Team Review: Hull City AFC in the 2013-14 Season

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Updated: July 15, 2014
Hull City AFC in the 2013-14 Season

Premier League Finish: 16th

Match Results: W10-D7-L21

(Featured image: Hull City | Source: hulldailymail.co.uk)

 

Not the usual sports betting favorites amongst the Premier League clubs, Hull City had a generally good season last term. They were newly promoted from the Championship and played fairly well against their rivals in the first division which eventually led them to raking the 16th spot—their highest placement in the English top-tier football, ever. The side also finished as runners up to Arsenal in the FA Cup, giving them automatic berth in the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round.

 

The Tigers obtained promotion to the Premier League after they finished in the second spot at the English second-tier league. Although their campaign in the top-flight was besieged by numerous struggles and plenty of upsets, the side were resilient enough to pick themselves up in every fall and successfully shunned the relegation zone to launch another season in the tournament. Their most important victory was achieved on 01 December 2013 when they battled out against powerhouse Liverpool and scored three goals while conceding only one. Their best scoring match, however, was the one against Fulham later that month when they seized a six-goal clean sheet against The Cottagers.

 

Steve Bruce may have been the club’s best coach in years but he has yet to prove something more in order to completely place him high or near the A-list managers. Among the players, Matty Fryatt was the best scoring member overall, with two league goals and four FA Cup glories. However, Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long were the side’s best players in the Premier League, with each of them scoring four goals in the said competition.

 

From 01 July 2013 to 17 January 2014, nine new players were added to the ensemble, the most notable of which was Long who transferred from West Bromwich Albion. The side, however, also let go of 17 players which included Sonny Bradley, Jamie Devitt, Corry Evans, and Jack Hobbs. Their best scoring forward, Fryatt, left for Nottingham Forest on 10 June 2014.