On the verge of something very special
Despite Saturday’s aberration against Newcastle, Hull City are approaching what could be a historic end to their season. Over the next few weeks Steve Bruce’s men could pull off a magnificent double by securing Premier League safety and reaching an FA Cup Final for the first time.
March 3rd, 2014
City have already reached the 30-point mark, and with 10 games remaining they should accumulate sufficient points to avoid the drop. Three wins and a draw would get them to the 40-point mark – this is usually regarded as the magic number for guaranteeing top-flight safety.
However, Bruce told BBC Radio Humberside that he believes the club need two more wins (and maybe a draw or two) from their remaining 10 matches to ensure their survival in the top flight.
“I’ve said all along that you need 10 wins to stay up and I’m not going to change from that.”
“There’s that many teams at the bottom that I can’t see that many getting to 38 points.”
It may therefore be that this season a points tally of, say, 37 or 36 points could be enough to stay in the Premier League and avoid relegation to the Championship.
The recent big money signing of strikers Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long have certainly given City a huge boost in their quest for Premier League survival – although they are ineligible for the FA Cup run. However, squad players like Matty Fryatt, Sone Aluko and Yannick Sagbo will be relishing the opportunity to make a big impression in the cup and help City to Wembley.
Bruce’s team has now joined an elite group when they knocked out Brighton in their fifth round replay; only five other teams in City’s history have reached the last eight of the competition. If they can overcome Sunderland in the quarter-finals on March 9th they will progress to their first semi-final appearance since 1930. The Black Cats have already played in the League Cup Final and currently sit third-bottom of the league so the FA Cup may not be a top priority for Gus Poyet’s team. Bruce’s men have already beaten Sunderland twice this season, so the omens are looking good.
City fans will be dreaming of a great end to season with a magnificent double of reaching their first major cup final and securing another season at the top level. Such an unprecedented level of success might even make the controversial City owner Assem Allam see sense and drop his foolish name change plans.