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Hull City manager Steve Bruce has confirmed that goalkeeper Allan McGregor has returned to full training and he has the possibility of featuring against Burnley in the Premier League. The Scottish international has been missed in the last few weeks.
The form of Hull City has dipped even more and they are in danger of being sucked into a relegation battle. The upcoming match against Burnley represents a great opportunity to pull themselves clear of the relegation zone given that it is against one of the teams favourites for the drop. Hull are clear favourites to get three points despite the match being away from home.
Burnley are yet to get a single win in the division since getting promoted in the summer. Their recent match ended in a 3-0 defeat against Arsenal, although they were not expected to get anything from the match against such a top outfit. Apart from McGregor, goalkeeper Steve Harper has also been absent. Despite spending a lot of money in the summer, Hull would not have been expecting themselves to find a relegation fight. Bruce has warned that despite Burnley yet to taste success this season, they remain a dangerous proposition nonetheless. One of the major problems for Burnley has been scoring goals.
“I still see Burnley as dangerous. I can’t stress that enough to the players. They are full of life and have not given up.They have a great attitude and with the manager they have, I never expect they will give up.Burnley still have a chance of survival because they are not cut adrift yet.They [McGregor and Harper] have a chance. We’ll see how they are. It was the first time they’d joined in.You have to be ready and if there’s a slight doubt, they can’t play,” said Bruce.
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Although the season has only kicked off a few weeks ago, it has been a frenetic past couple of days for Hull City’s goalkeeper Allan Mcgregor as the Scottish shot-stopper was the man of the match during the opening match of the Premier League as he maintained a clean sheet during Hull City’s match against Queens Park Rangers which helped his club on securing their first triumph of the season. Mcgregor saved a penalty kick and throughout the entire match he was busy keeping Hull City in the game until his teammate James Chester scored a goal that secured all 3 points for the club that was barely able to escape the bottom relegation zone of the previous campaign.
Hull City was knocked out of the Europa League after losing against Lokeren with a final scoreboard that displayed 2-2 and thanks to away goals; the Premier League club will no longer be performing in the European competition for this season.
It was a single moment, one mistake cost Hull City a goal that they simply couldn’t recover from and it arrived from the legs of Allan Mcgregor as he gifted the ball to Hans Vanaken at the 58th minute of the 1st leg.
Mcgregor seemed to be out of touch for a second as he passed the ball to his opponent who made no mistake on scoring the only goal of that match.
Hull boss Steve Bruce said: “We’ve had our first lesson of what playing in Europe is about. Concentration levels are paramount and we’ve made a mistake which cost us. If you make a mistake like that, at this level, it’s an awful way to lose a match. McGregor was a hero on Saturday when he saved a penalty but he’s made a mistake which has cost us.”
Lokeren travelled to the home ground of Hull City at the KC Stadium to play the 2nd leg of their Europa League fixture against the Premier League but even with 2 goals from Robbie Brady, it wasn’t enough for Hull City to claim the triumph as Lokeren only needed to score 1 goal in order to advance due to away goals.
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Hull City barely managed to avoid the bottom relegation zone of the Premier League in the previous season with 4 points being the difference which kept them alive in the English league at the 16th spot.
In order to remain fighting for another season in the Premier League, the head coach of the club Steve Bruce has managed on reinforcing his squad by signing Jake Livermore, Robert Snodgrass and Tom Ince but there still are a few more players that the English tactician wants to sign.
Steve Bruce is hoping that he can strengthen the defensive department of his squad by signing Andy Robertson from Dundee United and Michael Dawson from Tottenham. Joleon Lescott was another summer target of Bruce but unfortunately for Hull City, the player decided to join West Bromwich.
Steve Bruce is attempting to be proactive in this summer transfer window and try to sign all of the players of his wish-list as soon as possible as he wants to prepare his squad before their early start to the season which will see them playing in the Europa League.
Nicklas Bendtner is another player who has recently been linked with a move to Hull City as the former Arsenal man is currently a free agent after making 106 league appearances for the Premier League club, his contract expired and now reports are linking the Danish attacker with Hull City although this one seems to be far-fetched as Steve Bruce already has Shane Long, Nikica Jelavic and Yannick Sago at his disposal at the attacking department of the club and Bruce is focusing mostly on the defensive section of his squad.