HULL CITY..........2 Bruce’s boys go march­ing on

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Chris Dunlavy

IT’S not of­ten you can call Neil Warnock mag­nan­i­mous, let alone a good loser. But af­ter see­ing his Leeds side torn to shreds by the Tigers, the 64-year-old wasted no time in tip­ping his tor­men­tors for the Pre­mier League.

Hull have won five of their six games in De­cem­ber to storm into the au­to­matic pro­mo­tion places.

And af­ter goals from Corry Evans and Sun­der­land loa­nee David Meyler capped an eye­catch­ing dis­play of dom­i­nant pass-and-move foot­ball, Warnock – pro­moted seven times in his ca­reer – reck­ons they’ll be stay­ing there.

“Hull are where they are on merit,” said Warnock.“They are by far the best or­gan­ised side in the league. I re­mem­ber read­ing a cou­ple of weeks ago that Hud­der­s­field never had a shot on tar­get and I un­der­stand why now. It’s not just us.

“But it’s not just the sys­tem, it’s the de­sire. They don’t give goals away and they’ll al­ways cre­ate chances with play­ers like Aluko. It’s a good recipe for success and it’s why I’d be very sur­prised if they got over­taken.

“We were out­played and out­mus­cled. It’s hard to take, but there aren’t many Hull Citys in this league – they’ll take points home and away and they’ve got so much in­tim­ida- tion in the stands here that they’ll get a few de­ci­sions too. Good luck to them.”

Hull boss Steve Bruce was happy to take the praise, al­beit with a dose of re­al­ism.

“Neil’s a tal­ented man­ager who’s got a lot of teams pro­moted so it’s a nice com­pli­ment,” he said. “But this time 12 months ago I was out of work so you can’t take any­thing for granted.

“It’s only half way and we need to keep the mo­men­tum go­ing. Jan­uary will be a big month. We need to tie up the loan play­ers we’ve got be­cause those boys have been su­perb.

“But yes, I’m very pleased with how things have gone. Some of our foot­ball was su­perb and I really en­joyed watch­ing us.You’d pay money to come and watch Sone Aluko wouldn’t you? He’s just a fan­tas­tic young foot­baller.”

Hull kept the ball beau­ti­fully, pass­ing with pre­ci­sion, pulling Leeds out of shape and at­tack­ing both through the mid­dle and from out wide.

The mes­meric Aluko pulled strings that lesser play­ers wouldn’t even see, his quick feet and nim­ble mind too elu-

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