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Hull: Steve Bruce's side will improve as the season progresses

David Jones - David Jones Posted 12th December 2013 view comments

When Steve Bruce left Sunderland under a bit of a cloud some people were wondering whether that was it for him as a Premier League manager, so I am delighted at what he is doing at Hull.

He got the club promoted with what appeared to be very little and a certain way of playing but I looked at their tough run of fixtures on the road and wasn't sure things would work out in the top flight.

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They had Chelsea away, Man City away, Newcastle away, Tottenham away, Southampton away, Arsenal away and Swansea away and their odds of getting anything out of those seemed slim.

However, they have picked up a few points on their travels and then defeated the teams around them - Norwich, West Ham and Sunderland - at home, while the victory over Liverpool has really lifted them.

Jake Livermore gives Hull real energy and drive, while I have also been impressed with David Meyler.

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Steve is a fantastic organiser, has tactical nous and the ability to shift formation during a game - as we saw at Swansea on Monday night - and is a great handler of players.

He treats his team like men, his team like playing for him and they are generating really good results - and I think there is a lot more to come now that Tom Huddlestone is settling in.

Jake Livermore, too, gives them real energy and drive, while I have also been impressed with David Meyler, someone who was almost left on the scrapheap by Sunderland and not given game time.

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Doubts remain about where they get a consistent flow of goals from as I'm not sure Danny Graham is the answer, they are missing Sone Aluko and Yannick Sagbo hasn't really grabbed it since he signed from Evian

The game against Stoke is a vital one for them, but it won't be easy.

I keep thinking the Potters are going to stumble but they keep proving me wrong and are in a pretty comfortable position after that win over Chelsea last time out.

I haven't been overly impressed with the results they've been collecting and there has been a lack of goals at times but since they brought Peter Crouch back into the team and had a focal point, things seem to have clicked.

Credit to Mark Hughes for getting his side playing football - their first goal against Sunderland recently, finished off by Charlie Adam was a fantastic team effort and one that if Arsenal had scored we would have been purring about.

Stephen Ireland, too, has real quality and it's easy to forget that he is only 27 and that the best five years of his career should be ahead of him if he can stay fit, out of trouble and as a regular starter.

I'm sure he will be striving to get back into the Ireland set-up under a new regime as well and it seems like he revels in having the trust of manager, which he appears to have in Hughes who previously had him at Manchester City.

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