Lichaj eyes promotion charge for the Tigers
Hull City captain Eric Lichaj says the main aim of the club this term is to be involved in the end-of-season shake up and a potential Premier League return.
United States international Lichaj has been a regular first-team fixture for Hull this season, featuring in 14 of the club’s 16 league games, and recent form has seen the Tigers climb up the standings.
Grant McCann’s men racked up three consecutive victories over Nottingham Forest, Derby County and Fulham before suffering a 1-0 defeat at home to table-toppers West Bromwich Albion before the international break.
Heading into this weekend’s fixtures, Hull are sitting 12th in the Championship, six points off the play-off places, and 31-year-old defender Lichaj insists his side are hoping to be in the promotion mix come May.
“We’ve won three out of the last four games and we’ve climbed up the table a bit on the back of that,” he told the club’s website. “We’re not too far away from the play-off spots now and that is what we are aiming for as our target this season.
“We want to be in the mix come the end of the season, so we need to strive to be better every single day and that’s exactly what we’ve been doing during the break.”
Lichaj and co return to domestic action on Saturday when they make the trip to struggling Middlesbrough, who occupy 22nd position and are currently one point from safety.
The clash at the Riverside Stadium is one of a potential nine games the Tigers are facing in the space of a busy 35 days.
James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.