It seems greedy to be wanting two away wins on the bounce given the run of results we’ve had lately on our travels, but that’s certainly what we’ll be targeting on Saturday’s televised date with Hull City. If you read our stats with a half-full mentality we’re now unbeaten in five games, although of course we’ve still only won one game!
Just as Tuesday’s victory at Preston was history-making in that it was our first there in absolutely ages, on Saturday we’ll face Hull for the first time in over thirty years – as the movements between the divisions for both sides has conspired to not pit them at the same level in that time. They’ve had a tricky adjustment after relegation from the top flight.
They started with a win against Swansea, but haven’t managed to repeat the feat except on Tuesday against Derby, which doesn’t really count, does it? In fact, they sit just one place below us in the table, on the same points but with a worse goal difference. So more of a team of extremes that our early form as draw specialists.
The Tigers welcomed talismanic Jimmy Bullard back to their ranks when Derby visited, and are reporting no new injury concerns. As for the Reds, we have no fresh injury worries – there is an outside chance that Earnie will be fit having had a scan to show no problems with his hamstring (I would say there’s more than an outside chance).
Our hosts have a decent home record – it’s on their travels they’ve struggled – so we can expect a challenging encounter. But it’s a good opportunity to get some rather overdue revenge for the 1-0 defeat we last suffered as their guests at their old Boothferry Road ground. Now of course they ply their trade in the identikit KC Stadium.
This will definitely be a tough game, all eyes will be on firstly whether Lewis McGugan gets a starting berth and then, assuming he does, whether he can continue his excellent form from Preston. Indeed, with a player as influential as Bullard in the ranks, it’s probably the midfield where this game will be won or lost for either side.
A close one, but the Reds should be taking heart from seeing them start to turn performances into results – so there’s no reason why our first ever visit to the KC Stadium can’t be a profitable one in terms of points! That said, I’m heading up for this one, which has generally proven an unlucky omen so perhaps we shouldn’t count any chickens!!
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