Sone Aluko: Hull City's attacking philosophy behind goal glut
SONE Aluko says Steve Bruce has handed Hull City's forward line a licence to attack at will in pursuit of Championship riches.
The Tigers were in unstoppable form on Saturday as they bagged a 4-1 win over Millwall to climb up to fourth in the table.
Aluko, who grabbed his second goal in City colours, joined Robert Koren, Jay Simpson and Abdoulaye Faye on the scoresheet as the Tigers suggested their goal-scoring woes are finally a thing of the past when making it seven goals from two games.
A 3-5-2 shape is inspiring fireworks from City and Aluko says the emphasis is being placed on attack by Bruce.
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"We try to cause teams problems," he said.
"The system is 3-5-2 but because of how we play, it is very flexible. We interchange a lot and rotate. That makes it hard for other teams to pick us up.
"They can't think 'That's the one player I am up against today'. If they try that, they will be dragged all over the shop.
"The manager makes you feel good out on the pitch. We are well prepared and we know what is coming. Everyone is confident."
The last two wins – 3-1 over Bolton and 4-1 over Millwall – have seen Aluko paired with in-form striker Jay Simpson in attack.
Both were on the scoresheet at the KC Stadium on Saturday and Aluko said: "When you play with good players, it is easier. You click straight away. Jay is a good footballer with a good football brain.
"The midfield help as well because they do a lot of legwork for us. When we make a run, they give us the ball. Me and Jay try to finish things off but they do a lot of work.
"I am very happy. I said 'If I score one, I'll score a few'. You have to walk the walk when you talk the talk so it is great to have two goals."
City will be in high spirits as they embark on a week that promises to test their heartening progress.
Before Sunday's trip to Leicester City, a short journey to Leeds United will see the Tigers attempt to win at Elland Road for the first time in 25 years.
Aluko hopes City can emerge from this week with their momentum intact and prove they will be genuine promotion contenders.
"The games come thick and fast," he added. "It is good to get some momentum. It can be the difference.
"It is still early doors. We are up there, but it doesn't really matter now where we are. We have to keep clean sheets and win games.
"Leeds and Leicester are among our harder away games. But we have had a tough start. We've played a lot of the better teams – Bolton, Brighton, Blackburn.
"After 10 to 12 games, if we are still near the top we'll be happy."