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Merciless Keble martyr Saints

first_imgKeble 71 – 17 St. Anne’s/St. John’s Keble, staking their claim to retain the Cuppers title, thoroughly outplayed St. Anne’s/St. John’s in a onesided quarter final clash. They showcased what they are capable of, and proved that they remain the team to beat this year. The two teams last met in 2005, in the depths of Division Three at the beginning of Keble’s epic march to the summit of college rugby. Then, as now, the huge margin of Keble’s victory reflected a corresponding gulf in training and fitness. The Saints arrived in the quarterfinals having eked out the narrowest of victories against Worcester, their sixth straight win this season, during which they earned the Division Three title. Keble, meanwhile, were rattled by Magdalen’s spirited challenge, clawing back the lead only towards the end of a tense and brutal encounter. However, if the League and Cuppers champions know anything it is how to win, their unbeaten record stretching back more than a year. From the match’s beginning, Keble were ruthless in executing their game plan, pinning the Saints back with accurate kicks and using their well-drilled pack. Driving mauls from the line-out produced four tries in the first half alone. The experienced Brendan McKerchar at the base of the scrum and a raft of other University players marshalled the disciplined home side to make victory quickly seem inevitable. The Saints looked intimidated by their renowned opponents, and suffered from poor decision-making when in possession, allowing the Keble backs to test the defences out wide and run in tries of their own. Frustration led to a caution for Saints enforcer Ed Slack, who lashed out at his opposite number having made a fearsome covering tackle. Despite pace in the front row and throughout the pack, making them competitive at the breakdown, Saints looked bereft of answers and by half-time the match looked as if it might provide little more than kicking practice for the Keble fly-half. However, the underdogs emerged from the break looking much less cowed, with flanker George Nava leading a series of ferocious tackles to earn turnover ball. Centre Dan Simon displayed trademark panache to take advantage of one of these and sprinted over the Keble try-line, which had never before looked at all threatened. Mildly perturbed, Keble did not relax the pressure and maintained a stranglehold on the set pieces, reducing the Saints to feeding from scraps. Their glut of possession was well-used by strong runners who maintained a steady stream of tries throughout the second half. Playing for pride, the Saints were unbowed and snatched a second try through Matt Jones’ interception. While the result was beyond doubt, there was still a large and partisan crowd to impress. The match remained competitive to the last, both sides having to defend their own lines and doing so with intensity. The uniformly powerful Keble forwards drove hard at the fringes of rucks, while the Saints used their own battering rams in the shape of Stuart Hindle and Oli Adams to attempt a break-through. Keble’s technical superiority and clinical training eventually won them this contest and allowed them to open up an unassailable lead. However, the plucky Saints were able to get the last word, stringing together a genuinely impressive run of plays to put scrum-half Matt Evans-Young over in the corner. Keble laid down a marker of their superiority in this match, and their semi-final opponents will have to find a way to contain their heavy physical firepower. It is testament to their discipline and refusal to relax while on top that not since November 2006 has a side put more than 17 points on them in a league match. The Saints meanwhile should not be dispirited by defeat from the masters.by Huw Davies and Peter Woodlast_img read more


