Hull's match against Stoke had been described by Brown as being as important as the Wembley play-off final last season. Defeat means they could drop into the bottom three for the first time this season if there is a winner at St James' Park.
Brown faces a return to Bolton on Saturday, where he was assistant manager, and is praying for a draw in the North-East derby to keep his players' spirits up.
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'I won't go to the game but I'll watch it on television,' said the Hull manager.
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