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The Pull of Hull?-by TMP

The Pull of Hull?-by TMP

The last time the Clarets played Hull away was in Feb 1996 and things have certainly changed since then. Hull now of course have a brand new spanking stadium and although both teams have nothing really to play for other than pride, for the Clarets fans maybe the pull of seeing the lads play in a new stadium for the first time might outweigh the fact its Easter holidays! Lets hope for both a good turnout and a good match with at least some entertainment value for the fans!

Hull City are 19th in the table on 48 points, 3 points behind 15th placed Clarets. The Clarets are now mathematically safe from the drop and Hull are effectively so being 11 points ahead of third from bottom club Crewe with four games and maximum twelve points left

On paper this should be a closely fought match with the Clarets now undefeated in four matches and Hull having won their last three home games. The Clarets away form could be much better with only 2 draws in the last 6 matches. You have to go back to November for our last away win in that thrilling 2-3 win against Luton with Ade's hat-trick and Spicer's cameo in goal!

Our form has improved a lot recently though and we are due an away win so lets hope for another three points as we attempt as high a finish as possible to Season 2005/6.

Peter Taylor's side is likely to be the same that lost away to Sheffield United last week although they do also have a number of players who are still ruled out due to injury, notably former England International, Nick Barmby.

The Clarets yet again will have a full squad to choose from with the exception of long term injured players, Coyne and Thomas.

Kyle Lafferty did not even make the bench at the QPR match last Saturday and we were spoilt for choice in defence and midfield with both Hyde and McGreal featuring in the match after coming on from the bench.

Steve Cotterill did say he was experimenting with ideas although he appears to have played the same starting eleven in the last few matches! It will be interesting to see the starting line up for this match and whether we start 4-4-2 with Ricketts and Gray up front or 4-5-1 which we reverted too in the QPR match after Ricketts was substituted! I do worry about Kyle Lafferty, I hope he still features in Steve Cotterill's plans for next season.It is worrying we dont seem to be taking the opportunity to play him in these 'nothing to play for' end of season games. Ricketts had a decent game against QPR but unless we are thinking of signing him on a permanent basis we will soon be saying goodbye to him as he returns to Leeds! I personally think we should have Ricketts on the bench and give Kyle Lafferty more experience in competitive games at this level. Oh well, time to get off that particular soapbox

So four matches to go till the end of Season 2005/6 with a maximum of 12 points to get. It would be nice to finish higher than last season and on 63 points, 3 more than 2004/5! Lets get the first of those 3 points on Saturday and make the dubious pull of Hull worth it!

By the way, Happy Easter to one and all from all at Vital Burnley FC, even the Hull mob!

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Date:Friday April 14 2006
Time: 8:56AM


Hope its a good game as its only the second away game of the season. Spending the night in Hull as well so really looking forward to it. As for Lafferty he was injured in the reserve game last week and wasn't fit enough to make the bench.
14/04/2006 10:13:00
Both clubs have struggled to be away from the relegation zone . It will be a hard fought match and either side can win . I am opting for a draw . Clarets defence is nowadays impregnable . With a little bit of chance Gray can score again . Who knows?
14/04/2006 11:46:00
Do you know how serious the injury was to Kyle? He certainly seems fit now as announcements have been made on Official site that our only injury concerns are Coyne/Thomas! Even before the QPR match though Kyle's appearances were limited and it will be interesting to see if he features in the Hull game either in the starting line-up or coming on from the bench
14/04/2006 12:18:00
all I know is that he came off the reseve game last week before half time with some sort of calf trouble I think. Would expect him to be on the bench at least if he is fit. I'm like you I would like to see him given another 90 minutes up front and to work with Gray to see what they are like together.
14/04/2006 12:25:00
Hi, Hull City editor here. Just finished the match preview if anyone fancies taking a look. Hope you all have a good time in Hull tommorow lads, though obviously i hope the return journey is painful,l after the Tigers have taken the points. Lets hope it is a good entertaining game and there is planty of friendly banter between the supporters. Happy Easter to all at Turf Moor.
14/04/2006 16:15:00
Cheers Captain, heres to an entertaining game and may the best team win! ;-) Happy Easter and good preview by the way!
14/04/2006 19:11:00
A bit more updated information regarding the Hull line-up: Hull boss Peter Taylor should be boosted by the return of John Welsh, Alan Rogers and Mark Lynch.Boss Peter Taylor will assess the trio closer to the game, but Nick Barmby (hamstring) remains sidelined, along with Steve McPhee and Ben Burgess.
15/04/2006 13:23:00
Yehaw! Kyle Lafferty plays in place of Ricketts: B Jensen, P Bardsley, F Sinclair, M Duff, J Harley, G Branch, J O'Connor, C McCann, A Mahon, K Lafferty, A Gray Subs: J McGreal, M Hyde, W Elliott, G O'Connor, J Spicer. All wondering whats happened to Ricketts as not on bench
15/04/2006 14:55:00
he was shocking against qpr, so its probably merited. I think he picked up a knock in that game too.
15/04/2006 16:12:00
Well phil, if you want to experiment, then a game like that is surely the one to do it in.
02/05/2006 21:19:00
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