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HULL CITY PREVIEW

21 February 2022

We've more Sky Bet Championship action on Tuesday night, with the Reds heading east to take on the Tigers.

It's a midweek clash by the Humber on Tuesday evening, a 7.45pm kick-off against Hull City as Barnsley look to react quickly to their latest defeat.

The Reds battled well for 90 minutes against Coventry City at the weekend, but another individual mistake during nine minutes of stoppage time at the end of the game meant the wait for an away victory against the Sky Blues continues.

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Amidst the chaos of Storm Eunice, Barnsley, having won a week earlier for the first time in the league under Poya Asbaghi, went into Saturday's clash in good spirits. But the game resembled most seen this season on the road.

Whilst we weren't blown away by any stretch of the imagination, we were second best for most of the match and when the very late winning goal did eventually arrive, it was hard to suggest it came out of the blue.

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The Sky Blues, coached by former Reds boss Mark Robins were always the most likely to force the issue. Some pretty average finishing and loose passing thwarted them going ahead much earlier.

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And the Reds' defenders held firm for the most part, throwing bodies on the line, with 'keeper Brad Collins only properly tested a couple of times. But when substitute Jasper Moon got his attempted clearance all wrong, Coventry defender Dom Hyam was on-hand to stroke home a 94th minute match-winning strike.

A week prior, Barnsley had seen the deficit between themselves and Reading in 21st place reduced to five points. Fast forward to today and it's back up at nine points with just 15 league fixtures remaining.

It's becoming a tall order, but with seven games in the next four weeks, we'll have a much clearer picture by the end of March. 

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The focus must continue to be on the game ahead, however, and on Tuesday night we travel to the MKM Stadium to take on a Hull City outfit who quickly climbed out of relegation trouble after beating us in November, but who've struggled for victories in recent weeks.

The Tigers have a new man in the dugout, in the shape of Georgian legend Shota Arveladze. The former Ajax and Rangers striker became head coach of Hull at the end of January. 

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And after earning a 2-0 win over Swansea City in his first match in charge, the Tigers have failed to win any of the next five, with draws away at Sheff Utd and QPR their most recent fixtures played.

Under new ownership and with the transfer embargo lifted, Hull were able to add Brentford forward Marcus Forss during the January transfer window, as well as Iranian international striker Allahyar Sayyadmanesh. 

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The outstanding talent that is Keane Lewis-Potter remains a Tiger. That's despite all kinds of interest from Premier League clubs last month.

A Kingston lad, the 20-year-old forward has four assists and seven goals to his name this season, including the Tigers' second goal in November's 2-0 win over the Reds at Oakwell, a result that kick-started their rise up the table under former boss Grant McCann.

The Reds have won two and drawn one of their last three visits to this venue, unbeaten in Hull for 10 years now. 

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On our last trip, almost two years ago exactly, we came away with all three points thanks to a Cauley Woodrow tap-in, a result that went a long way to seeing us survive that season, whilst Hull fell through the trapdoor.

The man in the middle this Tuesday evening is Stephen Martin. This will be the Staffordshire official's fourth Reds game this season.

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He was in charge of our draw with Cardiff City on the opening day, our September defeat at Blackpool, and, bizarrely, he took control of the reverse fixture with the Tigers at Oakwell three months ago.

Reds supporters in the UK and overseas are able to buy match passes for this fixture via iFollow Barnsley. 

Fans can enjoy live streaming of the game, with a match pass priced at £10.

For further information on iFollow for this season, and how to activate seasonal subscriptions, please click the link below. 

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