Peter Swan: Hull City can pip Cardiff in Championship title race
AFTER closing the gap between themselves and leaders Cardiff to five points, Hull City fans will be wondering if the Bluebirds can be caught.
In my opinion, yes they can, and with the two sides meeting on the final day of the season at the KC Stadium, what a game it could be to end the season – a title decider, perhaps.
Cardiff do have a game in hand on the Tigers but there is no guarantee they will win that.
The leaders haven’t really had a dodgy period, but after losing 2-0 at home to Brighton on Tuesday night, it could be the start of their shaky spell.
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I believe Cardiff hit the woodwork four times, so it obviously wasn’t their night.
A lot will depend on how they respond to that defeat now, and Malky Mackay will hope they will get back on track with a win at Wolves, not an easy game by any stretch of the imagination.
City are certainly turning the heat up on the Welsh side and I can see Cardiff bottling it a bit in the next few games.
Of course, whilst looking up at Cardiff and hoping for a slip-up. City have to make sure they don’t slip themselves.
It doesn’t do any harm checking on the teams behind you in the table to see who is closing you down, and when City look over their shoulders, there are some good teams on their tails.
Despite their loss on Tuesday, Nigel Pearson’s Leicester will stay in the hunt, as will Crystal Palace, with Ian Holloway no stranger to promotion campaigns,
Then there is Watford, who have won five of their last seven, and look a real threat under Gianfranco Zola.
It means there is no margin for error, but I think the Tigers have shown by the way they played against Blackburn that they can match any side in the league.
City just need to focus on their own game, and if they do that, I think they can hold off the chasing pack and even overtake Cardiff.
I have said all season that I don’t think Cardiff are as good a team as their league position has suggested.
If they do struggle during the next few weeks, I expect City to take advantage and blow the title race open.