As the games come thick and fast, Ollie Harsley previews the match against Fulham.
This Wednesday evening sees Hull City welcoming Fulham to the KC Stadium in what is shaping up to be another tough game for the Tigers. All that Hull have to do is eradicate those horrific errors at the back which have plagued them so far this season. These came to fruition on Sunday afternoon when Hull goalkeeper Allan McGregor made an awful mistake as he gifted away two points.
To have a firm chance of winning on Wednesday evening, the Tigers also have to be more bullish in the final third in order to create more opportunities and score some more goals. The midfield against Wolves was simply too slow and broken apart to have a chance of dominating the game and to create those goals that they badly craved.
Fulham arrive at the KC on the back of a 1-2 defeat against Brighton And Hove Albion. Their only bright spark in that game was former Hull City player Tom Cairney, who scored the only goal for the Cottagers. In addition to Cairney Fulham have many other key threats, including striker Ross McCormack who – as a former Leeds United player – will receive a bad reception on Wednesday night. One more name to watch out for is Ben Pringle who plays as an attacking midfielder; a dangerous player, he will have to be dealt with very effectively.
In terms of team selection, Hull City manager Steve Bruce should look to start David Meyler in central midfield ahead of Isaac Hayden. Bruce could also start Sone Aluko up front with Chuba Akpom instead of Nikica Jelavic. Jelavic hasn’t really shown any good form at all, so it would be good to see what Sone can do from the start of a game. Apart from that, expect to see the majority of the players start on Wednesday who started on Sunday.
Don’t expect to see a repeat of the 6-0 thrashing that Hull City gave to Fulham on 28th December 2013; this game on Wednesday night will be a cagey affair, no doubt about that. However, let’s just hope that it is a game that doesn’t bore the fans as Hull City are very good at doing that.