Who can remember the last time Hull City visited the City Ground? I can’t – I wasn’t born in 1977! So just as I, and perhaps a number of other Reds fans, eagerly snapped up tickets to go to Hull earlier in the season, I expect a sizeable following of Tiger-coloured ‘ground-ticker-offers’ to be making the trip to the City Ground. Indeed, last I heard they’d sold 3,500 tickets.
So we should be in for a good atmosphere – the away fans might well fancy their chances of ending our lengthy unbeaten run at home. They travel exceptionally well – and are on a good run of form. Whilst they succumbed to Cardiff in their last game at home, they’ve won three and drawn one of the four before that.
Forest’s injury issues are getting more irritating – although there could be light at the end of the tunnel in the shape of Paul Konchesky. Fingers crossed, because his deputy, Joel Lynch, is now back on the treatment table having sustained an ankle injury at Middlesbrough. He joins Dexter Blackstock, Nathan Tyson, Guy Moussi, Kelvin Wilson and Robbie Findley on the injury list.
Worryingly there are disparate reports around suggesting that Marcus Tudgay and Paul Anderson too may be carrying slight niggles which was a factor in their only making the bench at Middlesbrough.
Our visitors have recently lost Bradley Guzan – whose loan from Aston Villa expired, but they have another loan ‘keeper in Vito Mannone on loan from Arsenal who is likely to replace him. They’ve signed David Amoo on loan from Liverpool so may give him his debut. There are doubts over Anthony Gerrard who suffered an ankle problem, but he might recovery in time.
Tough game this – Tigers boss Nigel Pearson has got his team playing well, particularly away from home. With the likes of Fryatt and McLean they pose a threat up front. Having said that, we aren’t too shabby at home either – despite the recent wobble in results we’ve kept our unbeaten run intact, and should be looking to do so again.
With a large and hopefully vociferous away following, it should hopefully spark the City Ground away from the malaise it can fall under when a smaller crowd arrives in the away end. Certainly I strongly feel we as fans need to play our part in this tough run of games – and in saying that, we’ve done a pretty good job so far – so let’s keep that up!
A difficult game to predict – but certainly after a run of results that has seen us relinquish our control over the automatic promotion place we briefly inhabited we really need to start gathering some points as we limp onward towards the international break. I think we can do it, but I certainly don’t think Hull will make it easy for us.
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