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Reports: Klopp, Coleman, Meyler give big donations to Sean Cox fund

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Several familiar Premier League names, two from Merseyside, have contributed big donations to the GoFundMe page aimed at helping injured Liverpool supporter Sean Cox.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, Everton fullback Seamus Coleman, and longtime Hull City man David Meyler (now at Reading) each have reportedly donated approximately $5700 to help Cox, who was attacked by AS Roma fans before a UEFA Champions League match at Anfield.

Coleman and Meyler play internationally for the Republic of Ireland, where Cox lives.

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Cox’s wife Martina explained the long road to recovery for the Liverpool fan.

“He’s not sitting up. He can move himself up a little bit, but to put him into a wheelchair they have to use a hoist so that’ll tell you where he’s at,” said Martina.

There was also an anonymous $5,700 (5000 Euros) donation made today.

One of the Roma supporters was sentenced to three years in jail for his role in the attack.

Klopp dedicated the Reds’ run to the Champions League Final to Cox, and Roma wore shirts bearing his name in training.

Walcott, Giroud nab braces as Arsenal cruises to FA Cup quarters

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Olivier Giroud‘s opener against Hull City in Tuesday’s FA Cup replay got close to a bona fide assist from David Meyler.

As you may know, Meyler is on the other team.

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The Tigers midfielder gifted an inexplicably poor choice of a bad pass right on the money to Giroud, who walked onto the ball as the Hull players assumed there was intention behind it.

Yes, it was that bad.

Fortunately and unfortunately for Meyler, the end result was a blowout. Giroud scored again, and Theo Walcott scored a brace of his own in the second half to push the Gunners into a quarterfinal match against Watford on March 13.

Arsenal is looking to become the first three-peat winners of the FA Cup since Blackburn Rovers in 1886.

Hull City 0-0 Manchester United: Tigers go down after squandering chances

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Hull City were relegated to English soccer’s second-tier on Sunday, as the Tigers drew 0-0 with 10-man Manchester United at the KC Stadium.

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Steve Bruce’s side threw everything at United but after scoring just 33 times all season, it was clear that Hull’s lack of composure in front of goal is the main reason they will be playing in the Championship next season.

“It is one of those awful experience,” Bruce said. “This is a particularly low time. We are not in the big league.”

The Tigers had two goals disallowed in the first half, squandered some glorious chances and tested a shaky Victor Valdes in goal for United.

“Too many times I have come out and said we have not done bad but we have not scored,” Bruce said. “That is 17 or 18 times we have not scored.”

 

Hull’s failure to win meant they were relegated, as Newcastle’s win against West Ham hammered the final nail in their coffin. The Tigers finished the season on 35 points in 18th and United finished in fourth on 70 points.

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Predictably, Hull came flying out of the traps early on as Dame N’Doye headed an effort towards goal but then Wayne Rooney clipped the bar at the other end shortly after.

Angel Di Maria and Ahmed Elmohamady collided which saw the later come off injured in the first half despite getting his first start since March. Hull continued to push for the opener and Chris Smalling cleared at the back post with Nikica Jelavic crashing in. Then Hull thought they went ahead in the 19th minute as Victor Valdes fumbled the ball under pressure from David Meyler and Paul McShane tapped home but he was offside. No goal.

Moments later Hull again had an effort ruled out for offside as Valdes first made a wonderful save from Elmohamady and then Stephen Quinn’s shot was deflected in by N’Doye but the Hull striker was in an offside position.

In the second half Meyler somehow put the ball over the bar from eight yards out after a wonderful knockdown from Jelavic in what was a huge chance for the Tigers to take the lead.

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Hull continued to press and Valdes completely missed a cross and then Daley Blind hacked off the line as United survived. After that both McShane and N’Doye went close as the Tigers didn’t give up but were running out of time.

Sone Aluko’s shot was then flicked towards goal by Jelavic but Valdes made a wonderful reaction stop as Hull just couldn’t go ahead. N’Doye somehow stayed on the pitch after appearing to punch Phil Jones in the stomach, and then all hell broke loose in Yorkshire.

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Substitute Fellaini was sent off for a terrible challenge on McShane as United played the final 15 minutes with 10-men at the KC. Valdes then parried down another ball and Hernandez somehow missed the ball completely  as another big chance went begging for Hull.

The game finished 0-0, as Hull’s stay in the PL ended after being promoted in 2013.

LINEUPS

Hull City: Harper, Dawson, Chester (Hernandez, 70′), McShane, Elmohamady, Brady, Huddlestone, Meyler (Robertson, 86′), Quinn, N’Doye (Aluko, 71′), Jelavic.

Manchester United: Valdes, Valencia, Smalling, Jones, Rojo, Blind, Herrera, Di Maria (Januzaj, 23′), Mata (Wilson, 73′), Young (Fellaini, 59′), Rooney

Red card: Fellaini (77′)

Hull City’s Meyler on relegation scrap: “Pressure is for tires”

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David Meyler and the Hull City Tigers need to beat Manchester United on Sunday, and hope Newcastle United falls to West Ham United in order to keep their status as members of the Premier League.

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While John Carver is still shocked Newcastle could go down, Meyler’s take is one of acceptance and perseverance. The 25-year-old Republic of Ireland midfielder said the Tigers aren’t worried about the weight of the occasion getting to them.

From HullCityTigers.com:

“We have a saying in Ireland that pressure is for tyres. This is a game of football and we have to look forward to it. We know we need to win it and we know we’re more than capable of doing that.

“Away from home we’ve taken points from the big teams, and we’ve beaten Everton and Liverpool at home. We were 2-0 up after 15 minutes against Manchester United at home last season, so we know what we can do and what we’re capable of. We also believe that we can do it.

“We’ve worked towards this game all week and we’re all looking forward to it. “

It would be a double bonus if Hull could survive by bouncing Newcastle United to the Championship. The former Sunderland player was infamously head butted by then-Magpies manager Alan Pardew last season.

Watch Live: Hull City vs. Arsenal (Lineups and Live Stream)

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Hull City seeks its first win over Arsenal since 2008 when it hosts the Gunners on Monday (Watch live at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).

Laurent Koscielny makes his 200th appearance for Arsenal, which seeks to move into second place in the Premier League standings.

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Hull’s Starting XI is unchanged, though David Meyler is back in the 18.

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LINEUPS 

Hull City: Harper, Chester, Huddlestone, Brady, Livermore, McShane, Dawson, Aluko, Elmohamady, N’Doye, Quinn. Subs: McGregor, Rosenior, Bruce, Meyler, Hernandez, Jelavic, Robertson.

Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Cazorla, Ramsey, Ozil, Alexis, Giroud. Subs: Szczesny, Gibbs, Gabriel, Flamini, Wilshere, Rosicky, Walcott