There was a time not so long ago that Hull looked a near certainty to be relegated this season, a consequence of losing 11 of their opening 16 matches back in the second tier.
However, Grant McCann has spearheaded an unforeseen turnaround, the Tigers posting four successive wins before last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Reading.
Such has been Hull’s resurgence that there would have been disappointment following the share of the spoils at the Madejski Stadium, but McCann will view it as another point gained in the battle to avoid the drop.
Even with Hull sitting six points clear of 22nd-placed Peterborough United, McCann will want his team to take one game at a time, but the magnitude of Saturday’s game cannot be ignored.
The goals continue to be shared around this squad with Mallik Wilks netting his third strike last weekend, but McCann will be calling on the 22-year-old and Keane Lewis-Potter to start finding the back of the net on a more regular basis.
Nigel Pearson also falls into the bracket of managers who have saved their jobs in recent weeks with Bristol City collecting 10 points from seven games.
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While it has not been enough to conclusively keep the Robins out of trouble, they now sit 10 points above the relegation zone as they approach the halfway stage of the campaign.
After over eight months without a win at Ashton Gate, Bristol City have now posted three wins and a draw from four games, the latest success coming by a 1-0 scoreline over Derby County.
Although Pearson’s team only sit eight points adrift of the playoffs, they must first focus their attention on progressing into the mid-table spots before the start of the Christmas period