Match Reports: 2005/2006

Football League Championship

 

P W D L F A GD Pts
C 1 Reading 46 31 13 2 99 32 +67 106
P 2 Sheffield United 46 26 12 8 76 46 +30 90
P 3 Watford 46 22 15 9 77 53 +24 81
4 Preston North End 46 20 20 6 59 30 +29 80
5 Leeds United 46 21 15 10 57 38 +19 78
6 Crystal Palace 46 21 12 13 67 48 +19 75
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 16 19 11 50 42 +8 67
8 Coventry City 46 16 15 15 62 65 −3 63
9 Norwich City 46 18 8 20 56 65 −9 62
10 Luton Town 46 17 10 19 66 67 −1 61
11 Cardiff City 46 16 12 18 58 59 −1 60
12 Southampton 46 13 19 14 49 50 −1 58
13 Stoke City 46 17 7 22 54 63 −9 58
14 Plymouth Argyle 46 13 17 16 39 46 −7 56
15 Ipswich Town 46 14 14 18 53 66 −13 56
16 Leicester City 46 13 15 18 51 59 −8 54
17 Burnley 46 14 12 20 46 54 −8 54
18 Hull City 46 12 16 18 49 55 −6 52
19 Sheffield Wednesday 46 13 13 20 39 52 −13 52
20 Derby County 46 10 20 16 53 67 −14 50
21 Queens Park Rangers 46 12 14 20 50 65 −15 50
R 22 Crewe Alexandra 46 9 15 22 57 86 −29 42
R 23 Millwall 46 8 16 22 35 62 −27 40
R 24 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 7 17 22 39 71 −32 38

 

FA Cup

3rd Round

League Cup

1st Round

 

Hull City 1 Sheffield Wednesday 0

2005/2006. Sheffield Wednesday at KC Stadium. Won 1-0

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Hull City 2 Cardiff City 0

2005/2006. Cardiff City at KC Stadium. Won 2-0

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Queens Park Rangers 2 Hull City 2

2005/2006. Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road. Drew 2-2

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Hull City 1 Southampton 1

2005/2006. Southampton at KS Stadium. Drew 1-1.

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Reading 3 Hull City 1

2005/2006. Reading at Madjeski Stadium. Lost 1-3

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Hull City 1 Watford 2

Three defeats in a row as City dominate high-flying Watford for long periods but are undone by defensive errors and woeful finishing.
Another day, another defeat, the third in just over a week. That’s the bottom line, despite what seems to have been an improvement on the capitulation at Preston. I can’t think that a November fixture list promising trips to QPR and Reading and with Southampton visiting was singled out preseason as a time to garner a good few …

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Preston North End 3 Hull City 0

The first genuine capitulation of the season as the Tigers are steamrollered by a decent, albeit initially anxious, Preston side.
Depressing scoreline. Depressing performance.
Grotesquely toothless up front, second best in midfield and eventually torn asunder at the back, at Deepdale last night City offered up as miserably off-the-pace display as has been seen under the – largely rampantly successful – management of Mr Taylor. No fun to watch, even less to write about, less still to read about. I …

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Burnley 1 Hull City 0

The Sky TV cameras made a defeat inevitable, but the Tigers put in another useful performance at Turf Moor and suffered ill-fortune in front of goal.
While it was far from the televisual spectacle that the Sky TV producers were hoping for, and while the Tigers were inevitably defeated once more in front of the live cameras, this was nevertheless a match that further demonstrated City’s continued acclimatisation to the needs of Championship, while at the same time exposing one …

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Hull City 2 Derby County 1

Another see-saw game sees City take the early initiative before Seth Johnson inspires Derby to give the Tigers a proper hiding. In the end though a penalty against the run of play and a late sending-off after a disallowed goal see City claim all three points.
‘Useless referee, just about the worst we’ve ever had.’
So grumbled the Derby fans, as they mooched glumly away from the Circle yesterday afternoon, cursing their side’s maltreatment at the hands and cards of …

