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Hull City have struggled for consistency in the early part of the 2019/20 campaign, blowing hot and then cold almost on a week-by-week basis.
It was difficult to know exactly what to expect of the Tigers when Grant McCann took charge of the side in the summer. Nigel Adkins departed having led the side to a 12th-place finish in the Championship last season after a campaign that saw them flirt with relegation before climbing up the table in the second half of the season.
Even now, 14 games into the season, it is tough to issue a judgement on their start. They’re 13th as things stand, five points below the top six and seven above the relegation zone, but have gone toe-to-toe with some play-off contenders and got the better of them–Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday, for example.
Can Hull finish in the play-offs this season?
They have got the makings of a side that could without a doubt challenge for the play-off places. The likes of Jarrod Bowen and Kamil Grosicki make them a constant threat going forward, while Kevin Stewart is one of the finest defensive midfielders in the division and defender Jordy De Wijs has been hugely impressive.
The Tigers have built up some momentum in the last 10 days, beating Forest 2-1 at the City Ground last Tuesday before sealing a 2-0 victory over Derby County at the KCOM Stadium on the weekend.
The victory against the Rams was in front of the biggest home crowd in 18 months, with more than 16,000 supporters present.
Speaking ahead of the trip to Craven Cottage to face Fulham, assistant manager Cliff Byrne indicated that had made “a huge difference” and called on supporters to come back soon.
With some big games coming up, including ties with league leaders West Bromwich Albion and high-flying Preston North End, Hull will need every advantage they can get if they’re going to climb up the table.
It appears the supporters have an opportunity to provide their side just that and you feel that they need to feed off Byrne’s rallying cry and make their presence known at the KCOM Stadium.
The Tigers face Fulham away from home tomorrow but their next few games on the road are very winnable, with two teams in the drop zone, Middlesbrough and Barnsley, up next.
If McCann’s side can pick up wins on the road and make the KCOM a fortress, with the help of the Hull fans, it could mean they catapult themselves up into the top six.
Byrne’s rallying cry is a chance for Tigers fans to make their presence felt–and it’s one they must take.