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Paul Heckingbottom ahead of Hull City.

19 October 2017

The Reds Head Coach spoke with the press this morning to preview the Hull City match.

ON INJURIES

"We are carrying one or two niggles but I'm expecting everyone in training before the game and we'll see how we look. In terms of Andy Yiadom, he's fit and available but he's played no minutes yet so it's difficult. But he's been training for last the couple of weeks and he looks fine. Lloyd Isgrove is getting better, day by day. We had to pull him out of training over the weekend and let him work with Sedgy (Craig Sedgwick, Head Physio) and Nath (Nathan Winder, Head of Sports Science) but he's been back in since Tuesday with the group and he's getting stronger. A big part of Izzy's game is his pace, his power and physical qualities so we want to make sure he's ready. We don't set players up here to fail. Then we had Angus (MacDonald) out last week, he wasn't well but again, he's back in  now. Gary Gardner's back in training but he's not ready, he's not got full movement in the leg as yet, but he's getting there. It's going to be good soon to have so many options."

ON MIDDLESBROUGH

"It's not a bad result, it's not. But we want to be turning those sorts of results into wins. But right now we've probably not got that know-how or experience in the team to feel that comfort, comfort in being a goal up, a goal down or whatever. It's about knowing how to manage a game. But like I keep saying, gradually the players are getting better, bit by bit. We looked at the physical stats after the game and they were right up there, the distances covered and so I know the lads are giving it everything. But they were as disappointed as I was not to get the result."

ON HULL CITY

"I think regardless of goals it'll be an entertaining game. You never quite know which way they're going to go these sorts of games. We're at home, we'll be positive, they've got really good attacking players, so if both of us play our natural games then I think a lot of it will come down to how good each defence, how each team copes with the opposition who'll probably win the game."

 

You can see Paul's press conference over on iFollow now. 

 

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