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Allan McGregor speaks that Hull city must lift up their game when they move to Cardiff city this weekend. With a 1-1 draw at championship side Brighton in the FA Cup, the Tigers must control their focus back to a survival task.
Traveling to Cardiff side Steve Bruce’s men knew that only a positive result will keep them in the top three as they approach the quarter final of the season. McGregor said that Cardiff is a huge game now. They will have to play a better game than what they have played at Brighton because everyone is worried about picking points. They have played very well and they wanted to do more of that. Their movement and ball controlling system was far improved.
The Brightons faced problems as they were tired or what else was not sure. With the inclusion of forward pair Shane long and Nikica Jelavic and James Chester who was out for one month due to hamstring injury was a surprise inclusion in the squad because of which the city will be drastically improved.
McGregor said that his team was still in the game which was the main thing. McGregor had won three Scottish cups with Rangers during his era. It’s very important to remain in the cup after a night particularly when you are 1-0 down with ten minutes to go. The cup is the major one in the globe. The most vital thing was to stay in it at that moment.
The match against Sunderland was good as it was a home draw but they had to go through that one. McGregor’s return from three match suspension was positively well-timed. It was good to play back once again. As McGregor want to perform time and again there is not much time to do.
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Former Newcastle United goalkeeper Steve Harper is currently the reserve to Allan McGregor at Hull city. He is one of the established names in the business, who has even featured in the FA Cup final when he was at Newcastle. Harper was unlucky to get out of the final as the runners up after Manchester United managed to defeat Newcastle 2-0 in the match. Even though it was a long time ago, the 38-year-old goalkeeper says that he is still dreaming about winning the competition.
Even though the FA Cup may not be retained the same status after the emergence of the Champions league in the Premier league, it still is considered as a Holy Grail for many. Harper is one of them and he is expected to take the place between the posts when Hull take on Middlesbrough in the third round of the competition. The club are not considered as one of the dark horses to win the competition, as their main aim will be to stay in the Premier league after being promoted from the Championship only last summer.
McGregor, who is the number one choice goalkeeper at the club, will be rested for this encounter due to this reason. Manager Steve Bruce will want him fresh and ready for the league encounter against Chelsea.
“It would be great to win silverware but the priority for a newly-promoted team is to try and stay in the Premier League. When these games come along it gives those of us who haven’t had as much action as the other lads to get up to speed. Hopefully, that means a positive result and we stay in the draw. It’s still a very prestigious tournament but the Premier League has grown to be this mammoth competition,” said Harper, who is out of contract at the end of the season.
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Allan Mcgregor made a complete recovery after picking up an injury that saw him unable to play with Hull City for some weeks. He made it just in time to play against the last team of the Premier League Crystal Palace but after a disappointing performance not only from the 31 years old goalkeeper but the entire squad, they took a surprising 1-0 loss.
The below average performance from Allan Mcgregor and the recent burst of Scotland’s David Marshall is now beginning to put the goalkeeping position of Scotland into question.
The 31 years old goalkeeper Mcgregor has been considered to be the 1st choice option for Scotland for some time now but due to the injury he sustained, the substitute goalkeeper Marshall had the chance to step it up and make a challenge to be the best option for Scotland.
During the injury of Mcgregor, Marshall was chosen to play against the United States and Norway in which he maintained a clean sheet in both matches and now the head coach of Scotland is forced to consider on whom to pick for their upcoming matches.
“We’ve had three clean sheets and David Marshall has been a part of that,”
“He now has a nice presence about him. I’ve known him a long time and he now has that presence that he didn’t have when he was younger. It’s not arrogance; it’s just a self-confidence that he has.
“He hasn’t changed off the pitch. He is still the same quiet, unassuming man. But there is now a presence on the pitch.” said Strachan.
The pressure rises for Gordon Strachan on choosing a veteran goalkeeper that has been his 1st choice man during some years or the player that has recently given him positive results.