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Hull aiming for an early goal

last updated Thursday 26th January 2017, 11:08 AM

Hull City manager Steve Bruce
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When the Fulham players take a look at the team sheet on Saturday afternoon the Hull City bench may scare them just as much as the starting XI, writes Peter Swan.

Such is the current strength in depth at Steve Bruce's disposal at the minute, making his bench for the trip to Craven Cottage will be no easy feat.

Having beaten Charlton Athletic in such emphatic fashion I don't see any way that Bruce can change his side for the game on Saturday, which means Ahmed Elmohamady and David Meyler are going to have to stay patient and wait on the bench for their chance to get back into the starting line-up.

Isaac Hayden has been patient and has certainly done enough in his last two performances to keep his place alongside Jake Livermore in central midfield, while Robert Snodgrass is surely going to start ahead of Elmohamady, who hasn't produced his best form of late.

With Michael Dawson possibly fit again it throws another name into the mix, but like Elmohamady and Meyler, Dawson too will have to be patient for me because Harry Maguire's performances do not warrant him being dropped.

It's a headache for the manager and trying to keep all his players happy is another task that I don't envy him doing.

But what that strength in depth should mean is City can maintain their performance level of the Charlton game, because if your level dips, you'll be out of the side and who knows when you'll get back in again.

Giving a performance similar to the one we witnessed last Saturday at the KC Stadium is vital for City this weekend.

Bruce's boys won't win 6-0 again and are very unlikely to have another result like that this season because it was just one of those days where everything goes right.They are a rarity in football and happen once a season if you are lucky.

The key is to have enjoyed the victory and then move on swiftly with the focus being on repeating the performance without trying to chase a similar result because that would be foolish.

But playing well and not just getting the victory at Fulham is important.

Too often this season we have seen City's performances dip when they go on their travels.

With four successive away games, a dip could coincide with a couple of poor results and now is the time to push on and strengthen the chances of being a Premier League side once again come the end of the season.

With Derby County playing at Burnley on Monday night, the possibility is there for City to widen what is already a nice healthy cushion between themselves and the chasing pack in the play-off places.

Fulham will be nervous on Saturday and may sit back a little as a result which will present an opportunity for City to have a real go at them.

I hope to see Bruce send the players out with real intent and the players go and press and dictate the tempo of the game early on.

If City do that they can get the early goal which should be a platform for a victory.

When the Tigers get themselves in the lead and get the bit between their teeth you always fancy them to go on and win the game.

An early goal at Craven Cottage will hopefully set up another three crucial points.

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