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‘They are by no means dead and buried yet’ – What Hull City can hope for once the season resumes: Six Pointer

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Earlier on Thursday, the FA announced that all professional football will be suspended until at least 30th April, but reiterated their commitment to seeing out the 2019-2020 season.

With many clubs up and down the country waiting to see how and when they play out their season, the FA have confirmed they are ‘united’ in committing to finishing out current proceedings.

One side who found themselves in a precarious position before the initial suspension of play last Friday is Hull City who find themselves just two points above the Championship relegation zone.

City had only managed two points from a possible 33 over their last 11 games, and are without a win since New Year’s Day.

Here we take a look at what Hull City can hope for when the season finally gets back underway.

How have Hull found themselves in this position? 

“Since the departures of Kamil Grosicki and Jarrod Bowen in January, City have really struggled to find any form and have gone from potential play-off candidates to favourites for relegation in the space of a few weeks.

“It almost appears that City have lost any form of fight, and following their 5-1 defeat to Stoke City before the postponement manager Grant McCann told BBC Radio Humberside that he is struggling to defend his players’ performances anymore.

“Despite bringing in Marcus Maddison, it is apparent City are lacking leaders on the pitch and have now lost nine of their last 11 league games.”

What players need to step up for City? 

“Losing Bowen and Grosicki meant Hull lost a combination of 23 league goals and 11 assists with their next four top scorers combined, still falling five below Bowen and Grosicki’s total.

“Tom Eaves is doing his bit and has eight goals so far this term, but the likes of Josh Magennis will really need to step up if Hull have any chance of staying in the Championship.

“Fans will hope that Jackson Irvine can step up and show some leadership to add to his two goals and single assist as Hull look to get out of this rut.”

How are the new signings getting on and what can they do to help address this problem?

“Malik Wilks, Herbie Kane, and Marcus Maddison all arrived at the KCOM Stadium in January but none of them are yet to taste victory in a black and amber shirt.

“Wilks, on loan from Barnsley, has scored three goals in 10 appearances, whilst Marcus Maddison has found the net once in his seven appearances.

“Herbie Kane, on loan from Liverpool, only has four appearances to his name but hasn’t featured since the 5-1 hammering to Brentford in February.

“You would hope that Marcus Maddison can step up once the season resumes given he is out of contract at Peterborough in the summer, and that Wilks can continue to add to his goalscoring tally.”

What needs to change to stop this slide? 

“One thing is to avoid conceding the first goal, of City’s last nine defeats, only opened the scoring on one occasion, leaving them to chase their other eight games.

“As noticed against Leeds United and Stoke City, once the Tigers concede their heads drop and panic appears to set in, in nine of their 11 victories City have taken the lead first and they must try and get on the front foot should they want to beat the drop.

“Ultimately, City need to pick up some kind of form to give them a chance of survival, the games will run out quickly if City fail to hit the ground running once the season resumes.”

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Will Hull fans be fearing the worst? 

“City haven’t competed in the third tier since 2004, but despite enjoying automatic promotions, play-off wins, and consecutive Premier League seasons, it is now a real possibility the club could drop into League One.

“Fans will no doubt be worried that this could happen once the season is concluded and given Hull’s alarming slide in form you can’t blame any Hull fan who is feeling pessimistic about the season’s conclusion.

“The City faithful will no doubt be frustrated at the club’s ongoing ownership issues and failed potential takeovers and may fear that Assem Allam doesn’t care what happens to the club.”

Is there anything for Hull fans to be positive about? 

“Of course there is, if anything this ongoing postponement could help the team mentality and physically re-group and they could be in much better shape for the run-in once the season does resume.

“Hull do also still sit two points above the relegation zone and they are by no means dead and buried yet and have some favourable fixtures coming their way.

“The Tigers still have to host Charlton Athletic, Middlesbrough, and Luton Town before the end of the season and should they pick up point in those fixtures they will be in a good position to beat the drop.”


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