Former Newcastle and Hull goalkeeper Steve Harper has explained how the poor atmosphere at the KCOM Stadium will give the Magpies a fantastic chance of progressing through to the semi-finals of the EFL Cup tonight, as quoted by the Chronicle.
The two sides have endured contrasting fortunes so far this season, with Newcastle sitting comfortably at the top of the Championship table, whilst Hull are languishing inside the bottom three of the Premier League, following an awful run that has seen them win just one of their last 11 league outings.
Steve Harper during his time with Hull City
And Harper, who spent 20 years at St James' Park, pin-pointed the current feeling of discontent emanating from the KCOM Stadium as a huge positive for the Magpies, as they head into tonight's game, as quoted by the Chronicle:
“It is noticeably different from when I was playing at Hull. The atmosphere around Hull is not great – the ownership and that feeling of disconnect between the fans and the owner is contributing to the empty seats at the stadium. It can be a great place to play but I don’t think it’s going to be full and that will make it a different atmosphere from the one that I played in. Newcastle might think it gives them a chance.”
Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez
Despite their loss at the weekend, Rafa Benitez' men have been flying over the past two months, and look like they are nailed on for promotion to the Premier League.
Mike Phelan's men, on the other hand, have really struggled so far this season, and have been heavily tipped for relegation.
The game kicks off tonight at 19:45.
Hull City manager Mike Phelan