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Hull recall Ince and Figueroa from loan spells

Premier League strugglers Hull have recalled Tom Ince and Maynor Figueroa from loan spells to bolster their options across the Christmas period.

Winless in 10 league games, the Tigers have slipped to 19th place in the table with only Leicester keeping them off the bottom.

And a statement on the club's website announced: "Tom Ince and Maynor Figueroa have been recalled from their loan spells with Nottingham Forest and Wigan Athletic respectively.

"Both players will be available for selection for the Boxing Day fixture against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light."

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Sunderland boss Poyet: No excuses after derby boost

Gus Poyet wants his Sunderland players to use their Tyne-Tees derby success as a platform to belatedly kick-start their season.

Adam Johnson's clinical 90th-minute strike secured a 1-0 victory over Newcastle, who have now lost four times on the trot to their bitter rivals.

Poyet said: "We always talk about confidence - there is no more confidence you can get than beating your biggest rivals in the last minute. If somebody thinks differently, they have never played football, never played a derby.

"Now next week, there are no excuses. Confidence should be high, so we are able to create chances against Hull. We need to put the ball in the net. That's the good thing, no excuses. These are the games I really like."

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