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Match Preview: Hull City

All the news, views, and info ahead of our trip to the KCOM Stadium

8 December 2017

Hull City vs Brentford

Saturday 9 December

KCOM Stadium, 3pm

Sky Bet Championship

The Opposition

City parted company with Head Coach Leonid Slutsky on Sunday night after a seven-game winless run which leaves them looking nervously over their shoulder at the wrong end of the table. Former Scunthorpe United and Southampton boss Nigel Adkins was announced as their new Head Coach yesterday as The Tigers struggle to adapt to life back in the second tier, following relegation from the Premier League last season. 

Hull have had no problem scoring goals this campaign, finding the net 25 times in front of their own fans but it is at the other end of the pitch where their troubles have lain. Only Burton Albion have conceded more goals at home than The Tigers, with Slutsky's side shipping 19 in their ten matches at the KCOM Stadium. City have kept just two clean sheets in their last 15 competitive matches and have already conceded more goals than they did in the whole season when they were last in the second tier back in 2016. 

Team News

Adkins' cause won't be helped with Tigers' ten-goal top scorer Jarrod Bowen joining Moses Odubajo, Ryan Mason, Abel Hernandez and Will Keane on the absentee list. There are also fitness concerns surrounding Markus Henriksen, Kevin Stewart, and Michael Hector ahead of the game. 

For The Bees, Florian Jozefzoon and Neal Maupay are both available for selection after missing Saturday's 3-1 win over Fulham but Lasse Vibe and Henrik Dalsgaard remain sidelined. Alan Judge played 45 minutes for Brentford B on Tuesday as he steps up his recovery with Rico Henry the other long-term absentee.   

The Manager

Nigel Adkins played as a goalkeeper for Tranmere Rovers and Wigan Athletic and was player boss at Bangor City before he turned 30. After retirement he trained as a physiotherapist and was promoted from the treatment room to the dugout at Scunthorpe United in November 2006. He won promotion in his first season in charge and then took The Iron back up in 2009 after they were immediately relegated.

Having kept Scunthorpe up the following season, Adkins left for Southampton, and won back-to-back promotions from League One to the Premier League between 2010 and 2012. Adkins was sacked by Southampton in January 2013 with The Saints comfortably placed in the top flight and he took over at Reading a few months later. He lasted just over a year at The Madjeski Stadium before an unsuccessful stint at Sheffield United preceded his appointment on Humberside yesterday.  

Pre-Match Views

Dean: "We are an attacking team, as are they, so there should be goals"

Yoann: "I don't think we have any limits"

Opposition View: Hull Daily Mail's Will Jackson on what to expect from The Tigers

Ref Watch: Find out more about the man in charge for tomorrow's game

Stats Zone: Check out the facts and figures ahead of tomorrow's encounter

Ticket News

All tickets for Saturday's game are just £12. Advanced sales end at 2pm today, Friday, but there will be Pay on the Day, cash only, from the away supporters bar located at the North Side of the Stadium

Get your tickets online here.

Match Coverage

iFollow Brentford will be live from 2.30pm tomorrow with Mark Burridge hosting Matchday Live alongside Ben Burgess.

Download the Official Brentford FC App to get notifications direct to your phone, plus all the latest news, views and reaction from the game. Visit the Play Store or iTunes App Store now to download.

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Match Reports

Hull City 3 Brentford 2

Bees concede three second half goals to lose

9 December 2017

Your Hull City v Brentford match report powered by Utilita

Brentford let a lead slip and conceded three times in 21 second half minutes as they were beaten by Hull City. An own goal from David Meyler had put The Bees in front early in the second half and with Brentford having the better of the first, it looked as if that would be a springboard for the visitors. But Hull struck back, dominating the next half hour and scoring three times. A late goal from John Egan gave Brentford hope but Hull held on.

The defeat was only the second for Brentford in their last 14 Sky Bet Championship fixtures but will be one that disappoints them. The Bees appeared to be in complete control when they held the lead five minutes in to the second half but their levels dropped and Hull took advantage. A fine strike from Kamil Grosicki levelled it up before Seb Larsson curled in a free kick. Jackson Irvine added a third and that proved to be the winner.

The home side have been one of the division’s most attacking teams so far this term. Only two teams scored more than Hull in the first 20 games of the season and there had been more goals at the KCOM Stadium than any other ground in the division. But the midweek change of manager for the hosts – Nigel Admins taking charge – appeared to have changed their outlook. The opening stages were quite low key with few chances.

The hosts looked to keep the game tight. They were compact in midfield and often had ten men behind the ball, inviting Brentford to play in front of them. The Bees dominated possession for long stages of the first half but found it a challenge to get past the amber and black wall that had been built in front of them. When Brentford moved the ball quickly they were able to create openings and with Sergi Canós and Ollie Watkins looking to drive forward, The Bees had the upper hand.

The game was stop-start in the first half with Hull committing lots of fouls to try and halt Brentford’s progress. The game was cagey with Hull not prepared to put men forward, except on the counter-attack. The chances in the first half hour went the way of The Bees. Ryan Woods shot wide after a clever short corner before Allan McGregor saved at the feet of Neal Maupay when the striker tried to get on to a Watkins pass. Maupay went close again later in the half after a one-two with Canós but pulled his shot wide of the far post.

Despite Brentford having the better of it, Hull had the two best chances of the first half. When a long throw wasn’t cleared, Fraizer Campbell swivelled and let fly with a shot that Daniel Bentley tipped over. And the resulting corner was met by Michael Dawson but his powerful downward header was superbly saved by Bentley low to his right.

