Behind Enemy Lines: Hull City

MILLWALL are back in Championship action on Saturday after EFL Cup penalty-shootout elimination at Oxford United when they welcome Hull City to The Den.

Neil Harris would have been happy with how his side responded to the defeat at Fulham with the performances at both Middlesbrough last Saturday and at Oxford on Tuesday night despite the result.

Millwall have a 100 per cent home record, having beaten both Preston and Sheffield Wednesday 1-0, the latter despite having only 10 men for nearly 50 minutes.

Hull arrive at The Den having won just once so far this season and they have lost their last two in the league.

Alex Grace spoke to Hull fan Harry Mail this week.

Twitter: @HarryMail

Why do you support Hull?

I'm sure it's like most people you ask this question to. It's a family thing. My Dad supported Hull, so it was perfect for me to do the same and support the team that he supported.

What has been your favourite season following the Tigers?

For me it has to be the 2008-09 season. It was our first-ever season in the Premier League so there was so much hype around the place and the local community because Hull City had made it to the top flight.

We managed to stay up against the odds finishing 17th which was huge and showed we could fight against the odds. It was also a season that saw us win away at both Arsenal and Spurs, which was great.

 And the worst?

I would have to say the 2009-10 season that saw us relegated from the Premier League. We weren't able to repeat our success of the previous season and unfortunately it meant that Phil Brown left the club and we were relegated back to the Championship.

What was the reaction to Nigel Adkins' departure in the summer?

At the time it was awful. It felt like a disastrous decision from the owners not to offer him the contract that he wanted after he had delivered a very positive season – considering the summer that we had prior to the start of the campaign.

Grant McCann was appointed in the summer – what are your thoughts on him?

It is still early days at the moment, he has his style that he wants to play but at the moment it does not look like he has the players that he needs to be able to play it. However, time will tell.

What are your expectations for the season?

Mid-table. That would be a good achievement by us considering all the upheaval over the course of the summer with different players leaving and of course the manager leaving, too.

Many would expect us to be in a relegation fight but I think we can avoid that and finish mid-table.

How much of a boost was it to keep hold of players such as Jarrod Bowen?

It was a major boost to keep him but I think with the way things are going he will leave in January anyway because he is too good for the Championship. A player of his ability should be playing in the Premier League.

What have you made of Hull's summer business?

Mixed, I would say. If you look at the players we have brought in – free transfers such as Tom Eaves – it seems we have gone down the cheap route.

What do you think of Millwall's summer business?

Millwall have made some very shrewd signings in the window.

The likes of Connor Mahoney, Frank Fielding are good players.

Matt Smith is a very good signing. He suits Millwall down to the ground and this could be the club that gets the best out of him and the club where he finally settles.

What are your thoughts on Millwall boss Neil Harris?

He is a club legend at Millwall and has done a great job on a very small budget.

Last season was a real testing one for him but it seems as if he has come through that and you have made a decent start to this season.

If you could sign one Millwall player who would it be and why?

Jed Wallace. He has always looked a good player any time that he has faced us and he will cause us problems because he's back after a three-game suspension.

Will you be at the game on Saturday afternoon?

No, I'm away in Belgium at the moment.

What is your predicted Middlesbrough starting XI and formation?

4-5-1: Long; Lichaj, Burke, Di Wijs, Kingsley; Bowen, Stewart, Honeyman, Irvine, Grosicki; Eaves.

Finally, a score prediction?

It's a tough place to go, it always has been and clubs don't like going there.

Your record there this season is also very good so I'm going to say 2-1 to Millwall.

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