Opposition View: Hull City

By SFC Media Fri 28 Apr Saints vs Hull
Photo by Reuters | Marco Silva

Hull City manager Marco Silva says his team will need to pick their moments to try to hurt Southampton tomorrow.

The Tigers visit St Mary’s for a big Premier League clash, as they look to secure a result that could go a long way to ensuring their survival in the top-flight.

Hull are currently two points above the relegation zone, with the side immediately below them – Swansea – not playing until Sunday, when they visit Manchester United.

But Silva says his side will need to show plenty of concentration if they are to improve on their record of just one away win this season.

"They are a very good team, with good ideas,” said the Hull boss of Southampton. "They have very good individual players with a great capacity to have good ball possession.

"It’s one team that normally has more ball possession than the opponents. They have a good capacity to keep the ball and to find the right moments to attack the opponents.

"It’s one team to obligate our team with focus, with good intensity in the game, good aggressiveness in our defensive moment as well and to find the right moments to attack or put some counter attacks, on the opponent.

"It’s important we understand where our opponent is strong and the weaknesses they have as well.”

On Hull’s away form, Silva added: “We need to change, of course. I think it’s clear to me and I hope it’s clear for our players what we need to do differently.

“We lost the last time we played away, against Stoke, when we had a very good chance to take points. We didn’t deserve the result, but again we didn’t take points, and it’s important we understand why.

“You need to keep focused always. We need to play with the same confidence we play with at home. We’ve conceded goals away on the counter attack when the result has more or less been good for us.

“All these details for me make the difference. It’s important we understand all these situations and we keep our focus always.”

Silva has no fresh injury concerns for this weekend’s game, and will welcome back influential forward Oumar Niasse, after his red card in last week’s win over Watford was rescinded on appeal.

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