Hull City weekly news round-up 29 February 2016

From clean sheets to curries, Harry Drew reveals all you need to know about the past week.

Having secured a surprise draw at The Emirates with what was effectively a second-string team last Saturday, Steve Bruce fielded a strong, refreshed side at Portman Road on Tuesday night. This proved to be astute management as City claimed a 1-0 victory over Ipswich courtesy of Mo Diame’s sixth goal of the season.

There was barely time to catch our breath as Sheffield Wednesday visited The KC for a game in front of the Sky Sports cameras on Friday evening. A tight first half was followed by a second period which City dominated, but ultimately couldn’t find a breakthrough. Although another 0-0 home draw is frustrating, it was an extension of City’s quite remarkable defensive record – just two goals have been conceded in the last eleven fixtures.

A general feeling of disappointment was compounded on Saturday when promotion rivals Burnley and Middlesbrough both won away from home. As a result, Burnley moved to the top of the table and Middlesbrough drew level on points with City in second. If Brighton beat Leeds tonight, they will be on 63 points, just one point behind City (gulp).

While the senior side chase promotion to the Premier League, City’s U21s have been impressing in this season’s U21 Premier League Cup. On Tuesday they travelled to The Den where they came from behind to beat Millwall 3-1. Huddersfield U21s await in the semi-final and, should they progress, City’s young side will face either West Ham or Liverpool in the final.

Andy Robertson has been a consistently impressive performer this season so few will be surprised to see Premier League teams once again linked with City’s left-back. This time it’s Manchester United who are rumoured to be taking an interest, apparently sending scouts to watch him in the recent 0-0 draw with Brighton. However, one would think that United have enough talent coming through their own ranks without having to spend more than a few million quid on Robertson, especially in light of their young side’s humiliation of Arsenal on Sunday.

This week a date was finally announced for the FA Cup replay against Arsenal at The KC (Tuesday 8th March), at the peculiar kick-off time of 7pm. The news prompted a City fan named Richard to phone in to talkSPORT’s Drivetime show to complain about not being able to have his pre-match curry, owing to the early kick-off. An amusing exchange with former England cricketer Darren Gough and host Adrian Durham followed, a full account of which can be found here.

 

Harry Drew @hdrew95

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