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James Crawley


Posted Sunday, May 5th 2019

Palmer earns City start

Kasey Palmer will make his second Bristol City start as the Robins go in search of victory against Hull City.

The Chelsea loanee is one of three changes in Lee Johnson’s starting XI, with Jay Dasilva and Bailey Wright, who will resume his captaincy role at the KCOM Stadium, also restored.

Their returns see Lloyd Kelly and Liam Walsh named on the bench, while Jack Hunt misses out through injury.

Discussing his team's mentality, Head Coach Johnson said the squad are focussed.

"It's a big game, a big day and we have to do our bit," he said in his pre-match interview. "Naturally we will keep an eye on other scores but first and foremost we want that win, we want 72 points.

On Palmer's start, Johnson continued: "We need to see the best side of Kasey. When he's in possession he's sublime and we're looking forward to him having a well-earned start.

"We're a flexible side, we can change shape and tweak the tactics if we need to."

And his final message was to the fans, of which there will be at least 1,100 at the KCOM today.

He said: "Thank you, first and foremost, because the support we have had this season has been excellent home and away. Certainly, the platforms of people I meet on the street and at games, there has been nothing but support for the group.

"The lads have worked their socks off and we deserve to extend the season. If you have the inner belief that you deserve to do that then there is always the chance of that happening."

Hull City v Bristol City kicks off at 12.30pm.

City: O’Leary, Wright (C), Webster, Kalas, Dasilva, Pack, Brownhill, Weimann, Palmer, Paterson, Diédhiou. Subs: Marinovic, Pisano, Taylor, Walsh, Watkins, Kelly, Eliasson.

Hull: Long, Lichaj, Burke, Stewart, Grosicki, Irvine, Batty, Bowen, Henriksen, Campbell, McKenzie. Subs: Marshall, Evandro, Dicko, Fleming, Sheaf, Martin, Ridgewell.