Brentford face a trip to the KCom stadium to face Hull City with the teams one point apart. Billy Grant caught up with Richard Mathers (@Dickster69) from Hull City Supporters Trust to get the low-down on The Allams, Moses at Hull and who are City’s danger men
Hull haven’t had the best start of the season. What has been going amiss?
It was always going to be a ‘transitional season’ given the shear turnover of remaining players that were on Premier League contracts who left last summer followed by the lack of investment by the current owners where ‘experience’ has been replaced with young, unproven players.
Some of our defending at the start of the season was just shambolic through individual errors, which seemed to improve for a while but more recently errors have been evident again in games like Birmingham away and Forest at home. We’ve also had a lot of injuries, (especially in defence) which hasn’t helped.
For a while the feeling was that Nigel Adkins was playing square pegs in round holes and tried to convince us all that we were not playing only 1 up front at home (when in reality we were!!).
On paper, even with the lack of investment, we should be a team just bouncing along in mid-table, but with so many young players, they were always going to take time to settle.
The last I heard, The Allams were on their way out and a buyer was on the cards. It’s gone a bit quiet on the buyer front. What’s the latest?
The Allams stated the Club was up for sale over 4 years ago!! There has been firm interest in recent months from three interested parties, but as with any sale, you need a willing seller and a willing buyer.
Ultimately, the Allams are still asking for around £15m more than what the Club is worth, (especially taking into account the ground is owned by the local council and there’s only 2-3 players left with any asset value). The ‘bidders’ have all completed their due diligence now and arrived at the same conclusion.
If the Allams want to sell then they need to be more realistic with the asking price which I don’t think will happen soon. They were still claiming in the local media last week a deal could be done by Christmas. That’s not what I’m hearing and if the deal isn’t completed in the next fortnight then in reality we’ll be stuck with them until the end of the season (Why would new owners want to complete a deal during or post the January transfer window?)
Ex Hull player Moses Odubajo is back at Griffin Park after we trialled him for a few months then gave him a 12 month contract. How was he when he was at Hull?
Moses was a real fans favourite when he played for us. Showed some genuine pace and quality as a right wing back and always made a real effort which goes a long way with Hull fans. His injury was devastating for him especially as we were preparing for a return to the Premier League and he’s suffered a major injury in a meaningless friendly at Grimsby of all places!!
He clearly takes strength from his Christian faith and was regularly updating fans through his social media accounts of his recovery etc and we were all waiting for the day he would be back in the team. Unfortunately though, whilst he was on the treatment table, we were relegated again after a year and so half the squad either left or was sold.
Then last season we struggled in the Championship and so in the Summer the rest of the squad he knew also disappeared. My understanding was that he was offered a new deal on vastly reduced terms, but there is so much friction between the Club owners and the majority of fans right now, that no-one was really surprised he decided to try his luck elsewhere.
There was a few meat heads who had a go at him on social media for being disloyal, but the majority of fans didn’t blame him at the time and will remember him as a good player for us and will hopefully give him a warm welcome back……….until kick off!!
We would be foolish to think we had nothing to fear against Hull. You battled for a hard earned point at The Den – a game you could have won. You beat QPR one their patch – something we failed to do. And you held Norwich City to a draw recently. Who should we be looking out for? Anyone from the bees give you the jitters?
Recently, our wide men in Jarrod Bowen and Kamil Grosicki have been in good form, and Fraizer Campbell as been in scoring form. Jackson Irvine is always energetic in midfield whilst at the back Tommy Elsphick is on loan from Aston Villa and already proven to be popular with the fans up here. We’ve had to blood a lot of young kids though this season, (due to injuries and the lack of squad depth), and one in particular, (Dan Batty), has been in great form all season. He made his debut in our 1-1 with your boys at the end of last season. He’s had a great season so far.
From the Bees side we’re aware of Neal Maupay’s goal scoring record this season and Ryan Woods always seems to be a consistent performer. Over the years we’ve never had an easy game against Brentford and expect another tough one tomorrow.
Last time Brentford were up at Hull it was bitterly cold just before Xmas and Nigel Adkins had just taken over. Against the odds you beat us that day. It’s bitterly cold again tomorrow. And this time we have a new head coach. Groundhog day for Bees fans do you think? Or roles reversed?
I do hope you’re not going to whinge about it being ‘cold up north’ if we do sneak a win tomorrow!! Last season’s game did see our team put in that extra 10% that a new manager often gets out of players without saying anything. However, the squad we had should never have struggled at all last season.
We played some great attacking football under Leonid Slutsky………but he couldn’t organise the defence which is why the owners got rid. Nigel Adkins has made us more solid, but we seem to play better away from home this season, and our home form hasn’t been good at all aside from a 1-0 win over an out of form West Brom.
As mentioned above, there’s been some individual errors creeping in to our defensive duties in recent games, so I’m not sure we’ll keep a clean sheet. Your results seem to indicate you’re not far away from turning a corner under Thomas Frank – I just hope it doesn’t happen until next week for you!!
Give us a score prediction
A few weeks ago, we would’ve been delighted to have been within a point of catching you, and aside from a shocking performance at home to Forest, our form in the past 6-7 matches has been better. My heart says a 2-1 win for City, but I really wouldn’t be surprised if it was a scoring draw.
I say 2-2
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