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Opposition View: Hull City

With Will Jackson of The Hull Daily Mail

8 December 2017

Hull are a whisker away from the Championship drop zone – it hasn’t been an ideal return to the second tier, has it?

It’s not gone great at all, if I’m honest. They were always going to be up against it given the players that got sold in the summer. The likes of Ahmed Elmohamady, Harry Maguire and Andrew Robertson all left, so it wasn’t the best start for Leonid Slutsky when he was appointed Tigers boss in the summer. They started well but just couldn’t maintain results – Hull won two of Slutsky’s first five games in charge, but after that have only won two since August.

 

 

Nigel Adkins has been confirmed as the new Head Coach - what will he need to change in order to succeed?

I think he’ll start at the back as Hull City have conceded the joint second most goals in the Championship this season. Considering they are amongst the highest scorers, that is ridiculous. I don’t think there’s a problem going forward so he’ll try and bring some stability there - some coordination. I think his positivity will be key.

 

With half the season gone, what is a realistic aim for the remainder?

It depends how Adkins starts. If he gets a few wins under his belt then I think we’ll be looking at a mid-table finish. But if the club continues to struggle, I think where they are at the moment is a realistic finish. I’m not convinced relegation is on the cards, but I honestly don’t think City fans can hope for much more right now.

 

Which player should Dean Smith’s men keep a particular eye on?

Ordinarily I would’ve said Jarrod Bowen, Hull’s top scorer this season, but he’s out injured, so I think Kamil Grosicki will come in. He’s been on the bench for the last couple of games, but on his day, he’s unplayable in the Championship.

 

 

What should Brentford expect in terms of the way Hull set up?

They’ve been setting up in a 4-3-2-1 with Bowen and Grosicki on either wing and Fraizer Campbell up front, with about four further options for the number 10 role. I’m not so sure now Adkins has come in, but I think he’ll go defence first in all honesty. I wouldn’t expect a free-flowing attacking game like Hull City have been putting on this season and I think a clean sheet will be massive for him.

 

If you could bring one Brentford player to the KCOM, who would it be?

I know he’s injured, but I think I’d like Rico Henry - City were linked with him in the summer. He’s a talented full-back with loads of potential and, given the lack of depth in defensive areas, he would be ideal.

 

What’s your score prediction for Saturday’s game?

Given Brentford’s recent record they are going to be hard to beat; I know a lot of Hull fans will expect to beat Brentford but, looking at the table, you just can’t approach in that way. I’ll go for 1-1.


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