A day in the life of…

first_img6.30amThe alarm goes off and I head for the kitchen, where I make myself a cup of tea. The first cup of the day is always the best! Before long, I hear my family up and about. My youngest daughter Caron is a real morning person – must take after her old man.7.15amI leave my house in the Lake District and head for the office on the Wirral. I’m no sooner out of the drive than the phone rings – it’s one of my key account managers calling with good news. We’ve recently conducted trials for a key customer on one of our soft roll concentrates. The results have been extremely positive and we’ve won the business. What a result!I turn on the radio for the news headlines, then switch to Radio 2.9.00amI arrive at the office in record time, despite being bumper-to-bumper along the M6. I start reading my e-mails, when our head of product development drops in. He updates me on a new cake mix we’re developing – it’s looking very promising and we agree the next step is to run a trial with a customer. We’re conscious that consumer demands are constantly changing, which is why we continually seek to innovate and update our products.9.30amI listen to my messages – there’s one from the sales director at one of our major wholesalers. I call him back and he tells me one of our competitors is looking to gain market share in a particular area – something we’re keen to prevent. We discuss how best to tackle this and end the call on a happy note – one of the products we’ve been promoting is selling better than ever. Onwards and upwards!10.00amI grab a cup of coffee on the way to meet the marketing team. Top of the agenda are plans for the launch of our new range of healthier bread ingredients. The range consists of concentrates and dough conditioners that respond to the healthy eating trend, including low-GI, reduced salt, higher fibre and clean label propositions. Research shows us there’s a massive demand for ’bread with bits in’ and this has created a major buzz internally in anticipation of the launch. We’re keen to help bakers remind their customers that bread is good for you and understand the benefits of the healthier options available.Staying with the better-for-you theme, we discuss plans to further promote the Apricot and Raisin Cookie, launched at this year’s IFE trade show, following the success of our Nestlé branded lines, and it’s performing well in terms of both sales and positive feedback. The product appeals to both adults and children as it’s a healthier alternative to traditional sweet treats.11.30pmI start work on a presentation for the next monthly meeting of the European leadership team in Italy. At these meetings we share best practice in terms of product development and new ideas. We’re part of CSM, Europe’s largest bakery supplier, and we like to pool our ideas regularly.12.30pmTime for lunch and I head to the staff canteen, where I bump into my colleagues from other departments. We have a quick chat before I return to my office for an appointment. It’s a hectic day, but I really enjoy being on the go.1.00pmI meet with Julie, one of my key account managers, who is also mentor to the latest trainee joining the company’s graduate training scheme. We plan an induction programme, giving our new recruit a taste of all areas of the business. After two years, he should be ready to join our sales team as a fully fledged account executive.2.30pmI meet with the human resources manager to review applications we’ve received for a vacancy in my team. There are a few promising candidates and we agree to invite them for interview next week.3.45pmI put the finishing touches to another presentation for our national sales conference next week. I’m pleased to see that the figures look healthy – we must be doing something right.4.30pmIt’s time to prepare for a meeting tomorrow with one of our customers in Wales. I’ll be seeing one of my account managers beforehand to review progress.I try to touch base with each member of the team regularly for a one-to-one, to stay informed of their progress. I’m delighted to lead such a closely knit team.5.30pmI leave the office and head home. This is one of the best parts of the day, as I can really relax and gather my thoughts. As I approach the Lake District, I take in a gorgeous view of the fells – perhaps I’ll get my walking boots on and head out there this weekend…7.30pmI arrive home and my wife Jacqueline has prepared dinner. We catch up on the events of the day.My evenings are spent with my family. Tonight, my daughter, Nadia, shows me some of her homework. I don’t remember it being so difficult when I was at school, but then that was some time ago. nlast_img read more


Celebration Cake Maker of the Year

first_imgThe Celebration Cake Maker of the Year category is open to everyone, ranging from small cake-making specialists right up to celebration cake suppliers to supermarkets.All you need to do to enter this award is be able to demonstrate your individual skills in this field. What sets you apart from the competition? Tell us, in your entry, why you and your cakes are truly worth celebrating.”As a company with significant heritage and a passion for innovation, it’s always exciting for us to see new and established talent excelling in the industry,” says Nicola Hemming, category judge and applications technologist from Renshaw.”Innovation and excellence are two of our core values and it’s always pleasing to see entrants who share those values. The entries for this particular category are always the most eagerly anticipated and we are always amazed by the fantastic creations and the outstanding skills on display.”Tony Sharpe, MD of Renshaw, who has recently joined the industry, comments: “This is my first year of being involved with the Baking Industry Awards and I feel this is an excellent opportunity for companies to showcase their individual talents. We are extremely proud to sponsor such a vibrant and creative category.”He adds: “It’s a unique opportunity for employers to celebrate the achievements of their colleagues and the rewards for the winner are substantial – both in terms of industry recognition and the prize itself.”Renshaw has been supplying the UK baking industry for over a century, producing marzipan products, and launched its first sugarpaste in the 1950s. Its full product portfolio now includes ready-to-roll icing, caramel, cooking chocolate and jams. Renshaw supplies the manufacturing, wholesale, retail, foodservice and sugarcraft markets.last_img read more


