Soccer gossip: Inquests on Hull City, Huddersfield Town, Bantams, Owls, Blades

HULL CITY boss Steve Bruce will look to the transfer market to bring in some defensive cover in the wake of his side’s 3-2 home Championship loss to Blackpool.

Two mistakes in the final twenty minutes - gifting goals for subs Kevin Phillips and Nouha Dicko - turned Tuesday’s night’s game on its head as the Tangerines rallied from a 2-1 deficit to plunder three unlikely points.

It sealed a third successive loss for City, who have leaked nine goals in their past three Championship matches.

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With Alex Bruce leaving the fray with a groin problem just before half-time - and doubtful for Saturday’s derby at Sheffield Wednesday - and James Chester and Jack Hobbs also on the sidelines, Tigers chief Bruce is set to be busy over the next couple of days, attempting to bring in another defensive recruit.

On his side’s second consecutive home loss, he rued: “You can’t keep accepting the mistakes, so the only thing I can do is shake it up a bit.

“Certainly with the injuries we’ve got, I think we’ll have to at Sheffield Wednesday and bring in a little bit of experience.

“It’s not all about shape, we’re being punished for basic mistakes.”

Meanwhile, Wednesday boss Dave Jones saluted his side’s “magnificent” effort after the Owls rallied to claim a point in a 3-3 draw at Charlie Austin-inspired Burnley.

The Owls were behind three times to the Clarets, but hit back each time to end their six-game losing streak thanks to a Chris O’Grady brace and late Michail Antonio strike.

Jones said: “We were magnificent. I think we had 15 shots to their six or seven. If we defended a bit better from crosses, we’d have got more joy.

“We deserved to win.”

Barnsley boss Keith Hill believed his side did not deserve anything from their 2-0 defeat to Peterborough which cost them their unbeaten home start to the season.

Posh opened the scoring in the second minute when George Boyd poked home after Shaun Brimley’s header hit the post.

Eight minutes later, they doubled their lead when Tyrone Barnett headed home after a cross from Tommy Rowe.

Hill said: “We didn’t deserve anything from this game. I thought Peterborough were excellent value for the points and I thought Boyd was outstanding. He is everything that I want from a player.

“Our performance players didn’t perform.”

Huddersfield Town boss Simon Grayson could not hide his admiration for Anthony Knockaert despite overseeing his side’s second successive defeat in a 2-0 home loss to Leicester City.

The Foxes ace fired two stunning strikes to seal a fourth successive win for the visitors and second successive loss for Town.

Grayson said: “The lad will never score two better goals in his life.

“I thought he had entered the Olympic diving competition when he went down at one point and rolled 20 times in the corner but he is a fantastic talent.”

The Town chief said his players were “shell-shocked” after their latest reverse and admitted: “We have had a reality check in the last two games.

Doncaster Rovers boss Dean Saunders was also in rueful form after his side slumped to their second home reverse of the campaign in a 3-1 home reverse to Preston, with Rovers gifting two set-piece goals to Graham Westley’s Lilywhites.

Saunders, who held a lengthy after-match inquest into the loss, said: “It was a bad day at the office and we’ve got to roll our sleeves up and beat Shrewsbury on Saturday.

“They scored two goals from set-pieces and apart from when they hit the post in the first half, their only other shot from open play was when they scored their third.”

A late Paul Gallagher strike extended Sheffield United’s unbeaten start to the League One season in a 2-1 win at Hartlepool - with Blades boss Danny Wilson delighted with his side’s fortitude.

Steve Howard cancelled out Dave Kitson’s opener 12 minutes from time, but the Blades dug deep to chisel out a spirited victory.

Wilson added: “What impressed me the most was we didn’t panic. We struck to our guns and got the win we wanted.

“Yes, we rode our luck at times and some people might say we didn’t deserve all three points.

“But I don’t really care because we’ve played better in the past and not got what we warranted.”

Meanwhile, Bradford City were today assessing the severity of Kyel Reid’s groin injury as he faces a spell on the sidelines - after the influential winger came off after just 26 minutes of last year’s Roses stalemate at Rochdale.

And Bantams’ no.2 Steve Parkin admits he fears the worst, adding: “Matty (Barrass, the Bradford physio) will have a good look at him in the next couple of days but I think he will be struggling for a while.”

Goals in each half from Junior Brown and sub Steven Gillespie saw York City lose out 2-0 at home to fellow League Two newcomers Fleetwood, with boss Gary Mills having few complaints after his side’s below-par second period.

Mills admitted: “There’s no arguments from me. I thought my players were excellent for 45 minutes and I was disappointed to go in one down, but we were still positive coming out second half but never really got going.”