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View from the South Stand - Hull City 15/10/11

Brighton and Hove Albion host a side with whom they have a lot in common on Saturday, Hull City.

Both sides have been on the brink of extinction. Both sides are feeling the benefit of shiny new stadiums. And both sides have genuine Premier League aspirations with the Tigers having already lived that particular dream for two seasons.

We asked Tigers fan James Webster to answer some questions for us ahead of the match

It's been quite a journey for Hull City fans in the last ten years from playing in League Two in 2004 to the Premier League in 2008. What's been the success behind such a meteoric rise?
Good management, some shrewd signings and moving to the KC Stadium. Peter Taylor lead us to back-to-back promotions before leaving for Crystal Palace, and things didn't really work out for Phil Parkinson after. Not many managers get a second chance after messing up their first job, but we gave that to Phil Brown and obviously he couldn't of done much better than he did. None of it would have been possible though if we were still at Boothferry Park, no matter how much fans may miss the place

You had two seasons in the Premier League and there was even talk of Europe at one when you made such a flying start. How did things fall apart so badly?
We went into that division as an unknown quantity and showed very little respect in going to places like Arsenal and Spurs and attacking which got us results. Teams worked us out eventually much like they did Blackpool last season but thankfully we had enough points on the board to stay up in the first season. The second year was just a continuation of that

From his singing on the pitch to his half time team talk, we really like Phil Brown as he is a bit of a character. What's the general opinion among Hull fans about the man with the tan?
A mixed bag really. While he was the man to lead us into the top flight for the first time in our history, after the start we made he turned Hull into a bit of a laughing stock. The team talk on the pitch and the singing you mentioned, the stupid beard and the fact he loved being in the media spotlight. He cast aside a lot of our better players after falling out with them and six wins from January 2009 to March 2010 meant he really had to go in the end. I like the guy and wish him well, but it was an inevitable parting of the ways

Nigel Pearson didn't exactly pull any trees up during his brief spell in charge of Southampton but did very well at Leicester. How is he getting on at Hull?
It's been difficult to be fair to him but we seem to be making good progress. He has cleared out a fair bit of the dead wood, high earners from the Premier League days and has assembled a decent squad for a tilt at promotion. Just like every club Hull has it's fans who aren't happy unless we win every game and they are getting on his back because of last season, but the more reasonable supporters realise he is a young manager who is doing a fairly good job

We've now got a brand new stadium in the form of The Amex. Just what affect did moving to the KC Stadium have on Hull City FC?
A massive one. We would never have achieved what we have in the last few years if we hadn't have moved. It's no coincidence that we've gone from the bottom division to the top since the stadium has opened and it's happened to the likes of Swansea and Wigan as well. As much as you miss the old style grounds like Boothferry, the chance to rub shoulders with Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool far outweighs the sentimental value of a ground with leaky toilets and six floodlights

Hull visited Withdean a fair bit in the early 00's. Are you looking forward to the trip to The Amex?
Those who are going are looking forward to it, it's just a shame that a lot of fans will be missing out due to your club changing the kick off time at such late notice for somewhat of a noddy reason! After watching the Leeds game on television and seen some pictures, it does look like a great stadium. It's just a shame we never seem to win away to you

What do you know about Gus Poyet's Brighton and Hove Albion side?
You and Southampton were obviously the stand out sides in League One last season and while I think the Saints will be one of the teams to beat this campaign, I can see you guys finishing in the top ten having spent a fair amount of money. You seem to enjoy the knocking the ball about but are a bit naive defensively from watching the Leeds game, which at this level you can't really afford to be. Hopefully we can take advantage

What do you think are Hull's realistic expectations for this campaign?
Having played a couple of the better sides in the league, I would be genuinely disappointed if we didn't make the play-offs. We've only lost two away games in thirteen months and that is the sort of record you need if you are going to challenge in this league, especially as everybody seems to be able to beat everybody else

Finally, a score predicition for Saturday please?
We're looking good on the road and Brighton seem to be going through a sticky patch at the minute, so I'll be bold and go for a 3-1 win for Hull

Many thanks to James Webster for his insight into the forthcoming fixture


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