Brown calls for belief
Published : 09 May 2009 18:32:38
Hull City manager Phil Brown has called on his players to maintain their self-belief in the battle to avoid Premier League relegation. The Tigers have plunged into danger at the foot of the top flight following a run of only two victories since the end of October. Saturday's 2-1 home defeat to Stoke, where an injury-time consolation from an Andy Dawson free-kick was not enough to cancel out goals from Ricardo Fuller and Liam Lawrence, only added to the Tigers' problems. And Brown, who knows his side could be sucked into the relegation zone following Monday's Tyne-Tees derby, is demanding his players keep their heads up as they prepare for next weekend's trip to Bolton. "It is the most difficult part of the job, trying to maintain self-belief," said Brown. "We have still got two games to go, all eyes will be on the game on Monday night, and obviously we want a draw from that game. "Now, all of a sudden, it is a must-win game at the Reebok Stadium. "We have got to maintain that self-belief. If there is a draw on Monday night it is still in our hands. "I'm still confident, I'm still believing. I have asked the players to keep the faith."