Ahmed Elmohamady

Loan Watch: Pair play

by Stuart Vose

Elmo on winning side, but cup misery for Ryan.

Ahmed Elmohamady’s Hull City climbed into the Npower Championship play-offs with a narrow 1-0 win over Barnsley last weekend.

The on-loan Egyptian winger played the full 90 minutes as the Tigers prevailed thanks to Sone Aluko’s 16th-minute strike.

Elmohamady has been a key player for City under former Sunderland boss Steve Bruce.

However, the news wasn’t so good for striker Ryan Noble, who played for Hartlepool as they crashed to a 6-1 defeat at Chesterfield in the FA Cup with Budweiser.

The Spireites were 4-0 up inside an hour and went on to romp home, leaving caretaker boss Micky Barron fuming.

“We have asked the players and we’ve really soul searched at times this season and said we want to stop these things happening but it doesn’t seem like we can at the minute,” he told Pools’ official website.

“What I said to them in there is we’ve got defenders who don’t defend, they are on the pitch but at times they don’t defend.

“It’s like a roller coaster, we have a little up and then a massive down and today’s the biggest down we could have had. 

“I think ‘embarrassed’ is probably the right word for it.”