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Hull boss calls for fresh start at Fulham

last updated Wednesday 04th March 2009, 9:44 AM

Hull Manager Phil Brown
Hull Manager Phil Brown

Hull boss Phil Brown has called on his Hull City side to forget their recent poor run of form and begin afresh as they fight for survival at Fulham tonight.

The Tigers have fallen upon hard times after failing to win in their last 11 Premier League matches.

Only a three-point gap now separates City from the relegation zone after damaging home defeats to rivals Tottenham and Blackburn inside the last 10 days.

But as Brown plots a first win since December 6 against Fulham tonight, the City boss has urged his players to create their own destiny.

Brown said: "It's been a difficult week in that two of our closest rivals have beaten us at the KC Stadium, of course it has.

"But they're on the wave behind now and the season starts now as far as I'm concerned. We've got 11 games to go and what points tally is required to stay in the Premier League?

"The stats are that we've got 29 points on board - that's probably 29 points more than anyone reckoned we'd get - and we're not in the bottom three.

"We're 13th in the Premier League and we're in the last eight of the FA Cup, you tell me there's a Hull City fan out there that wouldn't have taken that and I'll show you a liar."

Fulham, who have lost only one home fixture this season, will look to pile the pressure on City in West London tonight.

And while Brown accepts that the spotlight is beginning to shine on his under-par squad, he will not abandon his ideals.

"Of course the pressures are mounting on the next win and where it's going to come from" he added.

"Am I feeling pressure? No. I've had a couple of phone calls since the weekend from very distinguished Premier League managers that are coming out with a lot of compliments about the way we've approached this season.

"We know that we are one of the hardest working sides in the division and we need to maintain that hard work.

"However, the only thing that's missing at the moment is that little bit of composure in the final third."

Source Hull Daily Mail
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