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Preview: Hull V Forest

Forest go into this tough looking away game with only one win in six and two goals to show for their efforts.

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January was the stuff of which dreams are made for Hull City: six straight wins and four clean sheets. That's pretty impressive stuff.

Since then, they've been a little more inconsistent, notching up only two wins in nine games. In their defence, two of theses nine games were against Arsenal and they've had some other tough fixtures in this period having faced Burnley and Brighton.

They currently sit third in the table but are only three points behind a slowly imploding Middlesbrough so they will certainly see this clash as a fine opportunity to close the gap and move smoothly into Burnley's slipstream.

Steve Bruce's men come into this game on the back of a disappointing home draw against MK Dons.

The first half in particular wasn’t good enough. I don’t know whether nerves have got to a few, but we’ve got to be doing better than that.

We were much better in the second half, although we couldn’t have been any worse, we huffed and puffed but we became anxious, nervy and edgy and it turned into a disappointing afternoon which you sometimes have to put up with at this stage of the season.

There’ll be funny results and it’s how you handle the situation. In the first half, we didn’t get anywhere near it.

The fans pay their money and I can understand why they booed us off. They’re as nervous and as anxious as the team seemed to be and we have to overcome that.

With the home fans a little restless, anxious and more than prepared to give their team a big old boo (sound familiar?), Forest have an opportunity to exert some pressure and test the old nerves and patience of those Tigers fans. Moreover, this game is Hull's third game at home in the space of seven days.

The thing is though, in order to do such a thing, Dougie Freedman's team will have to score a goal...and score one before the home team does. It shouldn't be so difficult but when you have Chris O'Grady leading the line...well...it's not so easy.

Chances are that newly signed from Cardiff City, Federico Macheda will make his debut but even then, he's been far from prolific throughout his extensive travels. In fairness, ten goals in 18 at Birmingham City is reason to get excited. However, nine goals in 73 appearances across his other loans loan spells rather throws a bucket of cold water on that excitement.

No doubt Chuba Akpom will be keen as mustard to get on the scoresheet too after his rather underwhelming loan spell with Forest last year. Michael Dawson must be due a goal too.

Maybe Forest will line up like this: