RHODES NETS AGAIN

The manager of Blackburn Rovers, Gary Bowyer, has lauded Jordan Rhodes for scoring a match winning goal in the match against Watford which was played on Tuesday.

Blackburn won that game by 1-0 and moved up to no. 8 in the Championship points table. They currently have 15 points in 10 games.

Rhodes has been in great form this season. He is currently the joint leading goal scorer in the ongoing Championship. He has found the back of the net 9 times in his 9 appearances for Blackburn this season. The Huddersfield Town striker James Vaughan has also scored the same no. of goals.

Corry Evans

Corry Evans is a professional football player from the Northern Ireland, who is an international player for his national team and plays as a centre back or midfielder for the Premier League club Hull City AFC. The brother of current Manchester United defender Jonny Evans, the younger Evans began his career as a youth team player for his hometown club before being signed by the Old Trafford giants on school boy terms in 2005.

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EVANS IN SQUAD

Corry Evans has been included in the squad of Northern Ireland for the World Cup qualifying match against Israel which is going to be played on Tuesday at Windsor Park, Belfast.

Evans was not a part of the original squad that was announced a few days ago. He was warming up before the match between Hull City and Crystal Palace and while doing that, he injured his quadriceps. He was not expected to get fit before Northern Ireland’s match against Israel. So, he was left out of the squad.

But, Evans recovery was quicker and he managed to get fit on time. He went through a fitness test a couple of days back and passed that.

Evan’s return would have given a lot of relief to the Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill as Evans will strengthen the midfield.

Northern Ireland has struggled in the World Cup qualifiers so far. They are yet to secure a win in the World Cup qualifying tournament. They only have three points in the bag at this point of time and they don’t have a great chance of qualifying for the world cup.

Northern Ireland’s previous match against Russia was postponed due to heavy snowfall. It was scheduled to take place on Friday. At first, it was postponed by a day. But, the conditions didn’t change the next day. So, the match was postponed again and the new date of the match hasn’t been fixed till now.

The weather forecast for Tuesday is also not good. More snowfall is expected and the match between Northern Ireland and Israel might also have to be postponed.

At Windsor Park, Northern Ireland has so far played a couple of world cup qualifiers and in both those matches, they have shared points. They obviously wouldn’t want the same result on Tuesday as they need a win badly.

BOYD INSPIRES HULL

The former Peterborough United striker George Boyd has been inspirational Hull City team in the last two matches, as he has managed to score two goals and help the team move into the top two positions of the Championship. His recent performance against Birmingham City got a lot of praise from the manager Steve Bruce.

The 27-year-old was one of the key reasons for Hull City managing a 5-2 win over Birmingham during the weekend. This helped the move just five points within the leaders Cardiff City in the table, while they look odds-on favourites to finish in the automatic promotion places by the end of the season.

Bruce has praised George Boyd by saying that he had not seen a better home debut by a player until now. Even though there are various factors within football like tactics, systems, and formations, all go out of the window due to a special talent such as Boyd. Bruce has also placed his ability to play alongside any player due to his cleverness. Hull City have suffered just one defeat in the last five matches. As a result, they have a two-point advantage over Watford, who are in the third position. Bruce took in charge of the club only this season, and he is aiming for a return to the top flight.

"If there has been a better home debut, I haven't seen one for a long time. He was terrific from first to the last. He's a good player. You can talk about tactics, formations and systems but this kid oozes ability. He can play with anybody. He's a clever footballer. He's made the difference today at an important time," said Steve Bruce. The next few matches will be extremely tough for his club, as they will be playing the likes of Crystal Palace and Watford in the space of a month.

WE MUST SCORE

The Hull City player Corry Evans has said that the midfielders at the club should be coming in with their share of goals in order to help the team get promoted to the Premier league next season.

Hull City are one of the teams challenging for the play-off position this season, while they can easily qualify for the Premier league automatically as well. However, they need to score a lot of goals from other areas of the pitch in order to do so according to the midfielder Corry Evans. The team is currently second in the Championship table after an impressive run of form in recent weeks.

However, the Championship is a league where the fluctuations are extremely high over the course of the season. In order to avoid the team getting dropped into the play-off positions once again, Evans has said that it is not enough only if the strikers score goals because the midfielders also need to score their share as well. Midfield players like Robert Koren and Sone Aluko have been extremely brilliant for Hull City in recent weeks. They have scored 14 goals between them this season, which is one of the reasons for the team not being over reliant on the strikers.

"We can't rely on Jay Simpson, Sone Aluko and Robbie Koren, everyone needs to chip in with a goal here and there. My goalscoring record is something I'd like to improve. If you're a goalscoring midfielder, that can add a couple of million on your head. There's not many about these days and when you do find one, they're worth their weight in gold," said the 22-year-old, who is yet to open the scoring for the club in the Championship this season. He has made 22 appearances in all competitions for Hull City.

CHAMPIONSHIP IS HARD TO WIN

The Hull City manager Steve Bruce has said that the Championship is one of the difficult leagues to win in all of Europe because it is extremely full of surprises. Steve Bruce is looking to get promotion back into the Premier league with Hull City. It has been a few seasons since Hull City were last in the Premier league.

