HULL CITY: The only way is up, says Hobbs
JACK Hobbs says Hull City are only looking up the Championship table after reclaiming a place in the play-offs with their biggest win of the season.
Hobbs scored his first goal in over three years as Nick Barmby's men convincingly beat Bristol City 3-0 at the KC Stadium to move back up to sixth.
City travel to in-form Birmingham tomorrow just a point adrift of their promotion rivals in third and Hobbs says the challenge is to continue their climb up towards the top two.
"We're confident we can stay where we are," said Hobbs. "We want to be right in amongst it and be looking up if anything.
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"It's a tough test tomorrow against an in-form Birmingham side and we're expecting a tough game, but if we can go there and win, we'll go above them.
"Our confidence is high and we're playing well so we'll just try and keep the results coming.
"We always aim to work harder, be fitter and quicker than the opposition, and it's serving us well.
"That needs to continue through a busy spell, especially in March, and we'll look to try and keep picking up those points."
Saturday's victory over Bristol City will not be forgotten by Hobbs.
Although the 23-year-old has already made 190 league and cup appearances, the opener against the Robins was just his third goal in senior football and a first for City.
Hobbs' previous goal had come for Leicester in a 4-2 win over Huddersfield in January 2009.
An end to that drought came with a deflected header on Saturday but the centre-half was claiming it as his own.
"I can't believe you're even asking the question!" he said. "After one goal in three years and you're trying to take it away from me.
"The last goal seems a long time ago now. Too long to remember.
"It was a good delivery from Robbie (Koren). The guy marking got the wrong line and when I got there, it ended up in the net.
"The whole back four would like to contribute more. We've been working on it in training and Steve Wigley has been talking me through it. That paid dividends but we have to build on that and hopefully get a few more."
To complete a perfect afternoon, Hobbs was part of a defence that claimed its fourth consecutive clean sheet in the league.
It is 12 years since a City side last boasted such a feat and since Derby's Theo Robinson scored a winner on January 2, the Tigers have gone almost seven hours without conceding a league goal.