We will never be bor­ing, vows Slut­sky

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL - LEON WOBSCHALL

LEONID SLUT­SKY ad­mits that Hull City’s scin­til­lat­ing vic­tory over Birm­ing­ham City has lifted the pres­sure from his shoul­ders.

The Rus­sian was start­ing to feel the strain with the Tigers head­ing into Saturday’s game on the back of a poor run of one win from eight league matches, which had seen them take a mea­gre five points from 24.

But the 46-year-old saw the dark clouds be­gin to part af­ter watch­ing Hull se­cure their first win in six sec­ond-tier games in out­stand­ing fash­ion in the 6-1 rout­ing of the Blues – with the Tigers chief head­ing back to his na­tive Rus­sia for a few days’ break with spir­its en­hanced.

Re­veal­ing that he felt some pres­sure be­fore the game, Slut­sky ac­knowl­edged: “If you ask about me, yes.

“But we have a good team with a lot of ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers. Re­ally, the team have helped me in this very dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion.

“We have spo­ken a lot of times and al­ways they have trusted me and spo­ken about this sit­u­a­tion.

“I am very thank­ful for ev­ery­body, the play­ers, staff and sup­port­ers.”

The win also proved a tac­ti­cal tri­umph for Slut­sky, whose de­ci­sion to re­vert to a 4-2-3-1 sys­tem reaped a har­vest, with Hull pro­duc­ing their most eye-catch­ing and bal­anced per­for­mance of the sea­son, while en­hanc­ing their rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing en­ter­tain­ers, too.

Hav­ing seen his side set the stan­dard, Slut­sky is seek­ing fur­ther repli­ca­tions in the weeks and months ahead, while mak­ing a pre­dic­tion that his Hull side will never be ‘bor­ing’.

Slut­sky, whose side fin­ished off a black Septem­ber in morale­boost­ing fash­ion, added: “It was a re­ally good bal­ance. We were not only ef­fec­tive, but played right.

“We were very close (be­fore). It is not the first time that we showed this qual­ity in a match.

“We showed this qual­ity in each match, but not in the whole 90 min­utes – but 60, 30 or in one half. Now, we must make this our level. I think if we keep this level, it will be the best for ev­ery­body.

“We play for the sup­port­ers and I re­ally hope that when we have had bad re­sults that each sup­porter helps the team be­cause they un­der­stand about the qual­ity of the game.

“With Hull City, it has never been bor­ing! It is very in­ter­est­ing; we can con­cede in the last minute, but each of the three wins has been a big re­sult, 4-0, 4-1 and 6-1.

“Re­ally, we de­cide that our target is to never be bor­ing. Now, it is se­ri­ous, we must keep this level of our game.”

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