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Bird's Eye View: Hull Here We Come

21 November 2012

Time for a change of luck

Happy Hunting Ground:

We’ve done well at the KC Stadium in recent years. Indeed we’ve done the double over the Tigers in the last three seasons.

Our 3-2 win there last year was simply amazing. Trailing 2-0 with just 12 minutes left, two goals from David Edgar and one from Jay Rodriguez completed a sensational turnaround.

That game was almost like one in a hundred. It was the start of a really good run in which we won six league games out of seven.
The KC Stadium was the scene of our only away league win in our Premier League season. So the stadium holds good memories and we need to take those positive vibes with us on Saturday and get a result.

It’s about time out fortunes changed. We didn’t deserve the defeats against Ipswich or Charlton.

Steve Bruce’s side play a 3-5-2 formation with three centre-backs and two attacking wing backs in Ahmed Elmohamady and Leroy Rosenior. Sone Aluko (below) has scored five goals in five games and netted twice in their 3-2 win at St Andrew’s last weekend. Aluko, like manager Steve Bruce, used to be with Birmingham City.


Hull are certainly a team to watch.

With Kieran Trippier sitting out the game we have options in the right-back spot. I thought Dean Marney did magnificently in his temporary role on Saturday. Edgar, fresh from a midweek hat-trick in the friendly against Rochdale, is pushing for a return and Luke O’Neill impressed in Capital One Cup games earlier in the season.

Down On Our Luck:

I’ve got to say I thought Kieran Trippier’s sending off was extremely harsh. There is no intent, there is no movement of arm to ball and Trippier’s arms are by his side.

It’s a game-changing decision and once again it has gone in the opposition’s favour. It can’t be a professional foul and it can’t be unsportsmanlike behaviour because it clearly wasn’t intentional.

Players have been told in the past if their arms are raised and the ball hits their arm they run the risk of conceding a free-kick, whether it’s intentional or not. That doesn’t apply if a player’s arms are by his side.


It’s not a Luis Suarez, nor a Matt Hill, nor a Danny Shittu. In those cases the players all made a movement towards the ball to make saves. Trippier’s sending off was entirely different. He is positioned on the line with his arms by his side. In my view the referee got this one wrong. He’s given a penalty, the player misses 80 minutes of action and another game suspended. That simply cannot be right.

We are bound to feel aggrieved, particularly because Rob Hulse appeared to get away with an elbow on skipper Jason Shackell. Get your money on Chris Powell’s Charlton Athletic. It looks like they’re getting all the luck in the world!

Managerial Madness:

Surely a manager should feel secure in his job if his team are the defending Champions League and are FA Cup winners?

Not so if you manage Chelsea! I feel sorry for Roberto Di Matteo. His sacking is madness. No wonder top flight football lacks credibility.

What next at Chelsea? Rolling weekly contracts?

Tweet of the Week:

Queens Park Rangers are the only team without a win to their name in the Premier and Football Leagues.

When you on that sort of a run it may be wise to give social network sites a miss.

So when a fan tweeted this to Djibril Cisse “Wanna actually do something this season? Funny we pay u to score goals but u couldn’t hit a cows a*** with a banjo!” it wasn’t too surprising he responded.

After giving out the address to the club’s training ground, he added: “When u feel like talking to me face to face just come. Monday Tuesday Thirsday (sic) or Friday.”

Another fan joined in with “Wednesday must be when they do shooting practice then???”  Tense times at Loftus Road!

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and not necessarily Burnley FC.

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