lashed down, a terrific ball from Aluko put Simpson in the clear, but he stumbled, lost control and the chance was gone.

Hull took the lead inside two minutes of the second-half through Quinn. A great ball from Aluko found the Irishman near the byline and from an acute angle he dispatched a clinical shot into the far corner.

Ahmed Elmohamady shot straight at Gilks, a Quinn effort was deflected for a corner by Osbourne, and then Abdoulaye Faye headed over as Hull pressed for a third.

Despite all City's pressure, Blackpool equalised after 70 minutes. Crainey swung over a free-kick, Taylor-Fletcher prodded the ball across goal and there was Kevin Phillips to bundle it home from a yard out.

Tangerines boss Ian Holloway introduced Nouha Dicko after 75 minutes and eight minutes later he fired the visitors ahead with a brilliant overhead kick.

Kevin Phillips chased a long ball over the top and as Amos went to close him down on the byline, the veteran striker chipped over a cross which was headed only as far as Dicko, who flung himself into the air to score a stunning winner.

Hull 1 Peterborough 3: Emile Sinclair hat-trick

Hull 1 Peterborough 3: Sinclair treble helps underdogs earn first points



17:21 GMT, 29 September 2012

Emile Sinclair scored a hat-trick as Peterborough gladly assumed the role of Saturday's coupon-busters and recorded not only a first win of the season but their first points of it at promotion hopefuls Hull.

With seven straight defeats to their name this campaign, there were few who expected Posh and their under-fire manager Darren Ferguson to topple City, a side chasing a seventh straight home league win.

But, thanks to a treble from Sinclair, whose pace and power was too much for Hull to deal with, United upset the form book, despite Jay Simpson's goal, at a ground Sinclair has great affection for.

Oh no: Steve Bruce had an unhappy day

Oh no: Steve Bruce had an unhappy day

Match facts

Hull: Amos, Elmohamady, Chester (Rosenior 62), Faye, Bruce, Dudgeon, Koren, Olofinjana (Proschwitz 59), Quinn, Simpson, Aluko.

Subs Not Used: Oxley, Dawson, Evans, Mclean, McShane.

Goals: Simpson 61.

Peterborough: Olejnik, Little, Rowe (McCann 76), Knight-Percival, Alcock, Brisley, Bostwick, Ferdinand (Ntlhe 72), Barnett (Tomlin 81), Boyd, Sinclair.

Subs Not Used: Day, Zakuani, Swanson, Mendez-Laing.

Booked: Boyd, Sinclair.

Goals: Sinclair 24, 29, 73.

Att: 15,279

Ref: Michael Oliver (Northumberland).

His two-goal salvo for Macclesfield
in the Carling Cup by the Humber last August brought him to Ferguson's
attention and they duly signed him later that month for 100,000. He
scored 10 goals last season but these three may well be more important
than all of them combined.

It is the second successive week
Steve Bruce's Hull have conceded a hat-trick as well, with David Nugent
having done the same for Leicester last Sunday.

That 3-1 reverse showed that despite
their previous home prowess, Hull have a soft underbelly and Sinclair
immediately set about testing it out today.

He broke down the left with 10
minutes gone, showing the pace to get away from Alex Bruce, the son of
Steve, before working Ben Amos with a low drive.

It appeared as though Peterborough
would pay for not taking that chance, especially as Hull then got after
them, with Sone Aluko hooking a volley over and then cutting in from the
right to work Robert Olejnik at his near post.

But Peterborough would get another
opportunity and, with 24 minutes gone, Sinclair took it. It first seemed
that Stephen Quinn had covered the long ball aimed for the striker but
as he dallied, Sinclair clattered into him to regain possession and then
torched past Bruce before rounding Amos and tucking into an open goal.

His composure belied a man who can occasionally appear cumbersome and six minutes later he was at it again.

George Boyd was the man to show Bruce
– keeping a dangerously high line – a clean pair of heels on this
occasion and, after holding his run temporarily, he played Sinclair
through on goal and he dragged Amos left before beating him with a slick

Hull's only response before the break
came from Aluko's low drive which Olejnik dealt with, and the former
Rangers man should have at least hit the target from six yards four
minutes after it, only to plant Quinn's cross into the stand.

Simpson was the next to fluff his
lines, mis-kicking from 10 yards out, and lightning nearly struck thrice
for Hull just after as Sinclair broke free but failed to beat Amos.

His miss would haunt him too as
Simpson clicked into gear on the hour, drilling in his fifth of the
season after a neat pull-back from Ahmed Elmohamady.

Having missed his hat-trick chance
and with Hull growing, it looked as though Sinclair would end as the
villain rather than the hero, but with 16 minutes left he was left
alone, allowed to advance, and he eventually decided to place a low
strike into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

Nick Easter in frame for England recall – the Gainline

The Gainline: Veteran Easter in frame for England recall after Harlequins masterclass



21:30 GMT, 23 September 2012

In form: Nick Easter

In form: Nick Easter

Harlequins’ champion-like 22-9 win at Leicester has put No 8 Nick Easter back in the frame for an England recall at the age of 34.

‘He’s on fire,’ was how England scrum-half Danny Care described his part in a victory which leaves Quins top of the Aviva Premiership by a point from Northampton.

Care’s first-half drop goal was one piece of supreme skill, but Easter’s off-loading and running power earned him the man-of-the-match award in front of watching England head coach Stuart Lancaster.

Easter has refused to retire from international rugby, despite losing his place after last season’s World Cup.

‘I know he’s desperate to play for England and, if he keeps playing like that then there is no reason why not,’ Care added.

Sale take action

Troubled times at Sale where players were ordered into extra training on Saturday morning following Friday’s 19-23 defeat by London Welsh.