Those chances were against the run of play and Brentford ended the half on top. McGregor saved unconvincingly with his feet after Canós had burst through and let fly from 20 yards. The Hull goalkeeper then denied Watkins before a Yoann Barbet shot was blocked. That was the extent of the first half chances but there were signs that Canós and Watkins might be able to open Hull up as the hosts started to tire, unable to hassle Brentford all over the pitch for the full 45 minutes.

The home side came put after the break with far more ambition but that left gaps for Brentford to exploit. And The Bees did just that within 90 seconds of the re-start. They broke from a Hull corner and Maupay fed Watkins on the right, his low cross would have been converted at the far post by Canós but Meyler beat him to it and lashed it in to his own net. The Hull man had few options but could perhaps have done better than put The Bees in front, albeit Canós was lurking with intent behind him.

There had already been signs that Hull had more life after the break and that goal actually gave the hosts an extra boost. A Campbell shot was saved and seven minutes after falling behind, Hull were level. Brentford failed to clear a corner and a touch from Grosicki took two defenders out of the game, he then let fly from 22 yards and the shot whistled in to the net. Bentley was left helpless by the shot but Brentford’s defending of the second ball from the set piece could probably have been better.

Having levelled so quickly, confidence started to surge through Hull. The previously quiet home crowd was stirred in to life and the hosts took control of the game. They were quicker to everything in midfield and Jon Toral, newly introduced, was picking the ball up and running at the Brentford defence. Toral almost earned himself a goal when he robbed Barbet but his shot was blocked. Fikayo Tomori saw a shot deflect wide and, when the resulting corner was half cleared, Bentley denied Campbell.

Bentley saved from Ola Aina but the goal Hull had been threatening came with 20 minutes to go. Nico Yennaris was penalised after a coming together with Meyler and Larsson curled a free kick from 35 yards out of the reach of Bentley and in to the bottom corner. It should have been 3-1 moments later when Hull broke quickly, Grosicki delivered a cross from the left and Campbell could only fire the ball over, via the crossbar, on the stretch.

That was, however, just a brief escape for The Bees and the third goal arrived moments later. Toral was the creator this time with a run through the middle, with players to pick out in front of him he chose Irvine and the midfield man finished well. Campbell had made a run that took him in to an offside position but did not touch the ball and was deemed to not be interfering as Irvine slotted home.

That gave Brentford a mountain to climb but Watkins had a shot blocked after cutting inside. The game was then halted for a head injury to Meyler and when the game resumed Brentford surged forward. They reduced the deficit when Florian Jozefzoon saw a free kick well saved by McGregor, Watkins drilled the ball back across and Egan headed in. With eight minutes of injury time signalled, Brentford had a chance to take something from the match.

Hull’s nerves were obvious as Brentford dominated possession and pushed the hosts back. But the hosts could have eased them when they broke away, Irvine and Toral set up Nouha Dicko and he should have scored from seven yards but Bentley saved. That gave The Bees a chance and McGregor made a fine save low to his right from Watkins in the dying seconds. There were a few hairy moments for the home defence but they held on to take a win that their second half performance probably deserved.

Hull City: McGregor; Tomori, Dawson, Mazuch, Clark (sub Toral 51 mins); Larsson, Meyler (sub Luer 83 mins); Aina, Irvine, Grosicki; Campbell (sub Dicko 83 mins)

Subs (not used): Marshall, Diomande, Batty, Clackstone

Bookings: Aina (78 mins), Luer (90 mins)

Brentford: Bentley; Clarke, Egan, Bjelland, Barbet; Woods; Canós (sub McEachran 73 mins), Sawyers (sub Jozefzoon 73 mins), Mokotjo (sub Yennaris 63 mins), Watkins; Maupay

Subs (not used): Daniels, Mepham, Chatzitheodoridis, Macleod

Bookings: Egan (90 mins) (second of season), Maupay (90 mins) (sixth of season)

Attendance: 14,620 (607 Bees fans)

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Ticket News

Away tickets for today’s match available at Hull City

Away tickets will be available from the away supporters bar located at the North Side of the KCOM Stadium

9 December 2017

Matchday tickets for our away fixture against Hull City this afternoon will be available to Brentford fans near the KCOM stadium: from the away supporters bar located at the North Side of the Stadium. Please note: you will only be able to buy these tickets by cash.

Any duplicates or collections will need to be collected on Matchday from the Ticket Zone located at the East Side of the Stadium.

PRICES

 All
North Stand £12

Wheelchair/Ambulant pricing as above with free carer. U2's will not be admitted into the stadium. Juniors 14 and under must be accompanied by a supporter aged 18 and over. Rows start B-Z then double letters at the back. 

Parking at the stadium: Car - £5 - Minibus £10 - Coach £20 - pay cash upon arrival.

HOW TO BUY TICKETS 

From the away supporters bar located at the North Side of the Stadium. Please note: you will only be able to buy these tickets by cash.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

Coaches depart from Layton Road Car Park at 8.45am. Book by phone on 0203 665 7371, Monday to Friday, 12pm-8pm.

  Travel Club 
Members
Season Ticket Holders
and Club Members 
General 
Sale
Prices  £32 £35 £40

Join the Bees Travel Club and save on coach fares. Membership is just £25 for the season, free for those 12 and under, and affords members a number of benefits. For further information please email lindajgilham@icloud.com.

CUSTOMER CHARTER

More information can be found online here.

Note: All tickets are subject to the Terms and Conditions of issue. The purchase of a ticket constitutes acceptance of these Terms and Conditions and acceptance of the Ground Regulations. Members discount does not apply to away games.

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