Garcia eyes Tigers starting berth

The 28-year-old Australian could replace the suspended Craig Fagan

at Goodison Park as the Tigers aim to pick up their first away win

of the season. Garcia, who has four caps for Australia, has found

himself watching from the sidelines since the end of January, and

he is desperate for a return to first-team action. He said: “You

never like being left out of the team and it’s another chance for

me to get back and show what I can do. “It’s been very frustrating.

From a personal point of view, you always want to be playing. But

you just bide your time and wait for your chance again.” Regarding

his World Cup chances, Garcia added: “You need to be playing to be

in good form and to try and get yourself on the plane. I’m looking

to try to hold my spot down and play as much as I can before the

end of the season.” Hull have had a stop-start last four weeks,

with other teams’ cup commitments meaning they have had two

weekends off and have not played a first-team match since the 3-0

defeat at West Ham a fortnight ago. Manager Phil Brown arranged

games in Ireland and against Doncaster – ostensibly to help

midfielder Jimmy Bullard’s recovery from his latest knee injury –

in the meantime, and Garcia feels the break from Premier League

action could help Hull. “Throughout your career you have periods

like that and it’s been a good chance for some players to have a

rest and others to get a few minutes under their belt, so I think

it’s been a good break,” he said. The Tigers slipped back into the

league’s bottom three last weekend as Bolton took advantage of

their inaction by beating Wolves. Unlike last season, when their

home form held them back, this time it has been on their travels

where Brown’s side have struggled, with only four points collected

from 14 games. And breaking that run on Sunday will not be easy,

with Everton having recorded wins over Manchester United and

Chelsea in the last month. Garcia, though, is optimistic they can

match their rivals over the closing stages of the season and secure

a third successive season of top-flight football. He added: “It’s

about playing the best that you can and going for that win. We’re

all conscious of the fact there’s only a couple of months to go so

we know what we have to do and we’ll try and start that on Sunday.

“As long as you’re not in bottom three come May 9, that’s the most

important thing. The boys are high spirited and we’re all confident

we can complete the task in hand.”