Hull City may have lost 3-2 to Arsenal in May's FA Cup Final, but that meant a shot at Europa League glory through the qualification phase. Manager Steve Bruce has embarked on a big spending spree this summer, bringing in the likes of Michael Dawson, Harry Maguire, Andrew Robertson, Jake Livermore, Hatem Ben Arfa, Thomas Ince, Gaston Ramirez, Robert Snodgrass and Abel Hernandez - but their European hopes were dashed with a shock defeat to Belgian side Lokeren, knocking Hull out before the group stage even began.
Nevertheless, optimism is high on Humberside as Hull look to consolidate their Premier League status under Bruce, and so far, results have been solid if unspectacular after one win and three draws from their opening five games of the season. After just one defeat, Hull been sturdy and difficult to beat, but they've also been handed some attacking impetus from midfield by a new signing.
West Ham United's Mohamed Diame joined the club on deadline day in a £3.5m transfer having fallen out of favour under Hammers boss Sam Allardyce, but the Senegalese international has so far proven Allardyce wrong by not only scoring twice in two games for Hull, but also scoring against West Ham on his Hull debut.
Saturday's goal against Newcastle means Diame has scored in every game he's played for Hull, and the 27-year-old revealed his new found confidence under Bruce at the KC Stadium.
"I like Hull as a club. I can see myself doing well here," he said. "I am happy here and I want to do really well. The manager is good for me. He gives me confidence and I want to pay that back. I like playing for people who believe in you."
"I have been happy with my performance. I have the confidence of the gaffer and am trying to give him everything back. Football is all about confidence and when you have people who believe in you then you play well," he added.