Leeds United can find hope as Hull City boss sends clear message ahead of Ipswich

Hull City manager Liam Rosenior on the touchline at Elland Road, Leeds
Hull City manager Liam Rosenior on the touchline at Elland Road, Leeds -Credit:Danny Lawson/PA Wire

It may be an agonising 90 minutes but many Leeds United supporters will surely still put themselves through it as they settle down for a Saturday night viewing to support Hull City. The Tigers host Ipswich Town in front of the Sky Television cameras in a decisive game which has taken on even greater importance in the last 24 hours.

Leeds United's shock 4-0 defeat at Queens Park Rangers has opened the door wide enough for the Tractor Boys to drive, erm, a tractor, through it. Ipswich know a victory at a Hull side who themselves are still chasing promotion will take them two points clear of Leeds and with a game still in hand, meaning a victory from their last two games will be enough to take them up.

In a season of plenty of twists and turns, the campaign is not done and dusted yet, however. Hull may have been up and down at home this season, but were impressive against Coventry last time out and know nothing short of a win is likely to end their play-off dream.

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It's a huge match for the Tigers and with a sell-out crowd expected, manager Liam Rosenior is in confident mood. The Hull boss is determined to make sure tonight's fixture is not the last time his side play at the MKM Stadium this season and if he gets his wish, that wide open door for Ipswich will begin to close in again and increase the pressure, giving Leeds a glimmer of hope.

"I've said to the players we cannot think this is our final home game," explained Rosenior. "We cannot think this will be our last home game, we need to fight and play so we get one extra chance to play at this amazing stadium.

"We are in a really good place and I am really proud of this team, hopefully we can keep that level into the next two games. We just have to win. Nothing changes. When is there a game of football when you don't set out to win?

"We know Ipswich are an excellent team with an excellent manager, they've had an outstanding few seasons now. I'm really looking forward to what I think will be an excellent game of football."