‘Unacceptable,’ was how head coach Bryan Redpath described a fourth successive loss which leaves his team bottom. Forwards coach Steve Scott was also sacked on Sunday with chief executive Steve Diamond set to step in until a replacement is found.

Down and out: Sale's struggles continued on Friday

Down and out: Sale's struggles continued on Friday

Slicing and dicing

London Irish substitute flanker Jonathan Fisher was blunt about a pending operation after he broke his forearm in the 29-22 win over Bath. He tweeted: ‘Morning people. Off to be sliced and diced with a little bit of metal thrown in…’

Player of the week

Gloucester’s James Simpson-Daniel. His 22nd-minute try fired his team on to a 29-22 win, stunned Wasps and reminded England of his pace and power.

Power: James Simpson Daniel has impressed for Gloucester

Power: James Simpson Daniel has impressed for Gloucester

Coach of the week

London Welsh’s Lyn Jones. The win at Sale, following last Sunday’s success over Exeter, was a triumph for a simple game-plan well executed.

Quote of the week

Worcester’s director of rugby Richard Hill after his team came back to lose only 37-31 at Northampton after being 37-3 down. ‘If it had gone for another five minutes I think we’d have sneaked the win.’

Leicester 3 Hull 1: David Nugent hat-trick gives Nigel Pearson win over former club

Leicester 3 Hull 1: Nugent hat-trick gives Pearson win over former club



16:34 GMT, 23 September 2012

David Nugent bagged a hat-trick as Leicester made it four home league wins on the bounce with victory over npower Championship high-flyers Hull.

Nugent, who scored his 100th career league goal in the 2-1 win over Burnley on Wednesday, ending an 11-game drought, put the hosts ahead after seven minutes and was on hand to restore their advantage after Jay Simpson's leveller.

He waited until stoppage time to complete his treble as the Foxes climbed eight places to seventh and Nigel Pearson claimed the bragging rights over his old employers.

Three and easy: Nugent celebrates his opening strike

Three and easy: Nugent celebrates his opening strike

Match facts

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, St Ledger, Morgan, Konchesky, Marshall (Dyer 85), Drinkwater, James (King 70), Knockaert, Vardy (Waghorn 74), Nugent.

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

Goals: Nugent 7, 42, 90.

Hull: Amos, Chester, Faye (Proschwitz 78), Bruce, Elmohamady, Koren, Evans (Olofinjana 78), Quinn, Dudgeon (Rosenior 70), Aluko, Simpson.

Subs Not Used: Oxley, Dawson, Mclean, McShane.

Goals: Simpson 26.

Attendance: 20,815

Referee: Eddie Ilderton (Tyne & Wear).

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The defeat denied the Tigers, who had lost only one of their opening six games, the opportunity to go joint top of the table.

Nugent's early opener arrived when he intercepted Danny Drinkwater's attempt at goal and took advantage of the wrong-footed Ben Amos to steer home.

The Foxes almost doubled their lead immediately as Jamie Vardy showed his strength to hold off two defenders before unleashing a shot which was deflected just wide.

And from the resulting corner there was uncertainty in the Tigers' box as Wes Morgan headed on for Vardy, whose goal-bound strike hit team-mate Sean St Ledger before being scrambled clear.

With the visitors rocking amid a downpour in the east midlands, a brief glimpse of an opportunity momentarily raised their hopes only for the offside flag to thwart Simpson as he looked to latch onto Robert Koren's neat pass.

But moments later they were level.
Corry Evans picked out Sone Aluko and his cross-cum-shot from the right
side of the box was turned in by the ever-alert Simpson.

Like father, like son: Hull's Alex Bruce (left) challenges Jamie Vardy

Like father, like son: Hull's Alex Bruce (left) challenges Jamie Vardy

mounted a spirited response to the setback as Drinkwater received
Anthony Knockaert's pass before skipping past Evans and drilling a
powerful effort narrowly over.

doubled his tally and restored the home side's lead three minutes
before half-time. Knockaert kept the ball alive after Ahmed Elmohamady
cleared Ben Marshall's effort on the line, the French winger delivering a
cross for Nugent to head in from close range.

side raced out of the blocks after the interval and should have made it
3-1 when Vardy was put in the clear by Knockaert, but the former
Fleetwood striker put his shot too close to Amos and it was clipped
behind for a corner.

Double trouble: Nugent wheels away after netting his second

Double trouble: Nugent wheels away after netting his second

It served as a wake-up call for Steve Bruce's charges, who soon called Kasper Schmeichel into action as Aluko's 25-yard thunderbolt had the Dane scrambling across goal to tip wide.

The Tigers boss introduced Nick
Proschwitz from the bench for the final 12 minutes, hoping to see the
2.6million German striker open his account for the club, but it was the
hosts who threatened next.

Bruce handled the ball on the edge of the box and, despite Nugent's
appeals for a penalty, a free-kick was given and Knockaert's effort was
plucked out of the air by Amos.

Eyes on the screen: Nugent and Wes Morgan (centre) check the replay to see who is awarded the third goal

Eyes on the screen: Nugent and Wes Morgan (centre) check the replay to see who scored the third goal

Steve Bruce was sent to the stands in the closing stages – punishment for his reaction to a questionable call from the linesman, who adjudged the ball to have crossed the sideline as Hull tried to break clear.

Pearson had cause for complaint next when six minutes was added on and Hull almost grabbed a dramatic leveller. Elmohamady's header from a corner was destined for the back of the net, only for Knockaert to clear off the line.

But Martyn Waghorn picked up the loose ball, found fellow substitute Lloyd Dyer and he picked out Nugent, who slotted past Amos to seal the win.