Steve Bruce does not have a lot of recent experience of managing in the Championship because he has been largely involved with Premier league clubs like Wigan and Sunderland in the last few seasons. However, he has previously secured promotion from the Championship into the Premier league with the likes of Birmingham city.

He has said that he intends still use that experience in order to help Hull City back into the top flight. Hull City have been adopting an attacking style of football in the first few weeks of the campaign. This is paid rich dividends for the clubs so far after they find themselves in the eighth position with 13 points on the board. They are only three points behind the leaders Brighton and Hove Albion. Steve Bruce reckons that he will be able to achieve promotion with Hull City if they carry on playing in the same manner.

“When you consider how just three points separate the top 10 teams in the table after eight games, that shows how close things are right now. It is often said that most teams can beat each other in this division and that has certainly been the case this season. It can be crazy at times. I suppose we only have to look at the last week or so to see just how things can change," said the Hull city manager after the 3-1 loss at the hands of Peterborough United during the weekend.

HULL BEAT LEICESTER

Corry Evans’ club, Hull City, has been defeated by Leicester City in a Championship match played on Sunday. Leicester won the match by a profound margin of 3-1. This was the fourth win in a row for Leicester. David Nugent was the hero of Leicester’s victory. The English striker scored a hat trick and took his team to a convincing victory. With this victory, Leicester has moved up to no. 7 in the points table. The position of Hull City in the points table didn’t get affected with that defeat and they are still at no. 4.

Nugent opened the scoring for Leicester in the 7th minute of the match with a powerful shot. The ball flew past the Hull City goalkeeper into the bottom corner of the goal post to give Leicester a lead of 1-0. But, Leicester didn’t manage to be ahead in the game for too long. Just after a few minutes, the leveller was scored by Jay Simpson.

Nugent again took Leicester ahead in the match just three minutes before the half time break. He capitalized on the cross of Anthony Knockaert and found the back of the net with a brilliant header. In the second half, the Hull City players should have attacked a bit more, but, surprisingly, they played with a defensive approach and let Leicester run away with the game.

The final nail was put in the coffin by Nugent in the last minute of the match when he found the net for the third time in the match by taking advantage of a wonderful pass from Lloyd Dyer. The manager of Hull City, Steve Bruce, was gutted with the end result. As per Bruce, the team deserved to lose the match. It was a horrible performance by the boys. The body language of the players was not good at all. You need to fight till the very last minute. You can’t afford to sit back and let the other team come hard at you. It was overall a pretty dismal performance.

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BRUCE BRINGS HIS SON TO HULL

New Hull city manager Steve Bruce has said that his son Alex Bruce will certainly be able to handle the pressure and perform at the new club. Steve Bruce has signed his son Alex Bruce on a two-year deal and there have been suggestions that it would cost fractions within the squad.

However, the former Sunderland manager has said that his son will not be burdened by the fact that he is the son of the manager. Alex Bruce has become the sixth major signing of the summer, as Hull city look towards getting back into the Premier league.

The 27-year-old has been training with the Championship club for the last three weeks now, and Steve Bruce has seen enough in order to persuade him that Alex Bruce can be a good signing. This is not the first time Alex Bruce will be playing under his father. The pair have been together at Birmingham city when Alex Bruce was making his name as a 20-year-old youngster. Since then, they have gone their separate ways only to be reunited at Hull city. Steve Bruce recently oversaw the 1-0 win over Rochdale in a friendly match. The confidence inspiring victory can be the foundation for a great season according to the former Sunderland manager.

"Of course it puts a bit of pressure on him being the manager's son, but he's played in the Championship for a long time and enjoyed a good career at this level. Nepotism is the word that will always crop up, and you have to think about that, but he's at an age where he can handle it. I'm sure it won't be a problem. When you look at what's going around on the Bosman market, he makes a very good free transfer," said Steve Bruce after the signing of Alex Bruce.

EVANS RULED OUT OF FRIENDLY

Former Man Utd player Corry Evans has been ruled out of the friendly that Northern Ireland were scheduled to play against Holland. Corry Evans is regarded as one of the best players within the northern Ireland squad.

Hence, it is a major blow for the national team to be able to face the 2010 World Cup runners-up in a friendly match. It could possibly be the best time to face the Dutch because they come on the back of a humiliating exit in the Euro 2012. The Dutch have failed to progress past the group stages of the competition, despite being the favourites to win it.

The Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill has said that Corry Evans came to the training session not feeling well, but the situation has worsened after taking part in light training. As a result, the decision has been taken to send Corry Evans home. A number of high profile players will be missing for Michael O'Neill to choose from ahead of this match. Corry Evans is the latest injury casualty after a long and hard season. Johnny Evans, Gareth Bale, Chris brunt, and Chris Baird are some of the players missing from the team ahead of the match.

"Corry felt a little but unwell on Wednesday when he turned up and he had deteriorated rather than improved. He pulled out of today's session very early and it made sense for Corry - and for the the health of the remainder of the the squad - that he went went home. He got a flight this afternoon. It's unfortunate for Corry but it gives an opportunity for someone else. In terms of the experience we have in the squad at the minute, I just felt Sammy was the natural choice. He captains his club and he has captained them through a very difficult season," said manager Michael O'Neill.

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