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Opposing View - Hull

Opposing View - Hull

How do you rate your chances Tuesday at Layer Road?

You've won seven in a row at home so it won't be an easy game. At the start of the season., I didn't think this fixture would be of much concern but it looks a lot more difficult now. Providing we don't concede any early goals, I think we should be okay.

Where do you think our respective teams will finish come May?

Despite our current league position, I don't think we will be relegated, although we wont venture too far up the league table. For yourselves, it is only your home form that has you in your current league position. Due to that, you might finish around 17th or 18th.

Who do you think will win the Championship and why?

Birmingham seem on a great run of form and at the moment it seems it will be them who will be crowned champions. With money to spend, and an already talented squad, I can see them winning the title. Preston may be able to push them close though.

Who do you rate as your star man, and why should we be aware of him?

I would have to say Craig Fagan, closely followed by Stuart Elliott. You don't need me to tell you about Fagan but his trickery on the right-wing has caused so many problems this season. If only he could cross a ball! Stuart Elliott appears to have regained his form after being diagnosed with an exercise related asthma problem. He doesn't always do much in a game, but has the ability to pop up and net a goal. Those type of players are extremely valuable to any team.

I am surprised that some of your Fans have already turned on Phil Parkinson, what is the general feeling at the present considering you have started to pick up points?

Many fans have ridiculous expectations. Having changed the manager and several members of the playing staff, some still believe we have this God given rite to be challenging at the top end of the table. Parky has started much worse than many of us would have predicted, but I still stand by the manager. The arrival of Phil Brown should do much to improve our fortunes.

Peter Taylor or Phil Parkinson?

Very, very difficult. Taylor is arguably our greatest ever manager having led us to back to back promotions and we must be eternally thankful for his achievements. However, the way he left the club left a bitter feeling amongst the fans, myself included. For that reason, I wouldn't want him back now after the lack of loyalty shown. Parky has the potential to become a hero but he must make sure we survive this season first of all. I honestly couldn't decide between the two. They both have their advantages and disadvantages.

Phil seemed intent on playing 4-5-1 here but without the right players what`s your preference 4-4-2 or 4-5-1.

Very similar rot our current situation. Fagan is now a right winger whilst our best centre-back was until Norwich, playing as a CM, although he was doing very well. Since playing 4-5-1, we have started to pick up more points but it seems some fans view the tactic as negative. Of course, Parky likes to acknowledge the formation as a 4-3-3, especially at home! I don't care what formation he plays, providing we win every game!


Thanks Matt and all the best for the rest of the season!

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Writer:Deeno
Date:Tuesday November 28 2006
Time: 9:00AM

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