Date:4th November 2011 at 1:56am
Written by:
Richie De Laet

United's young defender has his work cut out at Norwich

Robbie Brady lasted 61 minutes during Hull’s 1-0 win at Nottingham Forest. The striker who had been enjoying good form of late looked tired in this tense game with rejuvenated Forest in buoyant mood since the arrival of new manager Steve Cotterill.

The goal came in the 74th minute when former Forest captain Paul McKenna played Mclean through to beat Lee Camp. Hull have now lost only two of their last 25 away games and are up to sixth. They could have jumped up to third had they beaten Danny Drinkwater’s Barnsley on Wednesday evening but the Tykes managed to edge a close 2-1 in which Drinkwater assisted the winning goal.

Hull were left to rue Matty Fryatt’s first-half penalty miss which was won by Brady after being hauled down in the box by Jimmy McNulty. Brady was substituted after an hour as the Tigers chased the game while Drinkwater lasted an additional 10 minutes.
Drinkwater was the stand-out player for Barnsley at the weekend too as he hustled and harried in the Tykes’ 2-1 home loss to Bristol City. The 21-year-old gave away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kalifa Cisse and was booked for the foul. Drinkwater also had an effort from inside the penalty area which went harmlessly over the bar.

Ryan Tunnicliffe was his usual energetic self in Peterborough’s 3-2 loss at Watford on Saturday. The 18-year-old crossed in a number of balls for forward Emile Sinclair while swinging the ball over after trying a half-volley to try and put his side in the lead. Tunners started again on Wednesday night as Peterborough travelled to league-leaders Southampton who scored two early goals in a 2-1 win at St Mary’s. Tunnicliffe had little impact on the game and was culled after 51 minutes for Emile Sinclair who pulled one back for the visitors. Scott Wooton was not involved in either game for The Posh.

Ritchie De Laet will have no better chance than this to reclaim his place in the Norwich side as he sat out their 3-3 draw with bottom club Blackburn. The Canaries had to come back from two goals down to salvage a point at home after Junior Hoillet, Christopher Samba and Yakubu found the net for Rovers.

Sam Johnstone is still recovering from a dislocated finger so was not involved in Scunthorpe’s 4-2 win over 10-man Tranmere. Oliver Norwood started for the Iron though and was in the thick of the action in centre-midfield; his most notable effort being a strong shot at goal from 30 yards which was blocked by John Welsh. The youngster was also booked for unsporting behaviour.

Norwegian attacker Joshua King had a similar fate, as he made the bench but didn’t manage to come on in Borussia Monchengladbach’s 2-1 win against Hannover.

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