For all the laughter Phil Brown elicits, Hull City’s side has been remarkably competitive the past two months. Beginning with a 2-1 win at home to Stoke, and then continuing through the Jimmy Bullard goal celebration at Eastlands, Hull has gone from seemingly dead and buried to having a real opportunity to escape relegation.
Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea at the KC Stadium provided proof of how well Hull can defend at home. Given, that City’s two point blown in the earlier matchup will be critical in the final table, three points is essential tomorrow.
The experienced Stephen Hunt leads Hull’s attack, which features lots of depth but questionable quality. No question that Brown, partly through overspending has brought more attacking options to Hull (the latest being Zaki) than any other team fighting relegation has, save West Ham who aspent big in this recently closed transfer window.
But Brown has failed to develop a continuity among his strike partnerships of his midfield and Hull often times resembles a disjointed group of players not accustomed to working together. City will have the opportunity to exploit this.
This game is critical for City’s remaining hopes of making the Champions League. Hull has played reasonably well lately, but taking the full three points at the KC Stadium would make a strong statement that City, under Roberto Mancini can deal with the type of squads that troubled MArk Hughes’ Blues.
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