Hull desperate to avoid Championship play-offs

The Tigers take on Bristol City tonight hoping to improve automatic promotion chances

Hull's last promotion to the top flight came thanks to a Wembley play-off final win and a wonder goal from Dean Windass - something the class of 2013 are not planning on replicating.

The Tigers take on Bristol City at the KC Stadium tonight knowing that a win will all but see them back in the Premier League, three years after relegation.

Victory would leave them nine points clear of third-placed Watford who would have three games left and just goal difference to cling to. Should the Hornets not beat Blackburn on Saturday, that will be that.

There will be no tickertape celebration or Windass strewn on the Wembley turf this time, but according to defender Jack Hobbs, it is just a case of getting the job done.

"There is a lot of pressure on Watford, and the form they have been in just adds to that, so if we can add a bit more then it would be fantastic," Hobbs said in the Hull Daily Mail.

"Playing Friday night means a little less recovery time, but at the same time, it gives us the chance to crank up the pressure by getting the job done.

"Then, we can watch the results come in on the Saturday."

Hull's players and manager Steve Bruce may well have to watch the television with camera crews alongside them, ready to capture any significant moment.

Under such scrutiny - there will be a full house tonight as well - it would be easy to crumble, but Hobbs claims they are steeled against anxiety.

"There is maybe a little bit of nerves because there is a lot resting on it, but you have to turn that pressure into a positive," he said.

"As opposed to being worried about making a mistake it is all about going out there in a positive frame of mind.

"This is a challenge and an opportunity. And as the gaffer always says, 'Enjoy it as you might not get this opportunity again'.

"I'd have taken this position at the start of the season, without a doubt.

"The message to the fans is 'get behind us, we appreciate your support and, hopefully, we can deliver three points for you'."

Tonight's opponents Bristol City have little than pride to play for having been relegated on Tuesday following a defeat to Birmingham.

PA

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Russell Brand's interview with Ed Miliband has got everyone talking about The Trews

Everyone is talking about The Trews

Russell Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before
'Queer saint' Peter Watson left his mark on British culture by bankrolling artworld giants

'Queer saint' who bankrolled artworld giants

British culture owes a huge debt to Peter Watson, says Michael Prodger
Pushkin Prizes: Unusual exchange programme aims to bring countries together through culture

Pushkin Prizes brings countries together

Ten Scottish schoolchildren and their Russian peers attended a creative writing workshop in the Highlands this week
14 best kids' hoodies

14 best kids' hoodies

Don't get caught out by that wind on the beach. Zip them up in a lightweight top to see them through summer to autumn
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The acceptable face of the Emirates

The acceptable face of the Emirates

Has Abu Dhabi found a way to blend petrodollars with principles, asks Robert Fisk