Premiership first timers Hull City have definitely ruffled some feathers since their arrival. The Tigers as they are generally called due to their traditional striped amber and black jersey, have made rapid strides, rising from the fourth tier of English football to the first in only five seasons at their Kingston Communications Stadium.
For the first time after 104 years, their first step in the elite league was a triumphant one, as the Tigers tasted blood against Fulham in an enthralling 2-1 win at home.
In their away game against Blackburn, Tigers extended their unbeaten start with a 1-1 draw. Not only Hull City managed to keep last season’s sensational Roque Santa Cruz in check, but they also managed to constantly test Blackburn’s defense through Dean Marney and Craig Fagan.
After a 5-0 thrashing from Wigan Athletic at home, Tigers roared back in style beating Newcastle 2-1 at St. James Park. At home, Hull City showed great determination and tenacity to hold onto a 2-2 draw with Everton.
When Hull City stepped into the Premiership, the expectations from them were pretty low after last year’s newbies Derby County managed to pull off just one win coincidentally against Newcastle. But the Tigers have surpassed everyone’s imagination with some scintillating performances.
They have made their intentions quite clear that they want to stay in the elite league for another season. Through their dogged determination and some good sensible football, they have managed to start off on a brighter note.
It’s interesting to observe that unlike Derby County, the Tigers have not been intimidated by their elite counterparts and have scored in all but one game which they lost. They have trusted their killer instincts by pushing forward to test rival defenses, while effectively falling back to guard their own.
It will be quite interesting to see how Hull City performs against the top teams in the league, since dropping points against Hull City could eventually affect their title hopes in the league too, though it’s a far fetched possibility. It would not come as a surprise if the Tigers do end up as giant killers.
With two kills all ready in the bag, the question that remains to be answered is how long the Tigers can maintain their hunger to succeed.
Though it is quite early in the season to predict whether they can survive in the Premiership for another season, yet it is evident that they are ready to fight for every inch on the field before their opponents can manage to take even a single point away from them.
Tigers face Arsenal at the Emirates this Saturday. Though Arsenal are clear favorites, Hull City are quite capable of springing up a few surprises.
Good luck Tigers!