Hull City's 'frightening' duo Sone Aluko and Jay Simpson can inspire Championship title push, says Corry Evans
CORRY Evans is backing Hull City's "frightening" duo of Sone Aluko and Jay Simpson to provide the spark for an automatic promotion bid.
The attacking union of Aluko and Simpson has already returned nine goals for the Tigers this season and their partnership was back on song to inspire a 2-1 win at Bristol City on Saturday.
A sumptuous passing move saw Simpson set up Aluko for City's opener at Ashton Gate and Evans believes the pairing will be a handful for any side in the Championship.
"They've really hit it off as a pairing this year, as we saw for the first goal at Bristol. That was a great goal," Evans said.
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"On their day, I'd back them to score against any side in the Championship. They're frightening when they're at their best.
"Sone is a real threat and every team in the Championship has probably seen that now.
"I'm sure you'll see a few teams trying to double up on him because he's a really creative spark for us. But there's Jay too and he's shown some great form after missing last year."
Saturday's win at Bristol City – the Tigers' third victory in four games – propelled Steve Bruce's men up to sixth in the Championship.
Back-to-back home fixtures against Barnsley this weekend and Wolves in seven days time offer City the chance to cement their place in the play-offs, but Evans has his aims set higher.
"We've added real quality to the squad from just missing out last year and realistically we want to go for the top two," he added.
"We feel as though we're good enough to get automatic and if that's not the case, the play-offs are a minimum.
"We need to find a run of consistency and take the chances we create in games to put ourselves out of sight.
"If we can do that, there's no reason why we can't be title contenders this year."