Chelsea caretaker manager Avram Grant has admitted in an interview that he is "taking very seriously" the threat posed by Hull City ahead of Wednesday night's Carling Cup third round tie at the KC Stadium.
Grant, brother of Notting Hill actor Hugh, had Hull watched during their dire 1-0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough at the weekend, and, with his own team's 2-0 drubbing at Manchester United still fresh in his mind, the Israeli has plenty to think about.
Hull will certainly be no pushovers, especially after their recent victory at Wolves and a creditable 1-1 draw with Stoke under their belts.
Those results, coupled with the Hull fans' unquestioned loyalty, never-say-die attitude and 'stand-and-fight' determination, could well unnerve Chelsea and an upset could be on the cards.
The Yorkshiremen, with their end-of-the-train-line mentality, have surprised many a bigger mob in the past, and, with the average age of their hooligan element now over 40, they will feel confident of 'taking out' a few Southern Softies.
Hull boss Phil Brown, once touted as Jose Mourinho's successor at Stamford Bridge, told fans on Hull's website:
"Get stuck into 'em, lads! These bastards are there for the taking!"