With another international break upon us we take a look at five reasons for Hull City fans to smile when they reflect on their campaign so far.
Tigers fans, neutrals and pundits alike all watched Hull sign the likes of Hatem Ben Arfa, Mohamed Diame and Abel Hernandez and collectively announced that this could be a season to remember for all the right reasons at the KC Stadium.
And while there is currently a lot of work to do to get the club back up the table, here are the five best moments of Hull’s season to date.
A fine defensive display at Anfield
Hull City’s defence has looked worryingly brittle for too much of this season, something Bruce – as a former defender – will hate to see. But when the Tigers travelled to Anfield to face Liverpool in the Premier League, they held firm to secure a well-deserved 0-0 draw.
A trip to Europe
It may have been a brief soiree but Hull’s spell in this season’s Europa League was still an historic moment for the club and it should be praised.
Qualifying for the group stage would have brought plaudits but it could also have given the club an unwanted distraction as they struggled for domestic form. But either way KSC Lokeren’s away-goal victory meant they were out of the competition before September.
The form of Mo Diame
Summer signing Mohamed Diama has performed better than anyone would have hoped having switched from West Ham United. The Senegal captain has already scored four goals and he looks like being one of the smartest signings of the year.
£10m man hits the ground running
Abel Hernandez arrived from Italian club Palermo for £10million and he began to repay that fee almost immediately, scoring three goals and providing one assist in his first five matches.
The absence of Nikica Jelavic means Hernandez has seen his own form dip but the former Croatia international is due back after the international break and his strike-partner will be happier than most to see him return.
Almost getting FA Cup revenge
Some Hull fans may not agree with this match making the list, but the Tigers’ 2-2 draw with Arsenal in October proved they can cut it against the best in the division.
In a repeat of last season’s FA Cup final, the two club’s clashed in a memorable encounter that saw Alexis Sanchez open the scoring only for Diame and Hernandez to put the visitors in front.
That was how the match stayed until the final moments, when Danny Welbeck scored the leveller, robbing Hull of two precious points. But it was still a mighty fine effort from Bruce’s side and one to be incredibly proud of.