Hull City vs Brentford
Saturday 9 December
KCOM Stadium, 3pm
Sky Bet Championship
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.
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.
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.
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
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iFollow Brentford will be live from 2.30pm tomorrow with Mark Burridge hosting Matchday Live alongside Ben Burgess.