Hull City face their toughest test of the season so far tonight when they take on Wolverhampton Wanderers at the KCOM Stadium. City will be full of confidence though as they are still on a high from their 4-1 win over Burton on Saturday.
Wolves have won their opening two league games and Carabao Cup first round fixture without conceding goal and with the scalps of Middlesbrough and Derby under their belts they will be full of confidence. They have spent a lot of money in a bid to get out of the Championship and the new signings are proving their worth so far. Leonid Slutsky’s side also have a right to be confident though after two solid results and four points to start the season. It’s set up to be a very intriguing contest tonight and it will give a real indication as to where City are at.
City started well on Saturday and attacked with confidence from the start. They made this confidence pay as Abel Hernandez opened the scoring. Their opponents Burton worked their way into the game though and it quickly became an end to end affair with the City defence again looking slightly shaky. Burton equalised before the moment that changed the game. Jackson Irvine one of Burton’s best players had equalised but very soon after he was dismissed for a second booking and that swung the game.
City began to dominate soon after that and when Kamil Grosicki scored early in the second half and Hernandez notched his second soon after there was no looking back for Slutsky’s side. Hernandez put the game beyond doubt and bagged himself a hat trick in the 68th minute to give City a 4-1 win.
Leonid Slutsky will be hoping this is just the start for Hernandez because if he can get him firing consistently they will have a much better chance of fighting for promotion. He may well face a tougher test tonight though against a Wolves defence who are yet to concede this season.
Leonid Slutsky was pleased with his sides overall performance on Saturday but acknowledged there is still room for improvement, “We started very well and played some unbelievable football but maybe from 20-35 minutes we played not good and we lose control of the match, Before sending off, we had two periods. First fifteen minutes unbelievable football but then we lose control of the game and maybe that’s because we are building still”
He will know that his side won’t be able to allow Wolves back into the game if City are on top because they are a far better side than Burton. He also hinted his side might be slightly tweaked tonight, “It is possible there might be some rotation, but everybody who has prepared for this match has a chance for the starting eleven”
Wolves manager Nuno Espírito Santo is understandably delighted with his sides start to the season but he’s also looking to keep his players grounded ahead of tonight’s game, “I’m happy, I’m pleased but I will never get carried away because I know there is a long way to go and we cannot ever lose this sense of responsibility, Tomorrow we have to do it again”
City have no fresh injury concerns after Saturday and may well be unchanged again. Seb Larsson made his City debut from the bench on Saturday and could push for a start while there is still no apparent rush to bring Kevin Stewart into the fold following his pre-season injury.
Wolves also have no fresh injury worries after Saturday’s win over Derby but Dave Edwards, Helder Costa, Phil Ofosu-Ayeh and Ben Marshall will all again miss out after not featuring at the weekend.