Hull City match preview





West Ham United travel to Hull City for their 16th npower Championship fixture of 2011/12 seeking their fifth away league victory in eight attempts. The Hammers have previously beaten Doncaster Rovers (1-0), Watford (4-0), Nottingham Forest (4-1) and Brighton & Hove Albion (1-0), drawn with Millwall (0-0) and Crystal Palace (2-2) and lost at Southampton (0-1).

• West Ham United are supporting the 2011 Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. A wreath will be presented during a pre-match ceremony on the pitch at the KC Stadium. Also, the Hammers will be wearing special shirts embroidered with a poppy motif which will be auctioned at a later date.

• Humberside Police have confirmed that no tickets will be available on the day and anyone attending the match without a ticket will be refused entry to the KC Stadium.

• Supporters are reminded that it is an offence to try and take fireworks into a football match. To ensure no fireworks enter the ground stewards and police will be be extra vigillant and will be searching fans prior to entry. Anyone caught for trying to take fireworks into the stadium will be arrested and prosecuted.

• The Hammers know a victory over the Tigers would keep them second in the table and could reduce the gap between themselves and leaders Southampton to two points. The Saints travel to 22nd-placed Coventry City on Saturday.

• Should the Hammers win at the KC Stadium, they would match the number of league wins (nine) achieved in the whole of the 2010/11 season and surpass the eight recorded in 2009/10.

• West Ham United have not won on any of their previous six visits to Hull City dating back to a 1-0 Division Two victory at Boothferry Park on 13 September 1954. John Bond scored the Hammers' goal that afternoon.

• Hull City go into the weekend sixth in the npower Championship table, having risen back into the Play-Off places on goal difference courtesy of Derby County's 3-0 home defeat by Cardiff City on Wednesday.

• The Tigers' 2-1 defeat at Barnsley on Tuesday evening was their first defeat in ten league matches.

• West Ham United and Hull City have both conceded 13 league goals in so far this term, giving them the joint third-best defensive records in the npower Championship behind Middlesbrough and Crystal Palace, who have both conceded 12 times. Hull, however, have played 14 league matches to West Ham's 15.

Team news

West Ham United

• Jack Collison could be back in contention after being rested for Tuesday's goalless draw with Bristol City.

• Winston Reid will be out of action for at least a month after dislocating his shoulder during Tuesday's match. Abdoulaye Faye is set to replace the New Zealand international.

• John Carew is struggling to be fit for the trip to the KC Stadium after suffering a knee injury at the training ground last Sunday.

• Guy Demel is still being treated for a hamstring injury that has delayed his debut.

• Matt Taylor (calf) is hoping to be back after the international break. Henri Lansbury is definitely out for several weeks with a knee injury, while Gary O'Neil (ankle) is out with long-term ankle injury.

• Pablo Barrera and Jordan Spence are on season-long loans at Real Zaragoza and Bristol City respectively. Ahmed Abdulla and Cristian Montano (Swindon Town), Herita Ilunga (Doncaster Rovers), Olly Lee (Dagenham & Redbridge), Callum McNaughton (AFC Wimbledon), Frank Nouble (Gillingham), and Dominic Vose (Braintree) are all out on temporary loans.

Hull City

• Goalkeeper Adriano Basso has been struggling with tendonitis in his knee and was replaced during Tuesday's 2-1 defeat at Barnsley by on-loan Liverpool stopper Peter Gulacsi.

• On-loan Leicester City forward Martyn Waghorn (hamstring), Austria Under-20 winger Martin Pusic (groin) and veteran former England attacker Nick Barmby (calf) are all struggling to be fit for Saturday's game.

• England Under-20 winger Cameron Stewart (knee) has definitely been ruled out.

• Tigers manager Nigel Pearson has allowed a number of fringe and younger players to go out on loan, including Jay Simpson (Millwall), Jamie Devitt (Bradford City), Kevin Kilbane (Derby County), Will Atkinson (Plymouth Argyle), Liam Cooper (Huddersfield Town), Mark Cullen (Bury), Kamel Ghilas (Stade de Reims) and Conor Townsend (Grimsby Town).

