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Opposition View: Hull City

With Will Jackson of The Hull Daily Mail

4 May 2018

It’s looked shaky at times, but Hull City are safe from relegation and seem to be ending the campaign in decent form. Can you sum up how this season has been for The Tigers?

It’s been a rollercoaster ride. Before the previous meeting, we were approaching Nigel Adkins’ first game - they were only going one way and that was down under Leonid Slutsky. It took Adkins a while to settle upon a winning formula, but he’s brought in Harry Wilson who has been a revelation and he’s had a few players come back from injury. He’s introduced a new style of play and it’s paid off - they’ve been banging in the goals lately.

Results changed for the better around mid-March and Adkins’ men haven’t really looked backed since – what kick-started the current run of form?

As I mentioned, Wilson has been the real protagonist in that. He’s come in from Liverpool and has been on fire; he’s had a call up from Wales, too, which has only helped his confidence. Around mid-March they got Abel Hernandez back from injury and he’s a £10m striker. He missed most of the season with an Achilles injury, but he’s hit the ground running since and come back with five goals in seven games which speaks for itself. They are really playing with a swagger about themselves, which just wasn’t there at the start of the season.

What do they need to do in the summer to carry that momentum into next season?

The summer is going to be a difficult one as they’ve got eight players who’ll be out of contract and, as it stands, I don’t think a lot of those will be signing on for next season. The likes of Allan McGregor, Seb Larsson, Abel Hernandez and Michael Dawson are out of contract so it’s likely to be a summer overhaul. Adkins will want to put his own style out there and make his own imprint, but it’s going to be an interesting one for Hull City fans.

Earlier in the season you said Jarrod Bowen would be the player Brentford should keep a close eye on, is that still the case?

Since Adkins has come in, Bowen’s goal-scoring exploits have calmed down a little as he has had to track back more; you can tell by the amount of goals they are conceding now that they are a lot more disciplined in defence. Again, it’d have to be Wilson on the opposite flank who is the danger man. His confidence on the ball is something to behold; he’s got no qualms about taking a man on, getting to the byline and getting a cross in. Wilson has been the man who’s turned the club around, really. It seems daft considering he is still only 21 and, before he signed, had less than ten senior appearances to his name.

What’s been your highlight of the season?

I really enjoyed the 5-0 win over Burton Albion a couple of weeks back. It was a great day out at a good stadium and they really performed on the day, so that’d have to be one of my high points, for sure.

How are Hull likely to line up at Griffin Park on the final day?

Given that they are safe now, I’d be inclined to say that Adkins will experiment with the side he puts out. I imagine it’ll still be a 4-2-3-1 as that’s what they’ve employed all season, but I really couldn’t hazard a guess in terms of personnel - he’ll certainly ring the changes.

It’s our season finale on Sunday (kick-off 12.30pm) and it’s your last chance to watch The Bees this season, so how can you not be there? Tickets for our game against Hull City are still on General Sale so book yours online now 

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