Phish Debuted Two New Songs Over The Weekend [Watch]

first_imgWith Phish’s summer tour now underway, fans continue to expect the unexpected at each show. The band has given their loyal followers a bounty of surprises, between a cappella David Bowie covers, bust out Beatles covers, and, of course, new music. After working on a new album for the first half of the year, it’s no surprise that the band has been steadily sharing a stream of new songs.After a bust-out heavy opener in Minnesota, Phish settled into Wrigley Field for a two-night run to remember. The band took the opportunity to share a brand new track, titled “Miss You,” during the first set of the first show. The slower ballad was a nice emotional moment, sandwiched between “Sand” and “The Wedge.”Listen to “Miss You” below, via YouTube user Tom Rowles.The next debut came at the Klipsch Music Center last Sunday, June 26th, when the band again took a moment out of the first set to share a new song. Titled “Breath and Burning,” the slower funky jam was a treat after a fun “Lawn Boy,” and got fans excited to hear what more could come.Listen to “Breath and Burning” below, via YouTube user shinepigeon 2.0.Phish’s summer tour continues tonight, June 28th, with two nights at the Mann Center in Philadelphia, PA. Who knows what new material they’ll bust out there?For those who are coming out to Phish’s three night run at Saratoga Performing Arts Center this weekend, don’t miss some great after party action at the nearby venue, Putnam Den. The room will be hosting The Heavy Pets’ 80’s Dance Party on night one, Pink Talking Fish on night two, and a unique Frank Zappa tribute with members of Zappa’s band, Dopapod, RAQ, Digital Tape Machine and more! You can get all the information you need about those shows, as well as a contest to win tickets, right here.last_img read more


Donald Glover Talks Controversial “This Is America” Video, Singing With Stevie Wonder On Kimmel [Video]

first_imgIt’s safe to say that Emmy-winning actor/director/writer Donald Glover, also know Grammy-winning artist Childish Gambino, has been the talk of the entertainment world this week. In addition to his incredibly successful (and equally controversial) new music video, his new movie, Solo: A Star Wars Story, just premiered, and the finale of his highly-acclaimed second season of Atlanta ran on FX on Thursday evening.On last weekend’s Saturday Night Live, Glover pulled double-duty as both host and musical guest. Along with various entertaining sketches, Glover used his two on-air Childish Gambino performances to debut two new songs, “Saturday” and “This Is America”—his first new songs since his acclaimed 2016 album, Awaken, My Love! Following the SNL debuts, Gambino released a visually captivating and thematically controversial new music video for “This Is America”, which strikingly juxtaposes the joyful machismo and the harrowing violence and fear that come along with being a black man in America. Watch the video below:Childish Gambino – “This Is America” [Official Video][Video: Donald Glover]The clip instantly became a cultural phenomenon, sparking outrage among some critics for its graphic depictions of gun violence, inspiring praise from others for its high-concept brilliance. As of this article’s publication time–less than 6 days after the video’s release–it has already racked up more than 75 million views on YouTube. Countless editorials, think-pieces, and the like have flooded the Internet, with people pointing out a bevy of hidden layers and offering their takes on the clip. However, one person who has notably not offered their interpretation of the “This Is America” video is Gambino himself: In a clip obtained by TMZ, Glover is asked by paparazzi what the meaning of the video was. His answer, smiling wryly: “Uh… That’s not for me to say.”Last night, Glover joined Jimmy Kimmel Live! to promote Solo: A Star Wars Story, the newly premiered Han Solo origin story spinoff in which he plays the role of Lando Calrissian. In addition to speaking about the significance of landing that role (“[Lando] was my first action figure”), Glover spoke about the surreal experience of being plucked from the crowd unexpectedly to sing with Stevie Wonder onstage earlier this week (Glover’s a longtime superfan, and this was his first time seeing him play), and explained how he’s mostly been oblivious to the frenzy surrounding the “This Is America” video. As he noted:Some friends have sent a couple [pieces], but for real, I haven’t been on the Internet since [before hosting last week’s Saturday Night Live]. … It’s bad for me – I’m really sensitive … I see one negative thing, and I track that person down. I go to their Instagram and be like, ‘You’re not so great. That baby’s not even that cute!’You can watch clips from Donald Glover’s appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live below:Donald Glover On the “This Is America” Music VideoDonald Glover on Landing the Role of Lando in Solo: A Star Wars StoryDonald Glover on Singing with Stevie WonderDonald Glover on The Album He Has Listened To The Mostlast_img read more


