James Chestney previews what will likely be a new ground (and club) tick for many City fans.
Accrington Stanley – who are they?
It’s the oldest joke in the book but it still makes you chuckle.
Hull City will find out exactly who ‘Accy’ are when the two sides meet at the Crown Ground on Tuesday night in the First Round of this season’s Capital Cup.
You have to go back to the 1958-59 season in Division Three for the last time these two sides met, with the Tigers winning 1-0. City’s record at Accrington is a good one having won eight and drawn three of the twelve games played over the years.
The two sides go in to this game after a differing opening day of the new season with Accrington being held to a 1-1 draw by Luton Town. Meanwhile the Tigers hit the ground running after going through pre-season unbeaten and then beating Huddersfield Town 2-0 at the KC Stadium.
This trip into Lancashire sees the Tigers filled with confidence, especially with debutants Sam Clucas and Chuba Akpom both finding the net against the Terriers. There were also solid debuts for Ryan Taylor and Isaac Hayden plus a return to the side for Curtis Davies.
Greg Luer, who came on for Akpom, and Calaum Jahraldo-Martin have both showed up well in pre-season so Bruce decided to give them their chance. With it being a cup game the manager may also ring the changes with new signing from Brentford, Moses Odubajo, set for his competitive debut.
It is still too far away for the likes of Robert Snodgrass and Mo Diame but with these players waiting in the wings competition for places will certainly be healthy. Last season’s early league games were distracted by the Europa League but City are maybe better equipped on the domestic scene this season.
Accrington Stanley are named ‘the club who wouldn’t die’ and all credit to them for looking like their struggle for survival is on the up. They do, like the Tigers, have some real celebrity supporters, none more so then legendary Test Cricket commentator David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd.
Manager John Coleman will know the enormity of the task his side face whatever side Steve Bruce fields on Tuesday night. He said his side had enough possession and chances to win the game against Luton failing to take them ultimately cost his side victory.
He knew the game should have been won and admitted he was ‘blazing’; he hadn’t felt like that in a long time and made sure the players knew it. Having taken the lead through a Windass penalty on 61 minutes – yes, Josh Windass, son of our very own Dean – they conceded an injury time ‘lucky’ equaliser off a rebound.