Hull City man hails major Acun Ilicali decision as Tigers prepare for Stoke City test

More than 30 coaches from East Yorkshire will be heading to the Potteries to cheer on Hull City this weekend

Jacob Greaves is relishing being part of a new-found excitement at Hull City as the Tigers prepare to tackle Stoke City on Saturday afternoon looking for a third straight victory.

City will be backed by a near-sell-out away following at the bet365 Stadium as almost 2,700 supporters descend on the Potteries and take advantage of Acun Ilicali’s decision to offer free coach travel to the remaining nine away trips of the season., with 37 coaches leaving the MKM Stadium in the morning, in what will be quite a sight as they convoy along the A63, before hitting the M62 and M1 towards Staffordshire.

Those Tigers fans heading to Stoke will be doing so with an extra spring in their step after seeing their side finally end that long home hoodoo with victories over QPR and Cardiff City, and though they were beaten on their last away trip to Sheffield United, that was just a first defeat in nine away from the MKM Stadium.

Greaves, who returned from a one-match absence last weekend against the Bluebirds, says Ilicali’s influence should not be underestimated, a little over a year on from taking over the helm.

“We’ve got a lot of the fans back which is really good to see,” Greaves told Hull Live. “He (Ilicali) put on the free travel for the away games which is an incredible gesture really, and that’s what you want.

The players are buzzing about that. You want to go to an away game and play in front of loads of fans and turn it into a home game. The Wigan game felt like a home game because we had so many fans in there and they were making noise which is good.

Greaves, who has been operating at left-back in recent weeks, says the squad are really buying into the work done by Liam Rosenior and it’s reflected in recent performances and results.

“The squad is now starting to shape really nicely,” Greaves explained. “You’ve just got to watch the standard of training since the gaffer has come in, and it’s been upped a couple of levels.

“Everyone’s on it every day, we’ve got a greater emphasis on keeping the ball. We’re doing smaller, tighter drills and the lads are really taking to it, and you can see we’re dominating the ball a little bit more.

“You want to play in a team that’s dominating the ball instead of chasing it all of the time.”