Hull City

Stewart Targets Home Debut

28 October 2017
Having had to endure a watching brief at the KCOM Stadium so far this season, Kevin Stewart is finally hoping to make his home debut for the Tigers against Nottingham Forest this evening.

A niggling ankle injury has limited the summer signing from Liverpool to just three appearances this season, all three of which have been away from home. But, after completing his first 90 minutes for the Club in last weekend’s win at Barnsley, Stewart is keen to tick off the next item on his checklist.

“I’ve been to all the home games so far this season, but only had a watching brief due to the injury,” he said.

“So it will be nice to arrive at the stadium this afternoon with the rest of the lads knowing that I’m in contention to play.

“The atmosphere inside the KCOM has been great this season, and I’m really excited to get my first taste of playing at our home ground. If I can do that against Forest today and help us pick up what would be a vital win, that would be great.”

Stewart is expecting a tough test against a Forest side who are two points and two places better off than the Tigers in the Sky Bet Championship table, but was quick stress the importance of Leonid Slutsky’s side focusing their attentions on themselves ahead of tonight’s televised clash.

“Like every team in this league, Forest have their strengths and their weaknesses,” he added.

“We know it will be a physical battle, but we’ve also got to be prepared for the quality they have in their squad as well. They will want to come here and give us a real test, and we have to be ready for that.

“Our main focus has to be on ourselves though. We have to worry more about our own performance and make sure we get that right in order to give ourselves the best possible chance of picking up all three points.

“We just have to focus on controlling everything we can control and producing the goods over the entire 90 minutes.

“We’re three games unbeaten now, and I think you can see there is more confidence in the side because of that.

“The aim now though has to be to build on that and string together a decent run of results and that’s what we’re looking to do.”