Ahead of Tuesday’s Yorkshire derby we’re joined by Andy Dalton from Amber Nectar – A blog about Hull City and beer (a joke about the alcohol being necessary to watch that lot here is far too easy!)

Good win away to Ipswich at the weekend – following your opening day loss to Blackpool and League Cup exit to Macclesfield Town, is it fair to say that was a little unexpected?

In a way, not really – City’s away form was much better than their home form last season, the team seemed to prefer playing on the road with less pressure on them and the early indications are that it may continue that way this season

A safe 11th placed finish for The Tigers last season, were you happy with that and what are your expectations for the current campaign?

Given the mess we came down in, 11th was just fine – it’d be nice to build on that a little and push for the play-offs, which is probably the realistic aim of more than a dozen sides in the division, but failing to finish in the top half would be disappointing

There were less goals scored in matches involving Hull last season than any other team. Seems you saved the exciting games for when you played us with 8 goals evenly split over the two matches (both 2-2 draws). Fair to say watching Hull was a little boring last season?

That probably depended on how many away games you got to – regular travelers saw the best sequence of away form in the club’s hundred year history and loved it, whereas home-only fans were probably bored stiff all season long…

What are your thoughts on Nigel Pearson – is he the right man to take you forward?

I’m a huge fan of Nigel Pearson. He steadied a badly listing ship last season, broke a club record on our travels, has signed a crop of exciting young players and generally appears to be steering City in the right direction.

Who is likely to cause Leeds the most problems Tuesday night?

Keep a close eye on Robbie Brady on the wing. He’s on loan from your friends at Old Trafford, and is in every sense a typical 19 year old winger – lots of skill, tricks, confidence pace…and of course the maddening ability to both delight and frustrate, often at the same time

We don’t seem to be very well-liked amongst Hull City fans, why is that?

A lot of it dates back to when City were stuck in the lower reaches of the League and Leeds were doing well, and the Yorkshire media didn’t exactly give us a fair crack of the whip. Then there were Hull-based Leeds-supporting gloryhunters (who are virtually an extinct species now) rubbing everything in…oddly that animosity has dissipated quite a lot since a gap of three divisions in Leeds’ favour became two in ours in those crazy few seasons and now sees us level.

What are you feeding Nick Barmby to keep him going at 37 years of age?

Whatever it is I wouldn’t mind some. He’s a consummate pro who’s doing all he can to prolong his career, plus he probably quite likes the adulation that you invariably get as a home town boy

If you could add any current Leeds United player to the Hull City team, who would it be?

Jonny Howson – he’s always looked a class act in midfield and a real driving force behind the team, and his suspension for tomorrow is very good news for City. He could easily play in the Premier League.

Championship 2011/12 – three up, three down?

Boringly, I’d nominate West Ham and Leicester for the top two, with Brighton perhaps pinching the last place; relegation for Barnsley, Coventry and Doncaster

And finally, what are your predictions for the game?

We’re quietly confident of a first win at Elland Road in 24 years, which probably spells imminent disaster; another 2-2 wouldn’t be a surprise, or a disappointment.

Thanks to Andy for taking part. 

  • Tim Campbell

    Looks like andy keogh is rejoining from wolverhampton

    • TSS

      Hardly an inspirational signing, is it? A 1 in 6 striker will not fill the hole left by Somma or Becchio.

      • Craig

        To be fair his career average is 1 in 4

  • Tim Campbell

    There was no sharp intake of breath when i saw the report TSS, however beggers can't be choosers and with greybeard at the helm thats what I feel we are!!