Decision on the introduction of an extraordinary high-speed line

first_imgPhoto: Pixabay.com The Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia has made a Decision on the introduction of the extraordinary high-speed line Olib-Silba-Premuda-Zadar and vice versa for the supply of the island The decision is available at connectors.  The extraordinary high-speed line will also include the island of Ist due to the supply of the island, and the line will be maintained 4 times a week while measures to restrict public transport in liner coastal maritime traffic are in force.  The County Civil Protection Headquarters is obliged to ensure the implementation and supervision of the implementation of this Decision. last_img


Trump calls for national unity against coronavirus

first_imgUS President Donald Trump on Tuesday called for a unified national response to the coronavirus threat, after coming under fire for downplaying the pandemic and allowing states to go their own way.Trump’s call came as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the White House was presenting a massive economic stimulus plan to Congress and was looking at sending direct payments to all Americans, as well as aid to embattled airlines.Bringing home that nobody is immune to catching the virus, one of the world’s most high-profile athletes, National Basketball Association star Kevin Durant, reportedly confirmed he tested positive. In a White House appearance that was striking for its mostly measured and sober tone, Trump praised the Democratic governors of New York and California — whom he has frequently tangled with — and excoriated states that were not adhering to strict new guidelines on social distancing.”We are looking to save the maximum number of lives. Everything else is going to come back, but a life is not going to come back,” Trump said.The number of US cases has surged to almost 6,400, according to a tracker maintained by Johns Hopkins University, with 100 deaths according to an AFP tally.The outbreak has spread to all 50 US states after West Virginia confirmed its first case Tuesday. Topics :center_img Those figures seemed to be driving a sense of urgency as schools close their doors, businesses shift to teleworking and hospitals prepare to meet a wave of expected patients.Trump has been repeatedly accused of underplaying the pandemic, particularly in its early stages, in order to avoid spooking the markets.But he no longer appeared to be using that playbook and hailed a markedly improved feeling of bipartisanship.”It’s been a great thing to see… getting along with Democrats, getting along with Republicans,” said Trump. “There’s been a lot of spirit with things happening that I haven’t seen in almost three and a half years.”A coronavirus drive-thru testing site is up and running at the Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center on March 17, 2020 at Jones Beach State Park, New York. It is the first drive thru coronavirus testing site on Long Island. The World Health Organization declared coronavirus (COVID-19) a global pandemic on March 11th. (AFP/Getty Images/Al Bello)Most cases in New York The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday issued new guidelines to be followed for up to two weeks, advising against gatherings of more than 10 people and urging against visiting public spaces like restaurants or gyms.That led to criticism of public officials who had just days earlier called for people to go about their daily lives — including Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt and Californian congressman Devin Nunes, both Republicans.Democratic presidential primaries nevertheless went ahead Tuesday in three states — Florida, Illinois and Arizona.A top coronavirus task force official, Deborah Birx, said: “We believe that every mayor and every governor should implement these guidelines that came from the White House and the President of the United States.”The US epidemic had been centered on northwest Washington state, but new figures give New York state the highest number of cases with almost 1,400.Asked his views on when the national epidemic was set to peak, Anthony Fauci, the head of infectious diseases at the National Institutes of Health, told reporters at the White House that 45 days “is not unreasonable.”He said the taskforce would evaluate if even more draconian measures were required in the next two weeks.And he called for young people to play their part by remaining at home even if they themselves were not particularly vulnerable to the illness.A member of the press has their temperature taken during a COVID-19 pandemic briefing at the White House March 17, 2020, in Washington, DC. – The coronavirus outbreak has transformed the US virtually overnight from a place of boundless consumerism to one suddenly constrained by nesting and social distancing.The crisis tests all retailers, leading to temporary store closures at companies like Apple and Nike, manic buying of food staples at supermarkets and big-box stores like Walmart even as many stores remain open for business — albeit in a weirdly anemic consumer environment. ( AFP/Brendan Smialowski)’Very accurate’ Trump’s administration is drawing up a massive emergency spending package while the Federal Reserve has opened the floodgates of financing to contain the growing economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic.Twice on Tuesday it announced new credit facilities. The latest will provide funding for up to 90 days to major financial institutions known as primary dealers, the Fed said.Earlier Tuesday it unveiled a facility to help households and businesses stay afloat.The president called for bipartisan support for rushing out immediate cash payments to American families.Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the emergency spending measures could surpass $1 trillion, in addition to $300 billion in deferred tax payments — far greater than during the global financial meltdown that began in 2008.While Tuesday’s appearance by the president signaled a shift in rhetoric — there was one area where he remained particularly combative, still referring to the pathogen as the “Chinese virus” despite objections from Beijing.”It did come from China, so I think it’s very accurate,” he said, indicating it was payback for a Chinese disinformation campaign that called the virus a US bioweapon.Durant, of the Brooklyn Nets, is reportedly one of four players from the team who tested positive.”We’re going to get through this,” The Athletic website quoted him as saying.last_img read more


