Millwall v Hull: it’s the Lions versus the Tigers

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With the second weekend of fixtures approaching, confidence should be high in the Lions' den following impressive victories over Bristol City and Wycombe Wanderers respectively.

Nigel Pearson's side will provide a new challenge though, and it looks as if Hull have one main objective to which the club are working towards - a return to the Premier League.

Kenny Jackett’s men could have reason to be worried, with Pearson bouncing back from play-off defeat with Leicester last season to take on the role with the Tigers. A tough pill for Foxes fans to swallow, but the former defender is all business in the management game and made a great start at the KC.

This first match at the New Den this season promises to be an absolute cracker, with Hull coming to the capital fresh off of a 2-0 win against Swansea and in buoyant mood.

Hull’s new signing John Bostock has already found the target with a great goal on his debut and will surely be looking to continue that form this weekend. Plus with a bye from the Carling Cup, more attention has been put on the trip down south for this tricky game.

But with Hull’s current crop of players being high in confidence, surely no-one on the pitch will feel as great as Steve Morison after his international debut for Wales against. Luxembourg.

There were also rumours recently of an enquiry from Hull for Morison. The Tigers are one of many admirers of the striker, which could have unsettled him this summer. But whether those were true or false, the loyalty of Morison and the reluctance to sell from the club have kept the former Stevenage striker down South London.

Another plus will be the return of Darren Carter in central midfield after his red card restricted him from playing Tuesday. But whilst Morison was in Llanelli, his club teammates were down Adams Park scraping through to the second round of the Carling Cup.

After taking the lead through the formidable Neil Harris, Wycombe pegged the Lions back with just 14 minutes to go with a smart Ben Strevens finish. As the game entered extra time, the fresh legs paid off for Millwall and Alan Dunne netted the winner on the stroke of half time in extra time. Middlesbrough await at home in the next stage.

If Milwall bring the same energy and enthusiasm this Saturday as they did at Ashton Gate, it could be a 100 per cent start come Saturday evening. Kenny Jackett is confident that his side can pull it off, and why shouldn’t he feel like this too.

Without wishing to repeat the point, the Lions were fantastic last weekend and didn't look out of place for a second. Hopefully this encounter will live up to the risen expectation, with some quality football from both sides as they look to push on in the second tier.

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