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The 23 years old English defender of Hull City joined Barnsley on a loan deal which originally expired on August but after a successful campaign, the contract was extended until January of 2015.
Joe Dudgeon has established himself into the defensive backline of Barnsley as a consistent and reliable defender that has helped the League One club in securing clean sheets as well as not allowing many goals being scored in a number of matches. This is one of the main reasons on why the head coach of Barnsley Danny Wilson, was eager and determined on extending the loan contract of Dudgeon for an extended period of time.
When the deal was officially completed and extended, Danny Wilson took the chance to express his emotion concerning Dudgeon’s stay until January as the coach told reporters: “It’s a great bonus getting Joe until January. He’s a little warrior and a tremendous little warrior. I know he’s not been playing in the Premier League for them, but it’s a big, big step into the Premier League. But from our point of view I can certainly say I’m delighted he’s staying on’’
“He plays with a lot of maturity at times and, for a kid so young, that’s a great asset to have. Overall it’s great news we’ve been able to keep him. It’s been fantastic from Hull as well because they’ve trusted us with one of their players for a long period, which is great.”
Dudgeon initiated his career in the youth academy of Manchester United where he managed to make to a number of appearances for the Under-18’s team at the early age of 15 and eventually signed a trainee contract with the Premier League club.
Barnsley suffered a disastrous season during their time performing in the previous campaign in the Championship League which concluded by the club finishing at the 23rd spot and was relegated and they are now trying to fight back to return to the Championship League and the addition of Joe Dudgeon is expected to help in that quest.
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French international Karim Benzema has stated that the national team was not able to reach the semifinals of the World Cup 2014 because they did not start the quarter-finals in positive fashion. France were knocked out of the tournament after a 1-0 defeat against Germany. Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels scored the only goal of the match in the 12th minute from a corner. From then on, France had a couple of opportunities to equalise. Their failure to do so saw them exit the competition, but with head held high.
Up until the quarter-finals, France were seen as one of the best teams in the tournament after having come through this stage by scoring a lot of goals. Benzema was one of the leading goal scorer’s at the time of France’s exit. However, the ability to finish as the Golden Boot winner now passes to the likes of Lionel Messi, James Rodriguez, and Thomas Müller. Benzema has been in fine form for the national team, as he has been able to perform exceptionally well in the last 12 months.
He came into the World Cup after having just won the Copa del Rey and the Champions League with real Madrid. The exit of Gonzalo Higuain appears to have brought the best in Benzema, who is revelling in his role as a regular first-team player.
“We are disappointed that the adventure stops there. We gave everything, but we couldn’t score. The first period was quite difficult, we didn’t have enough attempts for my taste. We had more in the second half, they were endangered, but they have a very good goalkeeper. We can be proud of ourselves. Do not forget that this is one of the best teams in the world and not one of us had played in the quarter-finals of the World Cup,” said Benzema.
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Steve Bruce has already begun the mind games for the FA Cup final by saying that all the pressure will be on Arsenal in order to win the match. Hull City reached the final of the FA Cup by beating Sheffield United 5-3 in the semifinals. They are now in an unlikely position of being able to win the competition, which is the oldest in the world. Only the challenge from Arsenal stands between them and the title, but it is a big one. Arsenal are one of the top clubs in England and they will be favourites for the trophy.
This is also the opinion of Bruce, who says that it will be up to Arsenal to overcome the resistance of Hull and also the pressure that will be put upon them. Arsene Wenger has to win this trophy in order to end the nine-year trophy wait for the club. The drought started after Arsenal won the FA Cup in 2005. Since that period, they have come close on a couple of occasions – most high profile being the 2006 Champions League final. May 17 will mark the FA Cup final day, but Bruce is already starting with the mind games.
Hull have been decent for this Premier league season and they will want to round it off with a trophy.
“I’m starting all the bulls*** now, aren’t I? How sad is that? Arsenal are a great club, with great history and tradition. They must have had 60,000 here yesterday. We’re up against it – but we’ll do our best. But if you had said ten years ago that Hull will play Arsenal in the FA Cup final, people would have been scratching their heads. It just shows you what can be done,” said Bruce, who has guided the team to 13th in the table.