Sitting at the bottom of the table is getting a bit boring now, and with Hull City three points above us, tomorrow’s match is a must win. But then again, every game is a must win when our relegation is beginning to look more and more likely.
Coleman must once again choose from a threadbare squad, with makeshift midfielder Marc Wilson having limped off against Cardiff with a groin strain and Didier Ndong serving a three match ban.
Adam Matthews missed out on our embarrassing loss in Wales due to a calf injury but he will be assessed in training today in the hope that he can replace Billy Jones in defence, who was pretty useless last weekend.
Despite returning to training, tomorrow’s match comes too soon for Jonny Williams. The prospect of Williams playing under Coleman seems rather exciting, so it’s a shame he can’t be brought into the team against Hull. However, Aiden McGeady may make an appearance after recovering from an injury – whether this is a good thing or not just depends on which McGeady actually turns up.
Hull are in luck, with striker Will Keane back in contention after being out for 14 months, and defender Ondrej Mazuch will also return to the squad. Kamil Grosicki faces a late fitness test after being sidelined since Boxing Day.
Seb Larsson will make his return to the Stadium of Light and I’m sure he will receive a warm welcome from us lot. In City’s press conference yesterday he said: “I’m sure there will be some emotions on game day, it’s a club where I spent a large part of my career but that doesn’t matter when I step over the white line. My only focus will be on helping Hull City get three vital points.”
Hull have also massively struggled since being relegated last season – granted, not as much as we are, but still struggling. The Tigers haven’t won a game in over a month, and haven’t won on the road since a 1-0 victory over Barnsley back in October. This should give us the perfect opportunity to grab three points, however, we always make these situations harder than they need to be.
A few years ago Sunderland seemed incapable of beating Steve Bruce’s Hull side, with us only managing one goal against them in four defeats in a row. However, Hull have been unable to beat us since 2014, with the match earlier in the season ending in a 1-1 draw.
With Hull being in a similar situation to us, we need to take advantage of this and, for once, come out on top rather than collapsing at the thought of moving up the table. However, there’s no doubt that Hull fans will be thinking the same thing – a quick glance at their message boards suggest they are pretty happy with our lack of attacking options ahead of tomorrow.