Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 24°C

min temp: 15°C

Search
Kings of Anglia Issue 8 Magazine Offer

Match preview: Home is where the hurt is for Hull, but Town aren’t travelling well either

PUBLISHED: 06:00 15 September 2018

Paul Hurst has confirmed that Dean Gerken will keep his place in goal at the KC Stadium. Photo: Steve Waller

Paul Hurst has confirmed that Dean Gerken will keep his place in goal at the KC Stadium. Photo: Steve Waller

© Copyright Stephen Waller

Ipswich Town manager Paul Hurst is glad to finally have the distraction of the transfer window behind him.

The Blues boss signed 12 players, sold three key men and loaned out several youngsters during his first summer at the club.

While all that was going on there was seven games in 30 days and, ultimately, the Blues reached the first international break still searching for their first win.

MORE: ‘I don’t think it’s far off working’ – Hurst won’t abandon his principles in search of first win

The Championship action resumes at fellow strugglers Hull City this afternoon – a team who have lost all four of their outings on home soil so far.

Paul Hurst can name only five of his six loan players in a match day squad. Janoi Donacien was the one to miss out against Norwich. Photo: Steve WallerPaul Hurst can name only five of his six loan players in a match day squad. Janoi Donacien was the one to miss out against Norwich. Photo: Steve Waller

“I know we are still talking about one more potential in (free agent Danny Collins), but in general we can now concentrate on who’s here, the phone won’t be ringing off the hook and there won’t be as many things going on in the background,” said Hurst.

“There’s no doubt anyone that plays us at this moment in time will think that it’s a very winnable game.

“We’re focussed on what we’re trying to do. If we can play how we believe we can then we will certainly give them a good game. If we can heap any sort of pressure on them then great.”

MORE: Against who will Paul Hurst’s first win come? A look at Ipswich Town’s next six games

Cole Skuse has been passed fit to play after suffering concussion against Norwich. Photo: PACole Skuse has been passed fit to play after suffering concussion against Norwich. Photo: PA

Hurst has started 20 different players in the six league games so far. Asked if he would like a more settled team going forwards, he replied: “Not particularly. It’s not just about 11 players. I’m thinking about the number of games and the travel.

“We’ve then got Brentford coming here (home on Tuesday night), one of arguably the best footballing sides in the division, and that’s a big ask (followed by the visit of Bolton next Saturday).

“I’ve got to try and be sensible about what to do. Some of that will be dictated by performances and what physical exertions have gone in.”

The Blues boss used the international break to largely work on improving his players’ fitness levels, with afternoon sessions in the newly refurbished gym now undertaken every Tuesday and Thursday.

MORE: ‘He just has to trust us’ – Hurst on why making a frustrated Dozzell train with the U23s is not a punishment

“We saw massive benefits from that in the past (at Shrewsbury), it’s something that we believe in and already you can see one or two lads benefitting from that,” explained Hurst.

“We want to produce good footballers, of course, but part of being a footballer is being strong and quick. If we’ve made you a second quicker over 100m than that’s a big improvement.”

Nigel Adkins took charge of Hull City last December. Photo: PANigel Adkins took charge of Hull City last December. Photo: PA

Opposition lowdown

Manager: Nigel Adkins (Dec 17): W10 D11 L16

Last five finishes: 18th (Championship), 18th (Prem Lg), 4th (Championship), 18th, 16th (Prem Lg)

Last game: L 2-1 Derby (h)

Mick McCarthy held a post-match huddle after Ipswich Town lost 3-0 at home to Hull back in March. Photo: Steve WallerMick McCarthy held a post-match huddle after Ipswich Town lost 3-0 at home to Hull back in March. Photo: Steve Waller

Last attendance: 12,285

Form: LLLWLDDL

Summer signings: Burke, Elphick, de Wijs, Lichaj, Kane, Milinkovic, Martin

Key exits: McGregor, Odubajo, Dawson, Larsson, Meyler, Hernandez

Top-scorers: Irvine, Campbell (2)

League ever-presents: Marshall, de Wijs, Lichaj, Kane, Bowen, Evandro, Campbell

MORE: ‘I would like us to get five or 10 goals a season from them’ - Knudsen wants long throws to be a weapon

Stat attack

7 – Defeats in last eight away league games for Town

2008 – Last time Town beat Hull (D3 L8)

4 – Hull haven’t lost their opening four home league games in the club’s entire history

MORE: ‘I was quite interested by how that all came across’ – Hurst responds to Keane’s alleged Walters rant

Ipswich Town team news

– Paul Hurst has confirmed Dean Gerken will retain his place in goal after replacing Bartosz Bialkowski for the clash with Norwich.

