Hull City primed for thrilling final day filled with hope, expectation and drama

Hull City fans have had a season to remember up to now and will be hoping for one final day of drama -Credit:George Wood/Getty Images
Hull City fans have had a season to remember up to now and will be hoping for one final day of drama -Credit:George Wood/Getty Images

Hull City head coach Liam Rosenior has got what he has craved for weeks and that's the final day of the Championship season with something riding on it.

An unbeaten run of six games which includes three victories has given City hope of pulling off what just a few weeks ago, looked a distinctly unlikely possibility.

City's 1,700 fans, many of whom will be leaving the MKM Stadium at 2am to get to Home Park in Plymouth for the 12:30pm kick-off, will do so with hope in their heart, probably more in hope than expectation given the fact they not only need to see their team win, but West Brom lose to claim that final play-off berth they crave so dearly.

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This is the Championship and at any point in the season, bizarre things happen. Throw into the mix that we've arrived at the final day and the crazy, unpredictable nature of the Championship cranks up once again. You just never know.

Those who follow City will crave that the Championship gods are shining down on them and that Preston can do them a favour and win at The Hawthorns. That said, for those who watched North End's final home game of the season against Leicester on Monday night, you'd rank those chances at close to zero.

Ryan Lowe's side were bad, very bad and looked totally devoid of anything to suggest they could cause an upset at Albion, but again, this is the Championship. Preston are a proud club and Lowe is a demanding manager, with pressure on his job, he won't want another white flag job this weekend.

City's task is clear, as it has been for a number of games now; they simply have to win and take care of their business, and ensure that if there is to be some drama in the Black Country, they're on hand to make the most of it. There are no surprises here, we all know where we stand.

Most of us have, at some point in our lives watching football either professionally or as a hobby, will have been involved in dramatic final days, and this has the power to be just that. We all know Jimmy Glass and the Carlisle story and there are so many more like it down the years, and maybe, this could be another.

The Tigers' opponents, Plymouth, will be hoping for some of their own. If it all goes pear-shaped, the Pilgrims' one season back in the Championship will be over, and they'll be joining Huddersfield Town and Rotherham United in League One next term.

Argyle have to at least match Birmingham City's result at home to Norwich in order to survive. Defeat for the Green Army and victory for the Blues would see Home Park a sea of desperation come full-time.

When Darren Bond's whistle is blown three times at the end of 90-plus minutes, we could have ecstasy for both or we could have desperation for one or the other, or both, that's how much jeopardy is on this contest, and it's one to relish.

A year on from City's dead rubber at Luton Town, there's everything to play for. The magic of the final day, roars from sections of the crowd, false alarms, scores that go for you, scores that do not, it's hard not to love the chaos it brings, and the Tigers are in the thick of it.

What will be, will be, only time will dictate on that front, but the sheer anticipation is unrivalled, game 46 of 46 is here and it could be the best yet.

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