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In focus: Hull City match preview

19 March 2021

Take a closer look at the latest stats and facts in our match preview ahead of Town's Sky Bet League One clash with Hull City.

Shrewsbury Town face potentially the toughest test of the season with the visit of Hull City as Grant McCann's teams it at the top of the Sky Bet League One table. In their last five league fixtures, the away side have a perfect record with five wins on the bounce as they look to charge into the Sky Bet Championship.

Mallik Wilks is the dangerman at the top end of the pitch for the Tigers. The forward is enjoying a fruitful season having notched 17 goals already with plenty of time left to achieve 20 or more. In the engine room, the away side could have a familiar face. A fan favorite loanee, Greg Docherty spent one season on loan from Rangers at Montgomery Waters Meadow before leaving the SPL side to join City on a permanent basis.

However, the away side will have a tough task to deal with in Shropshire as Salop look to go on another unbeaten run. Town could extend another unbeaten run, like a number of times this season, after a win and a draw in the last 2. The draw coming away from home against a strong Charlton Athletic.

Name: Hull City Association Football Club

Nickname: The Tigers

Founded: 1904 (117 Years ago)

Chairman/owner: Assem Allam

Biggest win: 11-1 v Carlisle United, Division Three (North), 14th January 1939

Biggest loss: 0-8 v Wigan Athletic, Championship, 14th July 2020

Highest League finish: 16th, Premier League, 2013-14

Read Aaron Wilbraham's thoughts ahead of the fixture...

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Aaron Wilbraham previews Town's fixture with Hull City

The Manager -  Grant McCann

Grant McCann was appointed as Head Coach of Hull City on 21 June 2019 on a one-year rolling contract and made the Tigers his third managed club after Peterborough United and Doncaster Rovers.

During his playing career, the Northern Ireland international began his career with West Ham and had loan spells at Livingston and Notts County before moving to Cheltenham Town.

So far during his managerial career, McCann has achieved a win percentage of 40.6%.

Goalkeeper - Matt Ingram

Matt Ingram joined Hull City from Queens Park Rangers in June 2019, signing an initial three-year deal at the KCOM Stadium. Ingram has previously represented: Wycombe Wanderers, Lewes, Hayes & Yeading United, Oxford City, Queens Park Rangers, Northampton Town.

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Defender - Jacob Greaves

Having signed for the Club as an eight-year-old, young defender Jacob Greaves progressed through the Academy ranks to sign his first professional deal in April 2019.

Son of former Tigers defender Mark, the centre-back put pen-to-paper on a one-year deal with a Club option for a further year having skippered the U18s in 2018/19.

Midfielder - George Honeyman

Hull City completed the signing of George Honeyman on a three-year deal in August 2019.

The midfielder joined the Tigers from boyhood club Sunderland, first signing for the Black Cats' Academy set-up at the age of ten. After progressing through the Wearsiders' youth ranks, he was rewarded with a first professional contract at the end of the 2012/13 campaign.

This season, the midfielder sits at the top of the Hull City assists charts with 12 in the league to his name. The 26-year-old has also netted three times from midfield this season.

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Forward - Mallik Wilks

A forward with exceptional pace, trickery and power, Mallik Wilks became the latest addition to Grant McCann's squad when arriving from Barnsley on loan in January 2020.

Having progressed through the youth system at Leeds United, Wilks furthered his footballing education with loan spells at Accrington Stanley and Grimsby Town in 2017/18. Wilks has been one of the league's danger-men, as the forward has already notched 17 goals this season, as well as registering two assists from the top line.

Officials:

Referee: Gavin Ward
Assistants: Mark Dwyer and Bhupinder Gill
Fourth Official: Robert Merchant

Average league stats:

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