So the win vs. Villa takes us on to 40 points and only a logic defying set of outcomes between now and May could see a major slide down the table and see us finish in a lower table position, and looking upwards, it would take a level of confidence that I don’t have to predict a finishing position of any higher than 8th. So with that, it looks as though we’re ‘battling’ Southampton for 8th and go on then, lets say that 1 other team, maybe West Ham go on an excellent run and join us and Saints in the epic race for 8th, I think top ten looks virtually assured, so bonuses achieved all round, and maybe a few run outs for youngsters to boot……. Hopefully, not quite Ossie Ardiles style, where adult sized shirts, shorts and socks looked too big on most of our team!!
So, Saturday sees us on a trip to Humberside, which looks like it’s been a popular one for travelling Mags, with all tickets sold out. Please obliterate the diabolical ditties about Garden Sheds etc from our jukebox track-lists. It is the song choice of the ‘cunt.’ If you’re that stuck for a song to sing, just sing the Blaydon races, (Correct words please) instead.
Hull City then, 11th and 6 points off the relegation places, and their recent months have been played out to a backdrop of a much talked about name change to incorporate the word “Tigers.” Obviously all right-minded folk hope that this never comes off.
They recognised they were in a spot of bother and in January fetched in Jelavic and Shane Long, for a combined £13.25m, which has worked to good effect. Their home form is decent with 5 wins (Norwich 1-0, West Ham 1-0, Mackems 1-0, Liverpool 3-1 and Fulham 6-0) 4 draws (Cardiff 1-1, Aston Villa 0-0, Stoke 0-0 and Spurs 1-1) and lost 4 times, to Chelsea 2-0, Man Utd 3-2, Crystal Palace 1-0 and Southampton 1-0. Robbie Brady is their leading scorer with 4, but Jelavic has 3 in 6 apps.
Brady, McShane (sadly), Alex Bruce, Huddlestone and Rosenior are their injury doubts. They have no suspensions.
Pardew says Hatem Ben Arfa and Davide Santon are both injury doubts with “knocks”….. Hmm. Obertan is injured and so too is Bigirimana.
The back 5, will pick itself after last week’s win, unless something happens in training tomorrow. Personally, I prefer Haidara to Dummett, but the kid has let nobody down.
Tiote and Anita will more than likely be permanent fixtures in midfield now, fitness/suspensions permitting, so it just requires Pardew to decide on whether it’s a 4 or a 5. Gouffran and Sissoko are his preferred choices for the wide spots
Remy is our star man and it remains to be seen whether he gets a solo mission or a strike partner, with both Cisse and De Jong having plenty to prove.
Ryan Taylor – Knee – Next Season
Bigirimana – Ankle – No return date
Obertan – Knee – No return date
Santon – Knee – Fulham
Ben Arfa – Knock – No return date
Possible Team (4-2-3-1)
1.Krul: 2. Debuchy, 5. Williamson, 6. Coloccini, 3. Dummett: 8. Anita, 4. Tiote: 7. Gouffran, 10. Sissoko, 11. Sammy Ameobi: 9. Remy
Elliot, De Jong, Steven Taylor, Shola Ameobi, Gosling, Yanga-Mbiwa, Cisse,
Referee: Kevin Friend
League History at Hull City
1989/90 Won 3-1. United, under The Bald Eagle were making a decent fist of getting an instant promotion campaign underway. Mick Quinn was the man in form, ably assisted by the mint, John Gallacher. Mark McGhee had been a major summer acquisition but had yet to find the net. That would change at Boothferry Park. He, John Anderson and Gary Brazil continued the good start. Attendance, 9,629
1990/91 Lost 2-1 The wheels of another decent start had started to come off after a defeat at Bristol City, we’d go on a run of just 1 win in 12. On the plus side, we’d get to see former Cadbury’s sales man and Berwick Rangers striker (yes, we used to sign players from Berwick Rangers back than) in our side. McGhee with our consolation goal here. Hull would finish bottom, but beat us twice. This was a grim campaign. Attendance, 8,375
2008/09 Drew 1-1 Time was running out for us to click into gear and nail survival. Kinnear had taken ill and we were back in the hands of Hughton. Steven Taylor’s equaliser earned us a point, but this was a poor showing and many fans who left the stadium, feared they’d seen a side certain to face the drop. Attendance, 24,914
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The new acquisitions, Long and Jelavic.
A draw, 1-1