Peter Swan: Hull City can go to Watford and repeat Nottingham Forest achievement
HULL City face another really tough test on the road this weekend as they face a Watford side in great form under Gianfranco Zola.
Make no mistake, this game will be every bit as tough as last week's clash at Nottingham Forest, where City had to work very hard to come away with the three points.
But, given the form they are in, and the confidence with which they are playing, I think they can repeat the achievement and I can see another success on the cards.
I have been a little shocked at how well Zola has done since taking charge at the Hornets.
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I had them down to have an average season but they have proved me wrong.
They have had a massive turnover of staff in the last few months but credit goes to Zola for getting the results on a regular basis.
For me, he is one of the best managers around and I could listen to him all day.
He says things as they are and doesn't try to pull the wool over people's eyes.
He took over a team which, under Sean Dyche, had been quite physical and employed a long ball tactic.
Zola has come in with a different approach and style and shaken things up, in a similar way to how Bruce has changed the way the Tigers play.
Like Bruce, Zola has assessed his squad and found the players at his disposal can play football, and he is encouraging them to do so.
He has faith in them and so far they are repaying him.
I guess playing for a manager like him must be a dream for a lot of the Watford players. He has achieved so much as a player, especially at Chelsea, and I guess just having him around has lifted the Watford players to another level.
They obviously respect him and have bought into what he is trying to achieve at Vicarage Road.
Looking through the Watford side, there is plenty of quality, although it has left me worrying about my commentary job with BBC Radio Humberside this weekend.
It might be a case of reverting back to describing players as the tall striker, or the nippy winger instead of trying to pronounce the likes of Ikechi Anya and Matej Vydra.
I'll be hoping former Tigers midfielder Mark Yeates sees a lot of the ball – but that could be dangerous for City as he is a threat, especially from free-kicks.
Troy Deeney is another Watford threat that City will have to keep their eye on.
He scored twice in their 4-1 win against Barnsley last time out, their second successful win by that score after inflicting the same punishment on Sheffield Wednesday.
The Hornets have been on a great roll lately, winning five and drawing two of their last seven matches, scoring 20 goals in the process.
It's the sort of form which could lead to some managers looking to contain them, and focusing on keeping a clean sheet first.
However, as I said after Saturday's win at Forest, Bruce lets other sides worry about City, and he looks to play the game in a manner which suits his side.
For that reason, I can't see him making too many changes from the side that did well to win against Forest.
If Sone Aluko is fit, I'd expect him to come back in because he has been a constant threat to defences all season long.
City's philosophy will be the same as it has been ever since the start of the season and that will be to go out and try to win the game.
Bruce has that mentality from his days playing for Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, who has never thought of anything else other than winning every game.
If City play well, then they shouldn't have too much to worry about.
I have a feeling City can sneak this one like they did last week with another 2-1 win.
That would be a tremendous result as it would open up a gap on another of their promotion-chasing rivals.
Paul McShane was clearly inspired by my column last week when I said he was due a goal and he hit the winner at odds of 40/1.
City will happily take a goal from anyone this weekend if it brings another invaluable three points.