Pearson reveals Ashbee request

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Ian Ashbee's future at Hull hangs in the balance after manager Nigel Pearson revealed he had received a written transfer request from the club captain.

Ashbee was linked with a switch to Preston on Friday as part of a loan move that would see him reunite with former Tigers boss Phil Brown and manager Pearson - speaking after his team's 0-0 draw at home to QPR - said he was "disappointed" by the development.

Ashbee, a Hull servant of nine years, was left out of the matchday squad following the surprise revelation and the City boss told reporters: "I'll give you the facts as they are. He came in and before training, told me a club had offered him a contract - make of that what you will. We had a written transfer request. Apart from that, I'm not making any more statements on that situation."

He added: "Those are the facts as they are. I'll see how that one develops.''

On the 0-0 stalemate at the KC Stadium, the 47-year-old felt his team could have sneaked victory.

"I was pleased with our discipline and I thought we worked very hard as a team,'' he said. "As the game wore on, we were more likely to nick it.''

QPR counterpart Neil Warnock disagreed with his opposite number, insisting his promotion-chasing side had bossed the encounter.

Rangers did edge shades of a scrappy affair and created a handful of half-chances, the most notable of which was debutant Ishmael Miller's disallowed effort for offside but it was Hull who had had the best opening and only Matt Fryatt's profligacy kept the affair goalless.

"I'm disappointed and frustrated,'' said Warnock. "I think you've got to say you're happy when they have a clear chance like they had at the end. But, no, I'm really frustrated. I was surprised how Hull set the stall out - put the bus in front of the goal.

"I felt we dominated the game for 80 minutes. I just thought the last 10 minutes they had a little bit. We could have done a lot better in the last third. We didn't test the keeper enough."

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Matt Fryatt
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Queens Park Rangers
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