Hull City are gradually moving up the Championship table as the season comes towards an exciting climax
Since Liam Rosenior took charge of Hull City in mid-November, the Tigers have taken an impressive 20 points from their 12 games with Saturday’s win over Cardiff City a fifth in that period.
Back-to-back home wins have lifted City to 12th place and just four points off the top six following a run of just two defeats in those games.
Having been focused on moving a struggling side away from the threat of relegation when he first took the helm, attention is turning towards the possibility of City mounting a charge toward the top six, particularly given they have many of the sides above them to play in the remaining 16 games of the campaign. It can therefore be said that their destiny remains in their own hands.
While some managers may opt to quell talk of a play-off quest between now and early May, Rosenior is keen to talk up City’s rise and encourage supporters to be excited by the transformation.
“It is (a positive). It’s fantastic,” Rosenior told Hull Live when asked about the game to the top six. “I want people here, the fans, everyone involved with the club to be excited to support the club, it’s what football is all about. What I’m not going to do is quell that (play-off talk).”
After those successive home victories, the Tigers are now preparing for back-to-back away trips to Stoke City and Norwich City where they’ll be backed in big numbers, courtesy of Acun Ilicali’s free coach travel offer, before returning to the MKM Stadium for a clash against Preston – the Tigers finish the month away at Bristol City, where there will no doubt be a score or two to settle for those involved in the 5-0 drubbing at the end of last season. Rosenior remains focused on quietly going about his business, and ensuring his side keeps raising the standards he believes they must do if a play-off push is to be considered a genuine possibility.
“What we need to do is make sure that we keep improving,” Rosenior explained. “I said to you when I first came in that I concentrate on performances. We have loads to improve on, there’s loads for us to improve on and that’s what we’ll focus on this week going into a very, very difficult game at Stoke.
“There’s an energy and feel-good factor around the club and it’s my job to help the club keep that going. My job is to make people excited, follow us home and away and enjoy what you’re seeing.”