Not many teams will win at The Emirates this season, although that’s exactly what Hull did on Saturday evening. Nobody could argue that the Tigers weren’t full value for the three points, taking advantage of Arsenal profligacy and notching two second half goals in quick succession. The question is, can they and their fellow top-flight new boys stay in the Premier League?
The Times reports that Phil Brown was not massively surprised by his team’s shock victory at the weekend, although it took most of us by surprise! Nevertheless, after recording wins at Arsenal and Newcastle, it’s clear that Hull are already putting up more of a fight than Derby did for the entirety of the last campaign.
“Of course coming to the Emirates and taking three points will surprise a lot of people, but it doesn’t surprise anyone in our changing-room,” Brown said.
“We’ve got a belief that we can do something this year. Proving people wrong is always a motivation for me, or for any of the players having come from the second division and played football in the lower divisions mostly.”
Eleven points from their first six matches sees City reside in sixth place and take a big step towards Premier League safety. West Brom’s 1-0 win at Middlesbrough also ensures that the Baggies are in the top half, while Stoke have demonstrated against the likes of Aston Villa and Liverpool that they will be a tough team to play against this term. Just who do you think will be going down?