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Despite playing in the Championship, George Boyd has been one of the impressive players for the international scene. He was recently called up for the Scotland international by the new manager Gordon Strachan. Boyd will be part of the Scotland squad that will take on Wales and Serbia in World Cup qualifying matches next month. He has been called up for the international duty before with the Scotland B team, but it is his first call-up to the senior team. He last played for the Scotland B team back in 2009, and the Hull City manager Steve Bruce reckons that he can become one of the best players for Scotland.
Boyd has been having one of his dream starts to his Hull City career, as he has managed to score two goals in his three starts for the club. His presence will certainly be essential for Bruce, as he targets an automatic promotion spot. After a slump in form only a few months ago, the signings made in January have certainly helped Bruce. Hull City are just a few points below the table leaders Cardiff City with only a few matches remaining in the season. The Scotland manager Strachan has praised Boyd by saying that he is an elegant footballer.
“What a great couple of weeks he’s had but that’s football. After his worst nightmare of supposedly failing an eye test at Nottingham Forest, to come here and score two on his home debut, now it’s topped it off with a call-up for Scotland. Gordon Strachan rang me to ask about George so I’m not surprised he’s been called up. The type of player he is I believe he’ll be able to hold his own with the step up. I hope he gets his start as he’s an excellent footballer,” said Bruce.
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The Rangers manager Ally McCoist has said that he is focused only on the future of the club, which according to him is safe and it is great. Rangers were playing on the Scottish Premier league only a year ago, but they are now fighting to get promotion to the second division of Scottish football after being relegated. The significant number of problems faced by the club since the huge debts surfaced has been innumerable, but the club is now in a much better position than they were last year according to McCoist. Even though the club was playing in the Scottish Premier league last season, the financial position of the club was not great.
However, they are now playing on the Scottish division and the financial position of the club is secured, which is of great delight to the manager. He has said that there are no targets for the club other than getting into the second division of Scottish football. The club will be taking things from then on in. McCoist, however, has admitted that he never knew that such a situation would befall Rangers after they were one of the top clubs in Europe along with Celtic. He has said that the club wants to play against the top clubs like Celtic once again, but admits he does not know when the time will come.
“The future of the club is safe and that’s great. The last year has been really tough, but there’s absolutely no point in looking back now. We have to look to the future. We’re in SFL3 at the moment. We don’t know if there’s going to be league reconstruction, so we just have to set our targets on winning the league and getting into SFL2. That’s what the future will hopefully hold for us,” said McCoist.
The Hull City manager Steve Bruce has said that he is extremely concerned by the inability of the team to make their chances count in the recent match against Crystal Palace. Steve Bruce was coming up against his former employers in the form of Crystal Palace at the KC stadium. Crystal Palace have been one of the inform teams in the division, but they have suffered their latest defeat against Leeds United just prior to this match. Hence, Hull City were extremely confident of getting a good result against one of the teams chasing promotion.
Despite having a lot of opportunities in the match, the club could not score a goal and the match finished as a 0-0 draw. The recent form has been extremely indifferent for Hull City, as they have suffered two defeats in the last four matches. Yet, the two victories in the other matches have meant that they have been able to sustain their position in the top six. Getting promotion this season either automatically or the play-offs is one of the targets for Steve Bruce, who was disappointed after this draw with Crystal Palace. Meanwhile, it allowed Cardiff to maintain their position ahead of Crystal Palace in the table.
“We couldn’t have played any better, especially in the first half. If I had to be critical over the last five or six months, we are creating some really good chances but we don’t take them. The chances we had in the first half and the crosses we put in were breathtaking. Unfortunately, Koren will be on ‘Christmas Bloopers’ that comes around every year. He can join me. I was on there for about 10 years!” said the Hull City manager after the match. The club had about 20 shots on target, but were unable to score at least one goal.
Hull City has been defeated by Peterborough United in a Championship match played at the KC Stadium on Saturday. Peterborough won the match by 3-1. The defender of Hull City, Joe Dudgeon, was included in the starting line up of the team for the match. Dudgeon had injured himself while playing in the match against Leicester City last Sunday and there were speculations that he might not be able to feature against Peterborough.
Dudgeon went through a fitness test in the morning and he was declared fit to play the match after passing that fitness test. He played in the entire match, but, despite his presence, Hull didn’t manage to win the match. This was the second consecutive defeat of Hull. Steve Bruce’s team had also lost its previous match against Leicester City by the same margin.
The Posh fans would have been hugely relieved with this victory. The Peterborough team had lost their previous seven games and they had come into this match under a lot of pressure. But, they finally managed to pull off a win. Emile Sinclair was the hero of Peterborough’s victory. He scored all the three goals for the Posh.
Apart from the defeat in their previous match, the Hull city team had performed quite decently in the ongoing Championship and they were expected to thrash the struggling Posh, but, Darren Ferguson’s boys rose to the occasion and secured their first win of the season.
Sinclair played superbly and his powerful shots were difficult to control. Jay Simpson scored the one and only goal for Hull City. After the match, Darren Ferguson praised Sinclair. The Peterborough manager said, “The boys played with a lot of determination and Sinclair, in particular, was amazing. I have been saying right from the start of the season that if we play up to our potential, we can beat any team in this Championship and we showed today what we are capable of.”
Hull City will now take on Blackpool on 2nd of October at the same venue.
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Hull City has been defeated by Doncastor Rovers in a match of the Capital one cup. Doncastor won the match by a close margin of 3-2. The match was very tight and could have gone either way, but, the Doncastor players showed brilliant temperament during the final moments of the game and pulled off an upset. The final goal was scored by David Syers in the injury time which indicates how close the match was.
Hull City dominated in the first half and it seemed that City would run away with the game quite comfortably. But, that didn’t happen and Doncastor made a terrific comeback in the second half. Hull City took the lead in the very first minute of the match with the goal of Aaron Mclean. Joe Dudgeon gave Mclean a pass just near the penalty box and Mclean blasted the ball into the right hand corner of the goal post to take his team ahead in the match. Hull city earned a free kick in the 10th minute. Tom Cairney took the free kick, but, his shot hit the goal post. Jay Simpson responded brilliantly on the rebound and doubled the lead of his team with a quick volley.
David Syers scored the first goal for Doncastor in the 30th minute against the run of play. Syers put the ball into the goal post with a powerful volley from a distance of 25 yards. Doncastor managed to level the score in the 57th minute of the match when Rob Jones capitalized on Coppinger’s cross by deflecting the ball into the goal post with a header. One of the players of Hull City, Paul Mckenna, was shown red card in the 79th minute and Hull City was reduced to 10 players. The match was heading towards a draw, but, Syers won the match for his team by scoring his second goal of the match in the injury time. Syers was named as the player of the match for his fantastic performance.