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03/11/2017 at 21:04


PREVIEW: Sheffield United v Hull City

There cannot ever be - in 113 years of Hull City AFC history - be a more divisive, vindictive, petty, childish and downright pig-headed owner of this football club. Fans have been pitted against their own. The future life blood of the club has been priced out of coming to see Hull City; given there are no concessions (same for the pensioners after decades of loyal support) and a brick wall provides more communication with supporters than the Allams. We're suffering in silence, they're killing our club, you're witnessing the death of Hull City AFC. 

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It looks shit, because it is shit.

In the middle of this shit storm, not truly aware of where the bullets are coming from - or indeed who is firing them and why - is the innocent cut of Leonid Slutsky. Football's happiest manager has been reduced to a nervous, twitching, wreck, pacing up and down the touchline like an expectant father each game, just weeks into the job. Clearly, the reality of managing Hull City, looks sod all like what Ehab presented in the brochure. Poor sap.

The likeable (if somewhat doomed) Slutsky will be enforced into at least one change this Saturday, courtesy of defender Michael Hector's midweek dismissal. It's certain that the previously dropped Ola Aina will be in line for an instant recall after missing Tuesday's match with Middlesbrough. Fellow Chelsea loanee Fikayo Tomori is destined to retain his place in this side, but is likely to shuffle into the centre of defence, rather than the full back berth.

Home boss Chris WIlder will also be pressed into changes for the match with Hull City. Goalkeeper Jamal Blackman was hospitalised following a 1-0 loss at Queens Park Rangers in midweek, meaning Simon Moore will deputise between the sticks. Striker Billy Sharp is scheduled to return to the forward line, as the Blades look to build on six wins in seven home games this season. On the plus side, City have won the last two outings against Sheffield United - a 3-2 league win and the magnificent 5-3 FA Cup semi final win at Wembley. Feels light years away that now...

After 'Pirate-gate' (this week's latest lunacy emanating from Allam world) like a sick joke, we're playing the Blades next. You couldn't make this shit up. 

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