Peter Swan: Hull City must relish big game pressure
WITH a dozen games to go the pressure rises each week as the race hots up for automatic promotion.
The Tigers, Watford, Leicester and Crystal Palace are neck and neck at the minute really, with little to choose between any of the sides.
All are in the same boat, they are desperate to claim that second spot behind Cardiff and avoid being part of the play-off lottery.
Having been at the top all season long, you don't want to miss out and be in the play-offs against some sides finding their best form.
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At the moment it is Watford who are flying under Gianfranco Zola.
And all eyes will be on them as they head to Wolves on Friday night as we get to see how they handle being the team being chased down.
Wolves are really struggling at the minute, so I can't see Watford getting beaten. On current form, you'd have to fancy them for a win.
That would make life interesting heading into Saturday's game at the KC, as City would know a win is needed to draw back level.
To be honest, I am not worried about that, as I think there are players in the City side who can cope with pressure.
There is a belief in their own ability, and a bit of arrogance as well, which I like, from players like Robbie Brady and Ahmed Elmohamady.
Fans often worry at this stage, especially when teams have young sides, whether their players will handle the pressure.
But for me, this is when they should be coming into their own and standing out.
This is what it is all about for footballers and what you come into the game for.
You want to be playing in the big games at the end of the season, when there is lots riding on every occasion.
The message from Steve Bruce has to be to go out there and thrive on the pressure each week, and for City's players to prove they are one of the best sides in the league, and deserving of promotion.