Hull City news round-up 30th March 2015

March 30, 2015

Mark Sellers reviews the week gone by.  Involves ketchup, a pinch of salt, and indigestion.

The week started with City fans digesting Sunday’s valiant defeat at home to champions elect Chelsea. Although it’s points and not performances that will keep us up, most supporters shared the views of Steve Bruce who he said that playing like that will keep us up.

Less easy to digest on Monday morning was the Ehab Allam interview on Radio Humberside with David Burns. For once the local media actually put challenging questions to an Allam, and it was startling just how poor Ehab’s responses were. Particularly noteworthy was that Burns gave him multiple opportunities to contradict the FA findings that the club see the supporter’s views as irrelevant, but he never did.

Tickets for the home Liverpool fixture went on sale on Tuesday for £50 but fans were dismayed to learn that they are non-refundable if the game is re-arranged. The match is scheduled for Saturday 18th April, which is the FA Cup semi-final weekend, and as the bookies have Liverpool as strong favourites to get through their replay there could well be a lot of people out of pocket. The club are claiming that the game is “heading for a sell-out” but this (coupled with the ongoing Airco and ASI fund issues) does feel like another PR disaster in the making.

Also on Tuesday City announced that they will appeal the FA charge of failing to control their players in the recent Leicester fixture. The incident in question was regarding City players surrounding the referee Jon Moss after Alex Bruce received a yellow card for what looked to be a perfectly good tackle on Riyad Mahrez. The appeal was heard by an independent regulatory commission, and on Friday it was announced that City were found guilty and have been fined £30,000.

We saw Hull’s own City v United local derby on Tuesday as Hull United of the Humber Premier League played the Hull City Under-21 team in the East Riding County Senior Cup semi-final. The game was a 3-2 victory for United who are managed by ex-Tigers Curtis Woodhouse and Ian Ashbee.

It was an international week, and as is often the case the back pages are filled with “slow news day” stories such as this bombshell about Roy Hodgson allowing ketchup again in the England camp.

The lack of real news in International weeks often cause the transfer rumour mill to go into overdrive, and we saw a story linking Abel Hernandez with a move to either Newcastle or West Ham in the summer. The story originated on the Italian website and should probably be taken with a pinch of salt. Maybe more believable were reports linking City with Swedish goalkeeper Robin Olsen on a free transfer in the summer. Olsen is out of contract in June, so the Tigers could land him for free. Also reported on Friday was a story linking City and West Brom with a move for Watford striker Odion Ighalo. The Nigerian international has scored 17 goals for the Hornets this season.

A number of City players were called up for International duty this week, though of most concern is Gaston Ramirez who suffered a hamstring injury whist away with Uruguay and didn’t even make the substitutes bench for their 1-0 win over Morocco. Reports say he’ll be out for 3 weeks. Abel Hernandez was also part of the Uruguay squad but was an unused sub. Dame N’Doye also didn’t get off the bench for Senegal, so at least the Tigers should have a fresh pair of strikers for the next fixture against Swansea.

Elmohamady played for Egypt and returns injury free, as do Robertson and Brady who represented Scotland and Ireland respectively.

Finally, congratulations to North Ferriby United who beat Wrexham is a dramatic FA Trophy Final at Wembley – great to have some silverware in East Yorkshire this season!

Mark Sellers @mrmarksellers