Hull City are edging closer and closer to a return to the Championship as the finish line comes into view in League One.
The Tigers sit top of the pile with just five games remaining, having had their hold at the top strengthened at the weekend following Sunderland’s defeat to Charlton.
City could potentially be just a few games away from promotion, and they could even secure it when the Black Cats visit the KCOM Stadium next week.
Grant McCann’s men have been on a superb run since the end of February, and their return to the summit has seen them hit top form in recent weeks with eight wins in an unbeaten run of 10 games.
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But while their title credentials have been backed up by Northampton caretaker boss Jon Brady, other opposition managers have come away bemoaning their luck against the Tigers – in particular Crewe manager David Artell.
Here, we’ve rounded up what the opposition managers have said about the Tigers during their recent run towards promotion…
Hull City 3-0 Northampton Town – Jon Brady
“They’re a hell of a side," Brady admitted.
"They are a Championship club in-waiting and it looks like they’re probably going to take the title.
“We faced a top-class side, but what we didn’t need to do was concede (from) a hell of a strike (from Elder) – we needed to try and stay in the game and manage the game.
“We moved the ball very slowly in the first half, but when we came out second half we were a lot quicker in possession.
“We got a bit further up the pitch but they don’t give you a moment to breathe.
“We were better in certain areas in the second half but I was very disappointed to concede that last one as goal difference could be crucial – that was awful.”
Crewe Alexandra 1-2 Hull City – David Artell
“It was a good game between two good sides and it looked like it was going to end up 1-1 and I think that would have been a fair result,” said a frustrated Artell.
“I am not sure that either side deserved to win it but if any team was likely to win it was us with the chances we had but it wasn’t.
“Then Wilks has hit a deflected shot that has hit the post and has gone in. That is what happens when you are top of the league, you score a deflected shot in the 91st minute.”
Hull City 1-1 Gillingham – Steve Evans
“We’re frustrated. We’ve started the game really well and then they score with their first real meaningful attack,” Evans bemoaned.
“Second half, we said to the boys: ‘There’s so much more to come from us’, and that’s what happened.
“We looked like winning it as they got nervous. They had their chances but we’re disappointed not to have won the game.
“We’re fighting like warriors and I’m proud of every one of them.
“We’ve made fantastic progress. We’ve steadily building, and we’re working so hard with the boys on the training ground.
“They’re taking on board the ideas and are working hard for each other. And when you work as hard as that you can achieve the impossible.”
Hull City 2-0 Oxford United – Karl Robinson
“For 60 minutes we were arguably the better team and we have to take our chances.
"When you play against the best teams and you’re the better team you have to score.
"For that first 35 minutes I felt we missed a number of chances, but didn’t ask enough questions in the second half.
"I thought for large parts we dominated the ball and hurt them at key moments, but for the last 30 minutes they deserved to see the game out.”
Peterborough United 1-3 Hull City – Darren Ferguson
“We were outstanding for the first 20 minutes of the game,” said the Scot.
“I couldn’t believe how in control we were, we could have been three goals to the good. I thought our shape caused them all kinds of problems from minute one.
“We then conceded a terrible goal from a set-piece. That was very disappointing.
“At half-time, I said we are still very much in the game, keep the shape, see how long you can take it into the second half because you will get chances, but we have conceded two more terrible goals.
“I have to say the manner of the goals we have conceded of late has been not good enough.
“The opposition haven’t had to work for it. It is not good enough."
Hull City 2-0 Bristol Rovers – Joey Barton
“If you look at the weight of play, apart from those mad moments they haven’t really got us in a position where I feel we’re a million miles away from that team.
“That is part of the frustration, they’re (Rovers) not a bad team, but the league table suggests otherwise.
“It feels like a microcosm of the season. There are a lot of thing we can take forward, but you can’t shoot yourself in the foot at key moments,” moaned Barton.
“We found ourselves a goal down, without feeling any pressure, and the second goal is an encapsulation of the season.
“If people keep making mistakes, you have to give the lads who haven’t started the chance to show what they can do.
“You have to accept the rough with the smooth, but it’s about switching on for 90 minutes.”