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Hull City 1 Reading 1

High flying Reading visit the KC and dominate utterly at times, but also receive a severe chasing for a while. In the end a one all draw is about right.
A hard-fought point against opposition of genuine quality. The Biscuitmen (to give them their correct nickname: none of this Royals baloney), funded to the tune of some forty million it is said by the enigmatic John Madautoexpressski, suitor (allegedly) of that Liverpool docker’s daughter turned Beatles groupie Cilla Black, came …

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Southampton 1 Hull City 1

2005/2006. Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium. Drew 1-1

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Hull City 1 Millwall 1

Out-fought and out-thought by a well-organised Millwall side, City rescue a point with a late powerful Ben Burgess header.
It is games like this that sorts the men from the boys, the old heads from the newbies, the proper supporters from the glory seekers. All those people who say they are happy for City to finish 16th this season, but don’t equate that with losing and drawing lots of games, are now being found out as wobbling inconsistents. This was …

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Norwich City 2 Hull City 1

2005/2006. Norwich City at Carrow Road. Lost 1-2

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Coventry City 0 Hull City 2

2005/2006. Coventry City at Ricoh Arena. Won 2-0

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Hull City 0 Luton Town 1

Plucky Luton ride the occasional storm but eventually come to dominate proceedings and score a late goal to condemn the Tigers to a third consecutive loss.
“Men against boys” was, broadly speaking, the unwritten sub-text of the newspaper reports (at any rate, the ones I read) of our third defeat in a week, heralding our worst run for, ooooo, six games. Whilst no fair observer would, in the end in the end, begrudge Luton the spoils by the strange hour …

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Hull City 0 Stoke City 1

2005/2006. Stoke City at KC Stadium. Lost 0-1

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Crystal Palace 2 Hull City 0

2005/2006. Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Lost 0-2

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Hull City 1 Leicester City 1

A first half crossbar-fest sees plucky Leicester hanging on against a rampant Tigers eleven, but in the end Craig Fagan’s second half effort was cancelled out by poor defending for the Foxes equaliser.
A point at home is not usually the cause of extravagant celebration, and the applause at the end of the game was, I think, appreciative of a good deal of effort and skill, but tinged with understandable disappointment that we hadn’t got the win. But I felt …

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Plymouth Argyle 0 Hull City 1

An early defining moment of the season, as the Tigers tough out a 1-0 win at Plymouth thanks to a Stuart Elliott super-strike, despite playing an hour with 10 men after Marc Joseph’s dismissal.
Just before the hour in this largely humdrum but ultimately thrilling match Craig Fagan took possession in the centre circle and wheeled round, looking for a devastating through ball. He shouldn’t have been able to find one. We only had ten men on the pitch to …

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Blackpool 2 Hull City 1

A limp performance by City’s reserves, after a promising beginning, sees the Tigers’ Carling Cup run end at the first hurdle amid the swirling gales of a Blackpool summer.
It started off OK. City began brightly and within three minutes a smart move from left to right deep in the Blackpool half found Green in space, his powerful shot from wide right was tipped over the bar. From the resulting corner a half clearance was swung back in by Green …

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Hull City 2 Brighton & Hove Albion 0

2005/2006. Brighton & Hove Albion at KC Stadium. Won 2-0

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Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 Hull City 0

Driving rain and slick passing conspired to see Wolves dominate early proceedings at Molineux, but by the end City nearly got an equaliser after questionable decisions on the Tigers’ line-up were rectified.
It is now four months since City’s last competitive victory, the splendidly dominant 2-0 win at Valley Parade in the Spring sunshine that put all but the final seal on the Tigers’ promotion charge. Since then the learning curve has been steep and was extended once more yesterday …

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Sheffield Wednesday 1 Hull City 1

2005/2006. Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough. Drew 1-1

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Hull City 0 Queens Park Rangers 0

The Tigers re-enter the second tier fray, now known as the Coca Cola Championship, and battle hard to live with a competent QPR side and garner a point.
I don’t believe in pre-season friendlies. For a start, there’s no such thing as a pre-season, there is a football season and there is a cricket season, and in the cricket season you follow cricket, not football. And football isn’t friendly; it’s competitive, anxiety-inducing, passionate and sometimes nasty, but it’s never friendly. …

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