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26th September 2003 
Hull City
At the Kingston Communications Stadium
27/9/03 3:00pm
The Harriers starting line-up faces an overhaul for the trip to Hull City tomorrow with John Williams starting a game for the first time this season.

In an effort to regain confidence from the fans and stop the team dropping further Ian Britton will probably go for one striker up-front ploughing a lone furrow.  Bo Henriksen and Andy Bishop will both drop to the bench with Graham Ward and Dean Bennett recalled to supply the ammo for big John.

The missing Kenny Coleman is said to be fit again after a recurrence of his stomach problems from last season.  Due to the interest in his absence from some fans it's surprising that this was the first time the club had said anything about it.

Another piece of convenient memory loss came earlier in the week when the club said that they had received an offer for Danny Williams from an un-named club but Danny had said that he wanted to stay and help us regain our form.  Plausible, but not the fact that it was the third time the unknown club had made an offer for him and it had never been mentioned before.

Obviously the club are under pressure to raise confidence after a week of disastrous news bytes with the about turn of that French bloke, wotsis name, and the poor run of results that has seen confidence plummet.

That bit of 'good' news seemed to work and there's a small amount of confidence coming back just in time for the game tomorrow.  We'll need it.

City have disappointed a lot of people this year by doing so well.  At the start of the season the betting companies stick them at the top of the pile and the fans at other clubs say no chance, all that money, a nice new stadium paid for by the City council and they'll struggle again.

This year that's all changed and they now sit in second place behind an equally rejuvenated Swansea City.

With Peter Taylor at the helm they have a manager with a pedigree who has bought wisely.  The team he has assembled look strong and can go all the way.

The only fly in the ointment is the talk of him replacing Alan Pardew at Reading but so far Taylor has played down all talk about it.

Richie Appleby There's also the ongoing saga of Richie Appleby.  What is it with our ex players that they contract this mysterious affliction of the ankle that stops them playing.  First Abdou Sall and now Apples.

The City fans have gotten annoyed with his antics and want him out.  Taylor seems to have the same idea and has bought in a new player this week, the untried Ryan France from Alfreton.  He's one for the future and won't be playing tomorrow.

Ian Ashbee won't be playing either after sustaining a hamstring injury in the 2-0 victory at Rochdale last weekend and there are also doubts about Alton Thelwell (foot) and Marc Joseph (knee) making the whistle.

Winger Jason Price is likely to return from a hamstring injury.

Brits tactics of coming back with a point by playing it tight at the back tomorrow will only come off if the players stick to the task and not have momentary lapses of concentration.

I can't see that happening and expect us to come back empty handed.  Prove me wrong and fight like Tigers for a result!


Harriers from:
Brock, Danby, Stamps, Gadsby, Coleman, Willis, Smith, Hinton, D Williams, Parrish, Bennett, Dyer, Ward, Shilton, Henriksen, J Williams, Bishop, Betts.

Hull City from:
Fettis, Musselwhite, Anderson, Chapman, Hinds, Peat, Burton, Delaney, Regan, Whittle, Dawson, Holt, Price, R Williams, Green, Elliott, Fry, Keates, Melton, Donaldson, Allsopp, Burgess, Forrester, Webb, France.
Previous games against Hull City
Harriers score first
2002 - 03
1 - 0
1 - 4
2001 - 02
3 - 0
1 - 2
2000 - 01
2 - 2
0 - 0

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