Behind Enemy Lines: Hull City

MILLWALL host Hull City for the second time in four weeks. The sides drew 2-2 in the league back in December but now meet in the FA Cup third round on Sunday.

Both sides have improved since their last meeting. Millwall have won their last three league games, whilst Hull have picked maximum points since their trip to The Den.

Alex Grace spoke to Tigers fan Harry Mail this week.



Twitter: @Harry_Mail1

Why do you support Hull?

My Dad is from Hull and it’s the team he supports.



What has been your favourite season following the Tigers?

I would probably say the 2008/09 season. It was our first ever season in the Premier League.

We managed to stay up against the odds finishing 17th. It was also a season that saw us win away at both Arsenal and Spurs.

And the worst? 

The 2014/15 season. We were relegated with a team that really shouldn’t have been under Steve Bruce.

We reached the FA Cup final the season before which meant we qualified for the Europa League qualifying rounds. Not reaching the group stages of the competition was hard to take.

Hull are on a run of five straight wins what has sparked this turnaround in form?

Nigel Adkins has managed to up everyone’s confidence and the team are playing with no fear.

Evandro coming back has helped over the past couple of games. He is a top quality player but struggles with injuries. I would say that main reason behind recent results has been  the form of Bowen and Grosicki.

With the transfer window open, do Hull need to strengthen and if so in what positions?

Yes we do.

Another striker and a centre back, Tommy Elphick has gone back to Villa so we are a defender down.

Would avoiding relegation be a success this season or do you now have greater ambitions?

Before our recent run of form, I would have been very satisfied with survival. This is a very tough league.

However, now I believe that anything is possible. Why can’t we push on and see what happens?

Would a run in the FA Cup be something that Hull fans would be interested in?

It’s always exciting to get to the next round. But personally I am not too bothered about it. I would rather us focus on doing well in the League. Although, it would be good to continue the momentum of previous results on Sunday.

What are you expecting from the Lions on Sunday?

A tough and physical game as it always is at the Den. I also expect Nigel Adkins to make wholesale changes and to rest some key players after a busy festive period.

Who are Hull’s danger men?

Bowen and Grosicki. I am not sure if they will play on Sunday though.

Likewise which Millwall players do you fear?

Steve Morison and Lee Gregory are always a handful and never give a defender a moment’s peace.

Jed Wallace is dangerous as well.

What are your thoughts on Lions boss Neil Harris?

He does very well on a tight budget. Overall he has done a very good job. It’s been a tough start but I think he will keep you up this season. Though, I am not sure if he is the man to take you higher in the long term.

If you could sign one of his players who would it be and why?

I would probably say Cooper we need another centre-back. He is young and a threat from set pieces.

What is your predicted Hull starting XI and formation?

4-4-2 Long; McKenzie, Burke, De Wijs, Fleming; Bowen, Batty, Henrisken, Milinkovic, Martin, Dicko.

I honestly have no idea. To be honest I don’t know what Adkins will do.

Finally a score prediction?

I will go for Millwall 1-2 Hull.