Bikes help New Yorkers ride out coronavirus lockdown

first_imgWhen America’s oldest bike shop opened, the Spanish flu was ravaging New York. More than a century later, it’s helping residents work and stay sane as cycling takes on a vital role during the coronavirus pandemic.While almost all stores were ordered to close for the Big Apple’s COVID-19 shutdown, bike shops like Bellitte Bicycles were deemed essential businesses and allowed to stay open.They have proven a godsend for New Yorkers needing to commute to hospitals, migrant workers delivering takeouts and cooped-up residents desperate to escape their cramped apartments for some solitary exercise. Bellitte Bicycles is the oldest continuously owned bike shop in the United States, according to Bellitte, who is the third generation of his family to own the store.It opened the year a flu pandemic killed about 30,000 New Yorkers, operated during the Great Depression, World War Two, the 9/11 attacks and Hurricane Sandy, which caused devastation in 2012.”We’ve seen it all. The coronavirus pandemic is like coming full circle,” Bellitte, 56, told AFP, adding that he thinks this is the worst crisis yet “because of the uncertainty.”For many workers, New York’s shutdown, which Governor Andrew Cuomo extended until April 29, has made them rely on a bicycle for the first time. Oliver Bucknor — 50 years old and originally from the Caribbean island of Jamaica — lost his job as a van driver when the deadly outbreak started spreading across the city early last month.He bought an old bike from his landlord for $250 and brought it into Bellitte’s for a tune-up before embarking on a new job delivering food.”A bike is a lifeline for a lot of people,” he told AFP. “It allows me to keep making a living.”Other residents are making use of Citi Bikes, New York’s popular bicycle share scheme, which the government has temporarily made free to overwhelmed health care staff.  Emily Rogers, a 27-year-old social worker, started cycling the half-hour to and from the public hospital where she works on a Citi Bike after she became concerned about using the subway.”It’s nice to be outside for a little bit and not feel guilty about it,” Rogers told AFP, adding that she’ll probably stick with cycling once New York reopens.Citi Bike has expanded the cleaning of its bikes. Staff placed at popular docking stations disinfect the two-wheelers when they are returned by customers.Rides increased as the virus first started to cause concern but they fell once residents were ordered to work from home later in March.During the lockdown, the most popular docks have switched from being outside train and bus stations to near hospitals, suggesting medical staff and relatives visiting COVID-19 patients are relying on Citi Bikes.”This is not a normal ridership pattern,” a Citi Bikes spokesperson told AFP.For other New Yorkers, cycling is a way to stay healthy and kill the boredom of a weeks-long lockdown, even if it means pedalling without friends. “It’s good for your body, it’s good for your soul, it’s good for your mind,” said Peter Storey, 64-year-old president of the New York Cycle Club.Robin Lester-Kenton, 41, needed to get her sons — aged seven and five — out of the house and has been taking advantage of an empty basketball court in Brooklyn to teach them how to cycle.”There is nothing like a magical open space right now,” she told AFP.Doom and gloom abounds too, though, as the coronavirus cripples bike tour companies, with operations halted