James Chestney casts his eye over yet another great week on the pitch. Made it, Ma! Top of the world!
As the international break arrives it is feet up for Steve Bruce and Hull City as they sit top of the Sky Bet Championship.
An incredible run of games has seen the Tigers unbeaten in ten games, though they are on the same points as Brighton. Goal difference will be key to how the season pans out and the 3-0 win over Middlesbrough shows the quality the Tigers have in their ranks.
When you consider the likes of Tom Huddlestone, Shaun Maloney and Chuba Akpom come off the bench, competition for places is good. Young players like Sam Clucas, who has to be the buy of the season, and Andrew Robertson are really coming to the fore in this league.
The down side was Bruce being unwell over the weekend and having to pull out of one or two media interviews. He didn’t need the doctor as he was able to watch his team beat Boro very convincingly and at least he was smiling.
Ahmed Elmohamady was named in this week’s team of the week but the Tigers fans were left scratching their heads with the exclusion of Sam Clucas. It seems to go on statistics and Brett Pittman of Ipswich seems to have played better – yes, head scratching!
Another downside for the Tigers this week (or was it?) was Steve Bruce being nominated for the Championship Manager of the Month. The award went to Lee Carsley of Brentford and so did the curse as in his next game it finished Brentford 0 Hull City 2.
A real positive for City was seeing Robert Snodgrass back on the field in the Development Squad cup game against Crewe at Ferriby on Monday night. It must be such a massive relief to both the club and player now that the tunnel of his long injury is finally well lit.
One concern for Tigers fans may be the rumours that manager Bruce has again been linked with the now vacant manager’s job at Fulham. The London club have parted company with Kit Symons after their 5-2 home defeat by Birmingham City last weekend.
It would be a crying shame if Bruce decided to go to London and it would in fact be his first managerial job in the capital. What he has achieved so far this season, by casting off the relegation cloak and getting the team firing, should be reason enough not to go.