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03 Oct 2009 18:33:53

Brown hails resilient Hull

Hull City boss Phil Brown was delighted his players got the basics right during their 2-1 win over Wigan on Saturday. The Tigers raced into a two-goal lead with efforts from Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink and Geovanni before Scott Sinclair pulled one back for Wigan. The hosts were clinging on to their lead in the end but did so to secure their second win of the season. After last week's 6-1 thumping at Liverpool, Brown was under pressure to get a positive result and he believes the win was earned by getting the basics right. He told Sky Sports: "We've been struggling with the basics, it's as simple as that. And the basics count towards the result in the end. "At 2-0 up it's a great feeling. It was resilience and it was a togetherness. We've got to give them (Wigan) credit too, they had a lot of possession. "They were coming into our half with no real threat when they got a bit closer to the goal. We started applying pressure to their players and dispossessing them." OpenerVennegoor of Hesselink opened the scoring with a glancing header from a corner on the hour mark with Geovanni volleying in a second eight minutes later after good pressing by Kamil Zayatte. Brown was keen to point out the impact the goal had on the game, which required a spark to set it alight with the match going stale before the opener. He said: "Set pieces have always played a part in our success over the past two-and-a-half years and it got us the first goal and that lifted - not spirits - but confidence. "That lifted everybody's belief and the crowd off their seats to start supporting their team again." The goal was Vennegoor of Hesselink's first for the Tigers and Brown was eager to highlight his leadership qualities as a lone striker. "I thought today's performance from him was one of leadership," Brown said. "He worked the line, he fought an aerial battle with two very good centre-halves and he came out on top as well." The win lifts Hull out of the drop zone and eases the pressure on Brown, who has had his future speculated on this week after a poor start to the season, but he insists pressure is part of the job. "It never goes away does it. That's the pressures of football, that's the pressures of the modern day game and that's the pressures of the Premier League," he admitted. "We've now got a massive game against Fulham in a fortnight on Monday, which is an awful long time really but it's good to get three points on the board."


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