Ebene Magazine – Meet the Town’s opposition: Injured Hull is starting to feel the heat: a chance for the blues?

Ebene Magazine - Meet the Town's opposition: Injured Hull is starting to feel the heat: a chance for the blues?

Your hosts, who were relegated last season, want to get back to the championship quickly – but that’s not easy. Sounds familiar?

And while the Tigers are currently in third place in the table, not everything is sweet and easy in the KCOM Stadium.

On Saturday they threw away two goals ahead of two goals when Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium A 3-3 draw in the 112th minute equalized. The team and manager Grant McCann are under pressure.

They have only won one of their last five League One games and lost late points in Swindon, Blackpool and Burton. Expectations for a return to the championship are high and only an automatic top 2 place will calm most Hull fans.

Josh Magennis (27) celebrates the 2-0 win for Hull in the 3-0 win at Portman Road in November
– Photo credit: Image: Steve Waller

Hull beat Town 3-0 on Portman Road in November. Mallik Wilks opened the scoring after two minutes and Josh Magennis made it 2-0 in the first half, with substitute Tom Eaves adding a third. </ However, as injuries pile up for Hull, the Blues encounter a team that is feeling the heat a little. Could this be a good time for Paul Lambert's side to take on the Tigers?

Eight goals in their last two games – five in Wigan and three in Doncaster – mean the Tigers have at least put their growling shooting boots back on.

But the recent defeats at Burton and Milton Keynes Dons just before those two clashes, as well as the throwing away of the two-goal lead at Doncaster on Saturday, still worried many fans.

But with Wilks and Magennis, the Both are in the top 12 of the League One scorers list, the Tigers have the firepower. With 49 goals they are the top scorer in the league – compare that to the 30 at Ipswich.

Greg Docherty (right) of Hull City controls the ball in Doncaster on Saturday. But he walked away hurt.
– Credit: PA

Injuries have been building up for Hull in the past few weeks and there were more concerns on Saturday after the Doncaster draw.

The East Yorkshire team had already lost Richie Smallwood and on Saturday they lost both Greg Docherty and George Honeyman with injuries – Honeyman was hospitalized with a neck injury.

This is Boss McCann’s first midfield trio right there. And it is likely that no one will be suitable for today’s clash with the city. It’s a big loss to the Hull boss.

Hull boss Phil Brown sings to fans at the 2009 final whistle after the Tigers avoided relegation on the final day of the season. They were relegated the next year.
– Credit: PA

While Ipswich Town fans spent most of the 21st century in midfield of the championship, Hull City fans had a real roller coaster ride.

Hull was in the second division in 2003, but the promotion from that and a subsequent promotion from the premier league led to successive promotions and brought them to the championship in 2005. Just two seasons later, Phil Brown steered the Tigers to the championship play-offs, where they won Bristol City in the 2008 final defeated 1-0 at Wembley. Her promotion from the bottom division of the Football League in just five seasons is the third fastest ever.

However, they were relegated by 2010, before Steve Bruce brought her back to the Premier League in 2012.

Hull rose after the 2014/15 season again from the Premier League, but returned directly under Bruce in 2016.

Alex Bruce (left) of Hull City and manager Steve Bruce with the trophy after winning the championship play-off final at Wembley in 2016.
– Credit: PA

By the end of 2017, they were relegated to the championship, and in June 2019 McCann was named head coach with a one-year contract.

In a season that was delayed due to Covid, Hull started 2019 well , however, lost 16 of their last 20 games, a run that included an 8-0 win against Wigan.

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