– Jon Walters returned from Ireland duty early following his lack of action of late, but Hurst has no major concerns over his fitness.

– Cole Skuse is fit to return to the Blues’ side after recovering from the head injury he suffered against Norwich. Emyr Huws and Teddy Bishop are not yet ready to be involved, though.

– Toto Nsiala serves the second game of his three-match ban following his sending off at Sheffield Wednesday.

– Hurst must decide which of his six loanees will sit out the game, with only five eligible for the matchday squad. Janoi Donacien missed out against Norwich.

MORE: ‘They’ve been in and out of training’ - Huws and Bishop still not ready to return to Ipswich side

Hull City team news

– Australian international Jackson Irvine could return to the Hull side after recovering from a thigh injury.

– Kamil Grosicki could also earn a recall, two weeks after a move to Turkey fell through.

– Eric Lichaj was due back from international duty with the USA yesterday and will be a late decision for Nigel Adkins.

– Former Norwich striker Chris Martin and Tommy Elphick could make their debuts after arriving on loan from Derby and Aston Villa respectively.

MORE: Hurst confirms Gerken will keep his place ahead of Bialkowski for Hull visit

Opposition key man

Jarrod Bowen led the Tigers’ scoring charts last season with 15 goals in all competitions, with one coming at Portman Road. He’s yet to find the net this season but is always a threat down Hull’s right flank.

MORE: ‘He’s done well but he’s got to continue to do well’ – Hurst on Knudsen contract

Betting

Hull win - 13/10

Ipswich win - 23/10

Draw - 5/2

MORE: Ipswich still keen on Collins but move complicated by injury

Referee

Tony Harrington (Cleveland)

Games: 3, Yellows: 12, Reds: 1

Last meeting

Ipswich Town 0 Hull City 3

Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Mick McCarthy held a debrief on the Portman Road pitch following an embarrassing defeat amidst a toxic atmosphere. Markus Henriksen (18), Harry Wilson (40) and Jarrod Bowen (47) scored the goals as Town drew a home blank for the fifth game in succession.

Stuart’s prediction

Hull City 0 Ipswich Town 1

Not expecting a classic. Not brimming with optimism, but score first and home crowd could turn.

After more than nine years of dedicated policing and 20,000 bladed objects being claimed by the police, hundreds more knives have been collected In Ipswich in the shadow of months of stabbings in Suffolk.

A woman was left trapped following a collision with another car and an electricity pole in Sudbury.

A new supermarket chain is set to join Ransomes Europark in Ipswich, as a unit empty for seven years is finally getting a new lease of life.

The family of Ipswich Town legend Kevin Beattie have today thanked friends and fans for their outpouring of ‘amazing love and support’ since his sudden death.

Suffolk is being warned to expect high winds and a significant dip in temperatures as we near the weekend, marking the start of the real autumnal weather.

One Suffolk mother has been driven to sleep fully dressed and ready to spring into action after trespassers snuck onto her property, moved security lights and lurked in the dead of night for an opportunity to strike.

Tributes have been paid to Ipswich sports shop owner Malcolm Marriott, who has died after a lifetime of running shops in the heart of the town centre.

A bus passenger “poked and prodded” and was racially abusive to a Suffolk bus driver who asked him to stop drinking wine out of a bottle, it has been alleged.

David Kindred takes a look at a previous Ipswich school, Martin Newbys in Fore Street, and Fisons works at Cliff Quay. Does this article bring back memories for you?

A long-running feud between a Suffolk council and residents’ group has reignited over claims of a “secretive” meeting and concerns over a £500,000 cemetery extension.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Ipswich Star daily newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24