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22/02/2018 at 20:07


PREVIEW: Hull City v Sheffield United

Now normally, you'd read this and enjoy famous tales of yore in battles with Sheffield United, both on and off the pitch. Yet, the bitter rivalry has been trampled underfoot, amid the off-field shenanigans going on at Hull City. Patience with the Allams from the fans has snapped. For too long, the supporters have been fed broken promises, downright lies and failed to see any tangible action of concession from the owners. Ooo, there's another dirty word. 

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The Sky Sports cameras are here and unsurprisingly, the fans have chosen a TV game for their frustrations to boil over. Protests are abound and finally, the lid on the Allams sordid ownership of this club is about to be exposed on a national scale. It's time. The fans want action and change from the Allams and neither have been remotely forthcoming. The hollow peace-making gestures, the unconvincing communication and the faux supporter interests will not be tolerated any longer from the Allams. Time is up.

The Allams patently don't want protests, but they only have themselves to blame for their persistent inaction. City boss Nigel Adkins - now caught in the crossfire - claimed ahead of this game, that while talks are ongoing, protests will not help him or the players. Well, Nigel, Ehab was the one who opened and closed the last meeting with the fans in the same breath. That move was inflammatory in itself, but to then pin the blame on innocent parties was abhorrent. One of many notions that sees the fans treat with contempt.

That action, along with a catalogue of long-stranding errors from the Allams, is why Nigel Adkins will have to prepare a team in the backdrop of raging fan anger. For what it's actually worth, team news deems that loanee Harry Wilson is ruled out with what's looking like a long term shoulder injury. Seb Larsson is available again after two game ban, while top scorer Jarrod Bowen needs a late fitness test. Striker Abel Hernandez has an outside chance of making the squad following a six month Achilles injury lay-off.

Opposition manager Chris WIlder is likely to be without striker James Wilson, currently on loan from Manchester United due to injury. Goalkeeper SImon Moore and midfielder John Fleck are both available again after serving recent suspensions. Nigel Adkins squares up against his former club for the first time since leaving the Blades - but interestingly, has never lost as a manager against the South Yorkshire side, winning three and drawing the other in four previous encounters.

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