Jon aims to hurt the ones he loves

JON Walters aims to hurt the ones he loves when Ipswich Town seek their first Coca-Cola Championship away win of the season at Hull City tomorrow (kick-off 12.

By Elvin King

JON Walters aims to hurt the ones he loves when Ipswich Town seek their first Coca-Cola Championship away win of the season at Hull City tomorrow (kick-off 12.30pm).

The in-form 24-year-old was named man of the match when the Blues demolished Coventry City 4-1 at Portman Road last Saturday.

And he will be a danger man for the Tigers - one of his former clubs and one that he still has a soft spot for.

Walters wants to leave Hull point less tomorrow but he admits it will be a better sweet experience.

“We want to start picking up away wins and three points at the KC Stadium would be just the ticket,” he said.

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“But I know the manager and a lot of the players at Hull.

“And I have a great respect for their fans.

“They treated me brilliantly when I was on Humberside, and I am really looking forward to going back.”

After being with Blackburn and Bolton as a youngster, Walters joined Hull for £50,000 after a spell on loan. When there were complications after the birth of his daughter she needed to spend some considerable time in hospital.

This necessitated a move back to his native Liverpool base and a free transfer to Wrexham in the summer of 2005 before he moved to Chester on another free 12 months later.

“My daughter is fine now, but it was a worrying time,” said Walters. “And the Hull fans treated me brilliantly.

“I have known Phil Brown since we were both at Bolton and he is an excellent coach.”

Town striker Alan Lee also has a link with Hull with the Tigers keen on buying him last summer when Ipswich's asking price proved too high for Brown, who said:

“Alan Lee is a danger man without doubt. His partnership with Pablo Counago has started very well and it's something we'll have to be on our guard against.

“I spoke to Coventry manager Iain Dowie and he told me in no uncertain terms that Ipswich's strike-force is a real danger.

“Alan Lee is a very good striker at this level but it's more about the partnership that he's already formed with Counago.

“We tried to bring him here over the summer but that wasn't to be and everyone has moved on.”

Hull's record signing Caleb Folan looks certain to miss the game because of a foot injury but evergreen striker Dean Windass could shake off a calf injury to lead the attack.

Andy Dawson, Bryan Hughes and Richard Garcia will be restored to the team after missing Hull's midweek Carling Cup defeat against Chelsea.

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