Stephen Quinn happy for Hull City to be dark horses in Championship promotion race
STEPHEN Quinn is blissfully content to see Hull City's progress go unnoticed outside of East Yorkshire, insisting a quiet self-belief within the Tigers' camp is all that matters.
Taking 18 points from their last eight games, with six wins outweighing two defeats, City have climbed encouragingly from 10th to fourth in the Championship since suffering a brief blip at the start of October.
Despite a bright opening third to the campaign entrenching the Tigers as a top-six side, Steve Bruce's men have won few plaudits for their confident march up the table.
That could soon change if City's form is maintained when welcoming mid-table Burnley and league-leaders Crystal Palace to the KC Stadium in the next week, but Quinn is happy to keep a lid on expectations.
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"I like staying beneath the radar, it's always good because there's such a long way to go," he said.
"I wouldn't say we're too bothered about anyone talking about us. We know our qualities, we know what we can do and we know what we're about.
"To be honest I think the lads fancy us against anyone in this league, because when we're on top form, I believe we can beat anyone and beat them well by playing football.
"I'd say we're more than happy for people to be ignoring us, it's fine by me."
Back-to-back home games with firstly Burnley on Saturday and then Palace next Tuesday will see City bid to maintain their impressive form at the KC Stadium.
Three consecutive wins against Ipswich, Barnsley and Wolves have repaired the damage of losses to Peterborough and Blackpool and provide a lift ahead of a pivotal week.
City's form this season has vindicated Quinn's decision to make the switch from Sheffield United on the final day of the summer transfer window, as he targets a return to the Premier League six years after enjoying his one and only season in the top flight.
Quinn credits the "awesome" work of Bruce as the driving force behind City and says the transition to a new home has been seamless.
"I've never been one for wanting to move clubs left, right and centre. I want to get into a team and feel part of it," he said.
"In that way it was disappointing my time had to come to an end at United but in the same breath, it's been amazing to come here and slide straight in.
"What the gaffer is trying to do here is awesome and I'm really excited about things. I could see what he's done in the game and I don't think his ambitions would be anything but the Premier League. I bought into that straight away.
"The style of football suits me right down to the ground too. There's up and downs in this division. It's difficult to produce your best every week but we're ticking over nicely."