Finally a win. Our first at Bolton since 1935 and it feels about that long since our last three points.
A 1-0 victory narrow in margin but hugely important in the grand scheme of things, with fears of being cut five points adrift if things went against us at the University of Bolton Stadium.
Heading into the Christmas period with ten games in two months before the turn of the year, plenty of which are winnable, the potential effect our recent performances and the result at Bolton could have is definitely reason for encouragement.
Despite what the league table may suggest, the Tigers do carry some momentum to the KCOM as we welcome West Brom this weekend. We’re still short on goals, but if we keep playing how we have been they will come. The quality we have displayed in the last few weeks is incomparable to how we started the season.
Think back to Reading, nine games in and we had already conceded 16, no real attacking threat and woeful at the back. Adkins not only deserves credit for solidifying the defence with the change of formation, but it has allowed us to play with more freedom going forward.
Some big, big games ahead if we want to start putting a run together; West Brom is our first obstacle.
Sitting fifth in the table and far away the top scorers in the league with Sheff. United’s 27 being the closest contender to their tally of 33, Darren Moore’s ruthless side will provide the biggest possible test for our newly improved defensive setup.
With a front two of Jay Rodriguez and Dwight Gayle, both of which have netted eight already this season, double City’s top scorer, Jarrod Bowen’s tally, not to mention the revelation that is Harvey Barnes, they pose an unrivalled attacking threat but have been hit and miss throughout their 15 Championship games thus far.
However, with Gayle likely to miss out through injury, things could be different. Albion have been leaky at the back and if City can take the game to them then there could well be an upset on the cards.
Predicted Team: (4-5-1):
Hull City 2-1 West Brom
Picture Credit: Hull City