Last time out

Tuesday 1 November 2011
npower Championship
West Ham United 0-0 Bristol City
West Ham United: Green, Reid (Faye 7), McCartney, Tomkins, O'Brien, Faubert, Nolan, Noble, Baldock (Cole 68), Sears (Diop 76), Piquionne
Subs not used: Kurucz, Hall

Tuesday 1 November 2011
npower Championship
Barnsley 2-1 Hull City
Hull City: Basso (Gulacsi 66), Rosenior, Chester, Hobbs, Dudgeon, McKenna, Evans (Cairney 76), Koren, Mclean, Fryatt, Brady (Adebola 57)
Subs not used: McShane, Harper
Goals: Fryatt 79

Last six meetings

20 February 2010 West Ham United 3-0 Hull City (Premier League)
21 November 2009 Hull City 3-3 West Ham United (Premier League)
28 January 2009 West Ham United 2-0 Hull City (Premier League)
19 October 2008 Hull City 1-0 West Ham United (Premier League)
23 March 1991 Hull City 0-0 West Ham United (Division Two)
6 October 1990 West Ham United 7-1 Hull City (Division Two)

Overall record v Hull City (all competitions) W 15 D 14 L 10

Ten-year records

West Ham United

2010/11 Premier League 20th (relegated to Championship)
2009/10 Premier League 17th
2008/09 Premier League 9th
2007/08 Premier League 10th
2006/07 Premier League 15th
2005/06 Premier League 9th
2004/05 Championship 6th (promoted to Premier League via Play-Offs)
2003/04 Championship 4th
2002/03 Premier League 18th (relegated to Championship)
2001/02 Premier League 7th

Hull City

2010/11 Championship 11th
2009/10 Premier League 19th (relegated to Championship)
2008/09 Premier League 17th
2007/08 Championship 3rd (promoted to Premier League via Play-Offs)
2006/07 Championship 21st
2005/06 Championship 18th
2004/05 League One 2nd (promoted to Championship)
2003/04 Division Three 2nd (promoted to League One)
2002/03 Division Three 13th
2001/02 Division Three 11th


• Saturday's referee will be Nigel Miller.

• The 51-year-old has taken charge of 14 Football League and Carling Cup fixtures this season, showing 46 yellow cards and two red cards.

• Miller has yet to officiate at a West Ham United or Hull City fixture this season. However, he has refereed six previous Tigers matches, the most recent being a 1-1 Championship draw at Leicester City on 16 October 2010. He has never taken charge of a Hammers game.

• A former striker himself, Miller retired from playing football at the age of 31 and immediately took up officiating. After eleven seasons in the Wearside and UniBond leagues, he was appointed to the Football League List of assistant referees in 1999. Miller was promoted to the Football League List of referees in 2003.

• Miller ran the line for the 2003 FA Cup final and FA Community Shield and also at the 2005 Championship Play-Off final between West Ham United and Preston North End - a match which saw the Hammers promoted to the Premier League.

• In his spare time, retired police officer and firearms and physical training instructor Miller breeds birds including goldfinches, bullfinches, blackbirds and thrushes.

• Miller will be assisted by Barry Gordon and Michael Salisbury, while the fourth official will be Alf Greenwood.

Us and them

• The following players have worn the colours of both West Ham United and Hull City during their careers - Tommy Brandon, Jimmy Bullard, Roy Carroll, Alf Fenwick, Richard Garcia, Cliff Hubbard, Mark Noble, Stuart Pearson, Tony Weldon.

• Mark Noble spent three months on loan at Hull City between February and May 2006, making five Championship appearances.

• Hull City full-back Liam Rosenior is the son of former West Ham United striker Leroy Rosenior.

• The first-ever meeting between West Ham United and Hull City took place at Anlaby Road on 17 April 1920. Dan Bailey scored the Hammers' goal in a 1-1 Division Two draw played out in front of 8,000 spectators.

• The largest crowd to witness a Hull City versus West Ham United fixture is the 35,964 who turned out at Boothferry Park to watch the Tigers defeat the Hammers 1-0 in Division Two on 25 August 1952.

• West Ham United have recorded four victories in 20 visits to Hull City in all competitions and have never won by more than a one-goal margin on Tigers territory. The Hammers have won 3-2 twice at Hull - in the FA Cup first round in January 1923 and in Division Two in March 1936.

• Hull City's biggest-ever home win over West Ham United took place on 17 September 1934, when the Tigers ran out 4-0 Division Two winners at Anlaby Road in front of a crowd of just 5,000.

• Eleven players have made their West Ham United debuts against Hull City - Jim Simmons (August 1920), Albert Foan and Eric Betts (both August 1950), George Wright, Doug Bing and Bert Hawkins (all September 1951), George Petchey (September 1952), Paul Kelly (January 1990), Matthew Rush (October 1990), Iain Dowie (March 1991) and Savio Nsereko (January 2009). Danny Shea also made his second Hammers 'debut' alongside Simmons in August 1920.

Up next

• West Ham United will be on the road again after the international break, travelling to Coventry City for a 3pm kick-off on Saturday 19 November. Hull City go to Derby County on the same day.

General information

• Humberside Police have confirmed that no tickets will be available on the day and anyone attending the match without a ticket will be refused entry to the KC Stadium.

• Saturday's weather forecast is for light rain and a daytime high temperature of 12C (54F).