Hull fans getting restless

PETER Taylor will look to placate the Hull natives tonight by playing a more expansive game and using his best players against Ipswich Town.The Tigers boss was given a rough ride by travelling Hull fans at Gresty Road as City had to wait for a late equaliser from substitute Billy Paynter in the 2-2 draw against struggling Crewe.

By Derek Davis

PETER Taylor will look to placate the Hull natives tonight by playing a more expansive game and using his best players against Ipswich Town.

The Tigers boss was given a rough ride by travelling Hull fans at Gresty Road as City had to wait for a late equaliser from substitute Billy Paynter in the 2-2 draw against struggling Crewe.

Taylor had to endure chants of 'you don't know what you're doing' during the game against relegation-battlers Alexandra as sloppy defending put City two goals behind.

Former Colchester United striker Craig Fagan pulled one back before Port Vale striker Paynter equalised with a 35-yard screamer 10 minutes from time.

England Under 21 coach Taylor was angered by the chants of the City fans, who were unhappy that Paynter, former England attacker Nick Barmby and Stuart Elliott were all on the bench to begin with before all coming on in a triple substitution.

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Taylor said: “They say I don't know what I'm doing, yet I signed Billy Painter.

“The fans pay their money and are fantastic supporters but I was disappointed with their reaction.

“I'm disappointed that I have been here three years and they are telling me I don't know what I'm doing.”

Ipswich could well feel the backlash from the trip to Cheshire and all three late replacements are expected to start at the KC Stadium tonight - which will delight the locals.

Taylor admitted he was thinking about the heavy festive schedule when he picked his line-up and it is a compliment to Town that he saved his stronger team until this game.

Taylor said: “Four matches in eight days - I can't believe that is the programme.

“It is too many matches in too short a space of time to just use 11 players.

“We have got to use as many players as possible and keep them as fresh as we can.”

Fagan is likely to be joined up front by Paynter, after using just one up front away from home on Boxing Day.

Elliott will probably replace Ellison on the wide left, with Barmby slotting in behind the front two as Hull go for their third home win in a row.

City are keen to bolster their attack further and are ready to splash out for Rochdale's Grant Holt or dip into the loan market and secure Geoff Horsfield from West Brom.

It is not just the strike force that will be shaken up.

City were woeful defensively at Crewe and right-back Ryan France could find himself dropped, with Mark Lynch coming in.

Leon Cort will partner skipper Sam Collins in central defence in front of Wigan target Boaz Myhill.

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