Hull win to go joint top of Premiership

West Brom 0 Hull City 3
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Hull boss Phil Brown admitted his side had needed to ride their luck to maintain their "Champions League form" at West Brom today.

Brown's side produced another stunning performance to move joint top of the Barclays Premier League with a 3-0 win at The Hawthorns.



Kamil Zayatte, Geovanni and Marlon King struck in a 20-minute spell in the second half to secure victory but Hull were indebted to goalkeeper Boaz Myhill and the crossbar for keeping them in the game.



Brown said: "It was definitely a team talk at half-time that meant a lot to the players.



"We rode our luck in the first half. We weren't anywhere near our usual tempo, workrate or passing.



"Consequently we found ourselves with an uphill task because West Brom are a good side and if they get their passing game going they will cause anybody a problem.



"We had to do something about it and made one or two changes.



"It was a game of two halves definitely. The strikers will probably get all the mentions in the papers but I am absolutely ecstatic after a third clean sheet in the bounce."



Hull, almost inconceivably, are now level with Chelsea and Liverpool at the league summit.



It has been a remarkable start to the season for the Championship play-off winners but they now face Chelsea and Manchester United in the next week Brown added: "If you get 20 points from nine games you are going to be somewhere near the top.



"We have now got a couple of massive games on the horizon and we have earned the right to go into them and give a good account of ourselves, instead of everyone classing us as whipping boys.



"It is Champions League form - but that is what it is, form. That is temporary."



West Brom, beaten 4-0 by Manchester United last week, had a right to feel hard done by after dominating the first half.



Myhill produced fine saves to deny Ishmael Miller, James Morrison and Borja Valero while Jonas Olsson headed against the bar.



Baggies boss Tony Mowbray said: "From our perspective, if you take the result out of it, there were plenty of positives.



"But it is all about the result you see the next day. We missed opportunities and they were more clinical than we were.



"The first goal was always going to be crucial and unfortunately for us they got it.



"We have got to be more clinical in front of goal. We can't keep creating chances and missing them."

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