Curtis Davies is likely to miss out again with an ankle injury. Keith Fahey has been granted compassionate leave and Leroy Lita’s loan spell has been ended early due to injury.
Midfielder David Meyler is hoping to make his full debut for Hull after joining on loan from Sunderland. Defender Liam Rosenior is expected to start but long-term absentee Matty Fryatt is still out
The teams last met in mid April with the game finishing in a dull 0-0.
Blues are 19th but are equal on points with four other clubs. They have won two and drawn three of their last six games.
Hull are 4th having won four out of the last six. They only have drawn one game all season.
I’ve spotted a pattern. There’s the good performance, the decent result and then the awful one where we barely get a shot on goal. So we’ve had the first against Bristol City, the second against Blackburn so it must be time to stink the place out again tomorrow. That’s unless we’ve ‘turned the corner’ but the last time we said that we lost to Ipswich. Some have put the Ipswich defeat down to new manager effect but I’m not sure why that makes our team play so poorly. Our record over the last ten games isn’t too bad but we really need to cut out that one game in three when we fail to turn up. After all we are as a close to the playoffs as the relegation places now. Home form will be the key and Bristol City (Who are bottom) aside we have been woeful this season.
Tomorrow also sees Steve Bruce return to St Andrews. I voted for Steve in our poll because I still consider the 2002 to 2005 period as being the best for the club in recent decades. The idea of four straight Premiership seasons seems a very long way off now. He has started well with Hull City who are holding their own amongst the more fancied sides in the top six. They don’t draw many and most of their losses have come away from home. Up front they have ex-Blues academy player Sone Aluko who is their leading scorer with six.
The proposed takeover by Gianni Paladini’s consortium appears to have descended into farce and I hope this isn’t too much of a distraction for the players. The squad have also had to contend with the loss of Leroy Lita and Keith Fahey who have returned to Wales and Ireland respectively. Everyone at Joys and Sorrows would like to wish Keith and his family all the best. Lita’s departure leaves us light up front and means we need Nikola Zigic to produce more than just a twenty minute performance. Jonathan Spector’s return to right back is welcome so I’m not that concerned if Paul Robinson has to continue filling in for Curtis Davies. I’m also looking forward to seeing the much improved Hayden Mullins that I’ve been hearing about post Ipswich.
With Hull’s average of one away goal and Blues average of less than one per home game we can’t expect this to be high scoring. I sadly see another narrow home defeat coming.
Blues 0 Hull 1
C’mon you Blue Boys.