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Match Preview: Hull City

26 October 2020

After a rare weekend without football, focus shifts to Tuesday night's home fixture, versus Hull City...

Looking ahead...

Following the postponement of Saturday's Accrington Stanley fixture, the Gas go into a midweek clash more rested than expected, looking to claim another Tuesday night victory!

Brandon Hanlan will be looking to continue his hot form, scoring three league goals in seven league games so far.

Max Ehmer will also be keen to repeat the quality of his performance in last week's outing at Shrewsbury Town, forming part of a resolute defence and clearing one effort off the line. His display prompted his inclusion in the Sky Bet League One Team of the Week.

Manager Ben Garner spoke to the press via Zoom on Monday morning, to discuss the week ahead, beginning with this midweek clash against Hull City.

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Manager's Preview: Ben Garner on Hull City

View from the Opposition...

Garner's side meet Grant McCann's Hull squad this Tuesday, a manager with a number of League One sides on his CV. After initially taking the Peterborough United post, McCann took his second side, Doncaster Rovers, to the play-offs in 2018. 

From there, McCann secured the role of Hull City manager in 2019 but suffered relegation with the Tigers in his first campaign. He maintained his position over summer and is now looking to propel the club back to the Championship.

After his side's most recent result, a 2-1 loss to fellow front-runners Peterborough United, McCann chose to demand more from his finishers, speaking to www.hullcitytigers.com, saying, “Although we’ve scored some goals, I think we can still be better with the players we’ve got at the top end of the pitch."

Form Guide...

The Tigers have started their League campaign brightly, following a 2019-20 relegation season which lacked their usual fight.  Early wins against Gillingham, Crewe, Northampton and Plymouth propelled McCann's side up the leaderboard towards its summit early on. Losses to Fleetwood and Peterborough this month have hampered their progress somewhat, but vital wins over Rochdale and Wimbledon means they maintain on track.

Past Meetings...

Incredibly, the last time Rovers met Hull City was all the way back in 2004, just under 16 years ago. Since then, Hull City have climbed all the way to the Premier League to then tumble back down to League One. In that last meeting, in 2004, Hull City ran out 3-0 winners on their own turf. When the two sides met earlier in the season at the Mem, Rovers secured the victory, with the late Junior Agogo smashing home a late winner.

Kit...

Rovers will be wearing their famous blue and white quarters at the Mem on Tuesday night.

How to watch...

Tune in to this midweek tie from the comfort of your own home. The link below has the full rundown on how to watch Tuesday's game live on iFollow - with match passes priced at £10.

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Catch Tuesday night's game LIVE on iFollow!

Around the grounds...

Every League One side is once again in action on Tuesday, with exception of Accrington Stanley and Swindon Town, who's game has been postponed. League leaders Lincoln City travel to Crewe Alexandra.

2nd placed Peterborough United host Jake Buxton's Burton. If results go the Gas' way, a win on Tuesday could see them teeter on the edge of the play-offs.


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