due to the ban on social gathering and an absence of tourists. John McKee, owner of Brooklyn Giro tours, estimates the crisis has put his company back two years.”Last year we were all celebrating and going out for steak dinners. This year it’s like we’re all trying to figure out food stamps,” he said.Back at Bellitte Bicycles, Bellitte says it will stay open for as long as they remain healthy themselves. “If one of our guys shows symptoms we’ll have to close.”Topics : “Business has been good but it’s also about serving the community,” said co-owner Sal Bellitte, whose grandfather opened the shop, situated in the Jamaica area of Queens, in 1918.As inhabitants skip buses and subway trains due to social distancing and enjoy streets devoid of usual traffic, bike shops are one of the few businesses doing a decent trade.”Business is booming,” said 29-year-old Paris Correa, who recently started working at Bike Stop, another outlet in Queens. “I was hired because the owner knew it was going to be crazy.”Residents are getting old bikes spruced up or buying new ones to compensate for canceled Pilates classes and closed gyms while delivery men stop by to get brakes or gears fixed.last_img read more


Nicolas Pepe impressed Jose Mourinho during visits to Lille following Manchester United exit

first_img Coral BarryMonday 2 Sep 2019 12:28 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link383Shares Pepe lit up Ligue 1 last season at Lille (Picture: Getty)‘They were playing 4-4-2 and he was the right sided player.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He knows how to defend, to play in the 4-4-2 as the right winger, you know how to defend, not only that area but also the inside.‘He does that very well. When he has the ball and also without the ball, he is very effective and very direct. Nicolas Pepe impressed Jose Mourinho during visits to Lille following Manchester United exit Arsenal 2-2 Tottenham: Unai Emery press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:47FullscreenArsenal 2-2 Tottenham: Unai Emery press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/arsenal-2-2-tottenham-unai-emery-press-conference-1997076/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘The goals that he misses against Arsenal, he normally doesn’t miss it.‘He’s very cool in front of the keeper and I think this boy has fantastic potential.‘To play as they did last weekend against Liverpool, was out of his natural habitat.‘If they are to play three in midfield with him, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the front, looking to the movements, I think they can make it a real force.’MORE: Arsenal set asking price for Matteo Guendouzi as Paris Saint-Germain register interestMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Mourinho watched Pepe in action after his United sacking (Picture: Getty)Jose Mourinho has heaped praise on Nicolas Pepe, but urged Unai Emery to play to the forward’s strengths.Pepe started alongside Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the first time in the 2-2 draw against Tottenham, grabbing his first assist for his side.Mourinho watched Pepe in action several times last season after losing his job at Manchester United and explained the 24-year-old’s best position.‘Last season after I left United, I went a few times to Lille because my friend is the coach there [Christophe Galtier] so I know quite a lot about his qualities,’ Mourinho said on Sky Sports.ADVERTISEMENT Commentlast_img read more


