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Wednesday 13 November 2019

Driving force Meyler rallies Tigers to fire on all cylinders against Blackburn

Jamie Holland

David Meyler hopes Hull can seal a hat-trick of wins when they face Blackburn in tonight's Championship match at the KC Stadium.

Back-to-back victories over Charlton and Derby at home have kept the Tigers firmly in the hunt for an automatic promotion place, with a win over Blackburn set to keep them ahead of the chasing pack.

Watford's emphatic 4-0 win at Birmingham saw them move into third but they are still three points adrift of Steve Bruce's Tigers, who in turn are eight points away from leaders Cardiff.

Meyler said that the last two wins have been a huge boost and have fired them up for their next run of games.

"We sat down with the manager last week and spoke about how important these home games were. It was crucial for us to try and win all three," the Cork-born midfielder said.

"That's two big wins, and with a tough game coming up against Blackburn we've got to make sure we beat them too. The way this league is, you need to make sure you're right up for it. We were up for it against Derby and against Charlton, so we need to make sure this little run keeps going.

"If we focus on ourselves then there's not a team in this league that can live with us when we're firing on all cylinders."

Leicester are also in the promotion mix and striker David Nugent knows the Foxes have ground to make up with their two games in hand after two successive defeats.

Boss Nigel Pearson, who was awarded the manager of the month title for January, has seen his side fall to losses against struggling Peterborough in the league and Huddersfield in the FA Cup in the last two weeks.

As a result, Nugent knows the next month could prove to be decisive, with tonight's match against Charlton their first challenge.

"It will be tough for us to win our games in hand but, if we can get the six points we need to pull them (Hull) back level pegging, we will be back up there," he said. "It is massive month for us. We have a lot of games in February. January was just as packed and, hopefully, we can produce the same form as in January. We are just outside automatic promotion now but with the games coming up we can get back in there."

Meanwhile, Fraizer Campbell is hoping to make an appearance against Brighton after his double saw Cardiff beat Bristol City 2-1 on Saturday. Cardiff's relentless push for automatic promotion saw them seal their third win in four games at the City Stadium, as Campbell made it three goals in three games.

The 25-year-old former Sunderland striker now wants to continue by starting against Gus Poyet's Brighton, who drew 1-1 against Blackburn in their last game.

"I hope there is more to come as I've not played much football the last year or so. It's going to take me a while to get up to speed with the rest of the players," Campbell said.

"Hopefully a few more games will do me good. I've been playing for as much time as I can in every game. I'm trying to get as fit as possible. This is a massive chance for me in a team that is playing really well."

Among tonight's other games, promotion-hunting Crystal Palace will look to back up their 4-1 win over Middlesbrough at home to Bristol City, while Boro travel to Burnley, Barnsley take on Wolves in a relegation scrap and Birmingham City are at home to Sheffield Wednesday.

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