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Hull City: Punching Above Their Weight Or A Blessing In Disguise?


With the season well underway and the league table starting to take some sort of shape, it is quite a surprise to see an unfamiliar team sitting in third place in the league.  At the start of the season everyone is asking whether the big four of Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool can be separated and if so would the usual suspects of Everton, Tottenham, Blackburn Rovers and Aston Villa be the ones to do it.  Then on transfer deadline day comes a new contender on the scene when Manchester City are taken over and spend a British record transfer fee on Robinho.

However, two months into the season, none of those teams mentioned, with the exception of Aston Villa, can truly say that they are setting the league table alight.  In fact you have to look at the table upside down to see Tottenham anywhere near the top.  Their worst start to the season since 1912 leaves them in bottom place (I guess you can say that they are the strongest team in the league).  So who am I getting at?

The answer to that question is Hull City.  A team that never played a top flight game until this season are currently sitting proudly in that 3rd place spot.  The most refreshing part of the whole story is that they are approaching games in the correct way.  There will not be too many games that will go to both the Emirates Stadium and White Hart Lane this season and win both games, but that honour does go well and truly to Hull.  They go on the pitch for each game with the same attitude.  We are here to enjoy ourselves and no one is going to stop this dream from happening.You just have to look at the current league form and in particular the away form table.  Hull City are currently joint top with Liverpool with a total of 10 points from 4 games, only currently Premiership leaders, Chelsea, boast a 100% record from their 3 games played.

So what will happen to Hull City for the rest of the season??  The future is uncertain, but what odds would you give for them to be the team to break the Stamford Bridge hoodoo for teams, and I am a Chelsea fan.  I will be keeping a keen eye on Hull.  Good luck for the season and I for one think it is certainly a blessing in disguise.

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  2. Jase

    October 7, 2008 at 5:54 am

    You just have to look at hull's defensive record away from home. Only conceeded 3 goals in 4 games away. And thats against the likes of Arsenal, Blackburn…

    The only blip so far and the reason our goal differerence is -1, is due to the 5 – 0 defeat to wigan, a game in which the team that played was the same team that won the the play-off final except for one.

  3. Darren

    October 7, 2008 at 1:18 am

    Too right, Hull City were, a year ago, just another Championship team now they are playing some fantastic footie against the top flight!….In Hull itself people are experiencing the smiling “feel good” factor as Hull sail at the top (for now), I am sure we will experience some defeats but Hull have the right attitude to at least stay uo….and maybe, just maybe flourish!?

  4. Steven K.

    October 6, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    I don't think they'll be able to keep up their pace. They have a -1 goal differential, which is more an indication of a middle of the table team rather than a top 4.

  5. foxione

    October 6, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    Thank you gentlemen for your kind comments above. We at Hull City have had a rollercoaster of a ride in the last few weeks, gaining 3rd spot in the Premier League.
    We give 101% and make up for any weaknesses with dogged determination, do or die tenacity, and above all play, players who Want to play for Hull City.
    You have seen it on the field and the explosion of feelings on the pitch when we score.
    Thank you gents for your informed comments.
    Kind Regards
    Hull City Supporter

  6. Raatzie

    October 6, 2008 at 11:13 am

    Story of the season to date. Hope they keep it up.

  7. Simon Burke.

    October 6, 2008 at 11:09 am

    Absolutely, story of the season for sure and I am an Arsenal fan. Good luck to them – they kept Spurs bottom and all those Spurs fans who enjoyed our defeat last week have been put in their place. Hull dont play well particularly but Geovanni can create magic , he doesnt really do tap in goals! They defend doggedly and break quickly, King is very quick. I hope Hull do more than just stay up – their position is well deserved right now.

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