Hull City will be looking to get their first win in 3 in what will be skipper Michael Dawson’s 100th game for the club away at Reading. The run of away games without a win needs to end at some point, and Leonid Slutsky will want to get this monkey off his back on Saturday. In City’s last 2 away games, they have conceded 7 goals while only scoring 1, with the performances being absolutely shocking, especially the 5-0 defeat at Derby. I don’t think I have ever seen a worse 90 minute performance from a City side in my 13 or so years of watching. The spotlight will again be on shining star Jarrod Bowen, who is the leagues joint second top goalscorer with 5 goals in 8 games.
Reading currently sit 18th in the Championship table, a place below the Tigers and, like City, are without a win in 3, with a lack of goals starting to worry Reading’s fans. I mean, looking at the forwards in their squad, they have Modou Barrow who joined from Swansea in the summer having played a fair few games in the Premier League, Yann Kermorgant, who has been a prolific goalscorer wherever he has played, and recent signing and former City striker Sone Aluko from Fulham. Aluko especially is a threat for City, with the championship being his comfortable level, and his form while he was at Fulham was fantastic, which earnt him a move across London. It would probably be City’s luck for him to score tomorrow!
Aluko however isn’t the only Reading-City relationship. Midfielder Stephen Quinn played 85 games for City, and was a key asset of the Irish army who helped City gain automatic promotion to the Premier League in the 2012-2013 season, in what was arguably one of the best league campaigns in the club’s history. Another member of this Irish contingent is no other than the great Paul McShane. It still annoys me that City let him go! Every single Hull City fan loved him, and all of a sudden wanted to become Reading fans when he left! Joking aside, he is a gifted Centre-Half, who has gone on to become Reading’s captain. Another member of the Reading squad who used to play for City is goalkeeper Vito Mannone, who was another fan’s favourite. Arriving from Sunderland in the summer, he is another player with great quality, and has bags of experience. He had a tough time towards the back end of his Sunderland career, but is looking to get his career back on track at the Royals. One ex-Reading player who is on City’s books is Michael Hector, who came through the Royals’ academy and, after a rich vein of form at Reading, earnt a move to Chelsea.
City have won their last 4 against Reading, with 2 of those being at the Madejski, so Leonid Slutsky and his side will hope to use this to their advantage and get that illusive away win that everyone at Hull City is so craving.