A quick fire double either side of the break from Jarrod Bowen along with Fraizer Campbell’s finish earned Hull City their sixth consecutive win against Sheffield Wednesday. Alex Royal was at the game and gives his opinion on the action. He also managed to catch up with Tigers captain Markus Henriksen afterwards.

By Alex Royal – @Royallylad


With Middlesbrough away at Birmingham, I decided to do something different and headed to Humberside for what, on paper, looked a poor game. I was hopeful of an interesting game though, especially with a few Eredivisie oudspelers on show.


A comprehensive and deserved 3-0 win for Hull, which should have arguably been bigger. Sheffield Wednesday offered little in the way of attacking threat and were comfortably second best in every department.

Individual Performances

There were four former Eredivisie players on show on Saturday, something of a rarity in the Championship. Here’s my take on each of them.

Jordy de Wijs

I’ve been impressed with de Wijs, he fits the Championship mould in terms of physicality, but is blessed with the technical skills that are natural to Dutch centre-halves. As for his performance on Saturday, he and Reece Burke were solid and comfortably dealt with the minuscule attacking threat Wednesday offered.

Joey Pelupessy

Pelupessy has been restricted to substitute appearances since the departure of Jos Luhukay. Unfortunately, he didn’t get his chance today, finishing the game as an unused substitute.

Markus Henriksen

Henriksen is one of my favourite players. I loved watching him for AZ and he is something of a legend back in Alkmaar. The role he plays for Hull is a bit more defensive than the one he thrived in for AZ, but he and Kevin Stewart looked comfortable together.

Todd Kane

A young Chelsea player who hasn’t had a loan spell at Vitesse?! Anyway, Kane is best remembered for his time with NEC Nijmegen and half-season with Groningen. Todd didn’t really do anything that stood out on Saturday, joining the attack and defending when needed.


I caught up with Tigers’ captain Markus Henriksen after the game for a quick chat, which you can read below. We discussed his future, the Eredivisie and Hull’s recent resurgence.

AR: “A 3-0 win for Hull today, what are your overall thoughts on today’s performance?”

MH: “I thought today was one of our best performances of the season, we dominated the whole game. Six consecutive wins in the league gives us a lot of confidence, but we still have to work hard and see where it takes us.”

AR: “As you said, that’s six wins on the bounce; what do you feel has clicked and got the team playing so well?”

MH: “The start of the season was tough, with a few heavy defeats but we are still working hard and trying to keep our momentum going. Now you are starting to see the effects of the hard work and we are flourishing. I think it’s only 2 losses out of the last 14 games, but for me it’s really important to stay calm and keep putting the effort in as results don’t come by themselves.”

AR: “Do you feel that you can make the play-offs?”

MH: “We are now only 4 points behind Derby, but it’s too early to say as there’s still 19 games left. If we carry on playing the way were are then you never know! We set a goal amongst the group to get enough wins to stay safe, but with the recent results, you can see that the goal has changed.”

AR: “What does it mean to you be trusted with the captain’s armband?”

MH: “It’s always special, it gave me a lot of confidence from the beginning of the season. For me it shows that I am doing something right. The first season here for me was tough, but I worked hard and knuckled down and it’s great that he [Nigel Adkins] trusts me enough to lead the boys.”

AR: “How do you find the Championship compared to the Eredivisie?”

MH: “The Championship is a completely different league to what I was used to in Holland. Dutch football is much more possession based with lots of very technical and skilful players.”

AR: “Finally, there’s been lots of rumours going round about your future, especially as you only have 6 months left on your contract, where do you feel your future lies?”

MH: “I’m just trying to enjoy my football here; captaining the side and helping the team to do well is my main priority. The gaffer [Adkins] said the same thing in the press conference. There will obviously be offers on the table, but for now I’m committed to Hull and determined to keep working hard, as I think we have something special going on here.”

Alex Royal (7 Posts)

22 year old from the UK, Middlesbrough fan but have a huge passion for Dutch football in general, especially the Eredivisie. I try and get over when it doesn't clash with Middlesbrough games.