Reds rocked by Hull defeat

first_img The Reds were without the prolific Daniel Sturridge as he began what could be a stint of up to eight weeks on the sidelines after suffering ankle ligament damage in training on Friday. Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers had recalled Victor Moses and Raheem Sterling, the latter making his first start since October 5, but they proved inadequate replacements for Sturridge and Liverpool’s consolation, a first-half equaliser, came from the more reliable source of a Steven Gerrard free-kick. Press Association Hull had gone ahead through Livermore’s first of the season, via another Skrtel deflection, and took a deserved lead when Meyler buried a low shot in the 72nd minute. Rodgers’ side lost all sense of shape as they attempted to retrieve the game and conceded a third when Tom Huddlestone’s off-target effort was nodded home by Skrtel. For Hull, it was a memorable afternoon and a season’s best performance – just the boost required after last week’s defeat to lowly Crystal Palace. Hull had started the day by digesting another round of inflammatory comments from owner Assem Allam. His proposals to rebrand the club as Hull Tigers led to the formation of an opposing “City Till We Die” fans’ group and Allam told a Sunday newspaper that members of it could “die as soon as they want”. With the match just a couple of minutes old supporters in the East Stand gave their response, chanting: “We’re Hull City, we’ll die when we want.” The match itself quickly settled into a pattern of Liverpool going forward and Hull clearing their lines. The Reds forced three corners in the first six minutes, but the hosts stood up well to Gerrard’s delivery. There were hints that Hull were not going to be completely passive, though, Yannick Sagbo and Livermore creating a promising counter-attack in the 14th minute only for Robert Koren to linger too long over a final ball. Nevertheless, it was still a major surprise when Hull went ahead six minutes later. Moses was culpable, giving the ball away to Ahmed Elmohamady when trying to attack from the back and bringing Livermore into the game. He exchanged a quick one-two with Meyler, advanced on goal and saw his 20-yard strike loop past Simon Mignolet via a heavy deflection off Skrtel. Hull’s game plan would surely have been to grit it out until half-time with their lead intact but with 26 minutes gone Curtis Davies felled the advancing Jordan Henderson and offered Liverpool the most inviting of free-kicks. Luis Suarez appeared interested but Gerrard pulled rank. It was a decision he would not regret, bending the ball brilliantly past Allan McGregor after Skrtel pulled away from the wall to create a gap for the shot. The leveller settled Liverpool and both Gerrard and Suarez began to play with greater freedom as they probed Hull for further openings. Yet they did not muster a shot of note between them until the stroke of half-time when Suarez hit an unusually tame effort from Sterling’s clever through ball. Moments earlier Hull winger Robbie Brady was booked for diving as he tumbled in the penalty area despite Lucas Leiva making no apparent contact. Liverpool started the second period shakily, Kolo Toure at times resembling an accident waiting to happen at the back. The impetus was still on them to win the game but Moses and Sterling were offering little cutting edge in support of Suarez. Hull threatened on the hour when Davies headed a Brady free-kick a yard wide of Mignolet’s goal and the momentum began to tilt in the home side’s favour. Huddlestone almost capped an impressive performance with a neat touch and shot from the edge of the area and Hull pressed home their advantage at the next attempt. Meyler was the scorer, driving into the bottom corner after his initial strike was blocked by Toure, but Davies, Sagbo and Livermore all had a hand in the build-up. Just before the goal McGregor made a brave close-range save to deny Moses, a contribution just as vital to the cause. Liverpool went to pieces in the last 15 minutes, frequently leaving themselves exposed as they threw numbers forward. A third goal seemed inevitable and came when Sagbo met a hopeful punt from the back and held the ball up long enough for Huddlestone to arrive in the box. His chance to finally end a long goal drought – and go for the haircut he has promised to have when he next scores – was not taken as his shot looked to be heading well wide until Skrtel intervened and left Mignolet stranded. Liverpool lost ground on table-topping Arsenal as strikes from Jake Livermore and David Meyler, as well as a Martin Skrtel own goal, handed Hull a surprise 3-1 victory at the KC Stadium.last_img read more