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Wilkins defends Scolari tactics

Phil Brown and Phil Scolari
Scolari (right) was subjected to personal abuse during the game

Ray Wilkins has come to the defence of Luiz Felipe Scolari after the Chelsea boss was booed by a minority of fans.

The booing came at the end of Chelsea's 0-0 draw with Hull, while during the game a section of fans also chanted: "You don't know what you're doing."

Chelsea assistant manager Wilkins said: "If they want to boo then by all means come and boo.

"But to say someone does not know what Scolari's doing when he has achieved what he has, is a tad out of order."

Scolari guided Brazil to the World Cup in 2002, but since joining Chelsea the club have dropped 16 points at home this season and one banner unfurled by fans called for the Brazilian's sacking.


"It is never very pleasant whatever ground you are at," said Wilkins, referring to the boos when Scolari brought on Didier Drogba for Ricardo Quaresma.

"He clearly does know what he is doing. He has been in the game a hell of a long time and won a lot of trophies as well. So, from that aspect it is quite disappointing.

"The substitutions are always to try and improve things on the pitch, so that is why we did it."

Chelsea lucky to escape with draw - Wilkins

"The dressing room is very flat. We've not reached the standards we've set for ourselves.

"We missed the early chance and that was as good as it got."

Hull deserved their point and could have come away from Stamford Bridge with all three had Craig Fagan and Dean Marney not missed second-half chances.

"It's a bonus point," said Brown. "We caught them on a bad day, we stuck to the task and the game plan and consequently we found ourselves with three clear-cut chances to win the game.

"It was a day for frustrating Chelsea and we managed to keep the crowd quiet. They missed an early chance and we gained belief and confidence from that.

Brown happy to settle for draw

"At times we played on the counter attack and the energy in the midfield was fantastic.

"With a bit of quality in front of goal we could have won it. We had the better of the clear-cut chances and got through the game.

"We won't have a better chance of winning at Stamford Bridge."

Like Scolari, Brown has come under criticism in recent weeks from a minority of Hull fans.

"It's part and parcel of life that you become a victim of your own success," added Brown.

"After six straight defeats people started moaning and groaning but you should never forget the 104 years we spent outside of the Premier League and in a lot lower leagues than this one."

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