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Hull hoping for City slip-up

Hull captain Curtis Davies is hoping Manchester City's quest for multiple trophies trips them up when the sides meet on Saturday.

Captain Davies hoping for City to slip-up Credit: Press Association

The Barclays Premier League champions visit the KC Stadium just three days before an important Champions League assignment against Roma and three after thrashing Sheffield Wednesday 7-0 in the Capital One Cup.

While many of the champions' top-flight rivals used the midweek cup fixtures to rotate their squad, Manuel Pellegrini used nine of the players who had drawn with Chelsea last Sunday.

And Davies, whose side go in as heavy underdogs despite home advantage, hopes Manchester City's divided focus counts against them on this occasion.

Manchester City have got such strength in depth so to see some of the players they used in the cup surprised me, they must really want to win that competition. When I saw they had won 7-0 that was pretty shocking but I'm hoping that come the weekend they've burnt their legs out a little bit. They're also looking forward to a Champions League game next week that they will feel they have to win and hopefully they might just take their eyes off the ball a little bit and if so we might be able to take advantage.

– Curtis Davies

Despite the mitigating factor of the fixture list, Davies knows he will be coming up against opponents who are highly likely to be fighting for the title at the end of the season and will arrive in East Yorkshire with a confidence to match.

But it is a challenge he has no intention of shirking.

We're Hull City, they're Man City...you have to be honest, the onus is on them to do well. The onus will be on them to win every game and anything we can do to upset the apple cart is good for us. Anyone who wants to play in the Premier League should want to play against these players. If not you may as well stay in the Championship or League One, wherever. You come to the top level to test yourself against the best and there's not many better than Manchester City, with the (Sergio) Agueros and (Edin) Dzekos of this world. It's going to be difficult, you can never get away from that, but you have to thrive on that fact.

– Curtis Davies

Hull could have hoped for easier opponents as they attempt to solve defensive problems that have seen them throw away winning positions four times this season, including each of the last three three matches.

It may be too much to ask for a shutout this time around, but Davies is still expecting a significant improvement.

I can't put my finger on what it is but for me as a centre-half it's very frustrating. Last year we worked on solid bases, keeping clean sheets and nicked a few 1-0s, but this year we're getting the required goals but we can't keep the clean sheets. We need to work on it as a back four and as a team because it's not good enough really.

– Curtis Davies

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Tigers defeated by late West Brom fightback

Two late goals from Gareth McAuley and Saido Berahino stole victory from Steve Bruce's men.

Hull looked to have sealed the win with goals from Tom Ince and Robbie Brady cancelling out Brown Ideye's opener.

But the Baggies fought back and two goals in the final five minutes turned the tie on its head.

Diamé relishing return to centre

Mohamed Diamé Credit: Press Association

Mohamed Diamé has credited the blistering start to his Hull career with a return to his favoured position.

Diamé was a deadline day signing from West Ham, costing the Tigers £3.5million, and has already set about repaying manager Steve Bruce's faith.

The Senegalese scored a fine solo effort against his former club on debut and followed up with a fierce long-range strike in Saturday's 2-2 draw at Newcastle, success the 27-year-old puts down to a familiar central position.

Pardew under pressure ahead of Hull clash

Organisers from a campaign group called 'Sack Pardew' have staged a large-scale protest in and around St James's Park ahead of their match with Hull City.

Under pressure: Alan Pardew could be replaced by Hull Manager Steve Bruce if he is sacked by Newcastle. Credit: Press Association

The group say they will be distributing 30,000 leaflets and 100 banners from 10 pubs in Newcastle city centre. Tigers Manager Steve Bruce is one of the favourites to replace Pardew if he is sacked. It is the first time the two side's have met since Pardew head-butted Hull City's David Meyler last season.

Meyler forgives Pardew for head-butt

Hull City midfielder David Meyler said he will forgive Newcastle Manager Alan Pardew for head-butting him.

David Meyler ready to forgive Alan Pardew Credit: Press Association

The two face each other for the first time since the incident and speaking in the Hull Daily Mail, Meyler said: “It was all forgotten about three minutes after it happened because we were 3-1 down against Newcastle.

“We weren’t playing well and I was more disappointed about the result of the game to be thinking about anything else. He’s apologised, it’s forgotten about and we move on.

“We’ve just got to make sure we win Saturday and beat him and his side.

“What’s the point of me dwelling on it? It’s done, it’s dusted.

“I come from a big GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) background, I played a lot of hurling and Gaelic football growing up as a kid and you used to get belted as a kid all the time.

“That’s just the way it was. I used to live and breathe that. You would go home and your hands would be cut, your legs would be cut.

“I was more annoyed because we lost 4-1. I flew home with my father and we never spoke about it once. We spoke about the game. The incident was nothing. You’ve got to move on. You can't keep thinking about it.”

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Bruce calls on players to take advantage of Geordie crisis

Hull City manager Steve Bruce has challenged his players to take advantage of the apparent crisis at Newcastle when the sides meet tomorrow.

Newcastle are bottom of the Premier League after last weekend's 4-0 defeat at Southampton, where fans called for manager Alan Pardew to step aside. Bruce, a Geordie himself, has inevitably been linked with the job this week.

Bruce appeals to Hull City fans for calm

Hull City manager Steve Bruce has appealed to fans to put their energies into supporting their side against West Ham tonight (Monday September 15) not protesting against owner Assem Allam.

Hull City manager Steve Bruce Credit: Richard Sellers/EMPICS Sport

Some of the club's supporters have been at loggerheads with the Egyptian businessman since last year's controversial proposal to rebrand the team Hull Tigers and ditch their 10-year-old moniker Hull City AFC. That was dismissed by the Football Association Council in April.

Steve Bruce said: "My appeal to all of the fans is that they can have their thoughts but once it gets to matchday, we need to get behind the team.

We need them to do that because if it becomes fractious then it becomes difficult. When it becomes difficult then it can affect the team. That is why I appeal to the fans. We don't want any protests - even though I know nothing's changed on their behalf with the name-change issue.

We want the supporters to get behind the team, that's my concern and I'm sure they will. The protests hit their peak against Crystal Palace last season and it seemed to wane after that. We lost that game and we should have won if I remember. We need all the supporters, if they can, to support the team. "

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