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Interview with an away fan: Hull City

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For tomorrow's Yorkshire Derby I interviewed Marcus Dysch a journalist and Hull City blogger. You can see his blog here, or follow him on Twitter.

You managed to pick up a vital three points on Saturday against a solid Ipswich side. Surely this win can give you confidence that you can compete with the strongest sides in the division?

The win at Ipswich is a real boost after two home defeats the previous week. I think we showed last season that we can compete with the perceived big boys in the Championship and should fear no one. If anything our results last year were better against the top half sides. Our away form has been incredible in the past year. Now we need to kick on and build momentum for another long campaign.

Against Blackpool you looked good at times, but you just couldn't find the net. Do you feel you need more in the squad to compete?

No I think the squad is in reasonably good shape and has decent depth. The Blackpool result was disappointing but our frontmen were misfiring that night. We need to have confidence in our strikers - Matty Fryatt is a superb forward and should build a good partnership with Adebola. With Mclean and Simpson waiting in the wings we pose a threat and should be able to find the net home or away.

What are the expectations this season at the KC stadium?

Some fans are unrealistic but I think the proper long-standing supporters recognise we are still in transition and Nigel Pearson is building a squad with a mix of experience and youthful enthusiasm. We shouldn't expect too much in Europe's most competitive league. A top-half finish would be admirable and a play-off push would be the best we can hope for I should think.

I think Nigel Pearson is a top quality manager and eventually he will do well with a club in the top flight. Is he the man to make you that top flight club once again?

It's a hard task and a big ask to get us promoted, but fans have been impressed with his quiet determination, shrewd signings and general level of calm leadership. If his side can produce the goods on the field it'll be a potent mixture.

We all remember Phil Brown for his half-time antics, but what are your thoughts on him and where did it go wrong at Hull?

How long have you got? Phil will go down in the history books as City's greatest manager. His achievement will never be eclipsed in that he was the first manager to get us into the top flight. What happened once we got there showed his best and worst - the brave willingness to attack the big clubs and fight hard, and the naivety to think we could do that and get results week in week out. I'm sorry he left and wish him well at Preston - he got us up and we were not relegated under his management - no one can contest that and it's a hell of a record.

Just what is going on with Jimmy Bullard? He is apparently banned, do you see a future for him at the KC?

No. Plenty has been said about him but fans have now had enough. The sooner he is off the pay roll and out of the club the better. Remarkable to think we could say that about our record signing, but his time at City has been one long disaster with only few chinks of light. He should be out by the end of the week.

I was going to ask who will cause Leeds problems on Tuesday. But after seeing the Blackpool game I know Robbie Brady will be a real handful. What are your thoughts on him so far and is there anyone else we should fear?

Brady looks a quality signing by Pearson, but he's only one of many. Rosenior is the division's best right back, Hobbs is a tower of strength, Koren on his day could be at a top Premier League side, and Fryatt should become our first 20 goals a season man in years. We have quality throughout the side and a nice blend of experience and youth.

If you could have any Leeds player who would it be?

I wouldn't take any Leeds players for our current squad.

Prediction for the match?

Given our away record and our respective starts to the season I can't see City losing. Either a 1-1 draw or a City win, nicking it 2-1 late on.

Big Thanks for Marcus for taking part.

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