Having collected just three wins from nine matches in all competitions, it would be easy to say that Ryan Lowe’s start at Preston has been somewhat of a mixed bag.
Nevertheless, having collected five points from a possible nine in the Championship of late, North End are seemingly heading in the right direction under the former Plymouth Argyle boss.
There was both frustration and relief having only posted a 2-2 draw at home to inconsistent Bristol City last weekend, but the positives can be taken from the goalless draw at Millwall three days later.
At one stage, Preston had several games in hand, but such has been their relentless schedule of late that they will become one of a handful of teams to reach 30 games at the weekend.
However, victory on Humberside could take them to within four points of the playoffs, ahead of a run of six contests where four of them are staged at Deepdale.
Despite occupying 18th position, Hull are no longer regarded as potential relegation candidates given their recent run of three successive wins.
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On the back of a takeover and a new manager being appointed, albeit to a mixed reaction, there is the perception that the Tigers are very much on an upward trajectory.
Shota Arveladze would have been delighted with the manner of his team’s 2-0 victory over Swansea City last weekend, two quick goals being followed by his team collecting a third clean sheet in succession.
A late playoff bid is realistically out of the question this season, but two or three more wins in a row would make future opponents and rivals sit up and take note of what is occurring at the MKM Stadium