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04/05/2018 at 21:10


PREVIEW: Brentford v Hull City

About the only thing positive to say from this shambles of a season is; at least we didn't 'Do a Sunderland'. Yet, it appears that only transpired through sheer luck rather than good judgement, given the immense mismanagement going on at boardroom level here. While the Allams hide behind self-important and self appointed statements like '...the best run club in the EFL' the laughable truth is; Hull City are about as far removed from such ludicrous statements as possible. 

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Absolutely nothing but pride to play for...

To be fair to Nigel Adkins, he's come in half way through the season, galvanised a broken club enough to stave off a second successive relegation (ala Sunderland) and now finds himself in exactly the same situation as the three predecessors before him Bruce, Phelan and Slutsky. Already, Adkins is appealing for desperately needed investment into the squad over the summer, like the aforementioned trio wantonly failed to receive - and we all know - it simply won't arrive from the Allams, whatever horseshit they spout this time around.

While the owners of the club continue to build their castle on lies, stubbornness and broken promises, amongst the backdrop of alarmingly low attendances in a windswept shell of a stadium, the problem will only be exacerbated, leaving the remaining few still bothering, exasperated. Big words the club may want to look up the meaning of - and also spellcheck - if the latest communication spewed forth towards the fans is anything to go by.

Right, team news, then. There is little to say other than regrettably, this is undoubtedly - and shamefully - going to be a swansong for some good playing staff at this club. Adama Diomande has already left, granted an early exit, to join LA in the MLS. Indeed, word is, Adkins is flirting with the idea of giving youngster Dan Batty a start in midfield, as the enormity of exits and the rebuild ahead, becomes a stark realisation of how bad a shape this club is actually in.

Like City, Brentford have absolutely nothing to play for either, as their lingering play-off dream was extinguished at Barnsley last weekend. Manager Dean Smith has been linked with the job at West Bromwich Albion, as another good season for the Bees has just come up shy of being extended. Midfield pair Romaine Sawyers and Florian Jozefzoon are both a doubt for the match with injuries.

City's record at Griffin Park is good with four wins from their previous six visits. However, our track record on the final day of the season is woeful, with just one victory in the previous thirteen seasons. Whatever happens on the pitch is largely secondary anyway, given the wholesale surgery required to fix our club. It's all about getting to the root cause; i.e kill the root, kill the weed. So it says on the telly, anyway. Although, it appears to be an apt analogy here, too. 

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