Hull City ended another huge week in their history with a well deserved victory over Bristol City at a bitterly cold KC Stadium in front of an excellent 20,000 gate.
Last week saw the Allam family complete the takeover of the club and invest a significant sum of money to pay off debts, loans and deferred payments to players whilst still ensuring there will be funds available to manager Nigel Pearson in January for squad additions.
That Pearson has been able to steer the team to an unbeaten run of six games is testimony to his management skills as he has had a long injury list to deal with whilst blending a mix of loan players, free agents and youth players into a side who are becoming very difficult to beat.
The extent of the problems Pearson has faced was illustrated on Saturday when he had just one fit striker available for selection in Jay Simpson who prior to the game was still searching for his first goal in City colours. That Pearson publicly backed the striker prior to the match was justified as Simpson fired two well taken goals to get City the three points.
Simpson was partnered by on loan Manchester United winger Cameron Stewart who was pushed into a striking role and responded by terrorising the Bristol defence with his pace and it was Stewart who provided the cross for Simpson's opener.
It was also pleasing to see Jamie Devitt handed another chance on the City left, operating in a much a similar vein to how Adam Johnson plays for Manchester City. Devitt showed his range of passing abilities and twice forced excellent saves from David James in the Bristol goal.
With Daniel Ayala injured, Kamil Zayatte has gone back into the City defence and had an excellent game along side the impressive Anthony Gerrard.
The forthcoming festive programme will as always test the strength of the Tigers’ squad, already Andy Dawson is suspended for the crucial trip to Bramall Lane on Boxing Day for a six pointer with Sheffield United but the brighter news surrounds the impending returns of Jimmy Bullard and Caleb Folan.
The Tigers also face Reading and Leciester at home before a long trip to Portsmouth on Jan 3rd. Just eight points off the play-offs and five clear of relegation City's season could yet swing either way but there is much optimism amongst the fans that the new investment will lead to two or three quality signings in January with strikers top of the list.
But the other business of keeping loan signings Ayala and Mannone who has been outstanding in goal, will also play a big part in determining where City finish this season, many still believe a late push up the table towards the play-offs is not out of the question.
Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.